It seems hard to believe, but for some people in and around Chicago, Beverly/Morgan Park remains unknown.
However, once again, local leaders are working to provide those people with information that showcases the neighborhood as it takes part in a citywide event that is expected to attract thousands of people.
The Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago will be held Oct. 19-20 and include 11 local sites.
The premier event, held since 2011, features over 350 buildings this year, providing tours of skyscrapers, mansions, private clubs, offices and sacred spaces.
Local sites include several churches, including the Givins Castle, a landmark at the corner of 103rd Street and Longwood Drive that is home to Beverly Unitarian Church.
Last year, when Beverly/Morgan Park was part of the open house for the first time, the Castle was third in number of visitors.
This year, the Givins Castle was listed by a Chicago Tribune writer as one of the top 10 places to visit.
One of the many intriguing aspects of the local lineup is that it spans the length of Beverly/Morgan Park—from Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery, located just outside North Beverly at 9030 S. Hermitage Ave., to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Mission, tucked away at 11652 S. Church St., in Morgan Park.
Many of the local buildings are about a century old.
Officials from the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA), which is a community partner for the event, said neighborhood restaurant owners were pleasantly surprised last year by the number of patrons they welcomed during the open house. Long lines were a common sight at featured locations.
Similar to 2018, BAPA officials will distribute a visitors guide at each location that provides a route map, real estate information, neighborhood history and a calendar of events.
Local organizers are thrilled that people from outside the community will be visiting—and they want them to come back.
Local residents should also get out and enjoy Open House Chicago. They’ll get insights into buildings they can’t visit every day.
The office of 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea is also a community partner for the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, with hours varying at each site. Admission is free at most locations, but a $6 charge applies at some sites.
For information, visit openhousechicago.org.