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Mission Statement: The mission of the Beverly Area Planning Association is to sustain and enhance Beverly Hills/Morgan Park as a culturally diverse "Village in the City" with increasing home values, high quality schools, thriving commercial areas and a low crime rate.

The Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) is a not-for-profit, community-based alliance of more than a dozen civic and business groups dedicated to serving the historic Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago. 

Founded in 1947, BAPA is a model for grassroots community organizing, bringing together staff and volunteers to advocate for all aspects of neighborhood living. Program areas include community safety, housing, historic preservation, school support, and business development. BAPA represents the community on issues ranging from supporting crime prevention initiatives to preserving the historic integrity of homes to facilitating programs designed to strengthen the schools.

BAPA publishes The Villager, a monthly newspaper covering neighborhood people, places and events, and hosts this website. 

BAPA may be best known for its special events such as the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour, now in its third decade of showcasing spectacular neighborhood architecture, and the Ridge Run, one of Chicagoland’s most popular 10K races.

The organization is supported by membership donations from residents and businesses, as well as grants. For more information about BAPA membership, click here: BAPA Membership.

BAPA offices are located at 1987 W. 111th Street, Chicago, IL 60643