School Open Houses; Food for the Souls; Roundups
November 1, 2012

By William S. Bike

The Alliance for a Greener South Loop will hold its fourth annual Greener Awards program to recognize green initiatives and practitioners from the South Loop and to present the Green Hero Award.

The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. For the location or more information, e-mail, call (312) 371-2089, or log on to

The National Museum of Mexican Art offers the exhibit Hanal Pixan: Food for the Souls as its 2012 Day of the Dead exhibition. Pictured above is “Nature Wears Her Death Mask” by David Botello.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Saturday, Nov. 17, will host its International Survivor of Suicide Day Chicago annual conference for survivors of suicide loss at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St. Check in is at 11 a.m., and the conference begins at noon. Log on to or e-mail

New to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America book series is Bridgeport by JoAnne Gazarek Bloom, Maureen F. Sullivan, and Daniel Pgorzelski. The book features more than 200 images. For more information or to make a purchase, log on to or call (773) 719-6655.

The Arts of Life, a non-profit arts studio for adults with and without disabilities, will host its fourth annual Half Acre Charitable Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. at 2010 W. Carroll Ave. Entrants will compete for chili honors in two categories, vegetarian friendly and meat lovers.

The Arts of Life Band and the Kodiak Farm Boys will provide music. Tickets on sale now for $10 and available at the door for $15. For more information, contact, visit www., or call (312) 829-2787, ext. 14.

Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Benton House offers an adult exercise group and coffee. Benton House welcomes volunteers; e-mail Benton House is located at 3052 S. Gratten Ave. Call (773) 927-6420 or log on to

The Chicago Arts District Second Fridays gallery night happens every second Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. This monthly walking tour of 30 Pilsen art galleries and art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 1800 S. Halsted St. For more information call (312) 738-8000, ext. 108.

Head out to Skinner Park, 1331 W. Adams St., every Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the Chicago Park District Rollin’ Recreation activity van. This free resource is open to children of all ages and offers activities such as gymnastics, fitness, dance, theater, arts and crafts, and various sports. Call (312) 746-5560.

Bookamania is a Chicago Public Library celebration of books for the whole family Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. The event will feature children’s books, story crafts, special performances, storytelling, and visits from storybook characters, authors, and illustrators. Visit for more information.

Mercy Walk for Life participants raised more than $17,000.
Children of Peace Elementary School has partnered with Catholic Extension to create a fundraising campaign to give the gift of Catholic Mass to men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces overseas through Operation Mass Appeal, which runs Tuesday, Nov . 6, through Friday, Nov. 30. Terri Langellier, principal for Children of Peace, invited the public to make donations or to match a classroom’s collection. The funding will help recruit Catholic military chaplains. For program and donation details contact Bob McNamara at bmcnamara@catholicextension.
org, (312)795.6078. The school is located at 1900 W. Taylor St.

The Chicago’s Twelve art exhibit at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., features 12 artists inspired by mobilizing the earth and sustainability whose works are on display through Sunday, Dec. 9. The conservatory is hosting the exhibit in collaboration with the Zhou B Art Center and Chicago Park District. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. For more information, go to or call (773) 638-1766.

More than 200 participated in Mercy Hospital and Medical Center’s annual Walk for Life, raising more than $17,000 to support Mercy’s Comprehensive Breast and Women’s Health Care Center. The funds will be used for cancer screenings for those who may not otherwise have access. Mercy is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Call (773) 284-5272.

Hanal Pixan: Food for the Souls, an exhibition of art related to the Day of the Dead, runs through Sunday, Dec. 16, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. Call (312) 738-1503 or log on to

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini will host a 10 a.m. Mass of Santo Nino/Saint Cabrini Prayer Group on Sunday, Nov 4, at 10 a.m. The Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Feast Day celebration will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. Mass will be celebrated honoring the Italian Catholic Federation on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The shrine is located at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. Call (773) 251-3119 or log on to

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance and Chicago Sports & Spine, 1550 S. Indiana Ave., sponsor a yoga exercise class for seniors every Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $5 per class. Call (312) 498-6059 or e-mail

Provision Theater Co.will present A Christmas Miracle for Jonathan Toomey Saturday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Dec. 23. The musical, based on a children’s book, tells the story of Toomey’s effort to replace a wooden nativity figure for a local boy. The theatre is at 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call the box office at (312) 455-0066 or visit

The South Loop Chamber of Commerce invites all to the group’s annual cocktail party Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Field Bards Room, honoring the Bertucci brothers, Bruno, Carmen, and Bob, from the Patio, U.S. Cellular Field. Tickets are $30 and are available at the chamber’s 3538 S. Halsted St. office, or call (773) 254-7225.

St. Barbara’s Parish Holy Name Society is sponsoring a bike drive for Catholic Charities. Bikes in any condition can be donated and will be repaired and provided to needy children. Bikes can be dropped off at the rear door of the rectory. For additional information or a pickup, call (312) 567-1321 or (312) 326-3242.

The following school open houses will be held in upcoming weeks.

Chicago Hope Academy, Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., 2189 W. Bowler St., (312) 491-1600.

De La Salle Institute, Institute Campus for Young Men, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov 1, 10 a.m. to noon; Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6 to 8
p.m., 1040 W. 32nd Pl., (773) 650-6800.

Francis W. Parker School, Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m., 330 W. Webster Ave, (773) 797-5107.

Latin School of Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m., 59 W. North Blvd., (312) 582-6060.

Mother McAuley High School, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Girls Night Out, Friday, Dec. 7, 6 to 9 p.m., 3737 W. 99th St., (773) 881-6566.

Mount Carmel High School, Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, 6 to 8 p.m.; honors program preview, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m., 6410 S. Dante Ave., (773) 324-1020.

Saint Ignatius College Prep, Sunday, Dec. 2, noon to 3 p.m.; campus visit program, through Wednesday, Dec. 12; 1076 W. Roosevelt Road, (312) 421-5900.

Alderman Daniel Solis will host 25th Ward Nights on Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m. in his office at 2439 S. Oakley St. He will help host senior Thanksgiving lunches on Friday, Nov. 16, at St. Paul at Gads Hill Church, 1919 W. Cullerton St.; Monday, Nov. 19, at Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St.; and Thursday, Nov. 22, at Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St. A Thanksgiving lunch will be held at St. Ignatius Church, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., on Thursday, Nov. 22. All are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A tree lighting celebration will be held at Plaza Tencochtitlan at Loomis and 18th Streets on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Call (773) 523-4100.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and staff donated school supplies to the State of Illinois Child Development Center at the James R. Thompson Center. The Child Development Center provides nurturing and education to children. For more information, call (312) 814-5707.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Flames men’s basketball team’s home schedule at the UIC Pavilion for upcoming weeks includes an exhibition game against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., and regular season games against the University of California Riverside, Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.; Southeast Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m.; and Roosevelt University, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Call (312) 413-8421.

Dying for It, a play by Moira Buffini, will be presented at the UIC Theatre, 1040 W. Harrison St., Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9 through 18. Call (312) 996-3991.

Sophia Carmella Morris.
The West Central Association (WCA) will host an after hours event on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Guests will be Aldermen Robert Fioretti (2nd), Daniel Solis (25th), and Walter Burnett (27th). Call (312) 902-4922 for details. The WCA is located at 850 W. Madison St.

Sophia Carmella Morris was born Aug. 30, weighing 7 lb., 7 oz., and measuring 21.5 inches long. Parents are Michael and Blanca Morris. Grandparents are Jim and Carmella Morris and Marcelino and Rufina Boyas.

Send news of events to be held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to William S. Bike, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email