Trio Park Opens; Museum Moves; Roundups
December 7, 2012

By William S. Bike

Folk, gospel, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll can be seen, heard, and researched in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing with an installation by veteran artist Allen Ruppersberg. No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ‘n’ R features 200 feet of pegboard hung with hundreds of photocopied snapshots, record covers, and other materials. The installation will be presented in Gallery 188 of the Modern Wing through Sunday, Jan. 6. The Art Institute is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 443-3626.

The Blessed Sacrament Parish Youth Center hosted a Halloween party for more than 100 people. Amate South House volunteers played with youngsters, drew pictures, and assisted in cleanup.
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 Blessed Sacrament Parish after-school youth program offers resources for those ages 12 through 18 to enjoy a safe and relaxing atmosphere after school at the Youth Center at 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Teens have the opportunity to get help with homework, play sports, and interact with other teens. The youth center is open Tuesdays, 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m.; and Sundays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Call (773) 415-7193 or log on to The program’s leaders thank Nancy Bongel, Bill and Lucille Trostel, Amate South House volunteers, donors, and teen volunteers for their work on the center’s Halloween party.

Bridgeport Catholic Academy’s home and school association will host a breakfast with Santa at Nativity of Our Lord Church’s basement, 626 W. 37th St., on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Enjoy sausage, pancakes, juice, and coffee. Adult tickets are $6, children and seniors $5, and children younger than three get in free. Professional picture packages available for $15.00 as well as a raffle, bake sale, and craft tables. Call (773) 376-6223.

Career Transitions Center of Chicago, 703 W. Monroe St., which provides support to people seeking jobs or career changes, received a $6,000 matching grant that will match donations received by the end of January. Log on to to make a gift.

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.

Chicago International Christian Church holds services at Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin St., at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Services in English are held on the third floor, with services in Spanish on the first floor. Enter through door no. 9. For information, log on to

Former WGN-TV anchor Merri Dee presented Bronzeville Scholastic Academy's John Kuijper with a Kohl Education Prize at the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation awards ceremony on Nov. 16. Kuijper is one of only three Chicago Public School teachers awarded this honor for going above and beyond the call of duty in the classroom.
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.

The Chicago Teachers Union at its recent legislators educators appreciation dinner honored Aldermen Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward) and Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) for their commitment to education justice. For more information, call (312) 329-6250.

Tour company Chicago Detours is distributing free color maps of the Chicago pedway system. Get your map at numerous downtown locations, including visitor information centers and many hotels, residential highrises, and campuses. The map can be downloaded via The pedway system connects downtown buildings from second stories to below street level. The map divides the system into sections with details such as where to access the 40-block-long network of passages, the disparate open hours for different sections, and tips on navigating the system.

Choices, a book featuring true stories from 14 contributing authors who reflect on inspirational choices they made in their lives, was published recently. Lead author Cathi Watson included individuals who had “wisdom to share with others that could lead them to enjoying their life to the fullest,” she said. The book covers fulfilling your dreams, overcoming adversity, and succeeding. It is available in print or electronic editions at,, and Or email contributing author Joan
Harzich-Sipich at or call (312) 326-0081.

Circuit Court of Cook County’s chief judge, Timothy C. Evans, and the Domestic Relations Division’s presiding judge, Grace G. Dickler, announced the court now offers online parenting education classes through the new interactive program Children in Between Online at The program covers custody and visitation issues.

De La Salle Institute’s Martin Jackson of Calumet City and Nitza Valencia of the Near West Side were named October’s Meteors of the Month. De La Salle Institute’s campus for young men is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Its Lourdes Hall campus for young women is at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Log on to Call (312) 842-7355.

The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., (312) 922-9410, will host Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts featuring jewelry, weaponry, costumes, and artwork through Sunday, Feb. 3.

Twice a month, usually on the first and third Tuesday, Alderman Robert Fioretti hosts a free legal consultation and referral service at the City Service Office, 1319 S. State St. Sessions run 4 to 6 p.m. For information, call (312) 263-9273 or e-mail beth.o’

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.

De La Salle Lourdes Hall Campus Principal Diane Brown congratulates student Nitza Valencia.
Winners of the Governor’s Sustainability Awards and the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact Awards recently were announced through the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. The organizations have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence. Local company Testa Produce Inc. won a Sustainability Award. Local Compact Award winners were De Paul University, Roosevelt University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Call (630) 472-5019 for information.

Dominic Candeloro, PhD, will teach Italian American Culture in Historical Perspective during the spring semester at Loyola University Chicago on Wednesdays, 4:15 to 6:45 p.m. Contact him at or call (847) 951-9109.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has published a comprehensive guide on legal protections, rights, and benefits for military service members, veterans, and their families, Legal Rights of Illinois Service Members. Call her office’s military and veterans’ rights bureau at (800) 382-3000 or log on to

The lap-band information session “What is it and is it right for me?” will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, 2525 S. Michigan Ave., Joyce Auditorium. There is no charge, but registration is required. Call (312) 567-BAND (2263) to register or visit Mercy surgeons offer the minimally invasive lap-band weight-loss surgery as well as a new technique, Less,
that leaves no visible scarring.

Midtown Center and Metro Achievement Center, 718 S. Looms St., have formed an alumni network and encourage all alumni to join by sending their e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address to

Join the Museum of Science and Industry for Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light through Sunday, Feb. 6. More than 50 decorated trees will reflect holiday traditions from different countries. The museum is located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Call (773) 684-1414.

Scholarships are available to college students through the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). Applicants must be NIAF members or have a parent or guardian who is a NIAF member.

They also must be enrolled or entering a college or university in fall 2013 and be of Italian heritage or a student of any ethnic background majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Italian studies, Italian-American studies or a related field. Apply online at by Friday, March 1, 2013. For more information, e-mail

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 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass on Monday, Dec. 24, and a 10 a.m.
Christmas Day Mass Tuesday, Dec. 25. The shrine is located at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. Call (773) 251-3119 or log on to

The National Veterans Art Museum has moved from 1801 S. Indiana Ave. to 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. The museum sold its Indiana Avenue building to the City for Park District use in 2009 and remained on the third floor. The City earlier this year told the museum it needed the third floor, precipitating the search for a new location. Call (312) 326-0270 or log on to

Near South Sports winter registration is open for volleyball, which begins Thursday, Jan. 3; and floor hockey, basketball, and swish basketball, which begin Friday, Jan. 4. Go to to register.

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 Randolph/Fulton Market Association will host a workshop on electricity and natural gas savings and choices on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Windy City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. RSVP to (312) 24300822.

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.

Saint Ignatius College Prep senior John Barkidjija was selected to the Chicago Fire all-state academic first team.

… Senior Emily Beltran was named a semifinalist in the Siemens Foundation Competition based on scientific research she conducted. Saint Ignatius offers free tours of the school.

… Gloriam 2013, a fundraising celebration, will be held Saturday, March 13.

… Former Saint Ignatius President Fr. John E. Reilly, S.J., passed away recently. He had led Saint Ignatius in the 1970s.

… Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900.

Sheridan Park’s 10U All-Stars won an unexpected playoff berth to advance to the semi-finals in Lemont, IL. They beat the number one seed Evergreen Park 8-7, then defeated the second-seeded Munster Knights 3-2 to win the championship.
The 2012 Sheridan Park 10U All-Stars captured first place in the Lemont, IL, Sunday Chicago Baseball League fall ball tournament. The Sheridan Park 10U All- Stars are players Aidan Dan, Jack Haneberg, Michael Johnson, Cameron Jones, Klaus Konrad, Cameron Lewis, Shaz Matthew, Matthew Moy, Andrew Moynihan, Joey Rivera, Leo Rugai, E.J. Talarico, Henry Vetter, and Vince Ventura; and coaches George Johnson, Ron Ventura, Bart Moy, Paul Konrad, Doug Lewis, and Leon Jones.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., will host an Advent day of reflection and reconciliation on Saturday, Dec. 8. Call (312) 421-3757 for details.

Alderman Daniel Solis will host 25th Ward Nights on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. in his office at 2439 S. Oakley St. He will help host senior lunches on Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. Therese Chinese School, 247 W 23rd St, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday,
Dec. 13, at Archer Courts Chinatown, 2242 S. Princeton Ave., noon to 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Dec. 18, at Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual toy giveaway will occur at Harrison Park, 1842 S. Wood St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Call (773) 523-4100.

Trio Park opened recently at the corner of Wayman and Union Streets. On hand for the ribbon cutting were Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward) and other Chicago officials; Jeff Prosapio of Marquette Companies; representatives of Trio Apartments/Trio Towers: members of the Fulton River District Association, and area residents. The new park is owned by the City of Chicago but will be maintained the Trio Master Association.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Flames men’s basketball team’s home schedule at the UIC Pavilion for upcoming weeks includes games vs. Colorado State on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.; vs. Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m.; and vs. Youngstown State Wednesday, Jan 2, at 7 p.m. Call (312) 413-8421. New patients are welcome at the Allen W. Anderson Faculty Dental Practice, 801 S. Paulina St., Room 129 of the UIC College of Dentistry. Dental care is provided by the faculty of the College of Dentistry. The practice will work with your dental insurance provider. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 413-2835.