Chicagoisms; Foster Parents Wanted; Round ups
May 2, 2014

By William S. Bike

Chicagoisms is an exhibition of 120 photographs and nine models reflecting Chicago’s contributions to the development of the modern city, addressing significant developments such as the Columbian Exposition of 1893, reversing the Chicago River’s flow, and constructing the Circle Interchange. It runs now through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at the Art Institute Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 443-3636 or log on to

The Blessed Sacrament Parish after-school youth program offers those ages 12 through 18 a safe and relaxing atmosphere at its Youth Center, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Teens can get help with homework, play sports, and interact with other teens. The center is open Tuesday, 3 to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (773) 847-2011 or log on to

The Bridgeport Art Center hosts a meet and greet with its artists the third Friday of every month. Open studios run from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, refreshments are served, and complimentary parking is available. Located at 1200 W. 35th St., the center features gallery and event spaces and a sculpture garden. For information, log on to

Urban Prep Academy’s founder and CEO Tim King addresses elected officials, parents, students, and supporters at Urban Prep’s April 8 announcement of its fifth consecutive year of 100% college acceptance. (Photo by Michael J. Kardas)
Career Transitions Center of Chicago, 703 W. Monroe St., will host Passport to Taste, Thursday, May 15, 6 to 9 p.m., exploring food and wine of central Europe and featuring a silent auction. Tickets are $100. Email or log on to

Centers for New Horizons at 4150 S. King Dr. offers violence prevention and programs that help people deal with the after-effects of violence. The center also offers the Stop Armed Violence Everywhere initiative, as well as infant care and early childhood education programs; it will open a new early childhood center at Dawson Technical Institute. Donations are welcome to fund any of these programs. Call (773) 373-5700.

For the fifth consecutive year, 100 percent of high school seniors from the Urban Prep Englewood and West campuses and the inaugural class from its Bronzeville campus have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. All the youngsters are African American males. For more information, call (312) 276-0259.

The Chicago Chamber Musicians’ concert program, Convivial Conversations, will feature works by Beethoven, Rheinberger, and Dvorák on Monday, May 19, at the Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (312) 225-5226, email, or visit Single tickets range from $35 to $45. Students may purchase single tickets for $10 on the day of the concert.

Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St., will host an entrance exam Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m. Call (312) 491-1600.

The Chicago KICS Cupsoccer tournament will feature 2,400 athletes and more than 5,000 participants, with six age brackets for boys and four for girls. Tournament dates are Saturday, July 19, through Saturday, July 26, at several locations, including local venues Dunbar Park at 300 E. 31st St., Millennium Park, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. For more information or to register soccer teams for the tournament, log on to

The Chicago Urban Family and West Loop Families Childcare and School Fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Hotel, 733 W. Madison St. Exhibitors and sponsors also welcome. For information, log on to, email urbanmom@chicagourbanfamily. com, or call (312) 504-0094.

Can you provide a loving home for a child? Foster parents are wanted, couples or individuals, English or Spanish speaking. Call the Child Link Licensing Department at (312) 377-4735, ext. 271. Child Link is a licensed child welfare agency that provides adoption, counseling, foster care, mentoring, and a transitional living program. Log on to for more information.

The Children at the Crossroads Foundation will host its scholarship dinner on Friday, May 9, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl. The group will honor Jay McGreevy with the Founders Award and Richard M. Daley with the Heart of the Crossroads Award. There will be cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m., plus a live auction. Call (312) 268-2525 or email

The Chinese Fine Arts Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary season under the theme Forces of Nature: The Five Elements Project. The five elements are earth, fire, metal, water, and wood. A free concert entitled Earth and Wood will be held in Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m. A concert entitled Fire and Metal will be presented free at the Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. Log on to for more information.

The De La Salle girls varsity basketball team finished 18-7 this year.
De La Salle Institute will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the school’s founding with the Great Futures Gala, to be held at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday, May 15. The black tie optional event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the program and dinner at 7:30 p.m., with dancing at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150 and $250. Contact Mandi Kasper at (312) 842-7355 ext. 146 or… The boys varsity basketball team won the inaugural Chicago Catholic League Tournament following the 2013-14 regular season… Four members of the school’s football team have made college commitments… Offensive tackle Jamarco Jones signed with Ohio State, offensive tackle Aaron Roberts signed with Syracuse, running back Mikale Wilbon signed with Nebraska, and linebacker Anthony Pierce signed with Northwestern… Four students were named to the 2013-14 All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Basketball Team: Akilah Fletcher, Chardanae Hamilton, Kelsey Herrera, and Alesia Stewart (Bridgeport)… Victoria Ramos and Tatiana Utreras were named to the 2013-14 All Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Bowling Team… The girls varsity basketball team recently completed its season with an overall record of 18-7… The Meteors won the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A De La Salle Regional and Class 3A Solorio Academy Sectional… Student Alex Padilla has signed a national letter of intent to play college baseball at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville next season… Brandon Hutton, Alesia Stewart, and Jeffrey Valenzuela were chosen Meteors of the Month… Senior Jeremy Sanicki was named a semifinalist for the Chicago Park District’s Junior Citizen of the Year… Faculty member Norma Ramos and eight students recently participated in the Women in Engineering seminar sponsored by Northwestern University and the Society of Women Engineers… Girls head basketball coach John Smith has been chosen by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as the IBCA’s high school district 2 cocoach of the year… Student Diego Leanos (Pilsen) earned a medal by finishing seventh in a 28-competitor field at the recent Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference Championship held at Fenwick High School… De La Salle’s Institute Campus is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Its Lourdes Hall Campus is at 1040 W. 32nd Pl.

Bingo is held every Thursday at Holy Trinity Croatian, 1850 S. Throop St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. The Guadalupanas of Holy Trinity will have a sale in the church basement on Sunday, May 4. Call (312) 534-8200.

HFS Chicago Scholars will host a poker and casino night on Friday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. Enjoy poker, blackjack, craps, an auction, a raffle, prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. The organization provides high school scholarships. It is located at 1137 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 421-4070.

The Illinois Senate has passed a bill by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) to allow public administration of insulin to diabetics and diabetic children. The bill now goes to the Illinois House for consideration. Call (217) 782-0907 for information.

The Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host meetings of its women’s outreach committee on the Tuesdays of May 20, July 15, and Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. It will host meetings of its community education committee the Mondays of Aug. 11 and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Volunteers are welcome. Email or log on to For more information, log on to For help in a crisis, call (800) 273-TALK (8255).

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce will host its golf outing Tuesday, June 10, at the Klein Creek Golf Club, 1 N 333 Pleasant Hill Rd., Winfield, IL at 11:30 a.m. Call (312) 553-9137, ext. 17.

The John Marshall Law School now is offering more than 50 online JD courses. For information, log on to The school is located at 315 S. Plymouth Ct.

Join Loop Learning Center at its annual open house the Wednesdays of May 14 and June 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. Take a tour and see how the center’s preschool education is a family experience. The center is located at Long Grove House at 2001 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-8828 or log onto

The Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund is accepting runners for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 12. Didn’t make the lottery? They have your guaranteed entry. Monies raised benefit fund and drive vital research and awareness programs approved or provided by the fund. Join Jack’s Team at

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center provides health services for the community, with centers of excellence in cancer treatment; women’s health; diabetes treatment; ear, nose, and throat issues; heart and vascular conditions; orthopedics; stroke; weight management; and spine and back care. To learn more, visit The medical center is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 567-2000.

Soprano Renee Fleming will be the special honoree at Merit School of Music’s 35th anniversary gala Thursday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St. There will be an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a dinner, and dancing. All proceeds benefit Merit School of Music, located at 38 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 267-4461.

Old St. Mary’s School, 1474 S. Michigan Ave., capped its successful first season by winning the Chicago Urban Debate League middle school city championship at Senn High School on March 15. The tournament included more than 200 two-person debate teams from 30 schools. The team of Stacia Konow and Isabella Rosinia won the city championship in the novice division. Four teams from OSM went 3-1, with Ava Childers and Faith Radford taking 15th place, Maggie Rivera and Franny Ibanez 30th, Kyra Jacoby and Ina Kmiec 31st, Delaney Hybl and Nora Ryan 37th, and Jisselle Mendoza and Olivia Syftestad 43rd. Konow was the top speaker at the tournament, and other individual awards were won by Syftestad (6th), Radford (16th), Rosinia (17th) and Childers (25th). The team is coached by OSM volunteer parent John Jacoby.

The Old St. Mary’s debaters, front row: Olivia Syftestad, Isabella Rosinia, Stacia Konow, Ina Kmiec, Nora Ryan, Maggie Rivera, Kyra Jacoby, and Jisselle Mendoza. Back row: Ava Childers, coach John Jacoby, Delaney Hybl, Faith Radford, Franny Ibanez, and OSM principal Julie Kadrich.
The Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO), the largest renter organizing group in Chicago, received the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Leadership Award from Lumity and Accenture for its development of the Squared Away Chicago App, a web-based rental app for mobile phones. Lumity is a Chicago nonprofit consulting organization, and Accenture is a strategy, digital, technology, and operations company. MTO is located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave. Call (312) 292-4980.

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Famewill hold its seventh annual Tommy Lasorda Open golf outing on Monday, June 30, at the Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort, 250 W. Schick Rd., Bloomingdale, IL. Call (312) 226-5566.

Pope John Paul II School recently held a fundraiser that featured performances by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago and the school band. The event included the school’s annual Got Talent Contest. Winners were third graders Joseph DeLeo for dancing and seventh graders Angela Garza, Psyenne Kallenborn, and Ariana Lopez-Lugo for singing. The event made more than $10,000 for building improvements and scholarships. The school will host an open house on Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The school is located at 4325 S. Richmond St. For information, log on to or call (773) 523-6161.

Provision Theatre Co. will perform Jacob, the story of a rich Chicago family torn apart by fear, manipulation, and deception—until a supernatural force of truth and redemption intervenes. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from Saturday, May 10, through Sunday, June 15, with an additional performance on Wednesday, May 7, at Provision Theatre, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 455-0066.

Queen of Peace High School will host its third annual 5K run/walk on Sunday, May 4, at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $40 the day of the event. Children 12 and younger may run for free with a registered adult; they will not be timed nor receive a t-shirt. All ages may participate. Strollers, wagons, pets are welcome on the walk. All funds raised will go to the school’s full steam ahead curricular initiative, focused on advancing student learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. For more information visit The school is located at 7659 S. Linder Ave. in Burbank, IL.

The Easter Seals Gilchrist-Marchman Child Development Center is moving. The accredited early child care and education program, currently at 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., is relocating to Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave. The program enrolls children ages six weeks through five years in an inclusive, individualized early learning environment. Call (312) 492-7402 for details.

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The Cutest Kid Contest from Saint Anthony Hospital focuses on children from the hospital’s service areas. Winners in each category earn a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. Through Saturday, May 31, parents of children up to age 17 are encouraged to enter their child by liking Saint Anthony Hospital Chicago on Facebook. Vote from now through May 31 for your choice of the Saint Anthony Hospital community’s cutest kid. Judges will announce the winners on Saturday, June 7, at the hospital’s Summer Fest. Families must be present to win. The hospital is located at 2875 W. 19th St. For more information, log on to

St. Elizabeth High School, St. Anselm School, and St. Elizabeth Elementary School will hold an all class reunion Friday through Sunday, May 2 through 4. Events are: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m., meet and greet in the M Lounge, 1520 S. Wabash Ave.; Saturday, pot luck, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, alumni luncheon at the New Martinique, noon to 4 p.m., highlighting the 50-year Class of 1964. Call Marie Smith at (773) 573-0934 for more information.

Saint Ignatius College Prep will host its annual Golf Classic on Wednesday, June 25, at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. Funds raised go to tuition assistance. Sister Helen Prejean, one of the world’s leading advocates for abolishing the death penalty, recently visited the school. The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900.

Organ Music for Four Hands and Feet will be performed by Nathan and Lisa Knutson Saturday, May 17 at St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter St. The event includes dinner at 5:45 p.m. followed by a recital at 6:45 p.m. Organist David Troiano will peform Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for those 18 and young. May 17 tickets include dinner. Call (312) 243-7373.

Maria Leal, director of community services at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, will be honored Thursday, May 8, for her work feeding the hungry, counseling abused women, and comforting those who shared their troubles with her. The church is located at 2108 W. 21st St. Call (773) 847-6458.

St. Pius V Parish runs a thrift store at 1701 W. 18th Pl. from Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings. Call (312) 226-6234. The Casa Juan Diego Youth Center at 2020 S. Blue Island Ave. is open Monday through Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturdays through 4 p.m. Call (312) 421-7647.

St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport St., will hold a “tienges” (yard sale) in front of the rectory all day Sunday, May 25. Proceeds will fund the church’s food bank and soup kitchen. Call (312) 226-7887.

Three St. Therese School students, Sam Andriacchi, Lambert Hu, and Michael Chen, have qualified to advance to the National History Bee in Atlanta, GA, in June. The school is located at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-6068.

SAY of Chicago soccer enrollment is now open. Log on to

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will present the Best of Josie Falbo and Friends on Saturday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. Falbo, Mark Madsen, and the Lakeside Singers will perform jazz, gospel, pop, and classical. Call (312) 421-3757 to purchase tickets. A May crowning will be held at the 11 a.m. Mass at the shrine on Sunday, May 4. Children of all ages are invited to participate. Call (773) 763-0066. The Padre Pio Prayer Cenacle convenes at 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Shrine visitation hours generally are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., although visitors are urged to call to confirm before visiting. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.

Sounds of the South Loop, a music series at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., will present the Chicago Bassoon Quartet on Wednesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. the Fifth House Ensemble will offer its interpretation of chamber music classics and contemporary works. Tickets for each concert are available at a discount at Seniors and students receive half-price admission. Call (312) 225-4951.

South Loop Neighbors is looking for eight to ten lofts to show off during Loft Walk, scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. The boundaries are Jackson to 25th Streets and the river to the lake. Email loftwalk@

South Loop School Early Childhood Center tours will be held one Friday per month from 9 to 10 a.m. for parents interested in the preschool or kindergarten programs. Preschoolers may live anywhere; kindergarteners must live within the school’s attendance boundaries. This month’s tour is on May 16. A tour for families of prospective first through eighth graders will be held Wednesday, May 21. Email or log on to for more information. The school is at 1212 S. Plymouth Ct.

St. Therese School will send three students to the National History Bee in Atlanta: Lambert Hu, Sam Andriacchi, and Michael Chen.
The Tea Rose Educational Foundationand the Tau Gamma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a gospel concert on Saturday, May 3, at 5 p.m. at Carey Tercentenary AME Church, 1448 S. Homan Ave. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and will go toward scholarships for high school and nursing students. Call (708) 872-0210.

Maria Siemionow, MD, PhD, who led the surgical team that performed the first near-total face transplant in the U.S., has joined the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine faculty as professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Registration is open for 2014 UIC Soccer Day Camps. Visit to register. Camps open to boys and girls ages four through 14 will be held Monday through Friday, June 9 to 13, 16 to 20, and 23 to 27 as well as July 7 through 11 and 14 through 18. Half and full day options available. Also, junior elite training camp is open to boys in grades six through eight, and college prep training camp is open to high school boys and recent graduates. Call (312) 996-6755.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave., is exhibiting works by contemporary artists Paul Clark, Donna Hapac, and Bruce White through Sunday, June 8. Call (773) 227-5522.