New LISC Board Member; Violence Prevention; Roundups
June 6, 2014

By William S. Bike

Participating in the St. Jude Brunch at Connie’s Pizza were (left to right) Marty Loughney, Dan Schmit, Bret Westcott, Al Garza, Eric Pulia, Tony Berg, Mike Korwin, Commander Leo Panepinto, State Representative Esther Golar of the 6th District, Sabrina King, Alderman James Balcer of the 11th Ward, Tony Mejia, Cheryl Clark, Ron Krupa, Noah Roman, and Connie’s manager Edgar Vences.
Armour Square Park at 3309 S. Shields Ave. offers fitness classes and athletic programs. Summer registration has begun online at and in person for Day Camp for youngsters ages six through 12. The camp runs Monday, June 23, through Friday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The $250 fee includes t-shirts, breakfast, lunch, field trips, and special events. The park also offers Learn to Swim, Swim Team Sports, Teen Club, T-Ball, Pre-School Rat Hockey, Roller Hockey, and Soccer for Pre-School and Youth.

Save the date for a movie in the park evening showing of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Saturday, June 28, at dusk. Stop by the park or call (312) 747-6012 for more information.

Works by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte will be on display from Tuesday, June 24, through Monday, Oct. 13, and photos by Czech-born French photographer Josef Koudelka will be shown through Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Art Institute of Chicago. 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. The Art Institute is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 443-3636 or log on to

Julie Chavez, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility market manager, Bank of America, has been appointed to Local Initiatives Support Corp. Chicago’s board of advisors for her continued dedication to and engagement in community development initiatives throughout the metro Chicago area. For more information, call (312) 988-2102.

Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., needs volunteers to catalog books and create program ideas for its library. Find out about public benefits, such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application assistance, by contacting Benton House at (773) 927-6420 or

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

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.

The Chicago Artists Coalition Starving Artist event pairs visual art with culinary talent in a fundraiser for the organization that will be held Saturday, June 21, from 7 to 11 p.m. at 217 N. Carpenter St. Tickets are $250. For information, call (312) 491-8888.

The Chicago Arts District Second Fridays gallery night happens every second Friday of the month from 6 to 10 p.m. This walking tour of 30 Pilsen 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 Children’s Theatre, 1464 N. Milwaukee Ave., will host Camp Red Kite, a summer arts camp for children with autism. The camp will run from Monday, June 30, through Friday, July 18, at Cleveland Elementary School, 3121 W. Byron St. Call (773) 227-0180, ext. 15.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gives thumbs up to St. Therese School Lion and Dragon Dancers at the groundbreaking for the new Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library.
Niani Scott, a sophomore at Chicago Hope Academy, has won a full study abroad scholarship to South Africa through AFS Intercultural Programs and the BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Program, which gives high achieving students the opportunity to attend high school abroad to gain intercultural skills. Only 23 students in three states received the scholarship. Chicago Hope is located at 2189 W. Bowler St. Call (312) 491-1600 or log on to

The Chicago KICS Cup soccer 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

Summer Camp will be offered by the Chicago Park District Monday, June 23, through Friday, Aug. 1. Call (312) 742-7529 or log on to

The Chicago Police Ninth District hosted its annual St. Jude Brunch at Connie’s Pizza at 2373 S. Archer Ave. on May 4 after the St. Jude Police League Memorial March, an annual event that honors the 562 police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. For more information, call (312) 747-3501, ext. 114.

The Chicago Public Library broke ground on May 13 for its new Chinatown Branch at 2100 S. Wentworth Ave. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Daniel Solis (25th Ward) were among those breaking ground. The St. Therese School Lion and Dragon Dancers provided entertainment. The school is located at 247 W. 23rd St.

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.

CivicLab will host a session on fair trade and economic justice in America on Thursday, June 12. CivicLab is located at 114 N. Aberdeen St. For time and further information, call (312) 857-6485.

De La Salle Institute raised $21,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation recently. Approximately 60 members of the De La Salle community had their heads shaved to raise money for the foundation to help children with cancer. In addition, students at De La Salle’s Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women raised another $3,100 by selling shamrocks and tshirts and having bake sales. De La Salle’s Institute Campus is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Its Lourdes Hall Campus is at 1040 W. 32nd Pl.

Easter Seals’ Gilchrist-Marchman Child Development Center will host an open house on Saturday, June 14, in conjunction with the 25th Ward Family Fun Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center provides child care for youngsters six weeks to five years old. It is located in Fosco Park at 1312 S. Racine Ave. Call (312) 492-7402.

The Father’s Day Council will present its Father of the Year Awards beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 160 E. Pearson St. Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Honorees will be Kent P. Dauten of Keystone Capital Inc., Jesse H Ruiz of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and Scott C. Swanson of PNC Illinois. Call (312) 346-1805.

The Goodman Theatre is presenting the final weekend of The White Snake, a 2,000-year-old Chinese love story, with performances Friday through Sunday, June 6 through 8, in the Albert Theatre. Purchase tickets by phone at (312) 443-3800, at the box office at 170 N. Dearborn St., or at

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. Call (312) 534-8200.

A bill written by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) bill to allow public self-administration of insulin has passed the Illinois House of Representatives. Having already passed the Senate, it awaits Governor Patrick Quinn’s signature. The law will prevent diabetics from facing prosecution due to public administration of insulin shots. For more information, call (217) 782-0907.

Students and faculty participated in De La Salle’s St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser.
The Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host meetings of its women’s outreach committee on the Tuesdays of 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 Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) will host its Independents’ Day Dinner Wednesday, July 9, starting with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Alderman Robert Fioretti of the 2nd Ward will receive the Leon Despres Award, and Preservation Chicago will receive the Harold Washington Award. Tickets are $100. Call (312) 939-5105 or log on to

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.

Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery is featuring an exhibition entitled Street Road Artists Space: Arterial Motives from now through Friday, Oct. 31. Artwork comes from four continents and relates to life in a car-centric world. The gallery is located at 215 N. Aberdeen St. Call (312) 944-0408 or log on to

Rami E. Lufti, MD, had been named chairman of surgery at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. He had been medical director of Mercy’s Lap-Band weight reduction surgery program. Mercy is offering a complimentary cooking class, Eat Right Every Bite-Working with Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables, on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m. Registration is required. Call (312) 567-8775 or log on to

Mercy 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.

Metro Achievement Center for Girls, 310 S. Peoria St., and Midtown Center for Boys, 1819 N. Wood St., two centers of the Midtown Educational Foundation, 718 S. Wood St., recently hosted 55 members of the finance department at Astellas US, who worked on gardening, painting, and sprucing up the two centers. For information, call (312) 738-8300.

Joanna Sobran and Michael Dugan, founders of MXOtech at 1101 W. Adams St., have written The Business Owner’s Essential Guide to IT and All Things Digital. The book is designed to help companies maximize efficiency, security, employee productivity, and profits. MXOtech, Inc. provides IT consulting services. The book is available at For more information, log on to or call (312) 243-0123.

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will 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.

The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini will host a festive Mass at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. in honor of the saint’s birthday. A dinner at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., will follow at 6:30 p.m. Dinner cost is $150. For reservations, call (773) 360-5115.

The final performances of The White Snake will be held this weekend at the Goodman Theatre’s Albert Theatre.
Register for the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk, which raises funds for suicide prevention, at The walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at Grant Park.

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 now through Sunday, June 15, at Provision Theatre, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 455-0066.

Queen of Peace High School student Jessica Doyle has received a Chick Evans Scholarship — a full tuition college scholarship for golf caddies. Doyle has caddied for six years and plays on the school’s golf team. Only ten girls nationwide won Evans scholarships… Teacher Kristine Owens and counselor Ashley Dick participated in World Book Night April 23, giving away free books obtained from the World Book Night organization at Chuck’s Southern Comfort Café in Burbank, IL… Seniors Michelle Frederick, Tiara Moore, and Stephanie Vaccaro were inducted as St. Catherine of Siena Scholars… Queen of Peace is located at 7659 S. Linder Ave. in Burbank. Log on to

St. Adalbert Church, 1650 W. 17th St., will host a flea market on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers and vendors welcome. Rent a space to sell your items for $20 for two parking spaces. Call (312) 226-2300.

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. The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900.

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. Xavier University will hold the Bishop Gorman Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24 and 25, to provide professional development for teachers, principals, and leadership teams of Catholic schools. The university has locations at 3700 W. 103rd St. and 18230 Orland Pkwy. in Orland Park, IL. Call (773) 298-3000.

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., will host a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7. The Second Time Around Resale Shop also will be open. The rummage sale runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

To celebrate the church building’s 140th anniversary, Friends of Historic Second Church will host a lecture, A Look Back: Chicago and the World in 1874, by Glessner House Museum executive director and curator William Tyre on Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m. followed by a wine and cheese reception. Docent will lead tours beforehand. RSVP to Call (312) 225-4951 or log on to

Queen of Peace St. Catherine of Siena Scholars Michelle Frederick, Tiara Moore, and Stephanie Vaccaro.
Shimer College, 3424 S. State St., has named alumnus Chris Vaughan, co-founder of Sequence Consulting, chair of its board of trustees. The online publication featured Shimer in an article about college oddities entitled Weirdness U., which noted the school’s student center appears to be “squashed under an elevated train.” Call (312) 235-3500.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will present Moving On With Grace, a spiritual journey for men and women grieving the death of a spouse, Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The presenter will be Loyola University Chicago ministry teacher Amy Florian. Cost is $25, and lunch is included.

The Padre Pio Prayer Cenacle convenes at 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Shrine hours generally are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., although visitors are urged to call before coming to confirm it will be open. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.

The Emma Foster health fair will be held Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St. Get screenings for dental, vision, hearing, glucose, spinal problems, and blood pressure; enjoy children’s activities and goodie bags; pick up health awareness information; relax with upper body chair massages; prizes and other fun events. The church will hold its Back to School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (312) 225-5300.

Alderman Danny Solis (25th) holds ward night every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in his office at 1800 S. Blue Island Ave. Ald. Solis will host the 25th Ward Family Fun Fair on Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine Ave. Call (773) 523-4100 or e-mail

South Loop Neighbors (SLN) will host a neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, June 7, and another on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Dearborn Park, 865 S. Park Terrace, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, e-mail… Help serve breakfast to the needy at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St., the second Saturday of each month… SLN 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. E-mail

South Loop School advanced band members at Great America.
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. Email or log on to for more information. The school’s advanced band, under the leadership of Robert Zettl, placed first in its AA division and sixth overall at Six Flags Great America’s Music in the Parks festival on May 10. Fifteen Illinois schools performed at Grayslake Middle School in Grayslake, IL. This is the first time South Loop School has participated in the festival. Afterward, the 49 band members spent the day at Six Flags. The school is at 1212 S. Plymouth Ct.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will unveil abstract works of Morris Barzani on Friday, June 13, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m.; the exhibit runs through Sunday, July 27. The museum is located at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to

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.

The African-American Cultural Center at UIC explores Bronzeville’s cultural history in Migration and Transformation Through the Arts: The Soul of Bronzeville, an exhibition featuring images, memorabilia, film and video footage, and displays from the Chicago Blues Museum’s archival collections. The show runs now through Friday, Aug. 29, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Addams Hall, second floor, 830 S. Halsted St. Call (312) 996-9549.

Researchers from UIC, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University have signed an agreement allowing researchers from each institution to use each other’s instruments and facilities.

The UIC College of Dentistry will host its annual golf outing on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Call (312) 996-0485 for more information.

UIC, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University have signed an agreement allowing researchers to use facilities at all three campuses. Pictured above is UIC’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory.
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 University Village Association will host a meeting on Festa Italiana to discuss parking, traffic, and other issues on Wednesday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the UVA office at 1453 W. Taylor St. The fest will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 14 through 17. Call (312) 243-3773.

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