Irish Art; Fashion 2015; Roundups
May 1, 2015

By William S. Bike

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will host its annual runway show, Fashion 2015, on May 8.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will host its annual runway show, Fashion 2015, on May 8.

Beginning Saturday, May 9, Active Transportation Alliance will host cycling classes at 9 W. Hubbard St. The classes are open to adults and teenagers and provide 1.5 hours of classroom instruction and 1.5 hours of on-street instruction. Attendees will learn basic traffic skills, tips on choosing a bike, basic maintenance, and advice on staying safe while riding. Call (312) 427-3325 or log on to

The Art Institute of Chicago has an exhibition called Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840, showcasing Irish decorative and fine arts, from now through Sunday, June 7. The Art Institute is at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will host its annual runway show, Fashion 2015, Friday, May 8, at Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade. The Walk, SAIC’s annual benefit, supports production of student work and scholarships. Fashion critic, journalist, and filmmaker Diane Pernet will receive SAIC’s 2015 Legend of Fashion award. Schedule: general admission dress rehearsal at 9 a.m., general admission seating for Fashion 2015 events at noon and 3 p.m., and the Walk at 5:30 p.m. Tickets available online at, at the door on May 8, or by calling (312) 499-4190.

Arts of Life, 2010 W. Carroll Ave., which provides services for artists with developmental disabilities, will host a Spaghetti Western dinner and fundraiser on Saturday, May 2, at 5 p.m. at 1963 Johns Dr. in Glenview. Call (312) 829-2787, ext. 15.

ASSE International Student Exchange Program needs representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students. Representatives screen prospective host families, supervise exchange students, and interview American students who wish to live abroad. Representatives receive compensation. Call (800) 736-1760 or email

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

At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Call (773) 927-6420 or email

Brother Rice School will host athletic, academic, and music camps this summer. The school is located at 10001 S. Pulaski Rd. Call (773) 429-4300 or log on to

The Bridgeport Art Center will host a meet and greet with its artists on Friday, May 15. 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

De La Salle Illinois State Scholars Kyra White, Catherine Nowaczyk, Gwenn Torres, Melissa Zavala, and Juliana Tamayo.

De La Salle Illinois State Scholars Kyra White, Catherine Nowaczyk, Gwenn Torres, Melissa Zavala, and Juliana Tamayo.

Each month, students, faculty, and families at Bridgeport Catholic Academy focus on a different character trait to promote a positive school environment. Students who have exhibited that trait well throughout the month become part of the Character Club. Students who displayed caring were: pre-kindergarten 3, Sarah Grek and Hunter Spight; pre-kindergarten 4, Lily Snooks; kindergarten, Julianne Lacy; first grade, Frank Mitchell; second grade, Juliet Grek; third grade, Ella Tobar; fourth grade, David Luna; fifth grade, Talia Vari; sixth grade, Michael Gioia; seventh grade, Gary Chong; and eighth grade, Michaelena Sheehan. BCA is located at 3700 S. Lowe Ave. Call (312) 326-1130.

Centers for New Horizons at 4150 S. King Dr. helps children, young people, and families become self-reliant through offerings at seven locations in Bronzeville and other South Side neighborhoods. Programs include violence prevention, services to help people deal with the after-effects of violence, the Stop Armed Violence Everywhere initiative, infant care, and early childhood education programs. Donations are welcome. Call (773) 373-5700 or visit

The Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., offers tours, exhibits, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education to enhance awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Visit or call (312) 922-3432 for locations, dates, and pricing.

Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St., will host a golf outing on Thursday, June 11, at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge, IL. Call (312) 566-6079.

Visual Art Documentation and Archiving, which will discuss artwork photography, image editing, and file management, will be held Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at the Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St. 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 Bird Collision Monitors are walking the Fulton River and West Loop Gate areas to help birds that hit windows. If you see a bird in distress, call the CBCM hotline at (773) 988-1867 and follow the instructions on the website for handling injured birds and baby birds.

The Chicago Lighthouse will honor U.S. Representative Danny Davis and ABC 7 TV Chicago at its 2015 Seeing What’s Possible dinner on Thursday, May 14, from 5:30 to 9 pm at the Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton St. All proceeds benefit Lighthouse programs assisting individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Tickets are $350 per person. Call (312) 666-1331, ext. 3352.

Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens has adult, teen, youth, and toddler programs. Standard six-week day camp runs Monday, June 29, through Friday, Aug. 7. Specialty camp dates vary. A variety of other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of Aug. 17. The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.

Eleven students from De La Salle’s Institute Campus have been chosen Illinois State Scholars for the 2014-15 school year: Jonathan Cline, Benjamin Colletti, James Considine, Joseph Considine, Fernando Diaz, Fabian Jimenez, Pierre Manzo, Horace Nowell, Nicholas Pettigrew (South Loop), Jamon Thomas (Chatham), and Maxwell Webber.

Five students from the Lourdes Hall Campus have been honored as Illinois State Scholars: Catherine Nowaczyk, Juliana Tamayo, Gwenn Torres, Kyra White, and Melissa Zavala. The school named Brennan Harris, Christian Matthews, and Jarod Rhymes Meteors of the Month for the Institute Campus. Lourdes Hall Campus Meteor of the Month was Annyce Brackins.

De La Salle Institute is offering summer camps for elementary school students at its Institute Campus. Academic camp topics are algebra fundamentals, aviation, band, beginning band, creative art, creative writing, drama, history detectives, and Mandarin Chinese. Athletic camps will offer baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, soccer, speed, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. Call (312) 842-7355, ext. 147.

The Institute Campus for Young Men is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. and the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women is at 1040 W. 32nd Pl.

New National Honor Society members at Queen of Peace High School.

New National Honor Society members at Queen of Peace High School.

The Children at the Crossroads Foundation, which provides funding to Frances Xavier Warde School, will host its 25th annual Scholarship Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl., at and honor Steve and Peg Lombardo and Mary Reiling on Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. Contact Rebecca Grant at or (312) 268-2512.

Enlightened Living Programs offers meditation classes at the Bronzeville Community Clubhouse, 3847 S. Giles Ave. Don Hoes will teach Food for the Soul, the Real Soul Food on Wednesday, May 6, at 8 p.m. Call (630) 955-2207.

First Defense Legal Aid, an organization protecting the rights of those accused of crimes, will host its Answering the Call event celebrating 20 years of service. The event will be held Friday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Mayer Brown LLP, 71 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 3300. Call (773) 354-8581. EVENING OF F.A.M.E. The Foundation of Artists Mentored in Entertainment will host an evening of F.A.M.E. talent competition with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and live entertainment on Friday, May 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St. Log on to

Greektown Special Service Area #16 will host community meetings at 306 S. Halsted St., Suite 1N, at 3 p.m. on the Thursdays of May 28, June 25, July 23, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Nov. 19.

Holy Trinity Croatian, 1850 S. Throop St., holds bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 7 p.m. Call (312) 534-8200.

Instituto Cervantes Chicago, a center for Spanish language and cultural exchange, offers courses and workshops for adults and children. The center is located at 31 W. Ohio St. Call (312) 335-1996 or email

Lakeside Bank has opened a new branch in the South Loop at 1350 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 435-5100.

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. Mercy offers a low-dose CT lung cancer screening program for early diagnosis, which it recommends for smokers and former smokers. To determine eligibility or schedule a screening, call (312) 567-8800. To learn more, visit The medical center is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 567-2000.

Midtown Center is accepting applications for summer programs at

Midtown Center will host its third annual Summer Rooftop Soiree featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and cash and prize raffles at 333 S. Halsted St. on Thursday, May 28. The Midtown Educational Foundation will hold a golf outing in Schaumburg, IL, on Monday, June 29.

Midtown will hold its 50th anniversary celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, featuring an alumni reunion. Midtown Educational Foundation is located at 718 S. Loomis St. and supports the Midtown Center for Boys at 1819 N. Wood St. and the Metro Achievement Center for Girls at 310 S. Peoria St. Call (773) 292-2660.

MRelief modernizes eligibility determination for government services by making it accessible through online and text messaging. Users who want to know whether they qualify for public benefits can do so by completing forms that ask questions about household size, age, income, and other basic requirements. MRelief can help college students obtain food stamps, for example. Log on to or call (312) 487-1319.

National Able Network offers free adult education classes in math, writing, and reading in small settings. General educational development classes also are available. Call (312) 994-8300 or log on to

Dozens of young explorers enjoyed a sleepover at the National Hellenic Museum, traipsing through the exhibits after dark and finding fun throughout. The April 3 event culminated the next morning with a cooking demonstration of koulourakia, traditional Greek Easter cookies. A variety of events, such as dance classes, are held at the museum, which is located at 333 S. Halsted St. Call (312) 655-1234.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 653 W 37th St., will host a blood drive on Sunday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon in the church basement. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule your appointment, contact Lynnette Panjan at (312) 719-0093 or sign up after church services on Sunday, May 3. A photo ID is required to donate blood. For information, log on to

The Newberry exhibit Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday, which runs through Friday, July 3, reveals cultural insights to the past through Christmas cards, ads, brochures, and other everyday materials. The Newberry is located at 60 W. Walton St. Log on to

Provision Theatre, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., is presenting the drama Old Wicked Songs, the story of a young pianist and the older musician who inspires him, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from now through Sunday, June 7. Call (312) 455-0066.

Queen of Peace High School welcomed new members into its National Honor Society (NHS): Maria Blanas, Krisyta Buche, Katlyn Carrington, Elizabeth Cerullo, Alejandra Cosio, Jodi Curtin, Mary Dore, Llewellyn Evangelista, Emma Gontarek, Shannon Haak, Jordan Jakubowski, Madeline Johnson, Christy Magana, Cynthia Maldonado, Abigail Maloy, Claire Murphy, Isabelle Ogden, Kathleen O’Leary, Samantha Pakula, Izabela Paraga, Isabelle Pavlik, and Molly Williams. Moderator is Therese Haskins. The school is at 7659 Linder Ave. in Burbank, IL. Call (708) 458-7600.

Razzmatazz, a family entertainment center featuring party facilities, inflatables, arcade games, bowling, a laser maze, and a restaurant, will open in June at Chicago Indoor Sports at 39th Street and South Ashland Avenue. Call (773) 376-2900.

Redmoon will host Spectacle Lunatique, an evening supporting Redmoon art and innovation and honoring community activist Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, on Saturday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. Redmoon is at 2120 S. Jefferson St. Call (312) 850-8440.

St. Adalbert Church, 1650 W. 17th St., offers praying of the Rosary every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and a garage sale every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (312) 226-2300.

St. Barbara Parish at 2859 S. Throop St. hosts bingo every Thursday night in the church hall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and games start at 6:35 p.m. For more information call (312) 842-7979 or visit

Saint Ignatius College Prep’s Gloriam 2015 fundraiser grossed more than $1 million to support the tuition assistance program. Student Austin Kewin had a perfect 7-0 score in the Illinois High School Association chess tournament.

The Women’s Society will host its signature dinner on Thursday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. Dorothy Jiganti will be the Golden Rose recipient. There will be music and raffles as well.

The school’s golf outing for tuition assistance will be held Wednesday, June 24. The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900
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Saint Ignatius College Prep’s Gloriam 2015 fundraiser was financially successful and well attended.

Saint Ignatius College Prep’s Gloriam 2015 fundraiser was financially successful and well attended.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., will inaugurate the Maria Leal Lutheran Center on Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m. Call (773) 847-6458 or log on to

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.

San Miguel School will host a fundraiser at Lizzie McNeill’s Pub, 400 N. McClurg Ct., Thursday, June 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and the evening features live music, an open bar and food, a raffle, and an auction. San Miguel School is located at 1954 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.

Shimer College has announced the winners of its ninth annual Montaigne Scholarship Competition. Out of 28 students who competed, Inney Prakash won the full-tuition scholarship, and Henry Barrett was awarded a half-tuition scholarship. The competition brings applicants from across the country to Shimer to compete for scholarships by reading, discussing, and writing about Michel de Montaigne, a French philosopher from the 1500s. The school is located at 3424 S. State St. Call (312) 235-3545 or log on to

Sheridan Park Baseball, 910 S. Aberdeen St., will host a fundraiser outing to the Chicago White Sox-Kansas City Royals game at U.S. Cellular Field the evening of Friday, July 17. Discount tickets available. Call (312) 746-5369.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii celebrates its 20th anniversary after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 2, with a concert by Josie Falbo and Friends. Enjoy a pre-concert buffet and a champagne and pastry reception; tickets are $100 each.

At the 11 a.m. Sunday, May 3, Mass, the shrine will host a Children’s’ May Crowning and a blessing for Our Lady of Pompeii alumni, classmates, and friends. A retreat for caregivers,

Stillpoint in the Whirlwind, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.

La Festa della Repubblica Italiana will be held Sunday, May 3, at the 11 a.m. Mass.

Moving On With Grace, a spiritual journey for those who have lost a spouse, will be held Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to

Alderman Danny Solis (25th) holds ward night every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in his office at 1800 S. Blue Island Ave. Call (773) 523-4100 or email

South Loop School’s Sarah Craft, a sixth grader, advanced to the state competition for the You Be The Chemist Challenge tournament. The school is located at 1212 S. Plymouth Ct. Call (773) 534-8690.

Sylvan Learning, 723 W. Maxwell St., is offering summer learning sessions for youngsters. Call (312) 226-3306.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is hosting the Australian Artists from Ukraine exhibit through Sunday, May 31. The artists were born in Ukraine and settled in Australia. The museum is located at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522.

Nearly 300 University of Illinois at Chicago students displayed their research projects at the Student Research Forum at UIC on April 2. UIC is hosting a study for asthma sufferers over 12 years old. Participants will receive compensation, free asthma medication, and educationa resources. To join the study, call 1 (855) I-WHEEZE or email

Voices for Illinois Children (VIC) will hold its Illinois Kids Count 2015 benefit Thursday, June 4, at the Harold Washington Library Winter Garden, 401 S. Plymouth Ct., featuring author and youth advocate Wes Moore, who will discuss leadership and personal responsibility. VIC is located at 208 S. LaSalle St. Call (312) 456-0600.

West Town Academy Alternative High School is accepting applications. Students must be age 17 through 21, be out of school, and have earned at least four high school credits. The school is located at 534 N. Sacramento Blvd. Call (312) 563-9044 or log on to