ATN: February 2016
February 6, 2016

By William S. Bike

Armour Square Park, located at 3309 S. Shields, has begun registration for winter programs online at or in person at the park. Programs will end Friday, March 11. Programs include Parent & Tot Gymnastics; Moms, Pops & Tots Music; and Moms, Pops & Tots Yoga. For pre-schoolers the park offers Kiddie College, Dino Diggers, Little Artists, Tiny Tot Tumbling, T-Ball, Indoor Soccer, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Badminton, Bitty Basketball, Mighty Muchkins, and KidzEnergy. For ages six and up the park offers Recreational Tumbling, Bitty Basketball, Team Gymnastics, Floor Hockey, Indoor Soccer, and Seasonal Sports Club.

The Chicago Jets Bantam A team won the Big Bear tournament championship in Ann Arbor, MI, over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The Jets went undefeated, with three shut-out games and three hat tricks by Jets players.

The Chicago Jets Bantam A team won the Big Bear tournament championship in Ann Arbor, MI, over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The Jets went undefeated, with three shut-out games and three hat tricks by Jets players.

There also is Teen Club and Basketball for ages 13 and up and adult classes such as Line Dance, Circuit Training, Yoga/Pilates, and Weight Training. Save the date of Saturday, March 5, for the Armour Park Co-Rec 21 & Over Professional Volleyball Tournament at $200 per team. Call the park at (312)747-6012 for more information.

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

Registration for the 2016 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K is open. The race will be held Sunday, April 3, and welcome thousands runners on a course that weaves its way through the Loop, starting and finishing in Grant Park. The first 8,000 runners to sign up receive a $40 discounted entry; after that, the registration fee increases to $50. Runners can register online at

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

Low-income families gain financial knowledge and pay off thousands of dollars in debt with guidance from a financial coaching Progress Program led by the Center for Economic Progress (CEP), located at 567 W. Lake St. Call (312) 252-

The Bridgeport Citizens Group reported that the Bridgeport Neighborhood Watch welcomes volunteers to walk the neighborhood, report blighted areas, and pick up litter. Call (312) 508-8852.

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.

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’s Chinatown Chamber of Commerce welcomes all to a Lunar New Year Parade Sunday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. at Wentworth
Ave. and Cermak Road. Call (312) 326-5320.

Chicago Hope Academy High School, 2189 W. Bowler St., will hold a placement examination for eighth grade students on Saturday, Feb. 6. Students should arrive by 8 a.m. with two no. 2 pencils and a $25 testing fee. The school also will hold an open house on Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For information, email admissions, call (312) 491-1600, or log on to

Congratulations to the Chicago Jets Bantam A team for winning the Big Bear tournament championship in Ann Arbor, MI over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The Jets went undefeated, including three shut-out games and three hat tricks.

Chicago KICS United FC soccer will hold a Vegas Night on Valentine’s fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 13, 7 to 10 p.m. at Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Ave. Cost of tickets is $150 per couple or $85 per individual. For more information, log on to or call (312) 995-7117.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County will host a fundraising event on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. at Lagunitas Tap Room, 2607 W. 17th St. Proceeds from What’s Brewing With CASA will support its Child Advocacy Program, which recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who serve as advocates for foster children in Cook County. All pints will be $5, the Pork Shoppe will serve barbeque, and there will be raffles for local goodies. Tickets are $10 and are available at For more information, email or call (312) 433-4928.

Children of Peace School will have an open house Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. Call (312) 243-8186.

Several De La Salle Institute students have been named Illinois State Scholars. The boys are Bradford Bingham (Bridgeport), Francisco Carreon, Aaron Funes, Jonathan Quigley (Near West Side), James Wilson-Schutter (South Loop), and Rayes Weems. The girls are Kaitlin Biondo, Olivia Garcia, Guadalupe Godinez (Back of the Yards), and Crystal Padilla.

De La Salle Institute recently held its fifth annual Holidinner as it welcomed guests from St. James Parish in Chicago as well as residents from the surrounding community. The school fed more than 125 guests.

Eight students from De La Salle’s Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women, along with De La Salle math instructor Norma Ramos, recently attended the Sonia Kovalevsky Math and Magic Day at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Students who represented De La Salle were seniors Omo Irumundomon (Bronzeville) and Olivia Garcia; junior Kaitlyn Truty; sophomores Brandy Wayne, Breana Wayne, Rebecca Xie (Bridgeport), and Yu Ying Zhao (Bridgeport); and freshman Jacqueline Camarena.

The school’s Theatre 100 ensemble held its annual Fall Theatre Festival in the school’s Ayres-Conway Theater. The students participated in one-act plays, sword combat performances, and comic improvisational groups.

Taylor Amison, Dakota Biliskov, Gerald Carter, and Mariela Arteaga (McKinley Park) were selected the Meteors of the Month.

De La Salle Institute held its inaugural alumni hockey game at Johnny’s Icehouse East. Approximately 25 De La Salle graduates from throughout the years participated in the matchup with the current junior varsity team. The game ended in a 7-7 tie.

De La Salle held its annual Chicago’s Next Top Artist Contest for students in grades 6 through 8. Finishing in first place was Caroline Pham, an eighth-grader from St. Thomas of Canterbury School. Second place went to Alia Trinidad, an eighth-grader from Irma C. Ruiz School, and third place to Oscar Liu, a seventh-grader from Holden Elementary School.

The Robotics Club recently competed in a First Tech Challenge qualifier at Francis Parker High School. Of the 22 teams registered, De La Salle placed seventh. Teams of up to ten students are responsible for designing, building, and programming robots.

Students in the Introduction to App and Web Development class garnered a Best in State win in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Representing De La Salle were Madison Coppola, Yulin Deng (Bridgeport), Gabriela Hernandez, Nicole Mildner (Canaryville), Isabella Rodriguez, Sofia Rodriguez, and Amy Wu Feng (Bridgeport).

Ten band students were chosen to participate in the Greater Chicagoland All-Catholic Honor Band Concert on January 16 at VanderCook College of Music Representing De La Salle were Carlson Ayanlaja, Devin Coachman, Raphael Cruz, Justin Harris, Shaun LeVine (Canaryville), Esmeralda Melero, Dawn Pettis, Juan Ramos, Bryce Worthy (Loop), and Joya Wright.

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. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to

De La Salle’s Theatre 100 ensemble held its annual Fall Theatre Festival, in which the students participated in one-act plays, sword combat performances, and comic improvisational groups.

De La Salle’s Theatre 100 ensemble held its annual Fall Theatre Festival, in which the students participated in one-act plays, sword combat performances, and comic improvisational groups.

The Dentons law firm, Uptown People’s Law Center, Equip for Equality, and the Mayer Brown law firm won a victory in a seven-year legal battle to improve treatment of thousands of prisoners with mental illnesses currently incarcerated throughout the State of Illinois correctional system.

Under the terms of a settlement delivered in Federal District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Corrections must provide specialized healthcare and services for approximately 11,000 mentally ill people as well as create facilities and hire staff to treat this segment of the prison population. For more information, call (773) 326-8838.

First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1124 S. Ashland Ave., is hosting special events in February. On Sunday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m., enjoy an International Fellowship Event: Super Bowl and Chinese New Year Party. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6:30 p.m., attend an Ash Wednesday service. Black History/International Dress Day, with a multicultural fellowship luncheon following the worship service, will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Call (312) 733-6886 or log on to

The Foundation of Artists Mentored in Entertainment will host open call auditions for dancers and musical artists ages 16 through 30 on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Studio 3G, 1017 Washington Blvd. For information, visit or email

Insieme a Chicago will offer Italian language and culture classes for children and adults from Thursday, Feb. 11, through Saturday, May 14. Call (312) 451-6880 or log on to

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

Canaryville Little League leader and community activist John Kozlar appeared on the Steve Harvey Show on NBC Channel 5 on Jan. 12 to talk about the millennial generation and their use of social media in politics.

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services provides child develop- ment programs, social services, outreach to at-risk families and individuals, senior services, and youth programs. The Marillac Social Center is located at 212 S. Francisco Ave., and the St. Vincent de Paul Center is at 2145 S. Halsted St. Call (773) 722-7440.

The Maxwell Street Market is open Sundays at 800 S. Desplaines St. For more information, contact (312) 243-0394 or or visit

The McKinley Park Advisory Council’s recent Louder Than A Bomb creative writing workshop for neighborhood youngsters featured Young Chicago Authors’ Black Rose and Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward). The event was held at McKinley Park Fieldhouse, 2210 W. Pershing Rd. and facilitated by Rose. Call (312) 747-6527.

The McKinley Park Advisory Council’s Louder Than A Bomb writing workshop for youngsters featured author Black Rose and Alderman George Cardenas.

The McKinley Park Advisory Council’s Louder Than A Bomb writing workshop for youngsters featured author Black Rose and Alderman George Cardenas.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center will host Yoga for You- Beginners on the Wednesdays of Feb. 10, 17, and 24. Call (773) 821-8450 for more information. Classes are held at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Kelly M. Fitzgerald, MD, has joined the Mercy Department of Pediatrics, and Ruth Dubyel, MD, has joined the Mercy Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. They see patients at Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station. Haider A. Shirazi, MD, a radiation oncologist, has joined the Cancer Program at Mercy. To learn more, visit www.mercy- or call (312) 567-2000.

Monastery of the Holy Cross will hold Solemn Choral Vespers Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5:15 p.m. Call (773) 927-7424, ext. 206.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography will hold its annual benefit auction, Darkroom, on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. Enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live and silent auctions. Tickets start at $175. Call (312) 369-7705, email, or log on to

MoCP will host free public programming related to the MoCP at 40 exhibition running through April 10. All works on view come from the museum’s permanent collection. Zanele Mhuli will give a photography lecture Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave., at 6 p.m.

A symposium on the “unstable image,” a discussion on fading prints, will be held Friday, March 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 600 S. Michigan Ave.

Nadav Kander will give a lecture on Tuesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. Call (312) 369-7705.

The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., is hosting Greek dance lessons for teens and adults on Saturdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The current classes run through Feb. 27. Drop-ins welcome. Call (312) 655-1234 or log on to

The Saint John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been named one of the country’s top ten Newman Centers by Best College Reviews, The Newman Center is at 700 S. Morgan St. Call (312) 226-1880.

Stacia Konow and Isabella Rosinia, seventh graders at Old St. Mary’s (OSM) School, won the varsity championship at the Conference A high school debate tournament at Kennedy High School. Konow and Rosinia competed against high school upperclassmen. They went 4-1 and were the third seed of the eight teams that made the quarterfinals.

The Plant, a facility home to farm and food-producing businesses, hosts an indoor farmers market at 1400 W 46th St. the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go on tours of the Plant at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For information, log on to

Pilsen Alliance named Byron Sigcho the community group’s interim executive director. For more information, log on to

Five students from Queen of Peace High School, Krysta Buche, Alejandra Cosio, Jodi Curtin, Claire Murphy, and Izabela Paraga, have been named Illinois State Scholars.

Archbishop Blasé Cupich attended the Queen of Peace-Mother McAuley basketball game on Jan. 23, sharing a blessing with both teams before the game.

The school is located at 7659 S. Linder Ave. Call (708) 496-4753.

From left to right are Illinois State Scholars from Queen of Peace High School Krysta Buche, Claire Murphy, Izabela Paraga, Jodi Curtin, and Alejandra Cosio.

From left to right are Illinois State Scholars from Queen of Peace High School Krysta Buche, Claire Murphy, Izabela Paraga, Jodi Curtin, and Alejandra Cosio.

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. Fundraising is underway to restore the church’s twin towers and its pipe organ. Call (312) 226-2300.

Twenty members of the Saint Ignatius College Prep simulated United Nations team, along with faculty Diane Haleas and Will Jones, attended a diplomatic briefing at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in New York City recently. Students asked questions and engaged in dialogue about international politics with Alexey Zaytsev, a Russian official. The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School will host its annual Chinese New Year benefit on Saturday, March 5, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Furama Restaurant, 2828 S. Wentworth Ave. Nancy Loo of WGN News will emcee this event, which will feature food, school performances, raffles, a DJ, and a silent auction. Contact the school at (312) 326-2837 or download a ticket order form at The deadline for ordering tickets is Friday, February 19.

St. John Cantius Parish, 825 N. Carpenter St., has released two CDs, Magnificat and Te Deum, featuring its choir and orchestra, Ensemble Cor et Vox. For information or to buy CDs, call (312) 243-7373, ext. 111.

The Shedd Aquarium has named its baby dolphin Makoa, which means “fearless” in Hawaiian. Nearly 3,500 people participated in an election to choose the name. The Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. Call (312) 939-2438.

St. Leonard’s Ministries runs a program pairing volunteers with senior citizens in West Haven to help with light chores and landscaping. Call (773) 593-7211.

St. Pius V Parish runs a thrift store Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings at 1701 W. 18th Pl. 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 Saturday until 4 p.m. Call (312) 421-7647.

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., will hold an Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

The South Loop Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m.; cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

In Sounds of the South Loop, the Prairie State Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Log on to

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host an Ash Wednesday distribution of ashes and prayer service at 7 a.m. and noon as well as distribution of ashes and a Mass at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Weekly stations of the cross will be held at noon on Fridays starting Feb. 12.

The next offering in the winter spirituality series, Listening with the Ear of the Heart: Praying the Scriptures, will be Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Shrine is holding a raffle. Top prizes are two premium seats and a chance to meet the singing group Il Volo at the Chicago Theater on Friday, Feb. 26, and a gift certificate for Gibson’s Steakhouse. Raffle tickets are $25 each. Officials will hold the drawing after the Sunday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. Mass. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.

The Smart Gallery of Art will present Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago Thursday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, June 12. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10. The museum is at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Call (773) 702-0200.

Alderman Danny Solis (25th) holds ward night every Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in his office at 1645 S. Blue Island Ave. Call (773) 523-4100 or email

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will present a four-part film series, Sunday Cinema, to screen a different film each Sunday in February at 2 p.m., followed a post-screening discussion with a special guest. Receptions will be held after the first and final films. The films are Raise the Roof, Feb. 7; Carvalho’s Journey, Feb. 14; Camera Obscura, Feb. 21; and How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire, Feb. 28. Spertus

Institute is located at 610 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 322-1756.

South Loop resident Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, a wedding officiant, was named by the Knot, a wedding planning organization, to the Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. For more information, log on to

Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., offers a pinochle club that meets Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Players of all skill levels welcome. Call (312) 747-6729.

The Sentience exhibit features five Chicago-based artists’ work and kicks off with an opening on Friday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show runs through Sunday, March 27, at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to

The University of Illinois at Chicago Theatre will present Snafu, a story of a family dealing with the aftermath of war, from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 19 through 28. The theatre is located at 1044 W. Harrison St. Call (312) 996-2939.

Two UIC researchers, psychiatrist John M. Davis and health economist Frank Chaloupka, made the 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list, which includes some of the world’s most influential scientific minds. The UIC Flames men’s basketball team will play Valparaiso Saturday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m.; Wright State Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.; Northern Kentucky Saturday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m.; Detroit Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. The women’s team will play Wright State Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m.; Green Bay Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.; Milwaukee Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m.; and Valparaiso Saturday, March 5, at 3 p.m. All games are at the UIC Pavilion, Harrison Street and Racine Avenue. Log on to for tickets. UIC College of Dentistry student Nisha Garg was named an Albert Schweitzer Fellow; as part of her fellowship she initiated an oral health screening day for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces on Jan. 16.

More than 100 UIC students, faculty, and staff gave 280 hours of service at ten community sites around Illinois on Martin Luther King Day.

From now through Saturday, March 12, at the Linda Warren Projects gallery is showing still lifes by Ed Valentine and works by Michael Stillion in an exhibition called In the Belly of the Whale. The gallery is at 327 N. Aberdeen St. Call (312) 432-9500 or log on to

Stewart was named to the Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

Stewart was named to the Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

West Loop Families, a not-forprofit group that offers children opportunities for social interaction and education, will host its Chicago Education Expo Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Metro Chicago Hotel, 733 W. Madison St. Get information and see exhibits about childcare, schools, extracurricular activities, and child health and nutrition. Email, call (312) 504-0094, or log on to

The West Loop Soccer Club has programs running now through March. Call (224) 634-0504 or email

The West Loop now has a privately owned bike station one block north of Lake Street at 210 N. Green St., offering showers, lockers, a tire pump, and 75 indoor bicycle racks. Created by the firm WeWork, it leases the bicycle parking spaces and lockers. Email

The World Heritage International Student Exchange Program is seeking representatives to recruit and screen prospective host families for exchange students, supervise foreign students, and interview American students who wish to live abroad. Call (949) 342-1777 or email

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