ATN: February 2017
February 4, 2017

By William S. Bike

A Child’s Space, 1020 S. Wabash Ave., offers date night and Saturday care, not only for existing clients but for anyone. It will be open for date nights until midnight on the Fridays of Feb. 24 and March 24 and on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Feb. 11 and March 11. Call (312) 431-1234 or log on to

De La Salle students performed in the All-Catholic Honor Band concert on Jan. 21 at Vandercook College.

The American Foundation for Sui-
cide Prevention has a new state-of-the-science advocacy system that
gives volunteers an easy way to have
a voice in Washington, DC, and Springfield. For the foundation’s help line, call 1 (800) 273-TALK. For more information, contact the Illinois chapter at (312) 890-2377 or

AMFM, a web-based art, music, and fashion brand, has opened a new incubator space at 2151 W. 21st St. for emerging artists, musicians, designers, and other creatives to share their work. The space includes an art gallery, co-working space, and shop highlighting local emerging designers’ and artists’ merchandise. The venue also features rental space, artist residencies, and creative classes. For more information, call (773) 662-0454.

Winter registration has begun online at or in person at Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Ave. Winter programs run now through Saturday, March 18, 2017. The park offers classes for parents and tots such as gymnastics, sports, art and ABCs, soccer, and bitty basketball. Preschoolers can attend kiddie college, dino diggers, little artists, soccer, and tot tumbling. Elementary age programs include floor hockey, basketball, soccer, tumbling, arts and crafts, gymnastic team, and seasonal sports.
For more information call the park at (312) 747-6012 or stop by and pick up a winter schedule.

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k will be held Sunday, April 2. Sign up at

At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten
Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Food pantry hours are noon to 2 p.m. Fridays. Enjoy movies most Mondays at 7 p.m., senior exercise Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., yoga on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and open basketball games Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Call (773) 927-6420 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

De La Salle Institute junior forward Jack Herbst and sophomore forward Dominic Caponera were named to the 2016-17 Illinois High School Hockey League All-Star Team. De La Salle also was represented by head hockey coach John Wallin.

Five varsity football team members were chosen to the 2016 All-Chicago Catholic League Green Division First Team: seniors Ebrima Njie, Eric Rooks, and Anthony Woods (Canaryville) and juniors Nick Boehm and Joe Bonds.

Twenty-one students performed in the All-Catholic Honor Band concert on Jan. 21 at Vandercook College: Carlson Ayanlaja, Raphael Cruz, Emanuel Carrera, Jessalyn Duran, Sherrod Eaton, Gabriel Garcia, Thomas Haepp (Canaryville), Justin Harris, Gerald Hopkins, Shaun LeVine (Canaryville), Yvens Louisma, Kamau Lucas, Imani Payne (South Loop), Christie Pierre, Juan Ramos, Joshua Roman, John Stewart (Bridgeport), Ryan Stunard (Loop), Yan Sun (McKinley Park), Cecil White, and Joya Wright. The Institute campus is located at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. The Lourdes campus is at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to

Lyric Opera of Chicago will perform the famed opera Carmen in February and March.

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 25 Pilsen galleries and art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 2003 S. Halsted St. For more information, call (312) 432-1995.

Chicago Children’s Theatre has moved to 100 S. Racine Ave. and offers performing arts classes in theatre, storytelling, film-making, craft, modern movement, hip hop, aerial circus arts, and vocal instruction. It also has classes for toddlers. For information, log on to www. or call (773) 227-0180.

Portraits Real and Imaginary, an exhibition by artist George C. Clark, is on display through Friday, Feb. 10, at the Renaissance Court Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Call (312) 744-6630.

Families may schedule a shadow day for their youngsters at Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St. The school will hold placement testing Sat., Feb. 25, at 9 a.m., and an open house Sat., March 25, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call (312) 491-1600 or log on to for more information.

Chicago Kics United FC soccer is holding its annual fundraiser, a Night in Monte Carlo, Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Workshop, 935 W. Chestnut St., Suite 530. Call (312) 995 7117.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave., hosts the South Loop Bridge Club Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. through March 31. Programs including fitness, well-ness, education, art, recreation, and kiddie college are underway through the week of March 13. The park will host the Fire & Ice Festival Friday, Feb. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy marshmallow roasting, stargazing, indoor skating in socks, poetry writing, ice bowling, and toddler ice fishing. Cost is $5 per child. Call (312) 328-0821.

Civic Legal Corps helps close the access gap for individuals who cannot afford private law firm fees in family law matters but earn too much to qualify for free legal assistance. Individuals with total household income between 125% and 400% of federal poverty guidelines may receive services from the group, priced on a sliding scale. Eligible clients may have income as high as $47,520 for one person and $163,560 for a family of eight. Call (872) 216-9695 or log on to The office is at 310 S. Peoria St.

Chinatown will host a Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. Call (312) 243-8186. DU SABLE BOARD The DuSable Museum of African American History has named Chance the Rapper and physician Eric Whittaker to its board of directors. The museum is located at 740 E. 56th Pl. Call (773) 947-0600.

Family Focus, an organization dedicated to nurturing children and strengthening families, will host a meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at the National Hellenic Museum at 333 S. Halsted St. Colleen Ciccheti, MD, executive director of the Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital, will speak, and the event includes breakfast and a museum tour. Public invited. Call (312) 777-1918 or email

First Defense Legal Aid, 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody. For more information, call (773) 434-4162.


The First Trinity Chicago Luth-eran Church Community Center welcomes donations of clothing, shoes, and hygiene items. Volunteers take donations on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 643 W. 31st St. Call (312) 842-7390.

Greater West Town Partnership, 500 N. Sacramento Blvd., offers job placement and training programs in wood products manufacturing and shipping and receiving. Call (312) 563-9570.

The Hoyne Park Advisory Council meets the second Thursday of the month at the Hoyne Park fieldhouse, 3431 S. Hamilton Ave. This month’s meeting is Thursday, Feb. 9.

The Love, Health, & Wealth campaign provides tools, education, and resources needed for personal development and financial empowerment through its Protect & Save Movement, which partners with business leaders to help people build a better way of life. The movement meets Monday and Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at 3333 W. Arthington St. For more information, visit or founder Tee Smith’s Facebook page at Smith is a motivational speaker, direct sales professional, and community activist.

Pictured from left to right are St. Laurence High School Illinois State Scholars (back row) Christian Ferrer, Joseph Vascik, Brett Bittner, Brian Lyle, and Daniel Kogut and (front row) Jose Zepeda, Dennis McCarthy, Erik Kazmierowicz, Omari Thurston, and Shawn Donohue.

Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr., will perform Carmen Saturday, Feb. 11, through Saturday, March 25. Call (312) 827-5600.

Mercy Home seeks volunteers for MercyWorks, a year-long program in which participants help make a difference in the lives of troubled children. The home is located at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. Call (312) 738-7560.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center hosted a party on Jan. 19 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its move to its current hospital, and unveiled its newly renovated lobby, which is part of a $75 million reinvestment project that also includes patient room renovations, infrastructure improvements, and relocating its intensive care unit.

Mercy hosts an ongoing Blessed Beginning class for pregnant women on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. that covers what to expect during late pregnancy, labor and birth, postpartum care, and breast feeding. Mercy is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit or call (312) 567-2000.

The Monastery of the Holy Cross announces the celebration of Solemn Choral Vespers on Saturday, February 25, at 5:15 p.m. at the monastery. It will feature classical music from the 16th and 17th centuries, Gregorian chants, psalms, and scripture readings. The monastery is at 3111 S. Aberdeen St. Call (773) 927-7424.

The eighth annual amateur boxing show at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, with the first bout at 7 p.m. See eight bouts and enjoy an Italian buffet, beer, wine, and soda. Tickets are $100. The hall is at 1431 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 226-5566.

Northerly Island will host a free Polar Adventure Day on Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy tours, live animals, crafts, snacks, and raffles. The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. Call (312) 745-2910.

The Out In The Open Sleep-In will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., on Friday, Feb. 24, to benefit 13 organizations providing shelter, dropin space, and advocacy for youth experiencing homelessness. People sign up for teams that select the agency for which they are raising funds. The event includes talks by teens and entertainment. See

Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave., will be the location of a Diversity Job Fair, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. Call (773) 797-5103.

Public Narrative, 600 S. Michigan Ave., offers courses in various locations on topics including social media, communication plans, podcasting, search engine optimization, and analytics. Call (312) 369-6400.

Rush Generations, Rush University Medical Center, will offer the movie Eat: The Story of Food, Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m., and a Diabetes and Resource Fair Tuesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. Call (888)) 352-RUSH.

Online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep are available. Log on to

The Young Alumni Society will host a fundraiser, Ten76, on Sat., Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at Tully Hall. Enjoy food, drinks, dancing, and a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds go to the school’s tuition assistance program. Log on to

The Beyond the Wolves’ Den Career Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14. For information, email

The annual law luncheon will be held Friday, Feb. 24, at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., at 11 a.m. The school will present awards to attorneys Richard W. Burke and John J. Pikarski. Email for information.
Gloriam 2017 will be held Saturday, March 4, with a silent auction and cocktail reception in Tully Hall at 5 p.m.; dinner, a live auction, and paddle raise in the Gentile Gym at 7 p.m.; and an after party and silent auction in Tully Hall at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $500. Call (312) 432-8369 or email

Students Sydney Foster, Emma Garvey, Emily Johns, and Pearson Love won Youth Service Medals of Honor from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for volunteering in their communities. The school’s Women’s Society will host a seminar, “Women, Wealth, and Planning: Developing Your Wealth Strategy” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Email

Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to

St. Pius V School, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., offers private tours to families interested in enrolling their children. Call (312) 226-1590 to learn more and to schedule a tour.

Phyllis Cavallone, principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, will receive the 2017 Lead Learn Proclaim Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for dedication and commitment to excellence. Cavallone was chosen from more than 150,000 teachers, administrators, diocesan leaders, and organizations dedicated to the nation’s Catholic schools. The NCEA will recognize her during its Convention & Expo Tuesday through Thursday April 18 through 20, in St. Louis. The award honors those whose ministry is Catholic school education and who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, dedication, and results. The school will have a Chinese New Year Benefit Saturday, March 4, at Furama Restaurant, 2828 S. Wentworth Ave., at 5:30 p.m. St. Therese is at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837.

Ten St. Laurence High School students from the 2017 graduating class have been named Illinois State Scholars: Brett Bittner, Shawn Donohue, Christian Ferrer, Erik Kazmierowicz, Daniel Kogut, Brian Lyle, Dennis McCarthy, Omari Thurston, Joseph Vascik, and Jose Zepeda.

Bowling coach Joe Faber won the Lawless Award for coach of the year in the Chicago Catholic League (CCL). St. Laurence is located at 5556 W. 77th St. Call (708) 458-6900.

UIC students and employees volunteered at a community shelter during the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Second Presbyterian Church offers free tutoring for students in grades two through eight. Tutors are needed on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The church is hosting a winter coat drive through February. Donate coats, sweatshirts, hoodies, sweaters, gloves, caps, scarves, and mittens as well as canned goods and other non-perishable food.

The church is offering a free classic movie night featuring Chicago’s own Etta Moten Barnett in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. This Black History Month event is part of the church’s 175th anniversary year celebration. Etta Moten Barnett was an active member of the church for many years. Enjoy free popcorn and soft drinks; children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, see the church website at or call (312) 225-4951. The church is at 1936 S. Michigan Ave.

The SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1455 S. Wabash Ave., holds free onehour Introduction to Buddhism sessions at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Free off-street parking available. Call (312) 913-1211.

Sheridan McGuane Baseball will hold tryouts on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Bash Sports Academy, 2617 W. Fletcher between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration required. Log on to

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii holds its Padre Pio Prayer Cenacle at 6 p.m. the first and third Wednesday evenings every month. The winter spirituality series, Listening to Our Inner Landscape: Compassion for Self and Divine Mystery, continues on the Saturdays of Feb. 25 and March 25. Learn about grace, compassion, and healing. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., offers a pinochle club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Novice, beginner, and experienced card players welcome. Call (312) 747-6729.

Sedimented, an exhibit by four Chicago artists, opens on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2323 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522.

The United Center Shuttle Greektown Trolley offers free rides to and from Blackhawks and Bulls games, with pickup and drop-off at 222 S. Halsted St. Call (312) 255-7280.

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation seeks grant applications from families needing financial assistance to help pay for a child’s health care treatments, services, or equipment not covered (or not fully covered) by their commercial health insurance plan. To be eligible, children must be 16 or younger. Families do not need to have insurance through United-Healthcare to be eligible. Apply for grants at There is no application deadline.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Theatre and School of Theatre and Music will present Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, a play about real estate, sales, and the battles between salespeople from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17 through 26. Call (312) 996-2939. The UIC Flames men’s basketball team has home games against Youngstown State, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.; Cleveland State, Saturday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m.; and Green Bay, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Call (312) 413-8421.

The UIC Flames women’s basketball team has home games against Youngstown State, Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m.; Detroit Mercy, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.; and Oakland, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. Call (312) 413-8421. UIC students, faculty, and staff honored Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy Jan. 18 by volunteering throughout the Chicago area.

The University of Chicago Smart of Art will host an exhibition of classical art, called Classicisms, from Thursday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, June 11. Enjoy the opening reception Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The museum is at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Call (773) 702-0200.

Village Leadership Academy, 800 S. Wells St., Suite 90, needs volunteers to help with after-school clubs and tutoring. Call (312) 675-0056 or log on to

Linda Warren Projects is showing works by Alex O’Neal in the exhibit Hiding Places in a Dream and Brenda Moore in the exhibit In Search of Lost Time from now through Saturday, Feb. 18. The gallery is at 327 N. Aberdeen St., Suite 151. Call (312) 432-9500 or log on to

The West Loop Soccer Club will offer a soccer camp for children ages four through 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. Log on to The club was honored to represent the West Loop on Dec. 18 during the professional indoor soccer match between the Chicago Mustangs and Syracuse at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. WLSC boys and girls played in a half-time scrimmage against their peers from the FC Mustangs Soccer Academy. The WLSC won. Travel team tryouts will be held in the spring. For information, 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