ATN: March 2017
March 4, 2017

By William S. Bike

Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones Jr. recognizes (l-r) Mykiara Hodges, Andre Spiller, and Ranzell Sorrells for their accomplishments at CHA’s Digital Resource Centers during the Code60+ Challenge.

A Child’s Space, 1020 S. Wabash Ave., offers date night and SaturDAYcare. A Child’s Space will be open for date night until midnight on Friday, March 24 and open Saturday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (312) 431-1234 or log on to

The American Foundation for Suicide 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 an incubator space at 2151 W. 21st St. that includes an art gallery, co-working space, and a shop highlighting local emerging designers’ and artists’ merchandise. It creates a platform for emerging artists, musicians, designers, and other creatives to share their work and provides rental space, artist residencies, and classes. For more information, call (773) 662-0454.

Winter programs are underway at Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Ave., from now through Saturday, March 18. The park offers classes for parents and tots such as gymnastics, sports, art and ABCs, soccer, and bitty basketball. For preschoolers there is 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 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 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, located at 100 S. Racine Ave., will host Make a Scene Camp from Monday through Friday, April 10 through 14. Youngsters ages 5 to 14 will work together to find a story they want to tell, conceive a set, rehearse, and prepare to perform workshop presentations. For information, log on to or call (773) 227-0180.

Families are welcome to schedule a shadow day for their youngsters at Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St. Come to 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 about the school.

Chicago KICS Soccer will offer a two-day spring break camp Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Dunbar Park, 300 E. 31st St. Also, registration is open for summer camp. Email

Members of De La Salle’s App Challenge Team participated in an interview with NBC-5 Chicago’s Charlie Wojciechowski and Art Norman. Pictured are Michelle Vega, Morgan Lawson, Sydney Roberson, Krystale Cole and Alexis Leon. De La Salle faculty member Diniah Dean is pictured in the back row with Charlie Wojciechowski.

Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., will celebrate LGBTQ composers and musicians in More Than a Letter on Monday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. Call (312) 284-1554.

The Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago program continues to explore Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle this spring. From watching a movie to learning beer brewing basics or discovering healthy halal cooking, CPL’s free programs at branch locations throughout the city offer something for everyone. For details on all One Book, One Chicago programs, visit The library will offer a walking tour of Taylor Street on Saturday, April 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. For information, log on to

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. Fitness, wellness, education, art, recreation, and kiddie college programs are underway through the week of March 13. The park will host its Ultimate Wellness Tour on Saturday, April 1, from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring mini-workshops on yoga, crossfit training, and nutrition. Call (312) 328-0821.

Children of Peace School will hold an open house on Tuesday, March 14, at 9 a.m. The school is at 1900 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 243-8186.

For six weeks recently, youngsters learned computer science and how to code in the Code60+ Challenge, created by the City of Chicago, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Public Schools, and Chicago City of Learning (CCOL). Youngsters attended code classes at schools, community centers, city agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. Sybil Madison-Boyd of Digital Youth Network, which runs CCOL, said, “Thanks to this city wide collaboration, more than 11,000 youth chose to expand their coding vocabulary.” For more information, log on to

Rap singer Da$Htone has released a new music video, Proud of Me, filmed in part in the South Loop at the south end of Grant Park near the Agora sculpture, which consists of 106 iron pairs of legs and feet. Bridgeport resident Irene O’Neill plays the doctor in the video. The video can be accessed on YouTube at

De La Salle Institute’s App Challenge Team was named a “Best in State” winner in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge. The team created the mobile app concept “Save Our City,” which aims to combat violence around Chicago. Team members are seniors Krystale Cole (Bronzeville), Morgan Lawson, Alexis Leon, Sydney Roberson, and Michelle Vega. 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

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; the event includes breakfast and a museum tour. Public invited. Call (312) 777-1918 or email Kelsey.

Glessner House Museum will host a lecture, Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at the museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave. Lee grew up in the house and later helped establish and professionalize the field of forensic science. In the early 1940s, she completed work on a series of 18 meticulously detailed miniature crime scenes known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, which state police used during seminars. Admission is $10 per person. Reservations may be made online at or by calling (312) 326-1480.

Haymarket Center’s board of directors chose Dan Lustig, Psy.D, as its new president and CEO. Lustig has served as interim executive since October and previously served as vice president of clinical services at Haymarket Center, Chicago’s largest community-based, not-for-profit provider of comprehensive substance abuse treatment services. The center is located at 932 W. Washington Blvd. Call (312) 226-7984, ext. 343.

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

Minature dioramas showing crime scenes, the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, will be discussed at Glessner House March 26. (Photo by Corinne May Botz courtesy U.S. National Library of Medicine)

The Joffrey Academy of Dance has chosen the winners of its seventh annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Shannon Alvis, Sean Carmon, Karen Gabay, and Jimmy Orrante. They were among those who responded to a national call for African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American artists to submit applications. The academy will showcase these choreographers’ world premiere works in collaboration with the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., in three free performances on Saturday, March 11, at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. Call (312) 739-0120.

Participating donors who visit any of 17 LifeSource community donor centers between Sunday, March 5, and Sunday, March 19 and mention “Give a Pint” will receive a limited edition, St. Patrick’s Day themed T-shirt. Appointments are suggested but walk-ins are always welcome. To make an appointment, call (877) 543-3768 or visit

Join Loop Learning Center for its open house on Tuesday, March 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents interested in quality child care for children ages six weeks to 12 years old are welcome to take a tour. All attendees will receive free registration. The center is at 2001 S. Michigan Ave. (inside the Long Grove House). Call (312) 225-8828 or log onto http://www.looplearningcenter. org for more information.

McGuane Park and Sheridan Park have joined forces to present Sheridan McGuane Baseball and Softball. McGuane is at 2901 S. Poplar Ave. Sheridan is at 910 S. Aberdeen St. Log on to

Mercy Home seeks volunteers for the MercyWorks program, a yearlong program for participants to 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 has added two board members, attorney Tony T. Shu and DePaul University accounting professor Kelly Richmond Pope. Mercy is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit or call (312) 567-2000.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District now has permanent drug, vitamin, and supplement disposal boxes at 100 E. Erie St.; 6001 W. Pershing Rd. in Cicero, IL; and 400 E. 130th St. The Ninth District Chicago Police station at 3120 S. Halsted St. has one as well. The MWRD and the police will dispose of unused and expired medications and supplements safely.

A cross stitch of the Image of the Divine Mercy, measuring 84 by 40 inches, will visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross during Lent through the Octave of Easter. The visit will culminate with Vespers on Divine Mercy Sunday. The church will be open for private prayer and veneration of the Divine Mercy cross stitch from now through Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, Monday through Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m., with Vespers chanted daily at 5:15 p.m. with the monks. The display of the Divine Mercy Image is free and open to the public. The monastery is located at 3111 S. Aberdeen St. Log on to, email, or call (773) 927-7424, ext 206.

Morning Star Baptist Church recently celebrated Friends and Family Day featuring guest speaker James Warren, son of Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel James C. Warren, who spoke about his father’s book, The Tuskegee Airmen Mutiny at Freeman Field. The book detailed a 1945 incident when Col. Warren and African-American Tuskegee officers tried to integrate a segregated officers club, resulting in dishonorable discharges and fines. Eventually, President Harry Truman reversed those decisions and restored the Tuskegee officers to their positions, which eventually led to integration of U.S. military forces. The church held a Black History Month celebration Feb. 12, when many members dressed in African outfits, enjoyed a meal, and viewed 20 African artifacts such as shields and swords. A church member brought the artifacts, which represented a variety of African cultures and date mostly from the 1800’s. The church is at 3993 S. King Dr. Call (773) 285-8111.

The Saint John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago has hired Guy Vaccaro as director of development. The Newman Center is at 700 S. Morgan St. Call (312) 226-1880.

The Near South Little League launched its registration for the upcoming season. The primarily instructional league is celebrating its tenth anniversary. It was created by Jim Navarre. For more information, log on to or contact Navarre at (312) 771-3772 or

Notre Dame de Chicago Parish, 1335 W. Harrison St., will hold Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. every Friday from March 3 to April 7. The parish’s Spring Fling dinner-dance will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Catering will be provided by Wit’s End and entertainment by Glo Glee Music. There also will be a raffle. Tickets are $75. Call (312) 243-7400.

Overeaters Anonymous meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 3528 S.
Hermitage Ave. Call (773) 523-3917.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Online Nursing Programs ranked Rush University College of Nursing seventh among the 144 nursing schools listed this year, improving four spots from the college’s 2016 online ranking.

Rush Generations will have a Diabetes Education and Resource Fair Tuesday, March 28, at 11 a.m., and a session on Resources for Aging on Tuesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

University of Chicago dignitaries and guests recently cut the ribbon on a new medical facility in the South Loop.

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

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

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

Several Roman Catholic parishes will host St. Joseph’s Tables, a centuries-old tradition of thanksgiving to commemorate the saint, on Sunday, March 19. Santa Lucia, 3022 S. Wells St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. after the 10 a.m. Mass. Blessing of the table at 11 a.m. Free will donations welcome. Call (312) 842-6115.

Santa Maria Addolorata, 528 N. Ada St., 10:30 a.m. Mass followed by sharing of food; donations benefit the parish’s food pantry. Call (312) 421-3122.

St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., at 2 p.m. Call (312) 243-7373. St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1039 W. 32nd St., following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, in the school building. All proceeds will support the poor in the local community. Call (773) 927-6646.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., seatings 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reservations required. Email or (312) 421-3757.

Notre Dame de Chicago Parish, 1335 W. Harrison St., will hold a St. Joseph’s breakfast buffet in the lower church hall after every Mass on Sunday, March 19. Call (312) 243-7400.

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

San Miguel School has Thrift Store Tuesdays every last Tuesday of the month in the community center from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of used items accepted. The school is at 1949 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.

Share your love of art and architecture by becoming a docent at the Second Presbyterian Church. Docent training is held at the church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue and includes sessions on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on April 20 and 27 and May 4. The last session meets Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to noon. For information, email or call (800) 657-0687.

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) brings their Calypso Steel Orchestra to Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. The concert is free. For more information, see the church website at or call (312) 225-4951.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host the Stations of the Cross at noon every Friday in Lent starting Friday, March 3. The shrine will present Listening to Our Inner Landscape, Saturday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. Learn to listen to your heart to encounter divine grace and compassion. The shrine will feature Piazza Pompeii Italiano featuring antipasto, Italian bread, frittatas, pizza, cannoli, and baked goods in the hall after both Masses on the Sundays of March 26, April 30, and May 21. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

Friends of STEM will present Untapped 2017, a fundraiser in support of STEM Magnet Academy, a Chicago Public School, Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Baderbraü Brewery, 2515 S. Wabash Ave. Food, drink, fun, festivities, a silent auction, and a raffle will highlight the evente. Visit www.stemuntapped. com or visit the STEM Untapped 2017 Facebook page to buy tickets. For more information, call or text (312)-953-7639. The school is at 1522 W. Fillmore St.

Lakeside Bank was the first bank to sponsor the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on Feb. 5. More than 22,000 people viewed the parade. For more information, log on

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.

COMEDY SHOWCASE is a monthly comedy showcase hosted by comediennes Brandi Denise and Lisa Beasley at the Revival Theater, 1160 E. 55th St. Top standup comics perform. Call (312) 394-0724 or email for information.

The United Center Shuttle Greektown Trolley offers free rides to and from Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls games. The pickup and dropoff point is at 222 S. Halsted St. Call (312) 255-7280.

More than 22,000 people viewed the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. Lakeside Bank’s sponsorship helped make the parade possible.

The University of Chicago Smart Museum of Art hosts an exhibition of classical art, called Classicisms, now through Sunday, June 11. The museum is at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Call (773) 702-0200.

University of Chicago Medicine opened its newest clinic in the South Loop. The $8 million, 18,000-squarefoot Center for Advanced Care at South Loop, on the second level of Southgate Market at 1101 S. Canal St., offers primary care, women’s health, orthopedic and urology services, as well as weight management and obesity treatments, and minor surgical procedures. To make an appointment at the Center for Advanced Care at South Loop, call 1 (877) 336-5667 or visit To learn more about the physicians practicing there, visit

The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Theatre and Music’s UIC Orchestra will present Pax Universalis at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in partnership with the UIC Jewish-Muslim initiative. The orchestra will perform works by Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz and UIC professor Marc Mellits.

UIC’s theatre camp runs Monday through Friday, July 10 through 21, and symphonic band camp runs Sunday through Saturday, July 16 through 22. The camps allow young performing artists to hone their craft with top instructors. Registration is open at www.stmsummercamps.uic edu. Some scholarships are available through Wednesday, March 22. UIC Soccer will host Sean Phillips Soccer Camps day camps for boys and girls. Call (312) 848-6106. For information, call (312) 996-2977.

West Loop Soccer Club offers co-ed and girls only soccer programs for children ages two through 12. The spring season starts Friday, April 14. All sessions will be held at Skinner Park and run by professional coaching staff. Registration now open. Call (224) 634-0504 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