ATN: June 2017
June 4, 2017

By William S. Bike

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W. Lexington St. The meetings are closed format, meaning they are only for people with drinking problems or AA members, and not for family members. Call (773) 376-9772 for more information.

All Saints-St. Anthony Parish at 518 West 28th Place will host its annual yard and block party on Sunday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy food and a bake sale, raffle, DJ, and kids’ corner.

Bosley Park, 3044 S. Bonfield St., will host the Chess Wizards summer chess camp Monday through Friday, June 19 through 23 and Aug. 7 through 11. Call (866) 949-4386.

Chicago Park District parks will host Movies in the Park this summer. Grant Park will show Jumanji on Tuesday, June 13, at Columbus Drive. Call (312) 742-3918. Mary Bartelme Park will show La La Land on Wednesday, June 14, 115 S. Sangamon St. Call (312) 746-5962.
Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens will show Pride and Prejudice on Thursday, June 15, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821. Anderson Playground Park will show Ghostbusters 2016 on Friday, June 16, 3748 S. Prairie Ave. Call (312) 747-6007. Cornell Square Park will show The Secret Life of Pets on Friday, June 16, 1809 W. 50th St. Call (312) 747-6097. Washington Park, at the DuSable
Museum of African American History, will show Queen of Katwe on Saturday, June 17, 740 E. 56th Pl. Call (312) 742-1134. Grant Park Grove 5 will show Dirty Dancing on Monday, June 19, 800 S. Columbus Dr. Call (312) 742-1134. Heritage Green Park will show Sing on Wednesday, June 21, 610 W. Adams St. Call (312) 746-5494.

Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward) on April 22 threw out the first pitch starting the season for the Omega Delta Baseball League at Hoyne Park, 3417 S. Hamilton Ave. The same day, Cardenas hosted one of the largest Earth Day Clean and Greens on the South Side. He also attended the Spring Dreamers and Family Education Forum at Arturo Velasquez Westside Technical Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave., which offered a blend of educational resources and immigrant rights workshops. For more information, call (773) 523-8250.

Children of Peace Roman Catholic School recently honored Phyllis Winter and Arlene Redmond for their contributions to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s only K-8 school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Winter was the program’s first teacher. Redmond joined the school as a teacher in 1979 and went on to become program supervisor. Donations to the Winter/Redmond Scholarship Fund are welcome. The school is located at 1900 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 243-8186.

Chicago Children’s Theatre will host a Musical Theater Camp Monday through Friday, June 26 through 30 and July 3 through 7. Vocal and dance training will culminate in a performance. The theatre is at 100 S. Racine Ave. Log on to or call (773) 227-0180.

The Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens Advisory Council will meet the Tuesdays of June 13, July 25, Aug. 22, Oct. 10, and Dec. 5. The park offers programs for youth and adults, including Kiddie College, which promotes learning through play; bridge club on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m., now through June 23; and fitness and wellness activities. The Women’s Park is located at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.

Dance Through the Decades, a Taylor Street reunion, will be held Saturday, July 8, at International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399, 2260 S. Grove St., from 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $50 and include food and liquor. For tickets, contact Lenny Laino at (312) 933-8231 or log on to Tickets also are online at Eventbrite. Xplosive Sounds Entertainment hosts the event.

De La Salle Institute has added the Meteor One, a Phantom 4 drone, and started a Drone Club for students. The Meteor One takes photos and has an advanced vision positioning system that allows precise hovering and makes it easier and safer to fly.
De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.

The 11th Ward and Alderman Patrick D. Thompson will host a document shredding event on Saturday, June 3, on the south side of Armour Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (773) 254-6677.

The following Farmers Markets will be held this summer. Bronzeville Market, 47th Street and King Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, July 9 through Sept. 17. Daley Plaza Market, 50 W. Washington St., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, now through Oct. 26. Downtown Federal Plaza Market, Addams Street and Dearborn Pkwy., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, now through Oct. 31 with the exception of July 4. Edens Place Farmers Market, Fuller Park, 4911 S. Shields Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 3 through Oct. 14. Green City Market, 115 S. Sangamon St., Saturday, June 3 through Oct. 28. Maxwell Street Market, Desplaines and Taylor Streets, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, year-round. Pilsen Community Market, 1800 S. Halsted St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, now through Oct. 29. The Plant Chicago Farmers Market, 1400 W. 46th St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 3 through Sept. 16. Printers Row Market, Dearborn and Polk Streets, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 17 through Oct. 28. South Loop Farmers Market, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 15 through Sept. 28. Sunday City Market of Bridgeport, 1000 W. 35th St., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, July 9 through Sept. 10.

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

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.

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) is chairing A Little Black Dress, a professional women’s luncheon to honor Shirley Williams of South Park Baptist Church on Tuesday, July 25, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Chicago Grand Ballroom, 6531 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The Tim Branch Jazz Band will perform. Tickets are $42 payable to the Institute for Positive Living, 435 E 35th St., 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60616. Proceeds go to the Pioneer Gardens Affordable Living Facility at 3800 S. King Dr. Call (312) 877-6289.

Holy Family Church will celebrate its 160th anniversary with a special Mass Sunday, July 16, at 9:45 a.m., followed by a reception. The church is at 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 492-8442, or log on to

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will host the Little Movers Summer Camp featuring dance, motor skills, and creative movement training. Call (312) 850-9744, ext. 193, or log on to

Hyde Park Produce Market lets you shop online for same day grocery delivery. Go to

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce will hold a golf outing on Monday, July 10, at Boulder Ridge Country Club, 350 Boulder Dr., Lake in the Hills, IL. The day begins at 11 a.m. and includes lunch, golf, and dinner. Call (312) 553-9137, ext. 104, or email

The IVI-IPO Independents’ Day Dinner will be held Wednesday, July 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Call (312) 939-5105.

S&P Global Market Intelligence, a provider of financial and industry data, research, news, and analytics to investment professionals, government agencies, corporations, and universities, recently named Lakeside Bank the number one bank in Illinois for 2016 among banks with $1 billion to $10 billion in assets. Lakeside Bank has seven branches in the Chicago area: Near North, Board of Trade, South Loop, Chinatown, Near West, Lakeview, and Elmhurst. Call (312) 567-1011 or log on to

The Maxwell Street Foundation will host a free walking tour in conjunction with Blues Fest on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. Meet on the southwest corner of Maxwell & Halsted Streets (in front of Peet’s coffee shop, 1328 S. Halsted) for a guided walking tour of the neighborhood. Also, visit the Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market Sunday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books, t-shirts and posters commemorating Maxwell Street history will be available. The market is held on Desplaines Street from Polk to Taylor Streets. To register for the walking tour, email gro.teertsllewxam@ofni. For more information contact, (312) 243-0394.

State Representative Theresa Mah (D-2nd) recently held a town hall meeting that also featured Alderman George Cardenas and representatives of State Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Mah’s office is at 3520 S. Archer Ave. Call (872) 281-5775.

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 W. 99th St., will hold sports, academic, and fine arts summer camps. Log on to www.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center has added two board members, Tony T. Shu and Kelly Richmond Pope. Shu is an attorney and longtime volunteer in the Chinatown community. Pope teaches accountancy at DePaul University. John Cudecki, MD, section chief of the urology division and a staff physician since 1993, has been elected chief of staff. The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit or call (312) 567-2000.

McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave, will host summer programs from Monday, June 19, through Sunday, Aug. 27; a day camp from Monday, June 26, through Friday, Aug. 4; and a teen camp Monday through Friday, Aug. 7 through 11. Call (312) 747-6497.

The McKinley Park Dog Park Committee meets the first Monday of every month in the McKinley Park Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Email

Merit School of Music honored two leading arts and education supporters, Joe and Madeleine Glossberg, along with Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, at the annual Merit Gala May 4. The gala raised more than $1 million. All proceeds benefit Merit School of Music and its mission to transform the lives of Chicago-area youth by removing barriers to high quality music education. Merit is at 38 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 786-9428.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College Chicago will host its First Look 2017 MoCP Fine Print Party on Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct. Tickets are $50. See new prints by artists Tal Barel, Kai Caemmerer, Janna Ireland, and Ike Ude. Email

Morning Star Baptist Church of Chicago celebrates its centennial at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14. Two more anniversary services will be held Sunday, July 16, at 10:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The church is at 3993 S. King Dr. and invites the community to come celebrate with members. Enjoy singing, preaching, special guests, and prayer officiated by the pastor, the Rev. Henry A. Barlow. Call (773) 285-8111 or email

The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., will offer a fiveday summer camp about ancient Greece Monday through Friday, June 12 through 16 or July 10 through 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to children age four through 14, the camp will cover archeology, grid mapping, Greek phrases, and Greek pottery design. Email or call (312) 655-1234.

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino will be held Friday through Sunday, June16 through 18, at 2500 S. Oakley Ave. Log on to

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will host the tenth annual Tommy Lasorda Open golf outing on Monday, June 19, at the River Forest Country Club, 15 W. 648 E. Grand Ave., Elmhurst, IL. The hall is located at 1431 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 226-5566.

Sean Phillips Soccer Camps for boys and girls ages four through 14 will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Call (312) 848-6106 or log on to

Queen of Peace High School senior Haley Doyle has been named a Chick Evans Scholar. Evans Scholars receive full tuition and housing from the Evans Scholars Foundation renewable for up to four years at one of their partner universities. Doyle will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall and will live in the Evans House. The school announced its final Queen of Peace High School senior awards at a recent assembly before the school closes its doors. Awards went to Kelly Fitzgerald, valedictorian; Kathryn Cerven and Natalie Jurcik, co-salutatorians; Patricia Fox and Natalie Jurcik, co-Women of Peace; and Kara Shimko, principal’s leadership award. Queen of Peace is located at 7659 S. Linder Ave. Call (708) 496-4753.

Rush Generations, a health and aging program, will offer the lecture “Aging With Pride” on Wednesday, June 28, 1 to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center, Searle Conference Center, Fifth Floor (Elevator II), 1725 W. Harrison St. Find out more about accessing affirming health care and resources, at Rush and beyond, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to reserve your seat.

The University of Illinois at Chicago will offer an air, water, and earth Environmental Science Summer Youth Camp. This is a three-week day camp that teaches science by integrating classroom activities and outdoor experiences. It is designed for campers entering sixth and seventh grades this fall. Session 1 runs Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 28. Session 2 runs Monday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 18. For more information and to register, visit or call (312) 355-0423.

Online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep are available. Log on to The 31st annual Golf Classic for Tuition Assistance will be held Wednesday, June 21. Saint Ignatius College Prep recently held a spring reunion for the classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007. More than 550 alumni and guests attended. To learn more about upcoming reunions and events, 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., 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 will host its Stephanie Lynne Calams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on Monday, June 12, at the Crystal Tree Golf Course in Orland Park, IL. The school recently hosted a career day in which Chicago professionals talked to students about possible future careers. The school is at 1954 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-0233.

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School on May 17 welcomed the principal and administrators from Santa Laurensia Elementary School, a Roman Catholic school located in Alam Sutera, near Jakarta, Indonesia. The school serves students from preschool through senior high school. Santa Laurensia principal Daniel Terry Dipo planned this visit to expand his school’s knowledge and understanding of successful U.S. Catholic schools. Principal Phyllis Cavallone was honored on May 20 as the 2017 recipient of the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award for her work at the school. The Golder Award is affiliated with the Golden Apple Awards; Cavallone also received a Golden Apple as well. The Golden Apple Awards show airs on Friday, June 2, at 2 p.m. on WTTW Prime. St. Therese is at 247 W 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837.

Second Presbyterian Church will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its founding with a party during the kickoff for the South Loop Farmers Market on Thursday, June 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Enjoy birthday cake, ice cream games, prizes, music, and art projects. On Sunday, June 4, the congregation will give thanks for its legacy of community service with a special service of rededication at 11 a.m. The Second Church Quartet will sing, and Pastor David Neff will preach. All former members and friends are invited to this special worship service. For more information, see the church website

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host Moving On With Grace: A Spiritual Journey for Men and Women Grieving the Death of a Spouse on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Amy Florian, a nationally known speaker on dealing with the loss of a loved one, will speak. The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will host its Emma Foster Health Fair on Saturday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include dental, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and vision screenings and feature health snacks and education, activities, raffles, and a cash prize. For more information, call (312) 225-5300.

The South Loop Neighbors will hold its annual yard sale on Saturday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Ninth Street and Plymouth
Court. 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 Chicago, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email