ATN: July 2017
July 8, 2017

By William S. Bike

The movie La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will be shown at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens.

A Safe Haven, 2750 W. Roosevelt Rd., is hosting a 5K run to fight homelessness on Saturday, July 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Montrose Harbor. Register at

Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave., will host the Joshua Abrams Quartet, Sunday, July 23, at 6 p.m. Audience members are asked to bring lawn chairs. Call (312) 328-0821.

The Chicago KICS Community Academy youth soccer program sent teams to Cuba at the end of June to compete in two cities against Cuban youth. Officials booked the trip before lawmakers enacted the recent travel ban to Cuba, so the team was allowed to visit the island. Call (312) 401-2688.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1827 S. Indiana Ave., together with Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, offers films this summer at its Movies in the Park on the Saturdays of July 15: La La Land; Aug. 12: Moana; and Aug. 26: the Lego Batman Movie.

The Park’s advisory council meets the Tuesdays of July 25, Aug. 22, Oct. 10, and Dec. 5. The Women’s Park is located at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.


The 38th annual McDonald’s Chinatown Summer Fair will be held Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wentworth Ave. at Cermak Rd. Amenities include A Taste of Chinatown, Asian cultural entertainment, the McDonald’s Family Pavilion, kung fu demonstrations, the Home Depot children’s area, a petting zoo, and pony rides. It is organized by Chicago Chinatown Special Events and presented by the Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation. Call (312) 326-5320 or log on to or

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 available online at Eventbrite. Xplosive Sounds Entertainment hosts the event.

The Department of Defense Warrior Games are being held in Chicago through Saturday, July 8. Events take place at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and include shooting, wheelchair basketball, and sitting volleyball. The swimming competition will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Log on to

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, now through Oct. 14. Green City Market, 115 S. Sangamon St., Saturday, now 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, now through Sept. 16. Printers Row Market, Dearborn and Polk Streets, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, now through Oct. 28. South Loop Farmers Market, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, now 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.

Fiesta del Sol, Pilsen’s annual alcohol- and tobacco-free family friendly festival, runs Thursday through Sunday, July 27 through 30, at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Hours are Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is the largest Latino festival in the Midwest and attracts more than one
million visitors. Enjoy live music by local talent, carnival rides, sports tournaments, an art pavilion for indigenous crafts, and authentic Mexican food and drinks. Fiesta del Sol is an annual fundraiser organized by the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council to support and promote community residents and businesses as well as immigrants’ civil rights and education reform. See or call (312) 666-2663.

The Growing Solutions farm stand featuring food trucks is open every Wednesday from now through Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2201 W. Campbell Park Dr. Log on to

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.

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and the Cook County board of commissioners honored retiring Chinese American Service League CEO Bernie Wong and retiring executive director Esther Wong with resolutions celebrating their accomplishments at the June 6 Cook County Board meeting. The resolutions, sponsored by Daley, noted that both executives “were instrumental in growing the Chinese American Service League into an organization with 500 multilingual and multicultural staffers that offers vital physical, economic, mental, and social support services and that the hard work and dedication of Bernie and Esther Wong has helped numerous Chinese American Service League clients become thriving members of the greater Chicago community and productive members of society.” Call (312) 791-0418 for information.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has an 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

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

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) is chairing A Little Black Dress, a professional women’s luncheon fundraiser on Tuesday, July 25, 12:30 p.m. at the Chicago Grand Ballroom, 6531 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Call (312) 877-6289. Hunter will host a health and fitness fair on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, 33rd and State Streets. There will be free school examinations and health and wellness screenings. Call (312) 949-1908.

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 http://

Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley and the Cook County Board of Commissioners honored retiring Chinese American Service League CEO Bernie Wong and retiring executive director Esther Wong.

Hyde Park Produce Market lets you shop online for same day grocery
delivery. Go to mercato/.com/shope/hyde-park-produce.

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.

A new organization, Little Italy 2.0/Little Italy-Redux is asking local residents who care about the neighborhood, advocate transparency, and want to shape the community’s future to come to a meeting at 1220 W. Lexington St., Thursday, July 27, 6:30 p.m. to meet and discuss important issues and how to make the community’s voices heard. The meeting is sponsored by D. Bartels, J. Esposito, M.B. Howard, C. Mazola, K. Phelan, and J. Purgatorio, For questions or comments, email Take a survey at

Join Loop Learning Center for its open house on Wednesday, July 12, or Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents interested in quality child care for children ages six weeks to 12 years are welcome to take a tour. All attendees will receive free registration. The center is located at 2001 S. Michigan Ave., inside the Long Grove House. Call (312) 225-8828 or log onto for more information.

Healthgrades has named Mercy Hospital and Medical Center one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Interventional Care. Healthgrades, an online resource for information about hospitals and physicians, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. It identified Mercy as among the 100 best performing hospitals for coronary interventional care, which includes balloon angioplasties and stent placements. Mercy has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus achievement award, which recognizes Mercy’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines established on the latest scientific evidence. The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit or call (312) 567-2000.

The Lucky Trikes storytellers will perform on the Tuesdays of July 11, 18, and 25 and Aug. 1 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in Garibaldi Park, 1520 W. Polk St. The event will provide information about local literacy and music resources and favorite books. Enter on Polk and go to the hill by the statue of Garibaldi. Bring a picnic if you wish. Rain location: Field House at Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St., or the Chicago Public Library’s Roosevelt Branch, 1101 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 746-5369.

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.

The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium helps foreign-educated nurses attain licensure in Illinois. For more information, call (312) 567-2065.

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

Visit the Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market Sunday July 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the plaza near the Market office building. Books, T-shirts, and posters commemorating Maxwell Street history are available. The market is open to the public free of charge. Due to construction, the Maxwell Street Market will take place on Desplaines Street from Polk to Taylor Streets. Take a walking tour of the old market area on Sunday, July 9, by meeting at the cul de sac outside 811 W. Maxwell St. at 10 a.m. For more information contact, (312) 243-0394.

McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave, hosts summer programs now through Sunday, Aug. 27; a day camp now 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 at 7 p.m. in the McKinley Park Fieldhouse. Email

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center officials with the award for being named by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Interventional Care.

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 Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini will hold a gala celebrating the America’s first citizen-saint on Wednesday, July 19, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., at 6:30 p.m. The event features a dinner recognizingthe physicians who helped Mother Cabrini open Cabrini and Columbus Hospitals. Proceeds benefit the shrine at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. Tickets are $200 each. Log on to

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School students won the Algebra 1 National Championship in the 2017 Catholic Math League National Competition. Elementary and high school students from more than 145 elementary and high schools competed this year in both algebra 1 and geometry. St. Therese students also won Division (multistate region) championships in both algebra 1 and in grade 6 math, and several also placed individually in the math competition. Trinity Lee (eighth grade) placed in several math categories. Jaden Li (eighth grade) came in 2nd place (Division) in algebra 1. Nancy Zhao (seventh grade) came in second place (Division) in math 7. Chris Deng (sixth grade) came in first place Division) in math 6, and Tristan Lee came in second place (Division) for math 5. St. Therese is at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837.

The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., will offer a fiveday summer camp about ancient Greece Monday through Friday, 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.

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.

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Gazette Chicago reporter Jennifer Costanzo married Thomas Santoyo recently and is now Jennifer Santoyo.

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.

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) will offer Prairie Avenue walking tours the Sundays of July 16, Aug. 20, and Sept. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., starting at Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave. Reservations recommended. Go to for a schedule of other tours, children’s programming, and lectures. PDNA also will sponsor the South Loop Beer and Cider Fest at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens on Saturday, July 29, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Call (312) 401-2688 for any questions on PDNA events or go to

Alumnae, Dominican sisters, families, and friends of Queen of Peace High School, which has closed, gathered June 11 to celebrate the school’s 55-year legacy. An alumnae choir and interpretive liturgical dancers led the procession as analumna from each of the 55 years carried her respective yearbook into the gym. The Rev. Tom Hurley, pastor of Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago, celebrated the Mass. Following, all were welcome to enjoy refreshments and tour the school, which is located at 7659 S. Linder Ave.

Recovery on Water is a rowing team for breast cancer patients and survivors. The team practices several times per week at the Eleanor Boathouse, 2828 S. Eleanor St. Contact Kathleen Behner at or (773) 620-3258.

The Randolph Street Market Festival at 1340 W. Washington St. is home to the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago, and the Holiday Market. Browse plentiful vintage items, with more than 150 vendors selling their favorite collectibles, and enjoy food and live music. Dates are the Saturdays and Sundays of July 29 and 30, Aug. 26 and 27, Sept. 23 and 24, Oct. 28 and 29, Nov. 18 and 19, and Dec. 16 and 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking available. Call (312) 666-1200 or toll free at (877) 319-2643. Go to for admission prices and more information.

Rush Hour Concerts, under the helm of the International Music Foundation, will present a classical music summer series in St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., now through Aug. 29. The series features live chamber music from the baroque era through the 21st century; each session begins with a pre-concert beverage reception at 5:15 p.m. in the cathedral foyer, followed by a 30-minute concert at 5:45 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public; tickets and reservations are not required.

De La Salle Institute’s hockey team won the 2017 Illinois High School Hockey League–Hayes Suburban Championship. Team members are Joshua Annicks (Little Village); Brian Balzac; Dominic Caponera (Canaryville); Christian Castracane (South Loop); Gary Donohue; Patrick Dugan; Dominic Gallagher; Gabriel Galvez; Charles Gens; Jack Herbst; Jack Mangan (Canaryville); Thomas O’Leary; Ryan Stunard (Loop); Matt Trendle; Charlie Webber and Zack Williams (Chatham).

De La Salle Institute is looking for bus drivers for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. Anyone interested in driving a De La Salle school bus should contact director of transportation Anthony Dugo at (312) 842-7355, ext. 112, or for more information. De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.

Second City Kids Comedy Camps at 230 W. North Ave. allow kids eight through 18 to exercise their creative energies through improvisation and comedy writing. Oneand two-week classes are offered now through Friday, Sept. 1. Campers do improv to develop and help access creativity, boost self-confidence, and develop spontaneity and playfulness. Students from all over the country and abroad come to camp eager to learn new skills, meet new friends, and enjoy Chicago in the summer. For scheduling, pricing, and more details, call the training center at (312) 664-3959 or email

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.

Saint Xavier University will host its 21st annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave. in Orland Park. Participants will enjoy 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a comedy show, all while raising funds for student scholarships. Call (773) 298-3748.

The Scoops ice cream shop on Taylor Street is offering $1 soft serve ice cream through Monday, July 31. The shop is located at 1159 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 285-2302.

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.

“How to Build a Mountain,” a mixed-media piece by Gazette Chicago’s Anne Nordhaus-Bike, is on display at Woman Made Gallery.

Workers from the restoration firm Venturella Studio of New York began removing the stained glass Peace Window from Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago’s masonry walls on June 20 so the firm’s specialists can begin restoring it. Designed by Tiffany Studios for the church balcony, thewindow contains more than 1,000 pieces of glass and measures eight feet wide and more than 16 feet high. The church is at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-4951.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a Padre Pio Prayer Cenacle at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, and Praying with St. Mary Magdalene, a morning retreat, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will hold its Emma Foster Health Fair on Saturday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get health screenings including dental, vision, cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure. Also enjoy educational materials, raffles, children’s activities, and food. Call (312) 225-5300.

The exhibition Night Train by Marcos Raya, born in Mexico and living in Chicago, is at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave. now through Sunday, July 30. Raya is known for several murals he painted in Pilsen. Call (773) 227-5522.

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will host the Pitchfork Music Festival Friday through Sunday, July 14 through 16. A Tribe Called Quest, LCD Soundsystem, and Solange are among the headliners. Single day tickets cost $75; a 3-day advance ticket is $175. Log on to

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is seeking grant applications from Illinois 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. For more information, call (855) 698-4223.

Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., will present an exhibition, Reunion II, featuring the work of 51 artists including Gazette Chicago Assistant Editor Anne Nordhaus-Bike. Opening reception is Friday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Art is on display through Saturday, Aug. 12. Call (312) 738-0400.

University of Illinois at Chicago Theatre Camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 10 through 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Create an original work and participate in workshops and master classes in voice, movement, and design with UIC faculty. No prior theatre experience necessary. Symphonic Band Camp will be held Sunday through Saturday, July 16 through 22. Play challenging music with fellow musicians from across Chicago and participate in instrumental master classes. Students should have some experience playing in ensembles. Visit for more information.

UIC’s three-week air, water, and earth Environmental Science Summer Youth Camp teaches science by integrating classroom activities and outdoor experiences. Designed for campers entering sixth and seventh grades this fall, session 1 runs Monday through Friday, July 10 through 28, and session 2 runs Monday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 18. For more information and to register, visit or call (312) 355-0423.

Using a technique that avoids using high-dose chemotherapy and radiation in preparation for a stem cell transplant, physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System have documented the first cure of an adult patient with congenital dyserythropoietic anemia. CDA is a rare blood disorder in which the body does not produce enough red blood cells, causing progressive organ damage and early death. Call (312) 996-9741.

UIC’s Harrison Field, 836 W. Harrison St., will host the Great Lawn Fest, a folk and bluegrass festival, on Saturday, July 22, starting at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 23, starting at 2 p.m. Log on to Hear experts from the UI Health Cancer Center, the National Institutes of Health, and family members of Henrietta Lacks, a black woman whose cancer cells became one of the most important cell lines in medical history speak and view the film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Friday, July 7. This special event runs 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 828 S. Wolcott Ave., 2nd floor. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

South Loop Neighbors will host Grills Night Out, Saturday, July 22, 7 to 9 p.m. at Dearborn Park. Bring your own meat or veggies. SLN will provide the grills and ice cream. SLN is accepting submissions for the annual South Loop Living photo contest from Monday to Saturday, Aug. 7 through 12. For information, email christine@South- Log on to

The World Heritage International Student Exchange Program seeks 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