ATN: August 2017
August 4, 2017

By William S. Bike

Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave., will host Joshua Abrams and the Natural Information Society on Sunday, Aug. 13.


Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave., will host Joshua Abrams and the Natural Information Society on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. Organizers ask the audience to bring their own lawn chairs.


Help adult immigrants learn English at Aquinas Literacy Center. Volunteer as a one-on-one tutor at 1751 W. 35th St. All tutoring is in English. Join Aquinas for its next tutor training workshop Friday, Aug. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information or to register, email or call (773) 927- 0512.


A how-to program for community association owners-members, board members, and managers starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Conference Center at University Center, 525 S. State St. The Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowner Associations offers advice on expenses, taxes, and legal obligations. RSVP at or phone (312) 987-1906.


The Bud Billiken Parade will run from King Drive at Oakwood Boulevard to Garfield Boulevard and Ellsworth Drive at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. See


The Canaryville Veterans Association will host a fundraiser from 1
to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Flags Club at 47th Street and Wallace Avenue. Admission is $20; enjoy food, a DJ, beer and soft drinks, and raffles. Call (773) 332-4750.


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


Alderman George Cardenas and staff hosted a Clean and Green on South Wood Street recently, co-hosted with Chicago C.A.P.S. (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) officers from the Ninth District. Cardenas stated, “When we come together as a community we let criminals know we are not only watching but care for our homes. The state of our direct environment is a display of how we feel about our lives. Hats off to the Chicago C.A.P.S. officers for their continued work to make McKinley Park one of the safest places to live in Chicago.”  For more information, call (773) 523-8250.


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 Jazz Festival will be held Thursday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.


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 Aug. 12: Moana; and Aug. 26: the Lego Batman Movie.

The Park’s advisory council meets the Tuesdays of Aug. 22, Oct. 10, and Dec. 5.

The Women’s Park is located at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.


CivicLab has launched the P.O.W.E.R. Institute to train and organize people to win a political campaign. A session will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Loyola University Law School, 25 E. Pearson St. Cost is $40. Register at


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 www.civiclegalcorps.
org. The office is at 310 S. Peoria St.


De La Salle Institute is looking for bus drivers for the 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.


DePaul University Athletics is offering free tours of Wintrust Arena, 200 E. Cermak Rd., where the Blue Demons men’s and women’s basketball teams will play. Tours are free but require tickets; call (773) 325-7526. Tours will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, at 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. Tour ticket holders meet at Pizano’s Pizza at 2106 S. Indiana Ave.


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


Editor Tom Tresser, who published the book Chicago is Not Broke, is asking people to host a Book Meeting-in-a-Box at their homes.

Editor Tom Tresser, who published the book Chicago Is Not Broke, is asking people to host a Book Meeting-in-a-Box at their homes. He will send ten books to you plus a discussion guide. You invite people to your home and either give or sell them the book. He supplies a link to a pre-recorded personalized video introduction that you play for the attendees. If you bring those folks back together after they read the book and re-assemble then Tresser will join that gathering via a live video chat. Contact Tresser at (312) 804-3230 or


The following Farmers Markets will be held this summer.

Bronzeville Market, 47th Street and King Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, now 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.

McKinley Park Farmers Market, corner of Archer Avenue and 37th Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, now through Sept. 24.

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, now through Sept. 10.


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


Festa Italiana on Taylor Street runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18 through 20. Hours are Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 10 p.m. Taylor Street will be closed from Ashland Avenue to Racine Street for the street fair. Star Entertainment, which once again will operate the fest, scaled it back from four days to three. Restaurants specializing in
Italian food will participate, singers will perform American and Italian classics, and an Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, an Italian folk dance. Cannoli and meatball eating contests will be held. Vendors will sell Italian-themed art and other merchandise.

Local favorite Connie Marshall will sing on the Center Stage on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m.

Log on to


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


First Trinity Chicago Lutheran 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.

Galileo Scholastic Academy has a new principal, Meredith Bawden, shown in the front row with Anthony Sutor, chair of the Galileo local school council. Other LSC members are (middle row, left to right) Brittany Cane, Elizabeth Galvan, Connie Moreno, and April Ness and (back row, left to right) Michael Hrzic, Alex Garcia, and Celia Lozano.


Galileo Scholastic Academy of Math & Science at 820 S. Carpenter St. has a new principal, Meredith Bawden, who formerly served the school as assistant principal. For more information, call (773) 534-7070.


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.


Greektown Chicago recently launched Passport Challenge to explore the Greektown community. Collect ten stamps in your passport from varying businesses, restaurants, and shops, and win a gift bag with treats from several Greektown establishments. Passport Challenge details can be found at

Taste of Greektown will take place Friday through Sunday, Aug. 25-27, noon to 11 p.m., at 100 to 400 S. Halsted St. Food and spirits from neighborhood eateries will be the main attraction, along with entertainment from Greek bands, kids’ activities, and a gyro eating contest. For more information, log on to


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


The office of Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd), in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology, will host a Health, Fun, and Fitness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 33rd and State Streets, in the field north of IIT’s S.R. Crown Hall. No appointments or RSVPs are necessary. Get free health and fitness services, back-to-school physicals and immunizations, and school supplies and enjoy raffles, activities, and food. Contact (312) 949-1908 or


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


Little Italy Fest West will be held in Addison, IL, Thursday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 27, on Lake Street just east of Route 53, Rohlwing Road, in Addision, IL. There will be three stages of continuous live entertainment, food, family and children’s activities, Italian merchandise, and a Sunday memorial Mass. The fest is presented by Ron Onesti. Call (630) 962-7000 or log on to


Join Loop Learning Center for its open house on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents interested in quality child care for children ages six weeks through 12 years are welcome to take a tour. All attendees will receive free registration. The center is located at 2001 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-8828 or log onto for more information.


Visit the Maxwell Street Foundation at the Maxwell Street Market in the plaza near the Market office building Sunday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books, t-shirts and posters commemorating Maxwell Street history will be available. The market is open to the public free of charge and features ethnic food and bargains. Due to construction, the Maxwell Street Market will take place on Desplaines from Polk to Taylor Streets. For more information contact or call (312) 243-0394.


Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School has named Joffrey Bywater assistant principal for curriculum, instruction, and technology. The school is located at 3737 W. 99th St. Call (773) 881-6500.


McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave., hosts summer programs now through Sunday, Aug. 27; and a teen camp Monday through Friday, Aug. 7 through 11. Call (312) 747-6497.


Every Sunday through Sept. 24, enjoy the Summer Concert Series, noon to 1:15 p.m., at McKinley Park, on the corner of Archer Avenue and 37th Street by the statue of President William McKinley, presented in coordination with the McKinley Park Farmers Market.

Join the McKinley Park Advisory Council in beautifying and restoring the lagoon, maintaining trails, planting, pruning, weeding, and picking up trash on the second Saturdays of Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet on the west side of the lagoon on the path between the lagoon and soccer field. Email Katie.e.flores or

Kidical Mass is a monthly family bicycle ride held the second Sunday of the month through September. Dates are Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. Meet at the corner of Archer Avenue and 37th Street at 1:15 p.m. Email

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 hosts a variety of classes and groups, including Yoga for You, the Sarcoma Support Group, Transformational Movement, and Eat Right Every Bite.

The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit or call (312) 567-2000.


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


The Prairie District Neighborhood
(PDNA) will offer Prairie Avenue walking tours the Sundays of 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.

Call (312) 401-2688 for any questions on PDNA events or go to


Rush Generations will host a Women’s Health Roundtable on Wednesday, Aug. 9, and In Total Control-Managing Women’s Incontinence on Wednesday, Aug. 23, both from 1 to 3 p.m. Call (888) 352-RUSH or log on to


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 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.

Goodman Theatre is holding auditions on Saturday, Aug. 12, for youngsters ages five through 17 for its annual production of A Christmas Carol.


Goodman Theatre is holding auditions on Saturday, Aug. 12, for youngsters ages five through 17 for its annual production of A Christmas Carol. Performers should come prepared to deliver a memorized poem or monologue lasting not more than one minute, sing a verse of a holiday song, and bring a photo or resume. Register onsite between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. at 170 N. Dearborn St. Goodman is not accepting telephone calls concerning this audition; children and family members should just show up.


Rush Hour Concerts, under the helm of the International Music Foundation, continues it classical music summer series in St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., 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.


Saint Ignatius College Prep student Vanessa Nieto was one of only a few students from Illinois selected to represent the state at the Youth Leadership Institute. The organization brings young people and adult allies together to create positive social change concerning educational and health inequities, substance abuse, predatory financial practices, public housing, and other issues.

The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900.


St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Velika Gospa, beginning Sunday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. with a novena that will run through Monday, Aug. 14. The Feast of the Assumption in Tuesday, Aug. 15, and will feature a procession at 10 a.m., followed by Mass and a street fest running until midnight. Call (312) 842-1871, email, or log on to

St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., is updating its alumni database. To be added, log on to and click the alumni tab. Call (312) 842-7668 for information.


The Saint Anthony Foundation will host a golf outing on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, IL. The event includes a raffle. Call Traci Weathers at (773) 484-4259.


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. 


St. Therese Church, 218 W. Alexander St., will host the Feast of San Rocco di Simbario on Saturday, Aug. 12, with a 7:30 p.m. novena, and a day of events Sunday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Call (312) 842-6777.


San Miguel School will hold its golf outing Saturday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. at Fox Run Golf Links, 333 Plum Grove Rd., Elk Grove Village, IL. Proceeds will benefit San Miguel scholarships. The school is located at 1954 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.


The Santa Lucia Summer Festa will feature Italian specialties, music, raffles, inflatables, and arts and crafts on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 10 p.m. at Santa Lucia School, 3017 S. Wells St. Call (312) 326-1839 for more information.


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. One- and 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


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


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host Festa di Tutti I Santi on Sunday, Sept. 17. Enjoy food, games, and a raffle.

The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will host its annual Back to School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fun activities, free refreshments, music, and entertainment. Each child will receive a free book bag and school supplies. Call (312) 225-5300 or email


Spirit and Truth Sanctuary-Chicago is an inclusive spiritual community where all of God’s children are welcomed and celebrated. Sunday services are 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday community classes are 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday Bible study is 7 to 8 p.m. The church is located at 542 S. Scoville Ave., Oak Park, IL, 60304. Call (773) 257-3419 or log on to

UI Health organized its first official participation in Chicago’s Pride Parade on June 25. More than 80 students, staff, and faculty marchers represented all of UI Health’s seven health science colleges and its hospital.


The University of Illinois at Chicago health colleges and hospital, UI Health, organized their first official participation in Chicago’s Pride Parade earlier this summer. More than 80 students, faculty, and staff marched in the parade.

Patrick Noel received a rare small bowel transplant from his brother, Derrick, at the University of Illinois Hospital. Enrico Beneditti, MD, professor and chair of surgery, and Ivo Tzvetanov, MD, associate professor of transplant surgery, performed the operation.


The Tacos Y Tamales Festival will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18 through 20, at 16th and Peoria Streets. Cost is $5. Log on to


The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute will host its annual dinner on Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker Dr. Keynote speaker will be Henry G. Cisneros, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Log on to


Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., is presenting an exhibition, Reunion II, featuring the work of 51 artists including Gazette Chicago Assistant Editor Anne Nordhaus-Bike. Art is on display through Saturday, Aug. 12. Call (312) 738-0400.