ATN: September 2017
September 1, 2017

Alderman George Cardenas distributed awards for the Brighton-Kelly Baseball League at Kelly Park.

By William S. Bike


The 28th annual African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st St. at Cottage Grove Ave., Friday through Monday, Sept. 1 through 4. The park will come alive during Labor Day weekend as a simulated African village. Enjoy education and entertainment including music and dance as well as a wellness area, books and authors pavilion, food court, and quilting pavilion. Log on to


Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave., will host AACM Executives Meet Young Masters, featuring young jazz musicians, on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. Organizers are asking audience members to bring lawn chairs.


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 Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council will host the seventh annual Party for the Park Saturday, Sept. 9, on Sangamon Street between Monroe and Adams Streets. Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, music, and activities. For more information log on to or email


Alderman George Cardenas joined 9th District C.A.P.S. officers, Bethany Baptist Church, 2nd District State Rep. Theresa Mah, and the Hoyne Park Advisory Council for a Faith in Action event at Hoyne Park, 3417 S. Hamilton Ave. C.A.P.S. officers barbecued and played Cops vs. Kids basketball, Bethany Baptist Pastor Darrell Dalton held a prayer circle, and little ones enjoyed a bouncy house.  

Cardenas distributed awards for the Brighton-Kelly Baseball League at Kelly Park recently. He sponsors the awards and teams and collaborated with the league leadership on installing turf for the fields last year. He also joined the McKinley Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on 35th Street and Damen Avenue for its annual picnic for veterans, families, and neighbors; Cardenas is a veteran.


Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine St., opens its 12th performance season with A Year with Frog and Toad, Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 5.

Registration is open for classes for children up to age 14. Classes run from Monday, Sept. 11, to Saturday, Nov. 18.

Call (773) 227-0180 or log on to


De La Salle Institute will host open houses on Monday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m.; an honors fair and info night Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m.; and an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m.

De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.


Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St., will host Music @ Grace on Thursday, Sept. 14, featuring Roosevelt University faculty members. Call (312) 922-1426.


Gazette Chicago reporter Lisa Jenkins has written a book, A Mother’s Love Through a Broken Heart: How One Woman Loved Her Daughter the Way She Wanted to be Loved by Her Own Mother. The book is about the heartache of not having the unconditional love of a mother and how the author has made sure to deal with her own daughter in a loving manner. The book is available on Create Space, Kindle, and Amazon. Email or call (708) 426-8920.


University Village Maxwell Street will host the inaugural Maxwell Street Blues Fest on Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon to 9 p.m. on Maxwell Street between Halsted and Union Streets. Enjoy music, food, drinks, and other fun. Log on to for more information.


Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will host a financial aid information night Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 8 p.m.; an open house Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.; parent shadow day Wednesday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Nov. 3; honors information night Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 to 8 p.m.; girls night out Friday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and an incoming freshman placement test Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m. Shadow days begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The school is at 3737 W. 99th St. Call (773) 881-6566, or log on to


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 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 or

McKinley Park will host Midnight Circus in the Parks on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10. It will feature acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists, and a performing dog under a big-top tent. For details, see, or call (773) 931-5022.

Kidical Mass is a family bicycle ride scheduled for Sunday, 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


The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini will hold a Day of Reflection with Wendy Cotter, PhD, a theologian from Loyola University Chicago, on Saturday, Sept. 9. The shrine is at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. Log on to


Frances W. Parker School will host an open house for grades six through eight on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m., and another for grades nine through 12 on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The school is at 330 W. Webster Ave. Call (773) 353-3000 or log on to

Photo by Christopher Valentino
Sunday City Market in Bridgeport offers a variety of great foods. Sunday, Sept. 10, will be its last day of operation this year.


The following Farmers Markets continue this month.

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.

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, Des-plaines 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. The market also will host a McCormick Place Rooftop Farm Tour on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m.; the tour begins at the South Loop Farmers Market. Email

Sunday City Market of Bridgeport, 1000 W. 35th St., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, now through Sept. 10.


The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) will offer a Prairie Avenue walking tour Sunday, 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


Field Market Days, hosted by the Near South Planning Board, return to the southeast terrace of the Field Museum on the Saturdays of Sept. 23 and Oct. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. The events, co-sponsored by the Field Museum and PepsiCo Chicago, will feature fresh produce grown by local farmers, fruits, breads, jams, cookies, pure and barrel-aged maple syrup, prepared food for sale by Field to the Table Catering and Events, and craft beer. Also, hear live music presented by Jele Management by PowerPlay FYI band, Kevin Florian, Bella Button, and WaxWorks. Visit or call (312) 987-1980.


St. Gabriel Church will host The Club Years 2, Music! Music! Music! featuring artists Kenned & Carl on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Lanny Sauris Auditorium. Enjoy a fried chicken dinner in the school hall before the show. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for dinner and the show, $20 for the show only. Call (773) 268-9595. St. Gabriel’s is at 4522 S. Wallace St.

Neil Fontano was amazed when Molly Schuyler gobbled a yard-long meatball submarine sandwich in 6.5 minutes at Fontano’s Subs.


Neil Fontano was amazed when a slender woman gobbled a yard-long meatball submarine sandwich in 6.5 minutes. “She was unbelievable,” Fontano said in his family-owned Fontano’s Subs at 1058 W. Polk St. after Molly Schuyler’s feat. “I have never seen anybody eat that thing so fast.” Anyone who eats a three-foot Fontano’s sub in one hour gets the sandwich free along with a $50 gift card and a t-shirt. Schuyler was not the first person to beat the clock—“just the fastest ever,” Fontano said. Schuyler, a 37-year-old mother of four from Sacramento, CA, wins eating contests across the country. Call (312) 421-4474.


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 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.


St. Therese Chinese Catholic School will host open houses Thursday, Sept. 14, Thursday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. The school is at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837 or log on to


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

The 50th reunion for the Class of 1967 will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16.

The school will host eighth grade shadow days through Thursday, Dec. 7, an open house Sunday, Nov. 4, and an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 2.

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


The South Loop Neighbors photo contest entries will be on display beginning Thursday, Sept. 7, at L & A Healing Studio, 1620 S. Michigan Ave. and kicks off with an opening that day from 5 to 9 p.m.

The group also will hold its yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dearborn Park, 868 S. Park Ter.

Log on to


Festa di Tutti I Santi (All Saints Festival), sponsored by the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event begins with Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a procession from the shrine to the festa in Victor Arrigo Park with members from various patron saint societies.

Reservations are required for a table; no outside food allowed. A table of ten costs $140, which includes $20 worth of food tickets. Or bring lawn chairs and find a space in Arrigo Park. Enjoy a picnic, music, the pot of gold raffle, kids’ games, pony rides, and a bocce ball tournament along with live music and a photo exhibit. Call (312) 421-3757 or email to make reservations.


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will have its Friends and Family Day worship service on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. The church hosts its Women’s Day worship service on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. Call (312) 225-5300.


Remember to stop by the Sunday City Market in Bridgeport, a farmers market located at 1000 W. 35th St. in the Antique Taco parking lot. The market closes for the season after Sunday, Sept. 10. Producers sell items such as jars of honeycomb honey, fresh blueberries from Michigan, organic juices, fruits, and vegetables. Make it a point to stop before the market closes for the season. Sundays only, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The University of Illinois at Chicago will host an open house on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome. Log on to