ATN: October 2017
October 6, 2017

Photo by Escalante Foto
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii’s Festa di Tutti I Santi on Sept. 17 featured music, pony rides, stilt-walking jugglers, a Mass, and a procession.

By William S. Bike


From Sunday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Jan. 7, the Art Institute of Chicago will present the first North American exhibition devoted to Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral. 

The Art Institute is located at 116 S. Michigan Ave. 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 for people with drinking problems or AA members only, and not for family members. Call (773) 376-9772 for more information.


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


Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward) and State Representative Theresa Mah (D-2nd) presented their annual Back to School Health Fair at McKinley Park recently. More than 1,000 people attended and received gifts and services including free school backpacks (with supplies), immunizations, physicals, and haircuts. 

Cardenas joined a recent block party on 39th Place and California Avenue and spoke with residents about City services, his alley safety program, and school funding. He also joined the Sam Colonna Boxing students in sparring. 

Call (773) 523-8250.


The 40th anniversary Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, starting in Grant Park. Starts are scheduled from 7:20 to 8:35 a.m. Call (312) 904-9800. For maps and other information, log on to


Chicago a cappella will present Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish, a concert of music from Jewish composers, on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Call (773) 281-7820.


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. The organization’s website at also lists jobs available for nurses. For more information, call (312) 567-2065.


Chicago Hope Academy college prep will host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 18 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call (312) 491-1600 or log on to The school is at 2189 W. Bowler St.


Chicago Children’s Theatre is performing A Year With Frog & Toad through Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Station, 100 S. Racine Ave. Join the cheerful frog and grumpy toad on a trip filled with adventure and music.

Chicago Children’s Theatre and Second City are teaming to offer improv classes every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 18.

Call (312) 374-8834 or log on to


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, Tresser will join that gathering via a live video chat. Contact Tresser at (312) 804-3230 or


The Chicago Lighthouse, the Service Club of Chicago, and the Walnut Room at Macy’s came together September 12 during Flair 2017 to support children’s programs at the Lighthouse. Held at the Walnut Room this year, the annual philanthropic fashion luncheon raised more than $64,000. Continuing a longstanding Lighthouse tradition of honoring women who change lives, the event lauded noted philanthropist Cheri Lawrence for her contributions to the agency and many other local charitable organizations.

The Lighthouse is at 1850 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 666-1331.

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare connects to the theatre company’s existing building through a glass lobby that reflects Chicago’s skyline.


Chicago Shakespeare Theatre has opened its third theater, the Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, at Navy Pier. The Yard is located at the site of the former Skyline Stage and has nine audience seating towers that the group can arrange in many configurations to seat from 150 to 850 viewers. The new structure connects to the theatre company’s existing building through a glass lobby that reflects Chicago’s skyline. For more information, call (312) 667-4968.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens’ advisory council meets the Tuesdays of Oct. 10 and Dec. 5. The park is located at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.


The CivicLab POWER Institute (People Organizing to Win, Engage, and Resist) will host a community organizing workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and a grassroots campaigning workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Loyola University Law School, 25 E. Pearson St. Sessions are $40 each. Call (312) 804-3230 or email 


The following Farmers Markets continue this month.

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, 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.

Printers Row Market, Dearborn and Polk Streets, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, now through Oct. 28.

De La Salle Thespians honored were Gabriel Utreras, Tiffiny Haepp (Canary-ville), Ariane O’Shield (Kenwood), and Caroline Wood.


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.

The Illinois Thespians Talent Leadership Gathering, held recently at University High School in Normal, IL, honored faculty member Sam Fitzgerald and De La Salle Thespian Troupe #5213’s student members. Presenters reviewed their activities over the last year, both on and off stage, and awarded them a Bronze Level Thespian Troupe trophy for their hard work.

Officials appointed principal Diane Brown to fill an Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) Division 1 board of directors seat. The board approves IHSA policies, interprets the rules, and employs an executive director and staff to administer IHSA programs.

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


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


Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will celebrate Halloween with haunted tours of Prairie Avenue on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, and Edgar Allan Poe readings on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Poe readings feature actors from Lifeline Theatre at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue are one-hour docent-led tours offered at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Advance reservations are required for both events and may be made online at Call (312) 326-1480.


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.


Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St., will host Music @ Grace on Thursday, Oct. 12, featuring Roosevelt University piano students. Call (312) 922-1426 for time.


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.


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


State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) has increased efforts to research asthma, one of the most common chronic disorders in children. She sponsored Senate Bill 1846, which becomes law Monday, Jan. 1, and requires the Department of Public Health to collect data about asthma rates and risk factors in school children. Call (312) 949-9105.


Intercultural Montessori Language School will have an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Call (312) 265-1514 for the Chicago campus, 114 S. Racine Ave., or (708)
848-6626 for the Oak Park campus, 301 S. Ridgeland Ave., email, or log on to


The Lakeside Bank Education Awards will sponsor the Women 1st Now We’re Cooking Kendall College Student Chef Competition on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the College’s 900 North Branch St. location. Enjoy a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 6:15 p.m. tastings, and 8 p.m. student scholarship awards. Admission is $45. Log on to


The Maxwell Street Foundation will be at the Maxwell Street Market on Sunday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the plaza near the market office building. Books, t-shirts and posters commemorating Maxwell Street history will be available for sale. The Maxwell Street Market takes place on Desplaines from Polk to Taylor Streets, with limited free parking on Desplaines from Harrison to Polk Streets and on Desplaines from Taylor Street to Roosevelt Road. For more information, contact or (312) 243-0394.


New members get a free assessment and free registration ($250 value) if signing up for a six- or 12-month contract at Mathnasium of Chicago-West Loop, the math learning center for youngsters, at 8 S. Peoria St. Call (407) 454-7419 and mention Gazette Chicago.


Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will host an honors information night Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 to 8 p.m.; Girls Night Out Friday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.; open house on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.; parent shadow day on Friday, Nov. 3; and an incoming freshman placement test Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m. The school is at 3737 W. 99th St. Call (773) 881-6566, or log on to


Fans will gather at Mercy Home again on Bank of America Chicago Marathon day, Sunday, October 8, as the home holds its annual cheer station party, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. The event will feature music, food, and kids’ entertainment. Call (312) 738-7560.


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 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

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

The park is at 37th Street and Archer Avenue.


Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., invites children and their parents or caregivers to gather the second Monday of every month at 11 a.m. for a free Storytime early childhood music class. Dates are Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11.

The school has added six civic leaders to its board of trustees: sculptor, toy designer, and West Loop community leader Jeffrey Breslow; former Merit parent and healthcare professional Helen Chang; physician, University of Illinois at Chicago faculty member, and current Merit parent Huan J. Chang; senior director at Bright Horizons Family Solutions David P. Thomas; real estate professional and co-founder of @properties Thaddeus Wong; and former Merit associate board chair and president at Clean Law PC John F. Young.

Merit is located at 38 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 786-9428.


The Monastery of the Holy Cross will celebrate Solemn Choral Vespers on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 5:15 p.m. at the monastery. The monastery’s schola-in-residence, Schola Laudis, will sing masterworks of 15th and 16th century Renaissance composers Josquin, Byrd, Lassos, and Guerrero in original polyphony. The monastery is at 3111 S. Aberdeen St. Call (773) 927-7424.


Gazette Chicago Assistant Editor Anne Nordhaus-Bike will have a solo art show, Implied Horizons: Watercolors, Friday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 1300 Techny Rd., Northbrook, IL. Enjoy an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. and an artist talk Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served at both events. For information, call (312) 622-6029.


Mount Carmel High School will have open houses on the Sundays of Oct. 29 and Nov. 19. For a shadow day, log on to The school is located at 6410 S. Dante Ave. Call (773) 324-1020.


Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., will offer free after-school archery field trips to groups of ten to 45 participants, who must be between the ages of eight and ten. Chicago residents are urged to create their own groups. Archery will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. in October and November.

Bonfire lessons will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hibernation hike, in which leaders discuss animal hibernation, will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Book nook will offer readings and crafts inside the visitor center on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Liz Holley at Northerly Island Park at or (312) 745-2910.

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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.


Meeting online buyers or sellers in person is now a little safer for both University of Illinois at Chicago personnel and the general public thanks to the University of Illinois at Chicago Police. The department opened its district station front lobby to the public as a Safe Exchange Zone, where people can carry out legal swaps, sales, or purchases on campus as well as make child custody exchanges. Open 24 hours, the area has video surveillance and a seating area. The station is located at 943 W. Maxwell St., and parking is available.


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


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.

Park 571 Events

Park 571, home of the Eleanor St. Boathouse at 2828 S. Eleanor St., and the Park Advisory Council are sponsoring a community rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. The park also offers classes running through Saturday, Dec. 9: Boot Camp, Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; Tone Stretch Balance, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; and Yoga, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Park #571 will host a pumpkin painting party on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages welcome, and the park will provide pumpkins, paint, and sweet treats. The cost is $5, which includes a pumpkin and treat bag. Register online at under Park #571 events.

Call (773) 823-9135.


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.


Few can imagine what it is like to be stateless. A new photo exhibit, Nowhere People, running now through Saturday, Dec. 2, at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, tells the story. The exhibition by photographer Greg Constantine features 39 black-and-white photographs of children who have no citizenship and, therefore, no place to call their true home. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gage Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call (312) 341-6458.


St. Gabriel Catholic Church will preset Kenned & Carl in a concert called The Club Years 2, Music, Music, Music on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., Sauris Auditorium, 4510 S. Wallace Ave. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and the concert are $30. Tickets for the concert only are $25. Call (773) 268-9595.


Rush University Medical Center ranked fourth among 107 leading academic medical centers in the United States, up from fifth last year, in a national study conducted by the health care services company Vizient. Rush has ranked among the top five in the annual Quality and Accountability Study five consecutive times and nine times since the University HealthSystem Consortium, now part of Vizient, began the study in 2005. The ranking earns Rush a Birnbaum Award, recognizing it for demonstrating superior performance as measured by the study.

Rush is at 600 S. Paulina St. Call (312) 942-7100.


St. James Catholic Church will hold a celebratory Blue Mass in honor of police officers on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the St James Parish Hall at 2907 S. Wabash Ave. Principal celebrant will be the Rev. John Edmunds. Enjoy Octoberfest food and refreshments immediately following the Mass.


The St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago will host Oktoberfest @ Newman Friday, Oct. 20, from 6 p.m. to midnight at 700 S. Morgan St. Enjoy food, beer, wine, apple cider, and a raffle. Call (312) 226-1880.


St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, offers family counseling, including pre-marriage classes and marriage counseling. The soup kitchen welcomes gifts of cups, paper products, plates, silverware, napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. Call (773) 847-6458.


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

Reunions for the Classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987 will be held Saturday, Oct. 14.

The school will host eighth grade shadow days through Thursday, Dec. 7, an open house Sunday, Nov. 12, and an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 2.

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


St. Therese Chinese Catholic
will host open houses Thursday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 9 to 10 a.m.

The school recently welcomed back Yi Wei, a 2002 graduate who made news as a young immigrant from China when she would play violin with her grandfather on the streets of Chicago. Wei has gone on to become a musician after attending Saint Ignatius College Prep, Harvard University, and the New England Conservatory of Music, and she serves the public as director of an organization called iDE which focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues for disadvantaged communities around the world.

The school is at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837 or log on to


Nine-year-old Abigail Abarca, a student from Healy Elementary School, won the 11th Ward’s t-shirt design contest. Her design will grace shirts provided by Commissioner John Daley and Alderman Patrick D. Thompson to youngsters who help out with 11th Ward projects.


San Miguel School Chicago will expand its programs and open the San Miguel Community Center. Attend a free open house on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with food, activities, and tours. Call (773) 890-0233. The school is located at 1949 W. 48th St. 


Santa Lucia School has hired Mark Chamberlain to teach science, technology, math, and computers and Samantha Sheppard to teach physical education. The school is at 3017 S. Wells St. Call (312) 326-1839.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host its annual Shrine Family Secrets Cook Off—Is it Sauce or is it Gravy? on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 12:30 p.m. Sample different recipes. Tickets are $35 per person.

The shrine will host its 17th annual Lost Child Pilgrimage for those grieving the loss of a child on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Speaker will be the Rev. Richard Fragomeni, rector of the shrine. Cost is $25. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.


Welcome Blanket assembles more than 3,000 blankets and notes of welcome into a gallery installation by Jayna Zweiman in opposition to the proposed US-Mexico border wall at the Smart Gallery of Art at the University of Chicago, on display now through Sunday, Dec. 17. The gallery is at 5500 S. Greenwood Ave. Call (773) 702-0200.


South Loop Neighbors will host its annual Loft Walk on Saturday, Oct. 21, from noon to 5 p.m. Email


The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts will host a celebration of 70 years of theatre and music on Friday, Oct. 27. Theatre and music alumni activities will be held from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 1040 W. Harrison St. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. at 1044 W. Harrison St. A celebration dinner will be held at 7 p.m. at Francesca’s at 1400 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 355-0480.

Mile Square Health Center, a network of federally qualified health centers operated by UI Health, was honored by the American Lung Association for exceptional work to improve lung health and prevent lung disease in Chicago, particularly for its smoking cessation and lung cancer screening programs.


Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., will host a Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The fee is $3/child and includes pumpkins, crafts, games, and inflatables.  Participants should wear costumes. Call (312) 747-6729.


Frances Xavier Warde School will host Preschool and Kindergarten Information Night Thursday, Oct. 12, and Thursday, Oct. 26, at 120 S. Desplaines St. Log on to


Greektown Chicago offers a free Greektown shuttle to Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks home games. For information and locations log on to