ATN: November 2017
November 2, 2017

By William S. Bike


The AARP Foundation Experience Corps seeks volunteer tutors for kindergarten through third grade to help students with their reading skills. Register at (877) 926-8300 for upcoming volunteer information sessions, all at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 300 N. Central Park Ave.; Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Tuesday, Nov. 28, 740 E 56th Pl.; Wednesday, Nov. 29, 3030 W. Fullerton Ave.; and Thursday, Nov. 30, 6200 S. Drexel Ave.

The Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the first North American exhibition devoted to Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral.


From now 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.


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


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


Bridgeport Catholic Academy will host its twelfth annual Fall Fest Trivia Night on Saturday, November 11, at Nativity of Our Lord Church Hall at 653 W. 37th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the games begin at 7 p.m. Best decorated fall themed table wins a special prize. Tickets cost $20. Guests can bid on raffle items and silent auction items. Contact Lillian Buckley at (773) 376-6223 or 


Catholic Charities Youth Mentorship Program seeks mentors to work with boys in the eighth through tenth grades in the Back of the Yards and New City communities. Individuals who can serve as positive role models and encourage good decision making are welcome. Call (630) 229-5335.


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 will host a track dedication on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m., 2640 W. Polk St., and an open house at 2189 W. Bowler St. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call (312) 491-1600 or log on to


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens’ advisory council will meet Tuesday, 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 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


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 The office is at 310 S. Peoria St.

De La Salle Institute recently received a $210,000 grant from the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation to provide scholarship awards to students.


De La Salle Institute recently received a grant of $210,000 from the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation to provide scholarship awards for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The school will host an honors fair and info night Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m.; an open house on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m.; and an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m.

Faculty members Bethany Costello-Stebelton and Jessica Lafontaine were among the presenters at the Illinois Reading Council Conference recently held in Peoria, IL, and spoke about “Are We Reaching Our Students in The Way We Think We Are?”

The school has hired Carl R. Willingham, ’99, as event manager in the office of development.

Head football coach Mike Boehm was named the Papa John’s Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week for Week 7 of the high school season.

Seven De La Salle Investment Club members recently attended the Greenwood Project’s Women of Wall Street panel at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Those attending were seniors Rosalinda Alaniz, Miriam Madriz, Natalyah Mancilla, Meagan Miller, Edward Singleton III, and Brandy Wayne, along with sophomore Carson Wiggins.

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


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, Nov. 9, featuring Roosevelt University jazz ensembles. 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 Greater South Loop Association will host a Neighbors Night Out featuring an update on development in and around the McCormick Place Convention Center at Motor Row Brewing, 2337 S. Michigan Ave., Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m.

The organization will offer Securing Your Building for the Holidays on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Baderbrau, 2515 S. Wabash Ave. Cost is $10.

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


Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., will host a Mass of Remembrance on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. that includes a candlelight service. Call (312) 492-8442 or log on to


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

Chicago Children’s Theatre offers classes for youngsters and entertaining plays for the whole family, such as Frog and Toad, a recent production.

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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.

The theatre is at 100 S. Racine Ave. Call (312) 374-8834 or log on to


Kenwood Academy High School will host open houses on Saturday, Nov. 11, for seventh and eighth graders at 10 a.m. and noon and for high schoolers at 1 and 4 p.m. The school is at 5015 S. Blackstone. Log on to


Maxwell Street Market, Desplaines and Taylor Streets, is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays, year-round.


Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will host a 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


Join the McKinley Park Advisory Council in beautifying and restoring the lagoon, maintaining trails, planting, pruning, weeding, and picking up trash on Saturday, 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.


Mercy Hospital and Medical Center hosts 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.


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 Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.

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

mount carmel events

Prospective families can learn more about Mount Carmel High School’s college preparatory program for boys and tour the school by attending an open house on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6410 S. Dante Ave. Entrance exam is Saturday, Dec. 2. Contact Bill Nolan, director of admissions, at (773) 324-1020, ext. 265 or


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 November.

Learn about animal hibernation on a hibernation hike on 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.


Park 571, home of the Eleanor Boathouse at 2828 S. Eleanor St., 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 and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Register online at under Park #571 events. Call (773) 823-9135.


Frances W. Parker School will host an open house for grades nine through 12 on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. Deadline to apply for the school is Friday, Dec. 1. The school is at 330 W. Webster Ave. Call (773) 353-3000 or log on to


The Pink Hat Run, Walk, and Roll will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, starting at Prairie Avenue and 18th Streets. Log on to


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 Randolph Street Market Festival at 1340 W. Washington St. is home to the Chicago Antique Market, the 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 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.


A free grief support group in Spanish will be held at Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Lake Shore Room, tenth floor, 1431 N. Claremont Ave., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Wednesdays of Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. Call Ely Pulido at (847) 653-3143 or Gabriella Valentino at (847) 653-3185 to register.


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.


Rush Generations at Rush University Medical Center will offer two free programs, Caregiving 101, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., and Navigating Housing Options in Chicago, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to register, or log on to


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

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.

A Class of 2012 reunion will be held Wednesday, Nov. 22.

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


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.

Alumna and water expert Yi Wei heard presentations about water conservation and safety from St. Therese Chinese Catholic School students.


St. Therese Chinese Catholic
welcomed back 2002 alumna Yi Wei on October 2 as the culmination of the school’s month-long theme on water. During the month, students learned about water scarcity, raised money in support of a water advocacy organization, wrote letters to local legislators in support of cleaner water, and even mirrored what some children must do to access clean water by walking to a local park to collect and carry back water. Yi’s visit was a good fit with the month’s theme as she is director at the organization iDE focusing on solutions to water and sanitation issues around the globe.

Phyllis Cavallone, principal, was selected as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal, an honor that places her among only five private school principals recognized for this national award. The National Association of Elementary School Principals established the award to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

St. Therese will host an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 9 to 10 a.m.

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


San Miguel School on Oct. 7 had a ribbon cutting and open house for its community center. The school is located at 1954 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii
will present Compassionate Heart: She Said What? Women’s Wisdom in Buddhism and Christianity on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.


The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago will show the 1938 Soviet film The Three Heroines
on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Call (773) 702-2368 or log on to

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University of Illinois at Chicago students had the chance to show their families what campus life is all about during UIC Family Weekend Oct. 6 and 7. The event included trips around the city, a Chicago Bulls game, and a brunch. A family fun fest featured a casino night, movie screening, and bowling.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at UIC has opened Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom Summer School, a collaborative exhibition by artists, educators, and students that explores the transformation of public school space against the backdrop of depopulation, divestment, and school closures on the West Side. The exhibition is on display through Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

UIC’s engineering design team earned third place with a robot it designed during the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition at Oakland University in Michigan. The team also won the second place Caterpillar Autonomy Award during a NASA competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which gives students the opportunity to design robotic explorers in simulated Martian soil.

Pauline Maki, professor of psychiatry and psychology and senior director of research at the Center for Research on Women and Gender, has won the 2018 Woman in Science Award of the American Medical Women’s Association. Her research focuses on menopause, cognition, and mood.

UIC Student Veterans Affairs will host its Veterans Day 3k walk and 5k run on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8:30 a.m. at 750 S. Halsted St. For more information, visit


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.


South Loop Neighbors will host their first-ever pub crawl on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 6 p.m. Cost is $15. Email

The group will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St.


Washington Federal Bank for Savings is a registered designated drop off site for Toys For Tots. The bank will accept donations of new unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 15 at 2869 S. Archer Ave and 1410 W. Taylor St. Monetary donations will be accepted at each location or via the bank’s website at


Author Charlene Wexler has published a heartwarming and amusing short story about the antics of an extended family all living in a Chicago apartment building, called The Family Building, on Short at