ATN: December 2017
November 30, 2017

De La Salle Institute’s newest members of its Rush Chapter of the National Honor Society are (front) Dominic Gallagher, Benjamin Tassone, Tiffany Pang, Cristian Cortez, Madison Gagen, Elijah Hamilton-Perkin, Amaya Utreras, and Juliana Hernandez and (back) Makenzie Steele, Xavier Vicenteno, Michael Spurlock-Davis, Diego Avila, Miriam Madriz, and Antelma Acosta.

By William S. Bike


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.


Bridgeport Catholic Academy welcomes the VanderCook College of Music to Nativity of Our Lord Church, 37th Street and Union Avenue, on Thursday, December 7, at 7 p.m. The choir and orchestra will present a holiday concert. The church will collect a free will donation; it also requests a suggested donation of a new unwrapped toy, which it will collect and contribute to Catholic Charities. Call (773) 376-6223.


The Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT), 100 S. Racine Ave., will host performances of The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 2 through 17.

The theatre has partnered with Evanston’s Piven Theatre Workshop to offer advanced youth acting classes at CCT.

Call (872) 222-9555 or log on to


The Chicago Park District wants to partner with organizations and individual artists to be part of the Night Out in the Parks cultural and arts program. Apply by Monday, Dec. 11, at Artists’ projects include performances, concerts, community workshops, nature-based programs, dance, and festivals.


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


Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St., will hold its placement test Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. Register at


Several De La Salle Institute students in the Investment Club recently attended the Greenwood Project’s Women of Wall Street Panel at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

De La Salle’s entrance exam is Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m.

On November 1, De La Salle Institute welcomed 14 young women and men into the Br. J. Richard Rush, FSC, Chapter of the National Honor Society for their achievements inside and outside the classroom: Antelma Acosta, Diego Avila (Pilsen), Cristian Cortez (Back of the Yards), Madison Gagen (Canaryville), Dominic Gallagher, Elijah Hamilton-Perkin (Bronzeville), Juliana Hernandez, Miriam Madriz, Tiffany Pang (Bridgeport), Michael Spurlock-Davis (South Loop), Makenzie Steele (Canaryville), Benjamin Tassone (Bridgeport), Amaya Utreras, and Xavier Vicenteno.

Four members of the boys varsity soccer program were chosen for the 2017 All-Chicago Catholic League team: center midfielder/stopper Cristian Cortez, center midfielder Andreas Wolf, defender Jordan Pollard, and midfielder Julian Ponce de Leon.

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


Cook County Commissioners John P. Daley and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia recently honored 9th District Chicago Police Officers Leo Augle, Colin Ryan, Victoria Mendoza, and David Perez for their commendable response to two separate dangerous incidents in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue. The commissioners also honored local business owner Ricardo Jimenez for his bravery in assisting Officer Mendoza. In one incident, Perez and Mendoza responded to a robbery in progress, and when a criminal shot Mendoza in the leg, Jimenez stopped the bleeding with a tourniquet. Augle and Ryan sustained wounds when an offender fired at their vehicle.


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.


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.


The Theatre School at DePaul University’s Lights Up! benefit raised money for student scholarships by bringing together artists, business and civic leaders, and alumni. Actor, alumnus, and honorary co-chair John C. Reilly welcomed guests and shared his personal story of how receiving a scholarship at a difficult time enabled him to stay in college. The celebration also featured a raffle and live auction. By the end of the night, Lights Up! grossed more than $250,000 for the Theatre School Scholarship Fund. Call (773) 325-7938 for more information.

The Theatre School at DePaul University garnered $250,000 for theatre students at a recent fundraiser.


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.


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


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. Next date is Dec. 11.

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


Cardinal Blase Cupich will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini commemorating the centenary of her death. Also, the City Council adopted a resolution proclaiming Friday, Dec. 22, as Mother Cabrini Day in Chicago; the shrine will hold an adoration and prayer service in her honor from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 22 at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave.


Join Park #571 for Flow and Glow Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a 60-minute glow in the dark vinyasa yoga flow. Wear bright gear and be prepared to glow. Refreshments and snacks served afterward. Log on to under Park #571 events. The park is at 2828 S. Eleanor St. Call (773) 823-9135.


Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Saint Elizabeth Campus, will hold a free grief support group in Spanish, Lake Shore Room, tenth floor, 1431 N. Claremont Ave., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Call Ely Pulido at (847) 653-3143 or Gabriella Valentino at (847) 653-3185 to register.


Pilsen Alliance will receive the Barbara Grau Award, provided by the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, at a Dec. 15 ceremony at Oasis Banquet Hall, 2057 W. 18th St. The award is named in honor of a founder of the Lawyers’ Committee who was an early advocate for affordable housing.

For more information, call (312) 347-7600.


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.

First Defense Legal Aid provides representation to people in custody, informs people of their rights, and organizes services by volunteers who help out.


First Defense Legal Aid, 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody, informs people of their rights, and organizes volunteers to help.

The organization will host Blues & Brews at Lagunitas Brewing Co. on Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a complimentary taco bar and live blues. Proceeds from the $10 cover charge go toward legal aid for people who are arrested.

For more information, call (773) 434-4162.


Roosevelt University will present the play The Man Who Came to Dinner Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1 through 3, 7:30 p.m. at the O’Malley Theatre, 430 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 341-3831.


Join Rush Generations’ Health and Aging Programs for Dealing With Stress: Keeping Calm in a Demanding Environment on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon. Are you providing care for an adult with a chronic medical condition? Come to a Nondisease Specific Caregiver Support Group meeting the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. For those living with a chronic condition, come to the Managing Chronic Conditions Support Group at Rush, which meets every third Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All are at the Tower Resource Center, Fourth Floor, Suite 04527, 1650 W. Harrison St. Call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


Santa Lucia Parish School, 3022 S. Wells St., will have a secret shop event, Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Dec.
17, weekdays 3 to 6 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 6 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (312) 326-1839.


Join St. Gabriel School for Breakfast With Santa Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school hall at 4500 S. Wallace Ave. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Pictures with Santa are $20. Enjoy games, food, face painting, raffles, and baked goods. Call (773) 268-6636.


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

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

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


St. Matthew 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.


Seniors Advocating for Empowerment Inc. will hold its annual Christmas party, Christmas Around the World, at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove, Friday, Dec. 8, 1 to 4 p.m. Call (773) 476-2441.


Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., will host its annual Sing-Along Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. Maestra Catherine O’Shaughnessy directs the Sounds of the Loop Orchestra, professional soloists, and organist Jay Yau. Bring your own score (or purchase one at the door). A festive holiday reception will follow.

Second Presbyterian Church hosts its annual winter coat drive during December and January. Donations of warm socks, coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, gloves, scarves, caps, and mittens are welcome. Bring your items to the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call the church office at (312) 225-4951 or see the church website at


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host Mary and Christmas, a buffet and concert on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., followed by a champagne and pastry reception. Cost is $175 per person. Call for reservations.

Birthing God: Franciscan and Dominican Insights on Creation and the Incarnation is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

Finishing in first place in the seventh and eighth grade girls’ volleyball tournament Gold Bracket was a team from Mark Sheridan School. Top row: Sabrina Wong, Natalie Swan, Vickie Mancini, Olivia Hill, and Coach Ko. Bottom row: Allyson Ko, Zoe Langham, and Rachel Zhang.


Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy eighth graders captured the Gold Bracket and St. Richard School seventh graders won the Silver Bracket at the annual De La Salle Institute seventh and eighth grade girls’ volleyball tournament on Nov. 5. Fifteen teams participated: Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Clay School, Dore School, Jackson Language Academy, St. Barbara School, St. Bruno School, St. Gabriel School seventh and eighth graders, St. Jerome School,  St. John the Baptist School, St. Richard School seventh and eighth graders, Mark Sheridan School seventh and eighth graders, and Walsh School. Natalie Swan of Sheridan was the MVP. Sheridan is located at 533 W. 27th St. St. Richard School is at 5025 S. Kenneth Ave.


The South Loop Neighbors will hold their annual meeting on Monday, Dec. 18, at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St. For information, email


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

UIC’s Early Outreach Program will discuss “Before College Planning” on Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 1007 W. Harrison St. Call (312) 996-2549.

The UIC Flames men’s basketball team will play home games at the UIC Pavilion at Harrison Street and Racine Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 6, vs. Wisconsin-Parkside at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9, vs. DePaul at 3 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15, vs. Dartmouth at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 23, vs. Trinity Christian at 3 p.m. Call (312) 413-8421.


Meeting online buyers or sellers in person now is 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.