ATN: February 2018
February 2, 2018

Works on yellow legal paper by Mounira Al Solh will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago through Sunday, April 29.

By William S. Bike


The Art Institute of Chicago will present I Strongly Believe in our Right to be Frivolous, the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of works by Mounira Al Solh, an artist living and working in Beirut and Amsterdam who creates drawings on yellow legal paper. The show runs Tuesday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, April 29. The Art Institute is located at 116 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 443-7297.


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.


Bank of America will host its Shamrock Shuffle 8K on Sunday, March 25. Log on to


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


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.


Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St., will have an open house on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Log on to


Chicago a cappella will perform Love Stories, Sunday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Call (773) 281-7820 or log on to


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 1945 S. Halsted St. For more information, call (312) 738-8000.


Three children explore how to deal with hurtful words about skin color in My Wonderful Birthday Suit! at Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave. Performances run from now through Monday, Feb. 18. Call (773) 227-0180.


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

Three children explore how to deal with hurtful words about skin color in My Wonderful Birthday Suit! at Chicago Children’s Theatre.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. will host adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs from now through the week of March 12. Log on to   

The Fire and Ice Festival will be held Friday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy indoor skating in socks, arts and crafts, ice bowling, and marshmallow roasting.

Fit4Mom Stroller Strides offers a workout moms can do with their babies at the park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Log on to

The standing zone for field house dropoff has moved from 18th Street to Indiana Avenue.

The Park Advisory Council will meet on selected Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m.: Feb. 6, March 13, April 24, June 12, July 24, Aug. 21, Oct. 9, and Dec. 4.

Call (312) 328-0821.


Parents of prospective students are welcome to join the principal of Children of Peace Catholic School for coffee and donuts and a talk on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m. The school is at 1900 W. Taylor St. Call (312) 243-8186.


Chinatown will host the Lunar New Year Parade starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 24th St. and Wentworth Ave. For information see


City Garden Waldorf School, 920 W. 19th St., will host prospective family orientations on Monday, Feb. 5, and Monday, Feb. 12, at 8:30 a.m. Call (312) 421-3050.


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.


All eight De La Salle Institute fall team sports will receive the Illinois High School Association’s Team Academic Achievement Award for their excellence in the classroom in the first part of the 2017-18 school year. Lauded are girls cross country; girls swimming; girls tennis; girls volleyball; boys football; boys soccer; boys cross country; and boys golf.

De La Salle will host an open house on Monday, April 16, at 6 p.m.

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


In honor of the late Antoinette “Toni” Di Fiore, her nephew, Vincent Arpino, DDS funds an annual $1,000 scholarship. To apply, local Catholic high school students are invited to write a 500-word essay, typed and double spaced (no more than two pages), about “The person who has most influenced you in your life” and send it to Mary Beth Howard, the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60607. Deadline is Friday, March 2. Scholarship officials will announce the winner Sunday, March 19, at the Feast of St. Joseph.


The Field Museum will offer free basic admission throughout February. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to


First Trinity Chicago Lutheran Church Community Center welcomes donations of clothing, shoes, and hygiene items. Volunteers accept 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.


Intercultural Montessori Language School will have an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at both its Chicago and Oak Park campuses. Log on to

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Jazz Showcase at Dearborn Station offers a variety of jazz performances in various styles. For more information, call (312) 360-0234.


Jazz Showcase at Dearborn Station, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., (312) 360-0234, will feature the Big Bari Band, Sun., Feb. 4, at 4, 8, and 10 p.m.; Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band Tuesday, Feb. 6, 8 and 10 p.m.; Harry Allen, Scott Hamilton, and Andy Brown, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 8 through 10, 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 and 8 p.m.; the Mark Colby Quartet Mon., Feb. 12, 8 and 10 p.m.; John Raymond and Real Feels Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 8 and 10 p.m.; and Tammy McCann, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8 and 10 p.m. Call (312) 360-0234.


Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting ice skating in the Farm in the Zoo, welcoming skaters of all ages, now through Sun., Feb. 25 (select days). For dates and times, check website. Admission is $5; skate rental $5 per pair. Warm up afterward in the main barn with special refreshments. The zoo is located at 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Call (312) 742-2000 or visit


Loop Learning Center provides quality child care for children ages six weeks to 12 years old. Loop Learning Center teachers have either an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Tours given daily; call to schedule your appointment. Loop Learning Center is located at 2001 S. Michigan Ave. (inside Long Grove House). For more information, call (312) 225-8828 or visit


Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Inc. will hold its 24th annual Fleur de Lis Ball on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Grand Ballroom of Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Cocktails, a live band, and auction are at 6 p.m., dinner and awards at 7:30 p.m. The musical guest is Entourage. The ball has a masquerade theme; black tie preferred. For tickets, email

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Lincoln Park Zoo hosts ice skating in the Farm in the Zoo, welcoming skaters of all ages, now through Sun., Feb. 25.


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


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 dates are Feb. 12 and March 12.

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


Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., will host a shadow day on Monday, Feb. 19. Log on to


Music @ Grace will present Woodwind Chamber Music on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St. Call (312) 341-2352.


A Northerly Island Polar Adventure Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, noon to 4 p.m. Event is free; parking is $3. Enjoy tours, animals, birds, treats, and a raffle.

Archery classes for youth, adults, and families will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through March 22.

Northerly Island is located at 1521 S. Linn White Dr.


Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave., on Saturday, March 3, will host a diversity job fair for teachers, staff, and administrators of color interested in careers at independent schools. More than 15 schools will participate. To register or for further information go to or call (773) 797-5103.


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

Photo by Christophe Hendrickx
A tyrannosaurus at the Field Museum, which is offering free basic admission throughout February. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.


U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush
(D-1st) announced the National Science Foundation will award $818,420 in federal funding to the University of Chicago. The grant will support research in molecular and cellular bioscience, led by Bryan Dickinson, assistant professor of chemistry. For more information, call (202) 225-4372.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many free classes and programs. Are you living with diabetes or pre-diabetes or caring for a loved one with diabetes? Consider joining Rush’s free six-week workshop, Take Charge of Your Diabetes, meeting 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, March 20 through April 24, in the Johnston R. Bowman Center, 710 S. Paulina St. To register, call (800) 757-0202.

Caring for someone with memory loss? Come to monthly meetings for friends and families of people with memory loss on the second Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rush Tower AB Dick Conference Room, third floor, Suite 03510, 1620 W. Harrison St. To reserve your spot, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


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

The Women’s Society will present Eliminating Drama and Unlocking Your Heart to Navigate Your Teen’s Transition into Adulthood on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Email

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


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii
will celebrate the Feast of St. Blaise and the Blessing of Throats on Sunday, Feb. 4, at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.


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.


South Loop Neighbors recently elected its new board: Benjamin Cottrell of Benjamin Cottrell Designs; Robert Degnan of the City’s Department of Transportation; Christine Hunt, attorney; Roger Marsh; Dennis McClendon of Chicago CartoGrapics; Dorothy Miaso of Literacy Volunteers of Illinois; and James Wales of Baird and Warner. For more information log on to


The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will hold its annual art auction Saturday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m., 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522.


The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools will host summer lab learning and fun programs from Monday, June 18, to Friday, July 27. Log on to

The Student National Dental Association chapter at the UIC College of Dentistry delivered 150 pounds of food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


The University of Illinois at Chicago Flames men’s basketball team in February will play home games against Youngstown State on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.; Cleveland State, Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.; Detroit Mercy, Monday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.; Northern Kentucky, Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.; and Wright State, Sunday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m.

The women’s team will play Cleveland State, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.; Youngstown State, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m.; Green Bay, Monday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m.; Northern Kentucky, Friday, Feb. 23, 4 p.m.; and Wright State, Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m.

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at UIC 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 against the backdrop of depopulation, divestment, and school closures on the West Side. The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 31, at 800 S. Halsted St.

Get free, limited dental screenings at the UIC College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St., on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. No appointment necessary: patients needed by dental students for licensing exam. Bring ID and list of current medications. Must be at least 18 and not allergic to latex. Call (312) 996-6411 or email

The Student National Dental Association chapter at the UIC College of Dentistry ran a successful holiday food drive, providing 150 pounds of food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


Meeting online buyers or sellers in person now is a little safer for both UIC 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.


Santa Lucia School, 3017 S. Wells St., will host its Lead with Your Heart fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $75 per person and include an open bar along with raffle baskets, a money raffle, and paddle raises. All money raised supports the school. The event will honor fifth grade teacher Margaret Piegari, who has taught at the school for more than 38 years and will retire in June. Call (312) 326-1839.

Send news of events to be held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to William S. Bike, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette Chicago, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email