ATN: March 2018
March 8, 2018

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


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 American Lung Association will hold its Fight for Air Climb on Sunday, March 11, at Presidential Towers, 555 W. Madison St. Climb 45, 90, 135, or 180 floors. Call (312) 781-1100 or email


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


Twelfth Ward Alderman George Cardenas spoke at the McKinley Park Development Council’s recent meeting at the National Latino Education Institute, 2011 W. Pershing Rd. He also joined the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council in a discussion on how to eliminate unfair real estate tax assessments. To contact Cardenas, call (773) 523-8250.

C.A.P.S. Meetings

1st District:  TBD. Call (312) 745-4381.

2nd District: Beat 211, Mon., March 12, 3240 S. Indiana Ave., Illinois College of Optometry, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 213/224, Wed., March 14, 4058 S. Michigan Ave., St. Elizabeth Church, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 215, Thurs., March, 15, 4421 St. State St., AMC Center, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 221/223, Tues., March 20, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave., King Center, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 222, Tues., March 13, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., Kennicott Park, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 233/234/235, Wed., March 21, 1526 E. 55th St., Treasure Island Foods, 6:30 p.m. Call (312) 747-8366.

9th District: Beat 912, Wed., March 14, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., St. Maurice Church hall, 7 p.m.; Beats 913/915, Tues., March 13, 3120 S. Halsted St., 9th District Station, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 914, Wed., March 28, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave., Chinatown Library, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 922, Tues., March 27, 2611 W. 48th St., Shields Middle School, 6 p.m.; Beat 923, Tues., March 27, 5157 S. California Ave., St. Simon Church Hall, 7 p.m.; Beat 925, Wed., March 21, 4500 S. Wallace St., St. Gabriel Church, 6 p.m.; Beats 932/934/935, Tues., March 20, 1301 W 52nd St., Sherman Park, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-3501.

10th District: Beat 1013, Wed., March 21, 2524 S. Keeler Ave., Epi-phany Church, 6 p.m.; Beat 1021, Tues., March 13, 1448 S. Homan Ave., Carey Tercentenary, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-7190.

12th District: Beats 1213/1214/1215, Wed., March 21, 1615 W. Chicago Ave., Goldblatt’s Building, 7 p.m.; Beat 1221, Wed., March 14, 2526 W. Grand Ave., Smith Park, 7 p.m.; Beats 1222/1223, Wed., March 28, 1939 W. Lake St., Westhaven community room, 7 p.m.; Beats 1211/1212, Wed., Apr. 4, 2347 W. Augusta Blvd., St. Helen’s Church, 7 p.m. Call (312) 746-8306.

To learn more about C.A.P.S. programs, visit the Chicago Police Districts website:, tab: Get Involved with C.A.P.S.

De La Salle Institute bridge contest building stars Diana Wolf, Berenice Perez, Mark Jackowiak, Raina Villareal, and Jorge Diaz


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.


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 Artists Coalition (CAC) will move to 2130-40 W. Fulton St. in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor in spring. CAC will occupy 6,286 of the building’s 55,000 square feet, giving the 44-year-old non-profit organization room to grow. It currently is located at 217 N. Carpenter St.


The Chicago Bilingual and Diversity Job Fair will be held Wednesday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Dr. Email


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, 2189 W. Bowler St., will have an open house on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Chicago Hope players will present The Gathering, a modern-day rendition of the Last Supper, Thursday, through Saturday, March 22 through 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Log on to


Groundbreaking for the new Chicago Public Library and apartments at 1342 W. Taylor St. on Jan. 28 featured Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Aldermen Jason Ervin (28th), Daniel Solis (25th), and Walter Burnett (27th); and community leaders. About 100 people attended. Emanuel said, “I will see you here in one year when we cut the ribbon.” Brian Bannon, Chicago Public Library CEO, said construction would go faster than that, taking only nine months.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. hosts adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs. Log on to   

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

Call (312) 328-0821.

De La Salle recently named Rebecca Chavez as Meteor of the Month. She is pictured with Principal Diane Brown.


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.


Seven De La Salle Institute student musicians recently performed in the All-Catholic Honor Band concert consisting of the top musicians from Catholic high schools in the Chicago area at VanderCook College of Music. Lauded were Carlson Ayanlaja ‘18 (trumpet); Sherrod Eaton ‘19 (trumpet); Gabriel Garcia ‘18 (trombone); Thomas Haepp ‘20 (trombone); Joshua Roman ‘20 (alto saxophone); Jameel Stephens ‘18 (percussion); and Benjamin Tassone ‘18 (tenor saxophone).

De La Salle has inducted five new members into its Sports Hall of Fame: Michael Corbett ’63, Robert DiLiberto ’00, LaToya McInnis ’06, Luther Morris ’91, and Aminu Timberlake ’91.

Students Rebecca Chavez and Brittany Miller recently were named Meteors of the Month.

The 30 students in teacher Dan Dowling’s Honors Biology homeroom class raised $1,002.88 in mission collections in the first semester, earning first place in the entire school. As a whole, De La Salle raised just less than $8,200 for various charitable causes.

Students Dominic Caponera and Gary Donohue were named to the 2017-18 Illinois High School Hockey League All-Star Team.

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

This year’s Bridge Building Contest saw history made as Berenice Perez created a bridge that withstood a De La Salle student record of 245 pounds. Tying for second place were Raina Villareal and Diana Wolf, whose bridges held 230 pounds apiece. Jorge Diaz placed third with a bridge that maintained 200 pounds.

De La Salle will host a variety of grade school summer academic and sports camps in June and July.

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

De La Salle recently named Brittany Miller as Meteor of the Month. She is pictured with Principal Diane Brown.


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

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


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.


During March, Glessner House Museum will host several programs at 1800 S. Prairie Ave.

On Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m., author and historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach will speak on Lasting Legacies: The Grande Dames of Chicago, about the civic-minded entrepreneurial women of the past. Tickets are $10.

On Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m., the museum will host Murder in a Nutshell: A Frances Glessner Lee Whodunit Event. Attendees are invited to become detectives using Lee’s Nutshell Studies, miniature models depicting death scenes, used for more than 70 years to train police officers. Tickets are $15.

On Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., executive director and curator William Tyre will lead a tour, Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement; he will repeated the tour on the Saturdays of June 2, September 22, and December 8. Tickets are $25 per person.

Make reservations online at or by calling (312) 326-1480.


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.


Lincoln Park Zoo will host the Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring breakfast, photos with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, free rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure, music, and crafts. For information or to purchase tickets, log on to


The Junior Flag-Football League registration is now open. Use the early bird code “flagtastic” and save $20. The season begins on Friday, Aug. 17, for youngsters up to 14 years of age. Register at


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


Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., will host a variety of athletic, academic, and fun summer camps. Call (773) 881-6566.


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. Next date is March 12.

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


Notre Dame de Chicago Parish will have its Spring Fling with open bar, dinner, live music and dancing, a raffle, and games on Saturday, March 24, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the parish hall, 1334 W. Flournoy St. Tickets are $75 each. Call (312) 243-7400.


Northerly Island will host archery classes for youth, adults, and families from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through March 22.

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


The Obama Foundation and the University of Chicago announced the Obama Foundation Scholars Program, a new program at the U of C Harris School of Public Policy to support the next generation of leaders making an impact on issues in their communities and around the world. Potential students who wish to apply by the Tuesday, April 10, deadline can learn more about the program on Log on to or


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.

Prismatica is a free, temporary public art installation in Polk Brothers Park at Navy Pier featuring 25 six-foot pivoting prisms resembling giant kaleidoscopes.


Prismatica is a free, temporary public art installation in Polk Brothers Park at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., featuring 25 six-foot pivoting prisms resembling giant kaleidoscopes. The art will be on display until Sunday, April 15. Call (312) 595-5073.


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.


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.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many classes, screenings, and programs, including a balance screening on Tuesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where licensed physical therapists screen participants and teach balance improvement skills. Screenings take place at Rush University Medical Center, 1653 W. Congress Pkwy. For more help reducing the risk for falls, join the Matter of Balance workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 20 to April 12, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, 710 S. Paulina St. Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a free workshop on Tuesdays from March 20 through April 24, 9 to 11:30 a.m., also is held at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center. To reserve a spot, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


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

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


St. Malachy + Precious Blood Parish invites all to participate in Taizé, an interdenominational Christian prayer service that combines prayer, reflection, and fellowship. Services will be held at 7 p.m. on the Tuesdays of March 14 and 28 at 2248 W. Washington Blvd. Call (312) 733-1068.


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.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is offering a new film series about the Vietnam War at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War on Film will show a different film every week through May 8, with two screenings of each film and a weekly professor-led discussion. For more information, log on to For the list of films, log on to:


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii recently honored two men from the community for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Corporal Philip J. Bartolotta, 96, served in the Army Air Force as a military police officer. Carl Liture, 92, served as machinist’s mate, 3rd class, in the Navy, 1944 to 1946, aboard the USS Shangri-La, which his crew commissioned in 1944. 

Victoria M. Tufano, senior editor and liturgical consultant at Liturgy Training Publications will lead a Lenten day of reflection and reconciliation on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., speaking on Three Doorways into Holy Week: Stories That Can Change Lives, Glorifying in the Cross. Cost is $25.

Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will have its Palm Sunday worship service on Sunday, March 25, at 11 a.m. and its Easter Sunday worship service on Sunday, April 1, also at 11 a.m. Enjoy fellowship in Register Hall after each service. Call (312) 225-5300.


The South Loop Business Expo, organized by the South Loop Referral Group, will be held Tuesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 2411 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to or email


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership will present Episode 1: Can We Talk when former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) debate gun control, immigration reform, and other topics Sunday, March 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $36 each. Call (312) 322-1700.


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.


Alderman Patrick D. Thompson and the 11th Ward Democratic Party will host a cocktail reception honoring John P. Daley, candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 11th District, on Thursday, March 15, at Zhou Art Gallery, 1029 W. 35th St., 5:30 p.m. Call (773) 729-7666 for ticket prices and reservations.


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


The University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 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.

UIC Soccer will host the Sean Phillips Soccer camps, Monday, June 11, through Friday, July 20. Call (312) 848-6106 or log on to


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.

Tessa Rose Jasutis.


Tessa Rose Jasutis was born to Marisa Barbato and Scott Jasutis on Feb. 17, 2018. She weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. Tessa’s sister is Amelia Jasutis, and grandparents are Maryann and Peter Barbato, Annette Rolland, Richard Jasutis, and Linda Jasutis.

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