ATN: April 2018
April 5, 2018

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.


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


Career Transitions Center of Chicago will hold its Passport to Taste fundraiser on Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ovation, 2324 W. Fulton St. The evening will honor the Rev. Tom Hurley of Old St. Patrick’s Church as well as volunteers Howard Fox and Mary Maloney and include a silent auction. Tickets are $100 each. Email


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.

Members of the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium display the flags of their homelands at a recent fundraiser for the organization.


The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium helps foreign-educated nurses attain licensure in Illinois. They recently helped Natalia Diaconu from Moldova and Nadia Lozanova from Bulgaria become approved as registered nurses in Illinois.

The preparation course for the Test of English as a Foreign Language begins Wednesday, April 25.

National Council Licensure Examination predictor tests are available to demonstrate probability of passing the nursing exam.

Pharmacology for nurses will be offered on the Wednesdays of April 11 and 18.

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


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.


Chicago Hope Academy will host its eighth annual Hoops for Hope three-on-three basketball tournament on Thursday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. at Quest MultiSport, 2641 W. Harrison St. Chicago Hope is located at 2189 W. Bowler St. Call (312) 491-1600 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 Latino Film Festival will run Thursday through Thursday, April 5 through 19, at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Log on to


Former 1st District Chicago Police Commander Robert Klich has retired after serving the department for 35 years. The 1st District added 18 police officers recently.


Chicago Public Schools has been named the College Board Advanced Placement District of the Year among large school districts for leading the nation in expanding access to AP exams while simultaneously improving exam performance among every demographic. CPS is the largest school district ever to receive this honor and the only district of any size to be named AP District of the Year more than once, having previously received the award in 2011. Call (773) 553-1620.

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens qualified several new instructors for the park’s fitness center. To register for classes, call (312) 328-0821.


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.: April 24, June 12, July 24, Aug. 21, Oct. 9, and Dec. 4.

Registration is open for Kids Science Labs Summer Camps, running from Monday, June 4, through Friday, Aug. 21.

Call (312) 328-0821.


De La Salle Institute announced six students from the Class of 2018 have chosen where they will continue their educations while playing college football next fall.

 Honored at a ceremony in De La Salle’s Hilton Commons were Joseph Bonds (Northern Illinois University), Nick Boehm and Michael Coates (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Jeremy Inniss (Elmhurst College), Byron Perkins (Purdue University), and Jameel Stephens (Benedictine University).

Twenty one De La Salle students recently attended the University of Chicago’s Model United Nations Conference XXX in downtown Chicago. De La Salle Institute’s Model UN Program authen-
tically simulates the United Nations General Assembly, UN Security Council, and other multilateral bodies to introduce students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

De La Salle will host its 11th annual Great Futures Gala on Friday, April 20, at 6 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St. The honorees are Andrew and Lynn Kopon of Kopon Airdo, LLC; George and Betty Lombard of the Lombard Co.; and Michael Hickey of Michael F. Hickey, Ltd. The emcee will be NBC 5 Chicago’s Natalie Martinez. For more information, contact De La Salle event manager Carl Willingham at (312) 842-7355, ext. 146 or

Parents or guardians interested in enrolling their children at De La Salle may register for coffee with an administrator, during which they will tour of the building, visit classrooms, and meet faculty and administrators.

Contact John Brogan, at (312) 842-7355 ext. 147 or

Alex Raiford has been chosen the Meteor of the Month.

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

Student Alex Raiford (left, holding certificate) has been chosen the Meteor of the Month at De La Salle Institute.


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.


The Fulton Market Neighborhood Run 5k to 1k will be held Sunday, April 15, at 9 a.m. There will be an after-race party at Federales, 180 N. Morgan St. Log on to


The Illinois Transplant Fund will host a Celebration of Life fundraiser on Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kehoe Designs, 2555 S. Leavitt St. Tickets are $40. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Juan Salgado, chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago, will be the keynote speaker. Log on to


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 Greektown Shuttle to Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls home games departs 45 minutes before game time and is free. For information and locations, log on to


Instituto College now is offering an associate’s degree in nursing. The college is at 2520 S. Western Ave. Call (773) 890-0055.


If you are a Roman Catholic who has stayed away from church, Landings is an eight-week program that offers “a safe place to land,” according to the organizers—a place for listening, being heard, asking questions, and reconnecting with faith as an adult. The next session is Monday, April 9, at Old St. Mary’s Parish, 1500 S. Michigan Ave. Those interested may contact or phone (312) 922-3444 for more information. Preregistration required. 


Maxwell Street Market, Des-plaines and Taylor Streets, is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays, year round. It offers a wide variety of merchandise including tools, clothing, furniture, collectables, and food. Parking is free on Desplaines from Harrison to Polk Streets and from Taylor Street to Roosevelt Road.


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 April 9.

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

Northerly Island will host its First Friday Astro Club on Friday, April 6.


Northerly Island will host its First Friday Astro Club on Friday, April 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fee is $10. Learn how to read a star map and identify constellations, stars, and planets.

Family Fishing will be held Saturday, May 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. Fee is $5. Fishing instruction and equipment will be provided.

The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. Call (312) 745-2910.


Open Books and Laugh, Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m., is a night of standup comedy supporting Open Books’ reading and writing program. The event is at the Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway. Open Books is at 651 W. Lake St. and 905 W. 19th St. Call (312) 243-9776.


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.


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. 

Obama Foundation Scholars will pursue a master’s degree with an emphasis on international development and policy. The program begins in fall 2018, and applications for the inaugural class of scholars are due Monday, April 10.

The deadline to apply is April 10. Learn more about the program by logging on to or


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


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.


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.


Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts will host a musical performance on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many classes, screenings, and programs, including a free hearing screening on Tuesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, and a free skin screening on Friday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rush also will host Mindfulness 101, where participants learn and practice mindfulness skills to improve ability to manage daily stresses and cope with chronic conditions. Workshops will be held on Mondays, April 23 to May 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost to attend the workshop is $20. Both screenings and the workshop will be held at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, 710 S. Paulina St. Log on to

Saint Ignatius College Prep’s main fundraiser, Gloriam 2018, held March 3, netted more than $1.3 million for students needing tuition assistance.


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

The school’s main fundraiser, Gloriam 2018, held March 3, netted more than $1.3 million for students needing tuition assistance. More than 800 alumni, parents, and friends contributed. Gloriam chairs were Julie Garvey Davis and Marc Davis, Alyson Nash and Pat Nash, and Colleen Mygatt and Bruce Mygatt. Peter Thompson served as auctioneer, and Dawn Hasbrouck was the emcee.

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


St. Laurence High School raised more than $8,000 by selling special St. Patrick’s Day shirts, with proceeds going to the Paul Bauer Memorial Fund to benefit the family of fallen Chicago Police commander Paul Bauer, who died on Feb. 13.

The school is at 5556 W. 77th St., Burbank, IL. Call (708) 458-6900.

St. Laurence High School sold nearly 700 shirts in three days to raise money for the family of slain Chicago Police commander Paul Bauer. Students wore the shirts while marching in the South Side Irish Parade on March 11.


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 each week through May 8, with two screenings of each film, accompanied by a weekly professor-led discussion. For more information, log on to For the list of films, log on to:


Second Presbyterian Church will host Titanic in Music and Story on Sunday April 15, at 3 p.m. at the church, located at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, the program will feature organist John W. W. Sherer performing music from 1912, music heard aboard Titanic, and music written to honor those lost, while telling stories behind the fateful voyage and the 1,500 victims. A reception following will feature selected items from the last menu served to first class passengers. Doors will open at 2 p.m., and docents will provide tours prior to the concert. Admission is $25 per person. Log on to 


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a food drive at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 8, and a Padre Pio prayer cenacle on Wednesday, April 18.

It will host its sixth annual Cook Off on Sunday, April 29. Teams will offer dishes for attendees to sample and judge, and the event will feature wine, antipasto salad, and dessert. It starts at 12:30 p.m. and costs $30 per person.

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


The South Loop Neighbors will host a Clean and Green on Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m. in Printers Row Park, 632 S. Dearborn St.

The group will host its annual yard sale on Friday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Alderman Patrick D. Thompson, gives the “thumbs up” sign at an event promoting ridership on the #31 Chicago Transit Authority bus.


Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward) and Commissioner John P. Daley (11th District) joined neighbors and business and civic leaders to encourage increased ridership for the CTA #31 bus early last month. Community members joined Thompson, along with the South Loop Chamber of Commerce, the Bridgeport Alliance, and the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. As part of the promotion, passengers who took a selfie while riding on the #31 bus could present their pictures at 14 local businesses along 31st Street to get special deals during March. Call (773) 254-6677.


The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave., through Sunday, July 29, is hosting the exhibition Pushing the Limits, selections from the UIMA permanent collection featuring works from artists who attempted to transcend the limitations of their chosen medium. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to


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 Theater will perform Florissant & Canfield, a play about the vanguard of the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Ferguson, MO, through the School of Theatre & Music at 1044 W. Harrison St. from Friday through Saturday, April 13 through 21. Call (312) 996-2939 or log on to


The West Central Association has added three members to its board of directors: Jose Bodella of View Dynamic Glass, Charles Grode of Merit School of Music, and Tim Swanson of Skender.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward), 12th District CPD Commander Stephen Chung, and the WCA announced 12 new police officers and installation of smart police technologies in the 12th District.

The Fulton Market Cleanup will be held Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. at Blue Plate at 1362 W. Fulton St. Attend the post event at noon, at Fulton Market Emporium. Email or call (312) 504-1884.

The WCA is located at 850 W. Madison St. Call (312) 902-4922.


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.


Frances Xavier Warde School, 751 N. State St., will host a Children at the Crossroads Foundation scholarship dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on Thursday, May 11. Richard Driehaus will receive the Founders Award, and Sean and Molly Durkin will receive the Heart of the Crossroads Award. Call (312) 466-0700.

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