ATN: May 2018
May 4, 2018

All Saints/St. Anthony Parish will host its fourth annual yard sale and block party on Sunday, June 10. Call (312) 842-2744.

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.


All Saints/St. Anthony Parish, 518 W. 28th Pl., will host its fourth annual yard sale and block party on Sunday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy food, a bake sale, raffle tickets and prizes, a kids corner, and a variety of items for sale. Call (312) 842-2744.


The Art Institute of Chicago’s Society for Contemporary Art will hold its benefit on Saturday, June 2, with cocktails, dinner, and a live and silent auction at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State St. Call (312) 443-3630.

Prints by Helen Frankenthaler on are display now through Monday, Sept. 3.

The Art Institute recently received a $50 million unrestricted gift from Janet and Craig Duchossois and a $20 million gift from Robert and Diane S. Levy for acquisitions and operations.

The Art Institute is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 499-4111 or 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 Boulevard of Chicago, which provides medical respite care and housing services for ill and injured homeless adults, will host its Gala 2018: Homelessness, A Health Issue honoring the PCC Community Wellness Center on Friday, June 1, at 6 p.m. with cocktails, dinner, a program, and dancing at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr. Tickets are $250 each, and there will be a raffle. The Boulevard is at 3456 W. Franklin Blvd. Call (773) 533-6013 or log on to


Tickets are on sale for the 3Cs Reunion, featuring people who worked at Columbus, Cuneo, and Cabrini hospitals, as well as St. Anthony’s, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s and St. Elizabeth’s, at the Best Western Hotel, 4400 Frontage Rd., Hillside, IL, Saturday, Oct. 13. Events begin with an open beer and wine bar at 6:30 p.m. and dinner, DJ, and entertainment at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75. Contact Shirley Reed at (773) 484-7595 or; Maxim Canino at (708) 642-4082 or; or Barbara Billops at (773) 941-3294 or


Career Transitions Center of Chicago will host its Passport to Taste fundraiser on Thursday, May 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ovation, 2324 W. Fulton St. Enjoy appetizers, wine, and a silent auction. The center is located at 703 W. Monroe St. and helps people find new jobs and careers. 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.


The Chicago Artists Coalition will hold its annual benefit, Work in Progress, at its future home at 2130 W. Fulton St. VIP reception honoring Rhona Hoffman begins at 6 p.m.; party featuring interactive installations, food, and drink begins at 8 p.m. Call (312) 491-8888.


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.


The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium helps foreign-educated nurses attain licensure in Illinois.

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

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


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 Park District will host a Summer Day Camp and Late Summer Camps from June to August. Log on to


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.: 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.

Alderman George Cardenas joined the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Health Fair on April 14 at Kelly High School. He spoke with residents, provided health service information, and donated a bike for the group’s raffle.


Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward) announced a $100,000 public arts grant for Open Center for the Arts, 2214 S. Sacramento Ave., a regular collaborator with local schools, citywide organizations, and international artists. The grant will fund murals at 19th and California and on the viaduct at 33rd Street and Damen Avenue in McKinley Park, a Voices of the World art installation on local school buildings, a Marshall Square sculpture project, and two more projects being processed. Project themes will address immigration, migration, and celebration of the Little Village community and local life.

Cardenas attended the April 14 Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Health Fair at Kelly High School, where he spoke with residents, provided health service information, and donated a bicycle for the group’s raffle. As chair of the City Council’s Health and Environmental Committee, he is working to expand health services in the city. Services such as insurance enrollment and billing are available in Spanish, English, and Mandarin Chinese in his office weekly. Call for an appointment.  

To reach Cardenas’s office, call (773) 523-8250.  


City Garden Waldorf School will have a summer camp for youngsters ages three to 7 from Monday, June 11, to Friday, June 29. Call (312) 421-3050.


Community resident Connie Varga recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor. Connie’s Crew will hold a benefit in her honor on Sunday June 10, at the St. Joseph’s Club at 2724 S. Union St. from 2 to 6 p.m. A $20 admission includes food and beer and wine. Also, $10 50/50 raffle tickets are available long with basket raffles, a lottery wheel, and ¾-sleeve t-shirts for sale. Contact Janet Galvin at (773) 573-4250 or Mary Walz at (312) 399-2343 for more information. 


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.

De La Salle freshman guard T.K. Howard (left) was chosen to the 2017-18 All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference White Division First team in basketball.


De La Salle Institute freshman guard T.K. Howard was chosen to the 2017-18 All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference White Division First Team in basketball.

Junior Caroline Wood has been chosen the Meteor of the Month.

De La Salle will host grade school summer academic and sports campus Monday, June 18, through Thursday, July 26. Call (312) 842-7355, ext. 147.

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

De La Salle junior Caroline Wood (right) was named Meteor of the Month.


Glessner House Museum will host a lecture, John Vinci: Life and Landmarks, on Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at 1800 S. Prairie Ave. Architect Vinci is acclaimed for his pioneering activism for historic preservation over a career spanning more than 50 years. Vinci is the subject of a book, John Vinci: Life and Landmarks, by author Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren. They will look at Vinci’s life and career, and Vinci will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. Admission is $10 per person. Make reservations online at or by calling (312) 326-1480.


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.


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.


Maxwell Street Market, Desplaines 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.


MB Financial Bank’s Bike the Drive will be held Sunday, May 27, at 5:30 a.m. starting at Columbus and Jackson Drives. Lake Shore Drive will be closed to cars so cyclists can enjoy almost five hours of biking. Log on to


The McKinley Park Civic Association will host its annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m., starting at the McKinley Park Public Library, 1915 W. 35th St. Alderman George Cardenas will sponsor the senior trolley for the parade. See https://mckinleyparknews.


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.


The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame will host the 11th annual Tommy Lasorda Open golf outing on Monday, June 4, at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles, IL. Guests will include sports figures Evander Holyfield, Ray Boom Boom Mancini, Dan Pastorini, Dennis Savard, and Bobby Valentine. Events start at 10 a.m. with registration followed by lunch, a shotgun start, dinner, and an auction. Call (312) 226-5566 or email


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 May 14.

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


Northerly Island 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.


One Summer Chicago offers jobs for youngsters in the arts and summer camps. Log on to


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 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


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many classes, screenings, and programs. Take Charge of Your Health, a free workshop for people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, is offered Thursdays, now through June 7, 2:30 to 5 p.m. Gentle yoga classes, which can increase flexibility and improve balance, will be held Thursdays, now through June 28, from 1 to 2 p.m., and cost $40 for an eight-week session. Both will take place at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, 710 S. Paulina St. To reserve your spot, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) by May 10. Affected by lupus or know someone who is? Join the lupus support group on Saturday, May 19, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Tower Resource Center, 4th Floor, Suite 04547, 1620 W. Harrison St. To register for the support group, call (800) 258-7872 or email


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.


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

The school offers a wide variety of athletic and academic summer camps. Log on to

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


St. James Parish and DL Comprehensive Healthcare will present Jazzin’ to Feed, an event benefitting St. James Food Pantry, Saturday, May 26, with a VIP reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and the main event starting at 7 p.m. There will be a jazz concert, silent auction, raffle, buffet, beer, wine, and soda. VIP admission is $50. Regular admission is $40. The event will be held at De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-1919 x213 or log on to


St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., will host open houses on Wednesday, May 23, at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. Call (312) 842-7668 to register. Log on to for more information.


St. Malachy and Precious Blood School will have an open house on Wednesday, May 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The parish is located at 2248-52 W. Washington Blvd. Call (312) 733-2252.


SAY Chicago will host its summer soccer league at the University of Illinois at Chicago fields. Register at


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.


Flag football will return to Sheridan Park starting Friday, Aug. 17. Early bird registration is open now. All games held on Friday nights. Divisions are: age six and younger, age eight and younger, age 11 and younger, and age 14 and younger. Register at Sheridan Park is at 910 S. Aberdeen St.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will have its children’s’ May crowning procession on Sunday, May 6, at the 11 a.m. Mass.

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., and the church’s evangelism and music ministries will hold a Youth Day worship service on Sunday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Zachary Mills. The theme will be Bringing Youth to Christ. Call (312) 225-5300.


South Loop Neighbors will have a condo presidents roundtable Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at 899 S. Plymouth Ct. in the party room.

The group will host its annual yard sale in Dearborn Park, 865 S. Park Terrace, Saturday, June 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email

Log on to for more information.

Clark, the Chicago Cubs’ mascot, recently visited the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, to the delight of young patients, dental students, faculty, and staff.


University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry students recently traveled to Washington, DC, for American Dental Association and American Student Dental Association Dentist and Dental Student Lobby Day. They met with members of Congress to discuss legislation pertaining to topics including opioid regulation and student loan repayment.

Sean Phillips Soccer Camps will be held at UIC from Monday, June 11, to Friday, July 20. Call (312) 848-6106.


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.


Warrior Queens will present the first ever Warrior Queens Pop-Up Shop at Compound Yellow, 244 Lake St. in Oak Park, IL, on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop will feature gifts including greeting cards for the socially conscious, geek culture art, resistance gear, natural body scrubs, jewelry, handmade handbags from Senegal, and vendors from the Mzuzi Shop. The Warrior Queens Pop-Up Shop is committed to highlighting the beauty, strength, and resilience of underrepresented and marginalized communities. Email


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.