ATN – July
July 6, 2018

De La Salle students were inducted into the International Thespian Society. Pictured are Kyran Latham, Amilia Isais (Tri-Taylor), De La Salle faculty member and Theatre 100 moderator Sam Fitzgerald, Brendan O’Gorman (Bridgeport), and Dorothy Tillman.

By William S. Bike

AA MEETINGS

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) 346-1475 for more information.

ART INSTITUTE NEWS

The Art Institute of Chicago is displaying prints by Helen Frankenthaler as well as works by Charles White, now through Monday, Sept. 3.

See the exhibition John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age now through Sunday, Sept. 30.

The Art Institute is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 499-4111 or log on to www.aric.edu.

BENTON HOUSE INFO

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 info@bentonhouse.org.

BOULEVARD NEWS

The Boulevard of Chicago at 3456 W. Franklin Blvd. provides medical respite care and housing services for homeless adults discharged from area hospitals. Call (773) 533-6013 or log on to www.blvd.org.

BRONZEVILLE ALLIANCE

The Bronzeville Alliance and community partners held a spring volunteer day on June 23, during which they worked on the Bronze-ville Neighborhood Farm. The alliance is located at 4158 S. Calumet Ave. Call (708) 522-8275.

MENTORS SOUGHT

Catholic Charities Youth Mentorship Program seeks mentors to work with boys in eighth through tenth grade 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.

CARDENAS NEWS

Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward) hosted students from Evergreen Elementary School at City Hall. The group of more than 30 students and three teachers visited the council chambers and attended a Plan Commission meeting.

Cardenas held his second annual 34th Place Clean and Green recently. He also hosted a job fair at the McKinley Park library.

Cardenas sponsored the recent Resilience Fest in Douglas in collaboration with the Open Center for the Arts as a collaborative juncture to blend art, culture, and the community. He secured $100,000 for Open Center for the Arts to fund community based projects.

Ninth District C.A.P.S. Chicago Police officers, Chicago Fire Department Engine 39 personnel, local residents, and Cardenas held the first clean and green on Damen Avenue from 35th to 37th streets in McKinley Park.

Cardenas, a U.S. Navy veteran, spoke on the importance of honoring veterans at the McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade.

Cardenas’s office can be reached at (773) 523-8250.

3CS REUNION

Tickets are on sale for the 3Cs Reunion, gathering people who worked at Columbus, Cuneo, and Cabrini hospitals as well as at 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 Screed16459@aol.com; Maxim Canino at (708) 642-4082 or 7358@hotmail.com; or Barbara Billops at (773) 941-3294 or Billops2014@gmail.com.

FUNDRAISING GALA

Bright Star Church and Bright Star Community Outreach will host the Light One Candle fundraising gala on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave., with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to brightstarcommunityoutreach.com. The church is at 4518 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

NURSE CONSORTIUM NEWS

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 www.chicagobilingualnurse.org also lists jobs available for nurses. For more information, call (312) 567-2065.

NEW LIGHTS

The Chicago Department of Transportation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Danny Solis, and Alderman Patrick D. Thompson announced new LED lights on Cermak Road as part of the mayor’s Smart Lighting Program. “These new LED lights play an important role in our public safety,” Thompson said. “The crisp lighting these LED lights create offers more visibility at night, creating a safer pedestrian friendly environment. They also consume 50% to 75% less energy than the high sodium lights.”

REPORTER ELECTED

The Chicago Headline Club elected Gazette Chicago reporter Susan S. Stevens to its 2018-19 board as secretary.

HOST A BOOK MEETING

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 tom@civiclab.us.

CHICAGO WOMEN’S PARK EVENTS

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. hosts adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs. Log on to http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Chicago-Womens-Park-and-Gardens.   

Fit4Mom Stroller Strides offer 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 chicagoloop.fit4mom.com.

The park will present Toddlers, Tunes, and Turtles on Tuesday, July 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. See live animals and musical performances and enjoy nature play.

The Lakeside Bank Concert in the Park will be held Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

The Park Advisory Council will meet at 6:45 p.m. on the Tuesdays of July 24, Aug. 21, Oct. 9, and Dec. 4.

Call (312) 328-0821.

Lourdes Duarte, Stacey Baca of ABC-TV Channel 7, and Michelle Elegria of Fox-TV Channel 32 attended the Chicago Latino Network’s recent Schmoozefest.

LATINO NETWORK

Chicago Latino Network offers a variety of networking opportunities to help connect Latinos to each
other. For information call (312) 547-9121 or email info@chicagolatinonetwork.com.

SUMMER CAMP

The Chicago Park District will host day camps from now through Friday, Aug. 3. Log on to www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.

CHINATOWN SUMMER FAIR

The 39th annual Chinatown Summer Fair will be held Sunday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wentworth Avenue at Cermak Road. Sponsored by the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, the fair features the Lion Dance procession as well as Chinese classical dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, and displays of ancient art forms and disciplines. Enjoy a taste of Chinatown’s many restaurants, items from gift shops, Chinese arts and crafts exhibits, street vendors, and a children’s area at 24th Place and Wentworth. Log on to www.chicagochinatown.org or call (312) 326-5320.

DE LA SALLE NEWS

De La Salle Institute announced that six students won honors for their success in the annual National French Contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Enrique Herrera, Ashley Naveja, Kayla Sanchez, and Jalen Welch received the Mention d’Honneur award (honorable mention) and Michael Gallagher received a bronze medal/National Laureate award; the association also recognized Judith Hernandez.

School officials congratulate faculty members Dale Burke and Ron Cunat and students Jack Bechina, Amanda Bolden, Cameron Laviste, Michael Gallagher, and Victor DeAvila for placing third in ComEd’s Ideathon. The Meteors designed and constructed a device that will reset a fuse breaker remotely with a phone app.

Theatre 100 program participants Amilia Isais, Kyran Latham, Brendan O’Gorman, and Dorothy Tillman earned membership into the International Thespian Society and were honored at the program’s year-end awards ceremony.

Alumnus and heavyweight boxer Curtis Blades, Class of 2009, recently visited De La Salle after winning a bout at the United Center. Blades ranks number four in the heavyweight class.

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

ALUMNI WEEKEND

DePaul University will host its alumni weekend Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12 through 14. Volunteers and attendees are sought. Call (800) 437-1898 or email alumniweekend@depaul.edu.

Photo by Rachel Valentino
Festa Pasta Vino was held Father’s Day weekend in the Heart of Chicago community and offered food and entertainment.

FIESTA DEL SOL

Fiesta del Sol, Pilsen’s annual four-day alcohol- and tobacco-free family friendly festival, runs Thursday through Sunday, July 26 through 29, at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Hours are Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The largest Latino festival in the Midwest spans more than eight blocks with more than 100 booths. Taste the food while enjoying live music by local talent, carnival rides, sports tournaments, and art and indigenous crafts. Fiesta Del Sol is an annual fundraiser organized by the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council. See www.fiestadelsol.org or call (312) 666-2663.

FARMERS MARKETS

Bronzeville City Market at 47th St. and King Dr. operates Sundays from July 8 through Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

City Market at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., is open Thursdays through Oct. 25, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

City Market at Federal Plaza, Adams Street and Dearborn Parkway, is open Tuesdays through Oct. 30, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fulton Market Expo, 800 W. Fulton Market, is open Saturdays through Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Green City Market, 115 S. Sangamon St., is open Saturdays through Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hyde Park Farmers Market, 5300 S. Harper Ct., is open Thursdays through Oct. 25, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

McKinley Park Farmers Market, 3700 S. Archer Ave., is open Saturdays through Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Plant Chicago Farmers Market, 1400 W. 46th St., is open the Saturdays of July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Printers Row City Market, 700 S. Dearborn St., is open Saturdays through Oct. 27, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

South Loop Farmers Market, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. is open Thursdays through Sept. 27, 4 to 8 p.m.

Sunday City Market Bridgeport, 1000 W 35th St., is open Sundays, July 8 through Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LEGAL DEFENSE

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.

DONATIONS WELCOME

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 comedy Support Group for Men will be performed at the Goodman Theatre through Sunday, July 29.

GOODMAN COMEDY

The comedy Support Group for Men will be performed at the Goodman Theatre through Sunday, July 29. Call (312) 443-3800. The Goodman is located at 170 N. Dearborn St.

GWTP JOB TRAINING

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.

LIGHTHOUSE SCULPTURES

Greektown Special Services Area #16 is presenting a community art project, Re-Imagining Pharos-The Greektown Lighthouse Display. Greece has many pharos, or lighthouses, and local artists and school children have created 16 lighthouse sculptures for Halsted Street. For more information, call (312) 255-7280.

RUSH HOUR CONCERTS

The International Music Foundation will present Rush Hour Concerts every Tuesday through Aug. 28 at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. Performances start at 5:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.imfchicago.org or call (312) 670-6888.

IVI-IPO EVENT

The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization will host its 74th annual Independents’ Day Dinner and awards presentation, along with its Chicago Mayoral Forum, on Thursday, July 19, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave. Local Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-4th) will receive one of the awards. For information, log on to iviipo.org.

OPEN HOUSE

Intercultural Montessori Language School, which has dual language Montessori programs for youngsters ages three to 14 in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish, will hold an open house on Wednesday, July 11, at its Chicago and Oak Park campuses. Call (312) 265-1514, email admissions@interculturalmontessori.org, or log on to www.interculturalmontessori.org.

LICNA MEETING

The next meeting of the Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St. For more information or to join a committee email chicagolittleitaly@gmail.com or log on to licna.org.

BACKSTAGE TOURS

Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., will offer backstage tours at 10 a.m. and noon on the Fridays of July 20 and 27 and Aug. 3 and 10. Tickets are $15. Call (312) 825-5600 or email groupsales@lyricopera.org.

SECOND SATURDAYS

Madison Row, Madison Street between Halsted Street and Ashland Avenue, offers Second Saturdays events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every month. On Saturday, July 14, enjoy summer stroll event. Call (312) 504-1884, email rod@wcachicago.org, or log on to www.wcachicago.org.

Local artists and schoolchildren have created lighthouse sculptures for Greektown as a community art project.

MARKET NEWS

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, collectibles, and food. Parking is free on Des-plaines from Harrison to Polk Streets and from Taylor Street to Roosevelt Road.

MCKINLEY PARK NEWS

The McKinley Park Dog Park Committee meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the McKinley Park Fieldhouse. Email mckinleydogpark@gmail.com.

The park is at 37th Street and Archer Avenue.

MEXICAN ART

The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., (312) 738-1503, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Monday. On display until Sunday, Aug. 19, is Arte Diseño Xicágo (Art Design Chicago), an exhibit of photos and works from Latin artists’ early contributions to Chicago. Also on display is Peeling Off the Gray, which examines Pilsen’s gentrification. For a complete list of current and upcoming exhibits, log on to www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.

BENEFIT DINNER

The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini will hold its annual benefit dinner celebrating Chicago immigrants’ contributions and lives on Wednesday, July 25, at Café Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Dr. The evening starts with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m. Dinner and a live auction follow at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, log on to www.cabrininationalshrine.org/2018-benefit-dinner or call (773) 360-5746.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

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.

MARKET AND TOURS

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 PlantChicago.org/market.

INTERNET COURSES

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.

MARKET FESTIVAL

The Randolph Street Market Festival at 1341 W. Randolph St. is home to the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago, and the Holiday Market. Browse plentiful vintage items, with more than 150 vendors selling their favorite collectibles, and enjoy food and live music. Dates are the Saturdays and Sundays of July 28-29, Aug. 25-26, Sept. 29-30, Oct. 27-28, and Nov. 17-18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking available. Call (312) 666-1200 or toll free at (877) 319-2643. Go to www.randolphstreetmarket.com for admission prices and more information.

RUSH GENERATIONS

Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers classes, screenings, and programs for older adults and caregivers. Take Charge of Your Health, a free workshop for people with chronic health conditions, is offered at Rush on Thursdays, July 26 through Aug. 30, 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, third floor, suite 316, 710 S. Paulina St. Tai Chi, a great way to improve concentration, balance, and range of motion, costs $30 for a six-class session and meets Thursdays, July 5 through Aug. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Bowman Health Center in the social room on the ninth floor. A diabetes support group, where attendees share information and resources related to managing this condition, meets every third Thursday at Rush, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., in the Tower Resource Center, fourth floor, suite 04547, 1620 W. Harrison St. To reserve your spot or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS

Online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep are available. Log on to https://tour.lcp360.com/nocache/stignatius/tour/.

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

ST. MATTHEW NEWS

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.

SHERIDAN PARK NEWS

Register for coed youth or teen boxing classes at Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St. Ages 8-12: 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Ages 13 to 17: 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The children’s movie Coco will be shown at dusk Thursday, July 19, on the field at Sheridan Park, for free. Adults as well as children welcome. Bring chairs or blankets.

A soccer day camp for boys and girls ages five through 13 will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 6 through 10, at Sheridan Park. Full day camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $285. Half day camps run 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. and cost $205. For information and to register log on to www.WisconsinSoccerCamp.com.

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 www.jfl.com.

For more information, call (312) 746-5369.

SHRINE NEWS

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host Praying with St. Mary Magdalene, a morning retreat, on Saturday, July 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., led by Julie Berggren, a spiritual director, chaplain, and retreat leader. Register by July 18 at (312) 421-3757.

The shrine will host its Festa di Tutti I Santi on Sunday, Sept. 16. Enjoy a procession, games, food, entertainment, children’s activities, and a Mass.

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

SIXTH GRACE NEWS

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will offer the free Emma Foster Health Fair on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy health screenings, demonstrations, healthy living tips, and activities for children. Call (312) 225-5300.

TASTE OF CHICAGO

The 38th annual Taste of Chicago runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 11 through 15, in Grant Park. With 73 restaurants represented, Taste-goers can choose from numerous menu items to suit every palate. All vendors will offer their signature dishes at $3 portions so guests can have a variety of tastings. The Taste features music as well, and Petrillo Music Shell concert general seating tickets start at $18; lawn seating is free. Acts will include Brandi Carlile, Juanes, and Black Star. Music on the Bud Light Stage also is free: artists will include Raii and Whitney (R&B) and NDPNDNT; the stage is located at the south end of the Taste of Chicago area at Columbus and Balbo Drives.

BEER & CIDER

The South Loop Beer & Cider Fest returns to Chicago Women’s Park on Saturday, July 28, 4 to 7:30 p.m. In addition to sampling craft beers and hard ciders, attendees can purchase food from local food trucks and enjoy live music and other craft beer-centric activities. Festival proceeds benefit the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens advisory council. Log on to http://southloopbeerfest.com.

NEW STOP SIGN

Alderman Patrick D. Thompson of the 11th Ward had the City install new stop signs at 31st Street and Shields Avenue to increase community safety. To contact Thompson’s office, call (773) 254-6677.

Community activists, Alderman Patrick D. Thompson, and Commissioner John Daley welcomed new stop signs at 31st Street and Shields Avenue.

PUSHING THE LIMITS

Through Sunday, July 29, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave hosts the exhibition Pushing the Limits, selections from the UIMA permanent collection featuring works by artists who attempted to transcend the limitations of their chosen medium.

Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to www.uima-chicago.org.

UNION PARK NEWS

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will host the Pitchfork Music Festival Friday through Sunday, July 20 through 22. Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, and Lauryn Hill are among the headliners. Single day tickets cost $75; a three-day advance ticket is $175. Log on to www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com.

UIC INFORMATION

Four-hour self-defense classes for women 18 and older will be conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sessions are held twice most months. Next dates are the Sundays of Aug. and 19. Courses are free and focus on building a woman’s confidence in her ability to defend herself and encouraging a defiant and aggressive attitude toward an attacker. Register by emailing uicpdawsda@uic.edu 

SAFE ZONE

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.

NETWORKING EVENT

The West Central Association will host a networking event, Wednesday, July 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Morgan’s on Fulton, 950 W. Fulton St. Log on to www.wcachicago.org.