ATN: August 2018
August 3, 2018

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The award-winning Eleanor Street boathouse serves as a community space, hosting yoga classes and other programs.

By William S. Bike


The 29th annual African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st St. at Cottage Grove Ave., Friday through Monday, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. The park will come alive during Labor Day weekend as a simulated African village. Enjoy education and entertainment including music and dance as well as a wellness area, books and authors pavilion, food court, and quilting pavilion. Log on to


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


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


Friends of the Chicago River honored the Eleanor Street Boathouse, 2828 S. Eleanor St., the Blue Ribbon Award, the top prize in its Chicago River Blue Awards, honoring projects that help improve the Chicago River system. Studio Gang designed the boathouse. See


Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward) has announced that workers have fully reconstructed the Nathan Davis schoolyard, 3014 W. 39th Pl., with a soccer field, basketball court, and playground. The project cost $1 million, and several government entities collaborated to make it happen.

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


Bosley Park, 3044 S. Bonfeld St., will feature the Wonder Wagon, a mobile performance platform featuring puppets, on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Call (312) 747-6026.


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


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 The church is at 4518 S. Cottage Grove Ave.


Chicago Park District Park No. 571, 2754 S. Eleanor St., will host an Elemental Song Circle from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, featuring songs and storytelling. Call (312) 747-6515.


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; Maxim Canino at (708) 642-4082 or; or Barbara Billops at (773) 941-3294 or


The Chicago Neighbors United and 27th Ward 24th annual Stay in School Picnic will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy food, games, entertainment, immunizations, a children’s tent, and a senior tent. For more information, contact 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett’s office at (312) 432-1995.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens will host Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona on the Saturdays and Sundays of Aug. 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The park hosts adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs. Log on to   

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

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

The park’s movie nights present Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, and Wonder Woman at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Come to the Star Party astronomy event at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.

The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 742-PLAY.


Cornerstone Anglican Church will open on Saturday, Aug. 18, and hold weekly communion services at 4 p.m. at 3039 S. Normal Ave. All are welcome to join. For more information on the church or to share with the church your experiences of the neighborhood and hopes for the future, email or call (317) 445-6194.


Recent De La Salle Institute graduates Dakota Biliskov and Brittany Miller received the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and Scholarship. Both will attend Loyola University Chicago. Recent graduates Michelle Vega and Simon Hernandez earned the 2018 Xerox Award for Innovation & Technology. Vega will attend Alfred University in New York, while Hernandez, who lives in Bridgeport, has enrolled at Purdue University.

Nataly Montiel and Yan Sun, also recent graduates, won the annual Bausch & Lomb Science Achievement Award. Montiel will attend St. Xavier University, and Sun will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both live in the McKinley Park area.

The school’s Theatre 100 program recently held its awards night, honoring students Tiffiny Haepp, Brendan O’Gorman, Caroline Wood, Byron Perkins, Ariane O’Shield, Dorothy Tillman, and Gabriel Utreras. The event also recognized faculty members Lawrence Blakeley, Bethany Costello-Stebelton, Mark Jackowiak, Ben Jones, Rich Mooney, Ania Ray, Dan Villa, and Chris Wood.

Michael Coates and MiCayla Jones received the Br. I. Austin Scholar-Athlete Award; Coates lives in Canaryville. Coates and Jerry Hopkins were chosen to the 2018 All-Chicago Catholic League Boys Volleyball Team.

Simon Hernandez and Nataly Montiel were the valedictorians and Cameron White and Dakota Biliskov were salutatorians for the Class of 2018.

Mike Senjanin was named the Lasallian Educator of the Year.

Students Michael Forberg, Mateo Strainis, and Jonathan Valenzuela, along with faculty member Danny McGuire, attended the Rotary International Peacebuilding Conference. Strainis and Valenzuela are from Bridgeport.

The following students will serve as National Honor Society officers for the 2018-19 school year: president, Denise Maldonado; vice president, Caroline Wood; secretary, Rebecca Chavez; treasurer, Citlalli Zavala; and tutoring director, Aolani Cano. Jonathan Valenzuela serves as liaison to the faculty.

Gianna Musco and Mateo Portillo will serve as mayors for the school’s student government, the City of De La Salle, with executive officers Alexandra Brist, Emily McManus, Jessica Martinez, and Jayvion Rice.

Graduates Brycen Pitre and Marion Edwards won the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award. Pitre will attend LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and Edwards is enrolled at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Recent Meteors of the Month were Gabriel Garcia and Nataly Montiel.

The school named Nick Holmes head hockey coach.

For the Meteors’ competitive cheerleading program, it hired Naledi Sesinyi as head coach. Sesinyi is a former captain of the Chicago Bulls’ cheerleading team, the Luvabulls. She also works as a fulltime personal trainer.

Zachary Fischer of the boys water polo team recently became the first freshman in Meteor aquatics history to be named to the All-Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference First Team.

Pitcher/outfielder Jaime Prieto, who graduated this year, was chosen to the 2018 All-Chicago Catholic League Baseball Team.

Girls soccer player Edith Lunawas chosen to the Illinois High School Association’s All-Sectional Honorable Mention team.

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


DePaul University will host its alumni weekend Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12 through 14, and seeks volunteers and attendees. Call (800) 437-1898 or email

The DePaul School of Music plans some 40 events over 11 days to celebrate the new Holtschneider Performance Center on the Lincoln Park Campus. Performers will include soprano Ana Maria Martinez on Sunday, Nov. 4; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday, Nov. 6; jazz artist Nicholas Payton on Friday, Nov. 9; percussionist Evelyn Glennie on Saturday, Nov. 10; and violinist Itzhak Perlman on Sunday, Nov. 11. The celebration also includes a series of public conversations with music industry CEOs and artists. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 4, and prices range from free to $45, with a limited number of premium seats. Organizers will add more events; see the current schedule online at


Bronzeville City Market at 47th St. and King Dr. operates Sundays 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 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 through Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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.

Galileo principal Meredith Bawden receives a check from John Myers of Sammons Financial Group to help with new science laboratories.


Galileo Scholastic Academy of Math & Science, located at 820 S. Carpenter St., received $74,863 in donations from Sammons Financial Group, parent company to Midland National Life Co., for new science laboratories. Friends of Galileo, a parent-led fundraising group, initiated the new lab project and gained support from Sammons, the Chicago Public Schools, a private family, and the school’s 2017 Reach for the Stars fundraiser. Call (773) 534-7070 for more information.


Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, will host a walking tour of the Motor Row Historic District on Michigan Avenue south of Cermak Road on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. Cost is $15 per person. Explore the Prairie Avenue Historic District in a walking tour on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. An ice cream social celebrating the 200th birthday of the State of Illinois will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, sponsored by Lakeside Bank. The 18th Street Jazz Quartet will perform jazz standards from the great American songbook in the Glessner House courtyard on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and music begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person at the door. Reservations for all other events may be made online at 


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


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 or call (312) 670-6888.


Madison Row, Madison Street between Halsted Street and Ashland Avenue, offers Second Saturdays events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every month. Aug. 11 features Chill on Madison, a variety of specials at restaurants on Madison Street. Call (312) 504-1884, email, or log on to


Marquette Bank and its Education Foundation have awarded 57 seniors from Chicago area schools scholarships of $2,500 each toward their college education. Local recipients were Peorrie Celestine of Bronzeville, Mount Carmel High School; Jose Cervantes of Back of the Yards, Back of the Yards College Prep; Christian Gordon of Back of the Yards, Johnson Cleege Prep; Elijah Hamilton of Bronzeville, De La Salle Institute; Anette Pardina of Back of the Yards, Juarez Community Academy; Alondra Roman of Back of the Yards, Tilden Career Community Academy; Patrick Reyes, Christo Rey Jesuit High School and Chalena Williams, Our Lady of Tepeyac High School. The bank began the scholarship program in 1967. For more information, call (708) 873-3560.

The Marquette Bank Education Foundation awarded 57 $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.


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.


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


The Oral Cancer Foundation will hold a 5K fundraiser walk on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Miller Field at Granderson Stadium, 901 W. Roosevelt Road. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9:45 a.m. Cost is $30 to pre-register, $35 the day of the event. Children ages six through ten pay $15, and children younger than age five and oral cancer survivors get in free. Log on to


Join with Little Italy Fest attendees, Rev. Richard Fragomeni, and members of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, at the annual festival Mass on Sunday, August 19 at 11 a.m. at the stage in front of Pompei Bakery. The Mass is being said in memory of Taylor Street resident Peter James Barbato, on the 20th anniversary of his passing. For more information, call (312) 421-3757.                                                                              


Palmisano Park, 2700 S. Halsted St., will feature Tsukasa Taiko Drumming, a community drumming
program, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call (312) 747-6497.


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


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 classes, screenings, and programs for older adults and caregivers. Make an appointment between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a free Medication Brown Bag Screening on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Johnston R. Bowman (JRB) Health Center, Fourth Floor, Suite 438, 710 S. Paulina St. Women interested in learning special exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles should come to Suite 316 in the JRB for Total Control Platinum Workshops on Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 8 through Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee is $30. To create or revise advance directive documents, make a free appointment for a one-on-one walkthrough with an attorney between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Tower Resource Center, Fourth Floor, Suite 4547, 1620 W. Harrison St. To reserve spots or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


Rush University Medical Center has received its biggest gift ever—$45 million from the Wounded Warrior Project to fund mental health care for military veterans. Call (888) 352-7874 for more information.


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.


Eric Serrano, who has been at San Miguel School and Community Center for 17 years, is now executive director.

School Rocks, the school’s fundraiser, will be an outdoor concert at the Edgewood Valley Country Club, Friday, Sept. 7. Email or call (773) 890-0233. The school is at 1954 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.


The St. Procopius/Providence of God Kermes festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9 through 12, at 18th and Allport Streets. Enjoy live musical entertainment, food, a beer garden, raffles, and kids’ games. Call (312) 226-7887 or log on to


St. Therese Church, 218 W. Alexander St., will host the Feast of San Rocco di Simbario on Saturday, Aug. 18, with a 7:30 p.m. novena, and a day of events Sunday, Aug. 19, from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Call (312) 842-6777.


Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St., will offer a soccer day camp for boys and girls ages five through 13 from 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

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

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


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host Walking With Mary, a prayer walk and discussion, Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Email

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


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church,
600 E. 35th St., and its Christian education committee will hold vacation Bible school Monday through Friday, Aug. 13 through 17, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. for preschoolers through adults. Call (312) 225-5300.


Taller de Jose, a community resource center that accompanies and connects people to social services, will host its tenth anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving at Kolbe Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 2434 S. California Ave. at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. Call (773) 523-8320.


Greektown will host its 28th annual Taste of Greektown, 100 to 400 S. Halsted St., on Friday, Aug. 24, 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, noon to 11 p.m. Enjoy the flavors of Greece: roast lamb, pasticcio, moussaka, and spanakopita in the neighborhood eateries along with music and entertainment by Greek bands and belly dancers, plus games for kids and families. Admission is free.


Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., will show the Lego Batman Movie outdoors at dusk, approximately 8:15 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Call (312) 747-6729.


Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will host the North Coast Music Festival Friday through Sunday, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2, presenting electronic music and hip-hop. Opening performers include Miguel, DJ Snake, and Jamiroquai. Log on to for a complete lineup, schedules, and after-party events.


The University of Illinois at Chicago will conduct four-hour self-defense classes for women 18 and older. Sessions are held twice most months. Next dates are the Sundays of Aug. 12 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


Jennifer Wilberschied, a Gazette Chicago reporter, and her husband, James, welcomed Landon James Wilberscheid on July 7.