ATN: September 2018
September 7, 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) 346-1475 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


Bridgeport Coffeehouse has opened its fourth retail location at 73 E. Jackson Blvd. Call (312) 344-1163 or log on to

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Boulevard of Chicago staff discussing the organization’s medical respite care and housing services for homeless adults discharged from hospitals.


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


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.


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 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 Children’s Theatre at 100 S. Racine Ave. will host the play Frederick from Tuesday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 11. The play follows the adventures of Frederick the Mouse. Call (312) 374-8835 or log on to


The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is offering a 40th anniversary, three-concert subscription series starting with a night celebrating jazz diva Nancy Wilson on Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by the Friday, Dec. 21 debut of ELLAbration pairing Ella Fitzgerald’s signature holiday songs with Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. The series culminates on Saturday, May 18 with a concert celebrating 40 years of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. The shows will be presented at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Ave. Single tickets per concert are $35 (balcony) and $45 (floor). Log on to


Chicago KICS United FC soccer has expanded its toddlers program to four locations, with Saturday classes at Dunbar, Munroe, and Jefferson Playlot Parks as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago turf fields. Age groups are U3 and U4, and birth years are 2015 and 2016. Email


The Chicago Latino Network will hold its 12th annual awards gala on Friday, Sept. 28, from 6 p.m. to midnight at Swissotel Chicago. Keynote speaker will be political strategist Ana Navarro. Log on to


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens 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

Each Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. through Dec. 14, the park will host bridge games.

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

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


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 public conversations series featuring music industry CEOs and artists. Tickets are on sale, 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


Alderman Pat Dowell will hold her Third Ward Clean and Green event on Saturday, Sept. 15. The City will provide rakes, shovels, bags, and garbage pickup. Call Nate Winston at (773) 373-9273 for further information.


Farmers Insurance agent Sandra Cavoto has been named to the national insurer’s Presidents Council, the company’s highest honor for its top one-percent of agents and district managers. Members are leaders in their communities, mentors to other agents and district managers, and exemplary business owners and are selected based on criteria such as service, business performance, and commitment to furthering the company’s goals and ideals. Call Cavoto at (312) 666-4424.


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 Saturday, 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.

De La Salle girls soccer head coach Carlos Nunez, soccer star Edith Luna, and boys soccer head coach and girls soccer assistant coach Francisco Martinez. Luna was chosen to the IHSA’s All-Sectional Honorable Mention Team.


Two De La Salle Institute students recently participated in the DePaul University Actuarial Summer Academy, which gets high school students engaged in actuarial science through experiential learning, case challenges, and visits by industry professionals. Representing De La Salle were Laurie Jones and Bryan Doyle.

Girls soccer player Edith Luna was chosen to the Illinois High School Association’s All-Sectional Honorable Mention Team.

Seven students won recognition for their work with the St. James Food Pantry and second place in the 2018 Group Award category at the 25th annual Heroes in the Hood reception held at the DuSable Museum of African-American History: Andre Alamillo, Lyree Brunson, Jeremiah Catchings, Xichu Chen, Jessica Martinez, and Andy Zheng; Travis Armstead won recognition for work with his church.

At the end of the 2017-18 school year, freshman Aniyah Davis and sophomore Jamey Duncan-Whitt won De La Salle’s last of three writing contests for the year.

De La Salle’s 2018 varsity baseball team won the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

New De La Salle faculty and staff are: Frankie Castagna, ’12, administrative assistant to the athletic director; Kenna Delmar, visual arts; Olivia Griffin, British literature and English II; Rhonda Harris-Scott, science; Laura Machado, English and Spanish; Shirell Mollo, yearbook and American literature; and Anthony Slawson, ’14, religion, church history, and world religions.

The school will host a Dads’ Appreciation Barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 15, noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy music by DJ Thunder, games, food, and a car show. Cost is $10. Registration for the car show is $25 for motorcycles and $35 for cars. Register at

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


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.


Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will host a walking tour of the Motor Row Historic District on Michigan Avenue south of Cermak Road on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. Cost is $15 per person. A walking tour through Jackson Park on Sunday, Sept. 9, will focus on the World’s Columbian Exposition and starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 per person. Groove Alley will perform contemporary and retro groove arrangements in the Glessner House courtyard on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and music begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person at the door. An Arts & Crafts tour will showcase the house’s decorative arts on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 per person. Explore the Prairie Avenue Historic District in a walking tour on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations for all events may be made online at  


Jackson Park will host family camping on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending the next day at 10 p.m. Cost is $50 per family. Call (312) 745-2910.


Madison Row merchants and the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce will present a Second Saturday event on Sept. 8 entitled Hustle for the Muscle Fitness Crawl, featuring mini-workouts at West Loop spots. Contact Rod Burch at or (312) 504-1884.


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


The Mike & Jen Team of Jameson Sotheby’s will host a block party Sunday, Sept. 23, 1 to 4 p.m. at 2237 W. Coulter St. Call (773) 744-4447.


Family fishing will be held at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., every Saturday in September and October from 8 to 11 a.m. Call (312) 745-2910 for information.


Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave., will hold open houses in October and November. Call (773) 797-5107.


The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance will host its Festival on Prairie and Women’s Park on Saturday, Sept. 8, noon to 6 p.m. at 18th Street and Prairie Avenue. Enjoy history, arts, crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, tours, music, dancing, inflatables, and family fun. Call (312) 401-2688 or email


A recital to celebrate complete restoration of the Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica grand 1902 Lyon and Healy basilica symphonic pipe organ will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. at the basilica at 3121 W. Jackson Blvd. Parking in the back. See


The Printers Row Art Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, on Dearborn Street between Harrison and Polk Streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy art, music, and food. Log on to for more information. The Art Fest will present photos from the Life in the South Loop contest; to participate, drop off content photos at the 899 S. Plymouth management office during business hours from Monday through Friday, Sept. 10 through 14.


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.


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 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 for admission prices and more information.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers classes, screenings, and programs for older adults and caregivers. To reserve spots or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

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St. Therese Church held the 98th annual Feast of San Rocco di Simbario
recently, highlighted by a procession through the community.


St. Therese Church held the 98th annual Feast of San Rocco di Simbario on August 19. The church is at 218 W. Alexander Ave. Log on to for more information.


St. Laurence High School has added Coach Frank Lenti to the Viking Football coaching staff to serve as special advisor to the football program. The most accomplished coach in Illinois high school football history, Lenti amassed 374 victories in his head coaching career, won 11 Illinois High School Association state championships, and took 16 teams to the state finals in his 34 seasons as a head coach. St. Laurence is at 5556 W. 77th St. in Burbank. Log on to


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 City’s annual Senior Fest will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Millennium Park for Chicagoans age 60 and beyond. Enjoy a picnic lunch, flu shots, health screenings, a senior resource fair, dancing, raffle prizes, and bingo. Tickets are free and available at City senior centers. Call (312) 744-4016.


Festa di Tutti I Santi (All Saints Festival), sponsored by the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m. The event begins with a Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a procession from the shrine to the Festa in Victor Arrigo Park with members from various patron saint societies. Reservations are required for a table; no outside food allowed. A table of ten costs $140, which includes $20 worth of food tickets. Or bring lawn chairs and find a space in Arrigo Park. Enjoy a picnic, music, the pot of gold raffle, kids’ games, pony rides, and a bocce ball tournament along with live music and a photo exhibit. Call (312) 421-3757 or email to make reservations.


South Loop Neighbors (SLN) will hold its annual yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dearborn Park. To reserve a space or for more information, email

The SLN Pub Crawl will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The annual Loft Walk will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15. If you want to show your loft or volunteer, email 


Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., is looking for new members to join the pinochle club, which meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. New or experienced players are welcome. For more information, call the park at (312) 747-6729. 


The toll-free TURN Trauma Counseling Helpline, (833) TURN123, operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. TURN stands for The Urban Resilience Network. The organization also provides trained ambassadors to visit community events and schools to educate about trauma.


Taller de Jose is looking for runners to be on its team in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Email People from Taller de Jose, 2831 W. 24th St., accompany people to and connect them with social services. Call (773) 523-8320.


The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will hold its Lifetime of Achievement fundraising gala on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. The institute is at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to


Expanding Narratives, an exhibition of work by more than 20 artists, is on display from now through Sunday, Dec. 30, at the University of Chicago Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.

Call (773) 702-0200.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Athletic Department and LifeSource are teaming up on a 12-hour blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 19.


The University of Illinois at Chicago Athletic Department and LifeSource are teaming up at the Get Fired Up to Save Lives Blood Drive, a 12-hour blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Several radio DJs, rapper Lizzie G, and UIC Flames mascot Sparky Jr. will be on hand. Book an appointment by calling (877) 543-3768 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.


Frances Xavier Warde School, 120 S. Desplaines St., will host preschool and kindergarten information nights the Thursdays of Oct. 11 and 25. Call (312) 268-2558.


The West Central Association will host a networking event at Box Shops by Related, 725 W. Randolph St., Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The WCA is located at 850 W. Madison St. Call (312) 902-4922 or log on to


The 20th annual World Music Festival Chicago runs Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7 through 23. More than 50 musical groups representing 20 countries will perform in a host of venues across Chicago. Programming includes Ramagala, rarely performed classical Indian music and dance, and El Grito, a festive downtown concert in Millennium Park to celebrate Mexican independence. Admission is free.