ATN: November 2018
November 2, 2018


By William S. Bike


The AARP Foundation Experience Corps helps youngsters by tutoring them in reading. Become a volunteer by calling (312) 622-6806.


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.

Alderman George Cardenas of the 12th Ward joined community members for the grand opening of Oak Street Health’s new clinic, which will provide easier access to medical care to seniors in Pilsen, Little Village, and the Southwest Side.


Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward) joined community members for the grand opening of Oak Street Health’s new clinic on 26th St and Sacramento Ave. This clinic will provide easier access to medical care to seniors in Pilsen, Little Village, and the Southwest Side.


Bridgeport Catholic Academy will host its 13th annual Fall Fest Trivia Night on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Nativity of Our Lord Church Hall at 653 W. 37th St.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m. Reserve a table for ten: best decorated fall themed table wins a special prize. Bring some food and drinks. Tickets cost $20 per person. Guests will be able to bid on a selection of raffle and silent auction items.   Contact Lillian Buckley at (773) 376-6223 or 


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.


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 will host the play Frederick from now to Sunday, Nov. 11. The play follows the adventures of Frederick the Mouse. The theatre is at 100 S. Racine Ave. Call (312) 374-8835 or log on to


The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection offers free business education workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall. For more information, call (312) 744-2086 or email


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 Chicago HR Mastermind is a free monthly meetup of more than 1,100 human resources practitioners, service providers, students, and Chicago-area professionals in job transition, who come together to expand networks and solve problems. Arrive eager to be of service, and leave ready to make an impact. Visit for a calendar of upcoming events.


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

Andrzej Bialko will give an organ concert Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Cantius Church as part of the Chicago Philharmonic Festival.


As part of the Chicago Philharmonic Festival: Poland 2018, Andrzej Bialko will give an organ concert Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Cantius Church, 825 N. Carpenter St. Call (312) 957-0000.

CJO 40th

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) is offering a 40th anniversary concert series featuring 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 to each concert are $35 (balcony) and $45 (floor). Log on to


The Chinatown community celebrated the 107th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) with parades and floats and music along Wentworth Avenue on Oct. 7.


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 card games.

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

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

De La Salle Principal Diane Brown with student, Near West Sider, and Meteor of the Month Jack Bechina.


De La Salle Institute will host Coffee with an Administrator on the Wednesdays of  Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. at its campus at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. The purpose of this morning gathering is to provide prospective parents with a look at De La Salle. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact John Brogan at (312) 842-7355 ext. 147 or

Student Jack Bechina of the Near West Side was chosen the Meteor of the Month.

De La Salle will host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, and an entrance exam on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 a.m.

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


The DePaul University 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 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


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.


Don’t miss the opportunity to get health insurance from now through Dec. 15, 2018. Open Enrollment is a period of time each year when you can sign up for health insurance thru the Market-Place or outside of the MarketPlace. Learn more by contacting health insurance advisors Carmen Valentino or John Cahill of Healthcare Solutions Team. They will work with self-employed individuals or small groups to find quality, affordable health insurance.  Contact Carmen Valentino, (312) 259-0333 ,or John Cahill (312)519-4072,


The Holy Cross Ladies Aid Society is holding a Christmas Penny Social on Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church assembly hall at 3116 S. Racine Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m. Chances are $1 per sheet with 25 chances to win for small tables. There will also be a larger raffle table with bigger prizes. Hot dogs, chips, beverages, and a sweet table will be available for a nominal fee. Call (773) 523-3838 for more information.


Madison Row merchants and the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce will present a Second Saturday event on Nov. 10 entitled Madison Row Bar and Bites Crawl, featuring stops at fun West Loop food and drink spots. It also will present its second annual Holiday Stroll on Madison Row on Dec. 1. 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 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.


Mount Carmel High School will hold an open house on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. and an entrance exam on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 a.m. The school is located at 6410 S. Dante Ave. Call (773) 324-1020, ext. 290.

Music of the Baroque will present The Four Seasons on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and Christmas Oratorio on Monday, Nov. 26.


Music @ Grace, 637 S. Dearborn St., on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. will feature the Roosevelt University Woodwind Chamber Music Ensembles. On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m., it will feature the Roosevelt University Graduate Opera Vocalists. See


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.


Music of the Baroque will present The Four Seasons on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and Christmas Oratorio on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. Call (312) 552-1414 or 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


Francis W. Parker School will have an open house on Saturday, Nov. 17. The school is at 330 W. Webster Ave. Call (773) 797-5107.


Matthew Rachman Gallery, 1659 W. Chicago Ave., is presenting On Guard, a group exhibition curated by Kasia Kay. The opening reception is Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will be up until Sunday, Dec. 2. Call (773) 2456-3182.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many classes, screenings and programs for older adults and caregivers. Relieve some stress and enjoy a free 15-minute massage courtesy of Rush on Fridays between 1 and 4 p.m. in the Tower Resource Center, 1620 W. Harrison St., Suite 04527. To schedule your same-day massage appointment, simply stop by the Tower Resource Center on a Friday. A lupus support group also is held at the Tower Resource Center. The next meeting is Saturday, Nov. 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. To register, call (800) 258-7872 or email A support group for friends and family of people with memory loss meets the second Monday of every month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Tower AB Dick Conference Room, 1620 W. Harrison St., Third Floor, Suite 03510. To reserve your spots for the support groups or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


For online tours of Saint Ignatius College Prep, log on to

Saint Ignatius will hold an open house on Sunday, Nov. 11, at noon, and an entrance exam on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 a.m.

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


St. Therese Chinese Catholic School hosted a large celebration featuring students, staff, parents, and guests on Oct. 19 to commemorate its being honored with the 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. This is the second National Blue Ribbon given to St. Therese, placing it among only a few schools nationally to receive this prestigious honor twice. St. Therese has earned a Blue Ribbon in the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category. Honorees in this category are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The school is located at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837.

Helping in the St. Matthew soup kitchen are Deaconess Betsy Karkan and
college students Emilie Stoller and Mia Dixon.


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 pro-ducts, plates, silverware, napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. Call (773) 847-6458.


A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Hosted by Milam and Harpreet Jovon and friends, this free meal is offered to everyone who has no place to go for the holiday. The luncheon will include turkey, dressing, salad, sweet potatoes, dessert, and coffee. All are welcome. For more information, see the church website at

The church hosts its annual Winter Coat Drive during the months of November through February. Donations of warm clothes, sweat shirts, hoodies, sweaters, coats, gloves, caps, scarves, and mittens will be distributed to those in need. Donations are received Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (312) 225-4951.


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., holds Overeaters Anonymous meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Pastor David B. Thornton is the co-facilitator. Call (312) 225-5300.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a special Veteran’s Day Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The shrine will host a food drive on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 8 a.m., and a bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 8 a.m.. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to

The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St.


South Loop Entrepreneurs will be meeting the second Tuesday of each month. Each evening will feature a presentation by an entrepreneur in the South Loop, followed by breakouts to consider questions in smaller groups, and collective wisdom, as individuals share something they have learned with the whole group. For more information, follow South Loop Entrepreneurs on Facebook.


South Loop Neighbors will hold its Loft Walk on Saturday, Dec. 15. This is the event’s 20th anniversary. Email


The Spirit of Harmony Foundation, led by rock star Todd Rundgren and dedicated to encouraging youngsters to play music, offers discount tickets to see Blue Man Group, with some of the proceeds going to the foundation. Call (773) 348-4000 and mention code SOHF.

The Taylor-Lauridsen Pinochle Club held a Halloween Pinochle Tournament. The winner was Marlene Chodor and the runner up was Jennie Scuderi.


Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., is looking for new members to join the pinochle club. The club meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. New or experienced players are welcome. The club held its Halloween pinochle tournament on Oct. 18. The winner of the tournament was Marlene Chodor and the runner-up was Jennie Scuderi. 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, and the helpline deals with trauma caused by exposure to violence. The organization also provides trained ambassadors to visit community events and schools to educate about trauma.


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, 5500 S. Greenwood Ave.

Call (773) 702-0200.

Nello Fontano, owner of Fontano’s Subs, recently celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends.


The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Theatre & Music will present Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov from Friday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 17. There will be a post-show discussion on Sunday, Nov. 11, after the 2 p.m. show. The theatre is at 10-44 W. Harrison St. For tickets, call (312) 996-2939 or email Log on to for information.


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.