ATN: April 2019
March 30, 2019

Works by artist Chen Yingjie will be on display at the ART Gallery-Asian Contemporary Art in Chinatown through May 13.

By William S. Bike


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a talk by Stephen S. O’Connor, University of Louisville, who will discuss intervention strategies for medically admitted suicide attempt survivors Tuesday, April 9, 11 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 N. Michigan Ave. Lunch will be provided. Log on to


Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Ave. will host an Easter Egg Hunt with activities for youngsters up to age 13 on Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $10.


Chinese artist Chen Yingjie, also known as “Hua Tunan,” translates traditional Chinese art together with Western graffiti/street techniques to capture the essence and chi (energy) of nature—animals and people. His show, Lion Dance – Cultural Symbol, will open with a reception at the ART Gallery – Asian Contemporary Art in Chinatown on Friday, April 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. The artist will be present at the reception. The show runs through Sunday, May 13.  The ART Gallery is located at 211 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 600-8818.


Black Lives, Black Words and Goodman Theatre will collaborate on the I Am Fest, a celebration of Black female artists, activists, and leaders, Saturday through Monday, April 27 through 29. The fest will include plays, leadership development workshops, panel discussions, and a playwrights’ competition for high school students. For information, email or log on to


Career Transitions Center of Chicago will hold its Passport to Taste fundraiser Thursday, May 9, 6 to 9 p.m. at 625 W. Adams St. Enjoy wine, craft beer, food, a silent auction, and awards honoring volunteers Jim Boysen and Blanche Roberts and USG Corp. Tickets are $100 each. Email


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.

Goodman Theatre is running the play Lottery Day from now through Sunday, April 28.


BMO Harris Bank and the Chicago Bulls partnered with community organization Youth Guidance to celebrate International Women’s Day with a speed networking event and tickets to the Bulls game. The students are part of Youth Guidance’s Working on Womanhood (WOW) therapeutic program, which mentors female students from Chicago’s under-resourced communities. For more information, call (312) 994-8144.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens hosts adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs. Log on to More than 50 programs will run through early June.

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

Youngsters can play in the indoor playground at the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, which features a climbing wall, playhouse, spinner, and Imagination Playground set.

Park Advisory Council meetings will be held at 6:45 p.m. the Tuesdays of April 23, June 11, July 23, Aug. 20, Oct. 8, and Dec. 3.

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


The City of Chicago recently held a ceremony at Harold Washington Library Center unveiling new signs that renamed Congress Parkway in honor of Ida B. Wells, the late African-American journalist, civil rights crusader, and educator. Ida B. Wells Drive is and east-west thoroughfare located at 500 South.


Enjoy blackjack and Texas Hold ‘Em at the annual D-Final event on Saturday, April 6, in the De La Salle Institute Parmer Activity Center, with doors opening at 4 p.m. Watch the men’s college basketball national semifinals and enjoy some food. Admission is $50 at the door. Raffle tickets are available. Email or call (312) 842-7355, ext. 146.

The school will host its spring open house on Monday, April 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interested families are invited to schedule a Meteor for a Day visit, in which a potential student comes for a day to explore classes and make new friends.

De La Salle will hold academic and athletic summer camps for grade schoolers in June and July.

The school is located at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to


Friends of Historic Second Church, a Second Presbyterian Church group, holds a four-session docent training once a year. Among the topics are the Arts and Crafts movement as well as the church’s stained glass windows, murals, and philosophy and techniques of preservation. The 2019 training will occur the Thursday evenings of May 9, 16, and 23 at 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is at 1926 S. Michigan Ave. For more information go to or call (800) 657-0687.


The DePaul University Merle Reskin Theatre will present Jane of the Jungle, a musical play about a middle-school girl learning to navigate tricky social situations. The play runs Thursday, April 18, through Saturday, May 25. Call (312) 922-1999.

Rev. Connor Danstrom (left) of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UIC and others were “pied” at a Pie A Priest Day fundraiser.


Gads Hill Center will host its golf outing on Friday, July 26, from noon to 5 p.m. at Village Greens of Woodridge. Email or log on to The organization is located at 1919 W. Cullerton St.


Goodman Theatre is running the play Sweat from now through Sunday, April 14, and the play Lottery Day from now through Sunday, April 28.

The theatre is at 170 N. Dearborn St. Call (312) 443-3800. See


Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road, will have Holy Week services.

Palm Sunday, April 14, there will be a 9:45 a.m. solemn procession of palms and Mass, and 5 p.m. distribution of palms and Mass.

Holy Thursday, April 18, there will be a 7 p.m. celebration of the Liturgy of Our Lord’s Last Supper. Church open until midnight.

Good Friday, April 19, confessions 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m. blessing of food baskets, 7 p.m. Vigil of Our Lord’s Resurrection;

Easter Sunday, April 21, 9:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. Celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection.

Call (312) 492-8442 or log on to


Join the hour long Instagreeter free tours that highlight downtown, Millennium Park, and the Magnificent Mile, which are available year round, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No registration required, and all tours depart on the half hour from the Chicago Cultural Center visitor center at 77 E. Randolph St. Call (312) 945-4231 or visit


Mana Contemporary Chicago will present Body + Camera 2019: The Un/Certain Body, taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St., on Sunday, April 7. This film forum celebrates the intersection of the moving body with the moving image, focusing on independent artists with contemporary, experimental projects. The forum is presented in partnership with Chicago Dancemakers Forum, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Montom Arts. Log on to


Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is looking for volunteers for its Friends First program, which matches adult volunteer mentors with underserved young people ages nine to 17 who need positive role models. To learn more, log on to Mercy Home is located at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. Call (312) 738-7560.


Music@Grace will host a piano recital on Thursday, April 25, starting with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the concert at 6 p.m., at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St. Call (312) 341-2352.

Scientists recently removed some bones from Sue the T.Rex at the Field Museum to send them to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a CT Scan.


Notre Dame de Chicago Church will host Lenten events including daily Mass/Liturgy of the Word in the chapel Monday through Friday at 6:30 a.m. Weekend Masses will be held Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 8:30 and 10 a.m. in English, and noon in Spanish.

The church will offer the Sacrament of Penance/Confession after every weekend Mass in the designated confession area at the front of the church.

Stations of the Cross will be held the Fridays of April 5 and 12 at 7 p.m., and April 19 at 3 p.m.

Paschal Tridumm: Holy Thursday, April 18, will feature a bilingual liturgy at 7 p.m. and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight. Good Friday, April 19, will feature Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. and a bilingual liturgy at 7 p.m. Easter Vigil is Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m., with food basket blessing and 7 p.m. bilingual liturgy. Easter Sunday, April 21, Masses are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. in English and noon in Spanish.

Notre Dame invites all to join in the Lenten Social Justice Mission by contributing to the University of Illinois at Chicago Pop-Up Pantry Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, and Outreach to the Homeless in East Garfield Park.

The church is at 1334 W. Flournoy St. There are a handicapped accessible elevator and restrooms and parking. Call (312) 243-7400.


Cook County will auction off delinquent county property taxes totaling $189.6 million on 56,976 properties at the annual tax sale that begins Friday, May 3, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said. Lists of all the properties, by municipality and Chicago ward, are published on Call (312) 603-6262 for more information.


The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance will host the South Loop Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, from noon to 2 p.m. in Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Have fun at a petting zoo and enjoy games, prizes, treats, and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Log on to


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers classes, screenings, and programs for older adults and caregivers. Join Rush Generations for A Matter of Balance, a free eight-session workshop designed to reduce your risk for falls and improve balance, strength and flexibility; it will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 4 through 30. On Fridays, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., April 19 through May 24, Rush Generations will offer Take Charge of Your Health, another free workshop. The audiology team at Rush will perform free, 15-minute hearing screenings on Tuesday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Programs will be held on the Rush University Medical Center campus. To reserve your spots or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


The O’Malley Theatre will present the slapstick comedic The Venetian Twins at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., 7th Floor, on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. Call (312) 341-3831.


The South Loop Neighbors will host a members dinner on Sunday, April 7. For more information, log on to


South Loop School held a ribbon cutting for its new building recently, led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Pat Dowell of the 3rd Ward. The new building is at 1601 S. Dearborn St. The school will accommodate approximately 1,200 students. Log on to or call (773) 534-8690.


St. James Catholic Church and DL Comprehensive Healthcare will present Jazzin’ to Feed Africa, a fundraiser to help feed the hungry, Saturday, May 4, VIP reception 5 p.m. at VanderCook College of Music, jazz concert featuring Gros Ngolle Pokossi at 7 p.m. at De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave. There will be a silent auction, buffet, beer, wine, and soda. Admission is $40. VIP admission is $90. Call (312) 842-1919 x 213 or log on to The church is at 2942 S. Wabash Ave.


St. Matthew Lutheran Church offers food for the needy at its Comedor San Mateo Soup Kitchen. The church campus is at 2108 W. 21st St. Call (773) 847-6458.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a Lenten Day of Reflection and Reconciliation: Communion in the Paschal Mystery, Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presenters will be the Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni, rector of the shrine, and the Rev. Conner Danstrom from the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UIC.

Holy Week events include Palm Sunday, April 14, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Eucharistic Liturgies; Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy; Good Friday, April 19, noon stations of the cross, 7 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy; Holy Saturday, April 20, 9 p.m. Easter Vigil and Rector’s Reception; and Easter Sunday, April 21, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Eucharistic Liturgies.

The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St., Chicago, IL 60607.

Log on to or call (312) 421-3757.


Sinai Health System will receive $2 million from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services to improve services for persons with Opioid Use Disorder. The hospital is located at 1500 S. Fairfield Ave. Call (773) 542-2000.


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will observe Palm Sunday on April 14 at 11 a.m., and Tenebrae on Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. It will hold its worship service at 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21. Call (312) 225-5300.


The St. John Paul II Newman Center and the Newman Catholic Student Organization at the University of Illinois at Chicago held Pie A Priest Day on March 14 (Pi Day) to raise money for the NCSO.

There will be a Holy Happy Hour on Monday, May 20, at Lagunitas Brewing Co., 2607 W 17th St.

The center is located at 700 S. Morgan St. Call (312) 226-1880.


Taller de Jose will host its tenth annual Builder’s Day Celebration Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lacuna Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport Ave. Enjoy beverages, food, live music, and a celebration honoring Sr. Kathy Brazda, Bishop Robert Casey, and Sr. Carol Crepeau. Tickets are $100 each. Call (773) 523-8320 or log on to The organization connects and accompanies people to service providers.


BMO Harris Bank and the Chicago Bulls partnered with community organization Youth Guidance to celebrate International Women’s Day with a speed networking event and tickets to the Bulls game. The students are part of Youth Guidance’s Working on Womanhood (WOW) therapeutic program, which mentors female students from Chicago’s under-resourced communities. For more information, call (312) 994-8144.


The Midwest Regional Office of UNICEF USA will host the twelfth annual UNICEF Gala Chicago at the Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave, on Saturday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. The group will present its UNICEF Children First Award to Rotary International to honor its contribution toward betterment for children worldwide. The evening also will feature interactive UNICEF installations, dinner, a live auction, and entertainment. Log on to


The University of Illinois at Chicago has named Mark Rosenblatt, MD, dean of the college. He is Illinois Lions/Charles I. Young Chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

The university recently performed a CT scan on bones from Sue, the T.Rex, at the Field Museum to determine if she had any diseases or injuries.


Woman Made Gallery will host an exhibition, Abstractly Speaking, from Friday through Saturday, April 5 through 27. The gallery is at 2150 S. Canalport Ave. Call (312) 738-0400 or log on to


The West Central Association welcomed four new board members: Erin Lavin Cabonargi, former director of development services at Sterling Bay and executive director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago; Andy Elzroth, principal and director of business development at Multiple Inc.; Charlie Moriarty, general manager of the Feil Organization’s Midwest portfolio; and Cindi Webber, director of business development for Sound Investment AV.

The WCA is located at 850 W. Madison St. Call (312) 801-2166.