ATN: May 2019
May 3, 2019

Notre Dame de Chicago Parish welcomed Matthew Gregg (left) and Jacob DiBattista into Full Communion into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20. Jacob was baptized, confirmed, and received First Eucharist. Matthew was confirmed and received First Eucharist. They are pictured with their sponsors, Colleen Gregg and Susie LaBelle, and Father Kevin Hays, pastor of Notre Dame.

By William S. Bike


Adult Leaders for Education, a group connected to the Little Village Education Collaborative-Enlace, has obtained funding from the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Counseling and Postsecondary Advising to expand adult literacy classes to the Learning Center is at 2153 S. Millard Ave. For more information, contact Leticia Diaz at


The Adler Planetarium will have free general admission for Illinois residents on the following days: June 3-5 and 10-13, September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27; Oct. 7-9 and 14-16; Nov. 8 and 11; and Dec. 2-3, 7, and 12-13. The planetarium is at 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to


Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

An exhibition of portraits by Rembrandt is on display through Sunday, June 9. A collection of Japanese prints is being shown through Saturday, June 22.

The Art Institute is at 111 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 443-3600.


The Bowen High School Class of 1969 will host a 50th anniversary reunion at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Harry Caray’s, 33 W. Kinzie St. Cost is $95 per person. There will food, limited open bar, music, a memory book, and other activities. Rooms also have been reserved at the Kinzie Hotel at 20 W. Kinzie St. For information, contact Brett Weiss at or Gary Goodfriend at


Alderman Walter Burnett hosts the 27th Ward Clean and Sober Steppers Set along with the Salvation Army Freedom Center, 825 N. Christiana Ave., 8 p.m. to midnight every third Friday of the Month: May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, and Oct. 18. Refreshments will be served. Call (312) 432-1995.


Career Transitions Center of Chicago, which helps unemployed professionals get back to work, will hold its annual Passport To Taste fundraiser on Thursday, May 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 625 W. Adams St. Jim Boysen and Blanche Roberts will receive the Mimi Letchinger Volunteer Award, and USG Corp. will receive the Legacy Award. Tickets are $100 each. Email for more information.


The Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) has begun the Spark Microgrant program for artists who are Asian, Latinx, Arab, African, or Native American or who have a disability or are self-taught. For information, email or call (312) 491-8888, ext. 1004.

CAC is presenting a group exhibition, The Body Is Work, by artists Hale Ekinci, Shir Ende, and Mayumi Lake. It runs through Thursday, May 9.

CAC is located at 2130 W. Fulton St.


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.


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


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


Chicago KICS hosts soccer programs at the Mercy Soccer Center at 226 S. Aberdeen St., Chicago Indoor Sports at 3900 S. Ashland Ave., Dunbar Park at 300 E. 31st St., the Second Presbyterian Church Gym at 1936 S. Michigan Ave., and the University of Illinois at Chicago field at 900 W. 14th Pl. Log on to, call (312) 650-9342, or email


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens hosts adult, 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.

The park will host a book fair Monday through Friday, May 20 through 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Find books for families, adults, and children and enjoy a family fun party event the evening of Thursday, May 23.

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

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

The De La Salle Meteor band finished third in the 39th annual State of the Art Catholic Band Festival.


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

Student Ryan Curington has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in the fall. Curington will compete for the Trojans’ men’s track and field team.

Students Makenzie Steele and Amaya Utreras were chosen to the 2019 All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Team in girls bowling.

Three De La Salle students were chosen to the 2018-19 All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Basketball Team: Natalia Trejo, T.K. Howard, and Janiece Dawson.

De La Salle celebrated its 49th annual Bridge Contest in which students in the honors geometry classes build bridges that are tested for strength and durability. Winner Cameron Laviste set a new De La Salle record with a bridge that sustained 275 pounds. Placing second was Dinah Ortiz, whose bridge held 255 pounds. Garnering third place was Mateo Strainis, whose bridge withstood 220 pounds.

Longtime De La Salle faculty member Justin Costello-Stebelton was among the honorees receiving the Heart of the Mission Award at the Darst Center’s annual Night at the Races event in March. The award goes to an individual or individuals whose grit, determination, and dedication to the Darst Center’s mission of justice, peace, spirituality, and education have allowed the organization to thrive.

Student Amanda Bolden earned the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award. The NCWIT honors young women in high school who are active and interested in computing and technology.

The Meteor band finished third in the 39th annual State of the Art Catholic Band Festival held at Brother Rice High School; 39 De La Salle students participated in the festival.

Thirteen students recently competed in a robotics competition held at the Credit Union 1 Arena on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago: Kyle Brown, Jacquelin Camarena, Zhi Chen, Adam Creighton, Matthew Dixon, Victor DeAvila, Branden Goeden, Enrique Herrera, Cameron Laviste, Joshua Moy,  Ashley Naveja, Louis Nuno, and Felicity Sierra.

De La Salle’s Louder than a Bomb team advanced to the semifinals held at the Metro in Chicago’s Wrigleyville community. Louder than a Bomb is the largest youth poetry slam in the world. Participants were Aolani Cano, Kaia Johnson, Yasmine Simpson, Santiago Tamez, and Ali Brist.

Ten students from the varsity football team announced their collegiate commitments at a ceremony held in the school’s Harrison Hall: James Coffey (Highland KS Community College), Noel Gonzalez (Augustana), Jim Guttillo (Wisconsin-Whitewater), Steven Hawthorne (Cincinnati), Adrian Munoz (Augustana), Mateo Portillo (Concordia University–Chicago), Andrew Smith (Millikin), Daniel White (Kentucky Wesleyan), Tyler Williams (Mount Union), and George Witowski (Concordia University Wisconsin).

De La Salle welcomed a relic of St. John Baptist De La Salle to the school on April 1. The Christian Brothers brought the relic to De La Salle as part of its pilgrimage through the Midwest; the event featured a procession through the school and short prayer service.

The school recently held a film festival in which students submitted short films they had created. Winner Isaiah Griggs earned the prize for Best Motion Picture after submitting his animation portfolio for Columbia College.

Student Clyde Benton won accolades from several organizations for his performance during the 2018-19 basketball season. Benton was chosen to the 15-player All-Chicago Catholic League Blue First Team while also attaining honorable mention status from the Chicago Sun-Times for its All-City Team and from the Daily Southtown for its All-Area Team. He also received All-State honorable mention plaudits from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Also lauded this season were senior guard-forward Alex Raiford and junior guard Abnar Muhammad, who earned honorable mentions for the All-Chicago Catholic League Blue Team.

The school inducted 16 De La Salle students into the Brother J. Richard Rush Chapter of the National Honor Society: Samantha Brost, Matthew Chavez, Niyah Edmond, MacKenzie Gioia, Isabella LaCoco, Alyssa Luna, Maya McCoy, Jill McManus, Nadiya Muhammad, Aidan Patino, Alicia Plebanski, Felicia Plebanski,  Maggie Swanborn, Ethan Verner, Siying Wang, and Shiwen Yang.

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


DePaul’s Merle Reskin Theatre is hosing Jane of the Jungle, a play for youngsters about middle school, through Saturday, May 25. Call (312) 922-1999. The theatre is at 60 E. Balbo Dr.


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 DuSable Museum of African American History is free to all every Tuesday. The museum is at 740 E. 56th Pl. Call (773) 947-0600.


The Federation of Hellenic American Organizations of Illinois will host the Greek Heritage Parade at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, on Halsted Street. For more information, log on to


Fortson Fine Arts Summer Camps provide instruction in music and art. Camp weeks begin the Mondays of July 15, 22, and 29. The center is located at 1550 S. State St. Call (312) 469-0667.


The Fifth Third Bank Bike the Drive event will be held Sunday, May 26, and offer five hours of car-free riding along Lake Shore Drive. It will kick off at 5:30 a.m. The course runs between Bryn Mawr Ave. and 57th St. At Butler Field in Grant Park from 8 a.m. to noon, enjoy a pancake breakfast, post-ride festival with live music, and activities for adults and children. Events are held in conjunction with the Active Transportation Alliance. Register at


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.


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.


Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will observe Historic Preservation Month on Saturday, May 11, by partnering with Friends of Historic Second Church on a half-day symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, who designed several landmark buildings in the South Loop. Tickets are $25. On Thursday, May 30, preservation architect Gunny Harboe will lead attendees on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the recently restored Unity Temple by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park. Tickets are $40. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit  


The Grant Park Advisory Council recently elected officers: Leslie Recht, president; Jim Wales, vice president; Richard Ward, treasurer; and John Talbot, secretary.


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.


Hi-Five Sports Camp Chicago offers team sports camps for boys and girls from pre-k through 8th grade. Call (312) 226-6555.


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


Madison Row’s Meet Madison event, organized by the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, May 11, on Madison Street between Halsted Street and Ashland Avenue. For more information, email or log on to


Lyric Opera of Chicago is presenting West Side Story through Monday, June 3. Call (312) 827-5600. Lyric Opera performs at 20 N. Wacker Dr.


JSP Jump Start, 2216 S. Wentworth Ave. and 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., is an academic summer program that reviews and prepares pre-k through 8th grade students in math, reading, and writing. Call (312) 328-1188.


Second District State Representative Theresa Mah recently held her annual health fair, in which volunteer health providers and exhibitors provided free medical/dental screenings as well as health resources to Chinese and Hispanic communities. Members of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry’s Pan Asian Student Dental Association were among the volunteers, and some of its members had opportunities to interpret for Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking patients. Mah’s office is at 2108 W. 35th St. Call (872) 281-5775.


Maxwell Street Market, Des-plaines and Taylor Streets, is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays, year round. It offers many types 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 Metropolitan Planning Council will host Reinventing Fire: Changing Our Energy Future on Thursday, May 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400. Climate scientist Amory Lovins will address the shift from fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency. Cost is $15.

The MPC will host a lunchtime Transportation Demand Management roundtable on commuting in the Chicago region on Friday, May 31.

Call (312) 922-5616.


Organizers of the 2019 My Chicago Art Contest chose 11 Mount Carmel High School to display their artwork at McCormick Place during the National Catholic Educational Association 2019 Convention and Expo, April 23 through 25: Jack Slade, Ryan Rinearson, Abdel Raoul, Michael McKenna, Nico Padilla, Dan Benoit, Charlie Chappetto, Luke Pappas, Ameen Morgan, Tony Ruiz, and Morgan Sanders. Mount Carmel is located at 6410 S. Dante Ave. Log on to


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.


Northerly Island Park will host family fishing classes for participants age eight and older on the Saturdays of May 4, 11, and 18; June 1, 8, 15, and 22; and August 17 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. Call (312) 745-2910.


St. Jerome School will hold a meet the teacher night on Tuesday, May 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. St. Jerome is located at 2801 S. Princeton Ave. For more information or to arrange a private tour, visit the website at or call (312) 842-7668.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers classes, screenings, and programs for older adults and caregivers. Take Charge of Your Diabetes, a free six-week workshop designed to help people manage Type 2 diabetes and overall health, takes place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 21 through June 25. On Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m., May 9 through June 13, Rush Generations will offer gentle yoga, which costs $30 total for all six classes. The pharmacy team at Rush will perform free, 15-minute medication screenings on Wednesday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. All programs take place on the Rush University Medical Center campus. To reserve spots or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).

Dental student Lily Lou from the UIC College of Dentistry, teaching a youngster how to brush her teeth at State Representative Theresa Mah’s health fair.


The St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago will host Holy Happy Hour Monday, May 20, 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Lagunitas Brewing Co., 2607 W. 17th St. There will be a $10 cover charge, cash bar, pizza, and live music. Proceeds support the center, located at 700 S. Morgan St. Call (312) 226-1880 or log on to


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is selling paver bricks for its Garden of Remembrance. Engrave the name of your family or a loved one for $250. Call (312) 421-3757 or email

The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.


Sean Phillips Soccer at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a day camp for boys and girls ages four through 14. Call (312) 848-6160 or log on to


Soccer Association for Youth of Chicago is hosting a summer soccer league. Email or log on to


South Loop Entrepreneurs meets the second Tuesday of the month. Each evening features a presentation by a South Loop entrepreneur, followed by breakouts in smaller groups to consider questions and full group sharing to benefit from collective wisdom. For more information, follow South Loop Entrepreneurs on Facebook.


South Loop Neighbors will convene a condo presidents roundtable Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at 899 S. Plymouth Ct.

The organization will host An Evening at the Jazz Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.

A yard sale will be held in Dearborn Park at 9th Street and Plymouth Curt on Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. For information, email

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St. Peter’s Church Chicago’s fifth annual gala will be held Thursday, July 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. The price of $175 includes open bar, heavy appetizers, and silent and live auctions. Tickets are on sale now. Sponsors and auction items needed. For information contact Jo Ann Bednar at (312) 853-2376 or visit  


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.


Taylor-Lauridsen Park, 704 W. 42nd St., seeks new members for the pinochle club, which meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. New or experienced players welcome.

For more information, call the park at (312) 747-6729. 


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a May crowning on Sunday, May 5, at the 11 a.m. Eucharistic liturgy. Anointing of the sick will be performed on Sunday, May 19, at 8:30 a.m. Moving on With Grace, a spiritual journey for men and women grieving the death of a spouse, will be held Saturday, June 1, at 9 a.m. Cost is $25. La Festa della Repubblica Italiana will be held Sunday, June 2, at the 11 a.m. Mass. The Filipino Community Pilgrimage will be held Sunday, June 30, at the 11 a.m. Mass.

The Shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to


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 assists those experiencing trauma caused by exposure to violence. The organization also provides trained ambassadors to visit community events and schools to educate about trauma.

Photo by Mercedes Kaltenecker, Crimson Butterfly Photography
Maria Angelica “Angie” Santana and Joe Celia of the Tri-Taylor community have announced their engagement. They have been together since 2014, and Joe proposed on Valentine’s Day of this year. Angie has three adult children, Mylo, Nicholas, and Vicente Carter, all of whom graduated from De La Salle Institute. Vicente is a Children of Peace alumnus.


Photographs by Brendan Hoffman are on display in the exhibit Brotherland: War in Ukraine at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art through Sunday, June 2. UIMA is at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to


The University of Illinois at Chicago has created the Tamara O’Neal Scholarship Fund to benefit first-year medical students in UIC’s Urban Health Program. O’Neal was a 2014 UIC College of Medicine graduate and 2017 emergency medicine resident graduate. She was killed in a shooting at Mercy Hospital in November. Call (312) 413-3440.

White individuals disproportionately affect the environment through their eating habits by eating more foods that require more water and release more greenhouse gases through their production compared to foods Black and Latino individuals eat, according to a new report published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. “The food pipeline—which includes its production, distribution, and waste—contributes significantly to climate change through the production of greenhouse gases and requires significant amounts of water and land, which also has environmental effects,” said Joe Bozeman, a student in the UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy and first author on the paper.

UIC held its Impact and Research Day on April 10, in which students from across the campus in a wide range of academic fields displayed their research.


The Boulevard, which helps the homeless restore their health, will hold its 25th anniversary gala on Friday, May 31, at 6 p.m. in the Winter Garden at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. The Reva and David Logan Foundation will be honored. There will be dinner, a program, and dancing. Tickets are $275 each. Call (773) 533-6013 or log on to