ATN: June 2019
June 7, 2019

The Adler Planetarium will have free admission several days each month throughout the rest of the year. It is located at 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.

By William S. Bike


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


The American Red Cross from now through Monday, June 10, is offering a $5 gift card for those who donate blood. Visit or call 1 (800) RED-CROSS.


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.


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 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.


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: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, and Oct. 18. Refreshments will be served. Call (312) 432-1995.

Chicago Children’s Theatre has won the 2019 National TYA Artistic Innovation Award from Theatre of Young Audiences/USA.


Chicago Children’s Theatre has won the 2019 National TYA Artistic Innovation Award from Theatre of Young Audiences/USA, the national service organization supporting, connecting, and advocating for theater for young audiences. The theatre is located at 100 S. Racine Ave. Call (773) 227-0180.


The Chicago Police 9th District will host a National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sherman Park, 1301 W. 52nd St. There will be food, music, games, face-painting, dancing, and information. Call (312) 747-8227.


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

Far From the Distance, a solo exhibition of new works by Mev Luna, is on display now through Thursday, July 11.

CAC is located at 2130 W. Fulton St.


The Chicago Literary Alliance will host a volunteer fair, Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St., Suite 301. Become a volunteer in promoting literacy. Call (312) 690-4227.


The Chicago Park District will host its Movies in the Parks series again this summer, with movies beginning at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.):

Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St., will show Adventures in Babysitting on Thursday, June 13, and Wayne’s World on Tuesday, June 25.

Cotton Tail Park, 44 W. 15th St., will show LEGO Movie 2 on Monday, June 24.

Chicago Women’s Park, 1801 S. Indiana Ave., will show Dunkirk on Sunday, June 30.

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., will show Ralph Breaks the Internet on Thursday, June 20.

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will show Black Panther on Wednesday, June 12.



The Chicago Park District, Chicago Parks Foundation, and Chicago Match Race Center will offer a Sailing and Stem Camp for fifth through eighth graders from Monday, June 24, through Saturday, Aug. 10. For information, log on to


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 June 11, July 23, Aug. 20, Oct. 8, and Dec. 3.

Pianos in the Park with Make Music Chicago runs from Friday, June 21, through Thursday, Aug. 1. Pianos will be available on site for anyone to play. Beginning June 26 on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., a piano teacher will provide free lessons.

See the movie Dunkirk at dusk on Sunday, June 30, underwritten by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance.

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


Editor Tom Tresser of CivicLab, 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


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.


The Cook County Treasurer’s Office is holding office hours at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition four days per week to assist homeowners with property tax questions. Dates and times are Tuesdays, noon to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rainbow PUSH is located at 930 E. 50th St. Call (312) 603-6202 for information.


The Field Museum will have free admission for Illinois residents Wednesday through Friday, June 26 through 28. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to

De La Salle students (left to right) Taylar Norton, Phillip Hunter, faculty member Diniah Dean, and students Jason Kim, and Madison Smith won the Congressional App Challenge. The students created an app called Safe Chicago.


De La Salle Institute athletic director and head boys basketball coach Tom White was inducted into the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony held on April 14 at St. Ignatius.

Fifteen members of the De La Salle football program recently spent a morning on 103rd Street and Kedzie Avenue collecting money for Park Lawn. Located in southwest suburban Oak Lawn, Park Lawn is a non-profit organization offering programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The De La Salle Golf Classic will be held Wednesday, June 26, at 8 a.m. at Gleneagles Country Club at 13070 McCarthy Rd. in Lemont. Log on to

Rebecca Chavez signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee in the fall. Wisconsin Lutheran is a Division III program that competes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

The French Honor Society inducted six students: Samantha Brost, Marco Cruz, Jamey Duncan-Whitt, Judith Hernandez, Enrique Herrera, and Nyla Jackson.

The Spanish Honor Society admitted 16 students to its ranks: Alexa Acevedo, Aniya Davis, Frank Galvan, Marisol Gardea, Angela Lunn, Kameron Lyles, Dinah Ortiz, Isabella Perez, Alicia Plebanski, Felicia Plebanski, Sofia Rios, Alanna Saucedo, Rebeca Suarez, Alexia Tamayo, Ethan Verner, and Christine Williams.

De La Salle’s mock trial team recently attended the National Appellate Advocacy Competition finals held at the Dirksen Federal Building at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Stephen Thomas participated in the city finals of the Chicago Metro History Fair.

Philip Hunter, Jason Kim, Taylar Norton, and Madison Smith created an app, Safe Chicago, that won the Congressional App Challenge. The app provides visitors to Chicago information on safe activities and places in the city.

The national Buglers Hall of Fame will induct former faculty member and band director Larry Pawlowski on Friday, July 12.

French teacher Kenya Madison-Gabler received an American Association of Teachers of French scholarship.

The Chicago Catholic League inducted former faculty member and head varsity wrestling coach Ron Rivera into its Hall of Fame.

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


A Flag Day ceremony will be held at 4500 S Halsted St. on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m.  This is the largest Flag Ceremony in the country honoring the American flag. Representatives will be present to properly dispose of tattered and worn American, City of Chicago, POW, and MIA flags. The public is encouraged to bring worn out flags to the ceremony or drop off before at your local fire station.  


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 on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The church will have open mic night on Friday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome to perform comedy, poetry, or sing.

The church is at 1926 S. Michigan Ave. For more information go to or call (800) 657-0687.


Glessner House will present a tour of the Prairie Avenue Historic District, A Walk Through Time, on Sunday, June 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $50.

The organization will host a bus tour of Milwaukee on Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person, or $140 for Glessner House members. Cost includes bus transportation, all site admissions, an information booklet, and lunch.

Call (312) 326-1480.

Pianos in the Park with Make Music Chicago runs from Friday, June 21, through Thursday, Aug. 1, at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens.


Goodman Theatre will present The Music Man Saturday, June 29, through Sunday, Aug. 4, in its Albert Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (3120 443-3800 or at the box office at 170 N. Dearborn St.


The Illinois Medical District Guest House annual golf outing will be held Tuesday, June 25, with a noon shotgun start at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge, IL. Log on to


The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago with Jam Productions will host Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Thursday, June 6. Tickets may be purchased online at, or call (800) 745-3000. The theatre is at 151 W. Randolph St.


The JSP Jump Start Program will take place at the Pui Tak Center, 2218 S. Wentworth Ave., and Pui Tak Christian School, 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., Monday, July 1, through Friday, Aug. 16. Students can register for the whole seven weeks for $950, the first four weeks for $600, or the last three weeks of the program for $500. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents may register at the Pui Tak Center or Pui Tak Christian School. For more information, contact Karen Lee at the Pui Tak Center, (312) 328-1188, or Chen Zhuang at the Pui Tak Christian School, (312) 842-8546.


The Metropolitan Tenants Organization educates, organizes, and empowers tenants and fights for affordable and safe housing. The organization on May 20 helped tenants march on the federal Housing and Urban Development office in Chicago to demand better oversight of landlords with HUD tenants. MTO is located at 1727 S. Indiana Ave. Call (773) 292-4980.


Morning Star Baptist Church of Chicago, 3993 S. King Dr., will celebrate its 102nd anniversary on Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 21, at 10:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Henry A. Barlow, pastor, will lead services. All visitors welcome. Call (773) 285-8111.


Lit Fest has returned to the management by the Near South Planning Board. The fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, along Dearborn St. between Ida B. Wells Dr. and Polk St. The event will feature local and international booksellers and publishers. For information, call (312) 987-1980.


Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave., will host a Family Volunteer Day park cleanup on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, and Lincoln Park Zoo.

Students and community members are invited to bring instruments and collaborate with Chicago Philharmonic musicians in rehearsing and performing a free concert on Saturday, June 29. Open rehearsal from 3 to 5 p.m., with community concert from 6 to 7 p.m. Register to perform at

Call (312) 255-3121.


Related Midwest is once again offering Box Shops by Related, a pop-up container market offering lifestyle and design-centric products, along with an outdoor event, and recreational and lounge space at the east end of the West Loop’s Restaurant Row. Located at 725 W. Randolph St., Box Shops by Related is a collaboration with Chicago-based Latent Design. The container market’s custom-designed, temporary storefronts will offer local entrepreneurs a setting to showcase their goods and services. The market is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., through October. For more information, visit 


The Pritzker Military Museum and Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave., will offer free admission on Friday, June 14. Call (312) 374-9333.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers classes, screenings, support groups, and other programs for older adults and caregivers. On Saturday, June 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rush Generations will host a Lupus Education-Awareness Resources and Networks support group to help patients and their families learn about lupus. To register, call (800) 258-7872 or email On the second Monday of every month, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., join Rush Generations for the Friends and Family of People With Memory Loss Support Group. Rush Generations also offers a Huntington’s Disease support group from 7 to 8:20 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of even months (February, April, June, August, October, and December). To register, or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874). All three support groups take place on the Rush University Medical Center campus.


South Loop Elementary School, 1601 S. Dearborn St., will host tours on Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m. and Friday, June 14, at 9 a.m. Call (773) 534-8690.

A new State law will take effect Monday, July 1, to further crack down on distracted driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations.


St. Barbara Parish, 2859 S. Throop St., will host its parish carnival featuring rides, food, bingo, raffles, music, and other entertainment. The event runs Thursday through Sunday, June 13 through 16. Mega passes are available for all four days for $50 until Thursday, June 13, and cost $60 after. Visit http://deholland615.wix. com/st-barbara-carnival.


St. Laurence High School will implement the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations high school aviation science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum in the 2019-20 school year. The school is located at 5556 W. 77th St. in Burbank. Log on to


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., and its special events, Christian education, and new members ministries will host It’s A Family Affair on Saturday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m., featuring fun activities and games.

The church’s health ministry on Saturday, July 13, will sponsor its Emma Foster Health Fair with health screenings and education, snacks, raffles, and activities for adults and children.

Call (312) 225-5300.


South Loop Neighbors will host a yard sale in Dearborn Park at 9th Street and Plymouth Curt on Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. For information, email

Dennis McClendon will lead a bicycle tour of public art in Grant Park. Meet at the Art Institute’s Stanley McCormick Court at the northeast corner of Jackson Boulevard and Michigan Avenue at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

Log on to


The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership has extended to Sunday, Aug. 18, the Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, illustrations by Ken Krimstein, concerning philosopher and political theorist Arendt. Spertus is located at 610 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to


The Taller de Jose associate board will host Pints for a Purpose at Great Central Brewing, 221 N. Wood St., Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Taller de Jose, which connects people to services. Taller de Jose is at 2831 W. 24th Blvd. Log on to or call (773) 523-8320.


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.

The park will host a camp for youngsters ages six through 12 from Monday, June 24, through Friday, Aug. 2. It also will offer a volleyball camp the week of Monday, Aug. 5, for those ages 9 through 13.

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


University of Illinois at Chicago Pro-vost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Poser is among the 2019 class of Notable Women Executives Over 50 honored by Crain’s Chicago Business.

The UIC College of Business Administration is launching a new undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management.

Campus Compact, a national nonprofit coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities, named UIC student Nicholas Robledo among 262 students nationwide to its 2019-2020 Newman Civic Fellowship cohort. The fellowship will provide Robledo, who was nominated by UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, with a variety of learning and networking opportunities.


Urban Autism Solutions will host its Carrots and Cocktails fundraising event Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at UAS Growing Solutions Farm, 2200 W. Campbell Park Dr. Call (773) 377-5691.


The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce Madison Row series will host Hunt the Row between Halsted Street and Ashland Avenue as its Second Saturday event on Saturday, June 8.

The organization will host a networking event on Thursday, June 12, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan, 233 S. Wacker Drive, 67th floor.

Contact Rod Burch at, (312) 504-1884, or


Wilson Community Center, 3225 S. Racine Ave., will host an Early Bird Camp, 9 to 10 a.m., and a Day Camp, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for children ages 6 through 12 from Monday, June 24, through Friday, Aug. 2. Call (312) 747-7001.


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is calling on drivers to stop driving while distracted and not to text and drive, with a special emphasis on moving over when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle or any stopped vehicle displaying flashing lights. A new law White initiated will take effect Monday, July 1, to further crack down on distracted driving by classifying first-time offenses as moving violations. Log on to