ATN: July 2019
July 5, 2019

The Chicago Air and Water Show will feature United States and British aerobatic teams this year on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18.

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.


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 British are coming to join the 61st annual Chicago Air and Water Show on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 17 and 18. Chicago will be the first stop for the Red Arrows, the Royal Armed Forces aerobatic team, on its North American tour. Both shows run 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are free. A full rehearsal show on Fri., Aug. 16, also will draw crowds. The 2019 program includes military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues, and parachute teams and features the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and the U.S. Navy Leapfrogs. Log on to


See architecture, landscapes, and public art via Chicago Greeter. The program highlights points of interest and 25 neighborhoods throughout the city. Find downtown and Millennium Park Instagreeters stationed in the Chicago Cultural Center Randolph St. lobby, Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours leave every half hour. To schedule other, longer tours, go to


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.


The Chicago Park District will host its Movies in the Parks series again this summer, with movies beginning at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m.):

Chicago Women’s Park, 1801 S. Indiana Ave., will show The Incredibles 2 on Saturday, July 13, and Bumblebee on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr., will show Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, July 19.

Fuller Park, 331 W.; 45th St., will show Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Tuesday, July 30.

Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St., will show Not Quite Adults/Tampoco Tan Grandes on Wednesday, July 17, and Black Panther on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Skinner Park, 1331 W. Adams St., will show Big Hero 6 on Saturday, July 13.



Children of Peace School will host an open house Wednesday, July 17, from noon to 1 p.m. at the school at 1900 W. Taylor St. See


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.

Join 12th District Chicago Police Commander Stephen Chung and the 12th District Community Policing Office for a free, fun, and informative evening Tuesday, Aug. 6, 5 to 8 p.m., location to be determined. There will be food, games, music, demos, resources, and a car show. Call (312) 746-8306


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens will present Toddlers, Tunes, & Turtles as well as a Lakeside Bank Concert in the Park on Tuesday, July 9. Toddlers, Tunes, & Turtles, at 5:30 p.m., is a music festival for children younger than six, with dance, play, and live animals. Enjoy a Family Drum Circle at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Lakeside Bank concert at 7 p.m. Log on to

Attend a play for children, That’s Weird, Grandma, at no charge from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 15.

The South Loop Beer & Cider Festival will be held Saturday, July 27, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and feature music plus more than 40 vendors with craft beer, hard ciders, and food. Log on to

The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.


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

Chicago Children’s Theatre will take its production of A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter to China in July and August, presenting the play in Beijing and Jinan.


Chicago Children’s Theatre will take its production of A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter to China in July and August, presenting the play in Beijing and Jinan.

The theatre is located at 100 S. Racine Ave. Call (773) 227-0180 or log on to


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 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 Eon Experience Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, July 27, at the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, 1901 W. Carroll Ave. Log on to


Fiesta del Sol, Pilsen’s 47th annual four-day alcohol- and tobacco-free family friendly festival, runs Thurs. through Sun., July 25 through 28, at 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Hours are Thurs., 5 to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The largest Latino festival in the Midwest spans more than eight blocks with more than 100 booths. Enjoy food, live music by local talent, and carnival rides. Mega-passes are available for $45, $55, and $60 for unlimited carnival rides and free parking. Enjoy sports tournaments as well as art and indigenous crafts. Fiesta Del Sol is an annual fundraiser organized by the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council. See or call (312) 666-2663.


De La Salle Institute student Ben Hernandez was chosen as one of 80 high school baseball players from across the country to participate in the Prospect Development Pipeline Program, sponsored by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball.

The school named Ben Sanchez its new head varsity wrestling coach.

De La Salle named Isaiah Griggs and Sydni Schaeffer Meteors of the Month.

Four members of the baseball team were chosen to the 2019 All-Chicago Catholic League Green Division Team: Rocco Arcieri, Jeremy Figueroa, Jayden Gonzalez, and Ben Hernandez.

The All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference White Division Softball Team named students Valencia Burnette and Autumn Rizzo to the team.

The All-Chicago Catholic League boys volleyball team named Diego Avila and Nick Martorina to the team.

The school named Cesar Campos and Denise Maldonado valedictorians for the Class of 2019.

Alumnus Curtis Blaydes, the number three ranked heavyweight wrestler in the world, hosted an outdoor camp for young wrestlers at Parente Field recently.

Percussionist Jayvion Rice won the John Philip Sousa Band Award for 2018-19.

Student government officers for the upcoming school year are Alexandra Brist and Phillip Hunter, mayors, and Lyree Brunson, Emily McManus, Jessica Martinez, Sydni Schaffer, and Jack Stewart, executive officers.

The school named Abari Davis a Chicago Cubs Scholar. The Cubs provide a $20,000 scholarship upon the student’s enrollment in a college or university.

Math teacher Mary Bush was named Distinguished Lasallian Educator for 2018-19.

The Koldyke Global Teacher Program presented an award to faculty member Diniah Dean to increase her knowledge of global issues.

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


Bob Fioretti invites seniors to a Senior Bash Gala Picnic on Wednesday, July 10, at noon, at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Road. There will be a picnic lunch, bingo and prizes, and music and dancing. The event will be held rain or shine. RSVP to Jane at (312) 880-0288 or Johanna at (312) 610-0609.


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.


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.


The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) will host its 75th anniversary Independents’ Day Dinner Thursday, July 18, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave. Reception is at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Honorees will be Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney; Noel Sanchez of SEIU Local 1; John Bouman of the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law; the Just Democracy Coalition; and Alderman John Arena of the 45th Ward. Call (312) 939-5105 or email


The Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association and Ron Onesti will host the Little Italy Festa on Taylor Street Thursday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 18, between Ashland Avenue and Throop St. There will be food, Italian merchandise, entertainment, and a gelato festival. Call (630) 962-7000 or log on to


Lollapalooza will be held in Grant Park Thurs. through Sun., Aug. 1 through 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on eight stages with 170 American and international bands, highlighting alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, and electronica. Among the headliners are Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Twenty-One Pilots. Lolla features interactive areas with giveaways, tons of merchandise, a food court, and the Kidzapalooza mini-fest for children running parallel to the main concerts and offering parents and youngsters the opportunity to catch family-friendly music. Go to


The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., (312) 738-1503, is open Tues. through Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Mon. Current exhibits are Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, through Sun., Aug. 18, in the main gallery; Best of Yollo Show, through Sun., Aug. 4, in the courtyard gallery; Abyss: Rocío Caballero in the Torres Gallery, through Sun., Oct. 13.  Log on to


Celebrate the Summer Nature Festival at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., (773) 755-5100, on Thurs., July 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. The museum is a children- and family-friendly multisensory educational experience—learn about plants and animals, both inside and outside the museum. Attendees can enter the renowned Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and other temporary exhibits such as A-maze-ing Amphibians and Nature’s Puzzles. Food, ice cream, beer, and wine are available for purchase. Festival admission is free (suggested donation of $5 for individuals or $10 for families). For a listing of ongoing and traveling exhibits, go to or call (773) 755-5100.


McDonald’s Chinatown Summer
will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, on Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Road to 24th Place. There will be food, art, music, and a parade. For more information, see the Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation website at


Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has announced that property tax bills due Aug. 1, 2019, have been posted to so taxpayers can look at them before the bills come in the mail.

De La Salle’s Ben Hernandez, star baseball player, with his parents, Joanne and David Hernandez.


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 Randolph Street Market Festival at 1341 W. Randolph St. hosts the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Holiday Market, and Modern Vintage Chicago. Browse the plentiful stalls, with more than 300 vendors selling collectibles, and enjoy food and live music. Dates are the Saturdays and Sundays of June July 27-28, Aug. 24-25, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 26-27, Nov. 23-24, and Dec.14-15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking available. Call (312) 666-1200 or toll free at (877) 319-2643. Log on to
for more information.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many classes, screenings, support groups, and other programs for older adults and caregivers. On Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m., Rush Generations will offer qi gong, a traditional Chinese practice that involves breathing, awareness, and movement. The six-class session is $30 total. On Thursdays, July 25 to Aug. 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Rush Generations will offer a free Take Charge of Your Health workshop, designed to help you gain confidence in managing chronic conditions. On Mondays, July 29 to Sept. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m., Rush Generations will offer Zumba Gold. The eight-class session is $40 total (there is no class on Labor Day, Sept. 2). All classes take place on the Rush University Medical Center campus in Chicago. To register, or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


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.


St. Jerome Parish, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., will hold Velika Gospa, the Feast of the Assumption, on Thursday, Aug. 15.  Novena begins Tuesday, Aug. 6, and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 14, with daily Mass and novena prayers at 7 p.m. On Aug. 15, Masses will be held at 7:30 and 9 a.m. After the 9 a.m. Mass, members will carry the parish’s picture of Our Lady of Sinj (a town in Croatia) in procession through the neighborhood with prayer, marching bands, and floats. A Mass will follow the procession at approximately 11:30 a.m., after which a feast will offer live music, Croatian food including roast lamb, a $20,000 grand raffle, and fun for the entire family until 10 p.m. Call (312) 842-1871 for more information.


The St. Peter’s Church Chicago 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  


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will hold a retreat, Praying with St. Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostle, led by Julie Berggren, spiritual director, chaplain, and retreat leader, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 20.

Festa di Tutti I Santi (All Saints Festival), sponsored by the shrine, will be held Sun., July 28, from noon to 5 p.m., immediately after a Unity Mass at 10:30 a.m., followed by a procession from the Shrine to the Festa in Victor Arrigo Park, 801 S. Loomis St., with members from various patron saint societies. Reservations are required for a table. 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.

The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Log on to for more information.


Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez of the 25th Ward will host a public meeting Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at 1661 S. Blue Island Ave. Log on to


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., will host its Emma Foster Health Fair on Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get dental, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and vision screenings and enjoy health education, healthful snacks, upper body massages, children’s activities, and raffles. Call (312) 225-5300.


South Loop Neighbors will host Grills Night Out in Dearborn Park, Saturday, July 20, at 9th Street and Plymouth Court. SLN will provide the grills, drinks, chips, and dessert, and participants should bring their own food to grill. Everyone is invited.

Log on to


Eighth graders from San Miguel School spent a week in Washington, DC, learning about United States history, politics, and government. The school is located at 1954 W. 48th St. Call (773) 890-1481.


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


SummerDance waltzes into its 23rd year, turning the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 48 different live bands and DJs and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Dance from sunset into the evening hours under the stars or simply enjoy the music. SummerDance runs Wed. through Sun., June 26 through Aug. 25. Dance lessons begin at 6 p.m.; music and dancing run 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For a list of dates, musicians, and park sites, go to


The 39th annual Taste of Chicago runs from Wed. through Sun., July 10 through 14, in Grant Park. A package of 14 tickets is $10. The festival will present a diverse mix of musical acts at the Petrillo Music Shell, including Courtney Barnett, Bomba Estéreo, Cultura Profética, De La Soul, the Strumbellas, Lovelytheband and India.Arie. The Goose Island Stage will feature five days of free programming with top local talent. New additions to this year’s program are the Theatre Garden at Taste of Chicago, which will showcase local theater talent with performances, a new Silent Disco where everyone is invited to test out the dance floor at Buckingham Fountain Plaza daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with headsets, and the Taste Playground on the west side of Columbus Drive. Tickets may be purchased in advance at For a complete list of performers, log on to


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 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. 

Eighth graders from San Miguel School spent a week in Washington, DC, learning about US history, politics, and government.


Lynda Thompson is a Bronzeville mother and grandmother who cares for a disabled brother and a nephew with autism. She also works full time and has her own health issues. She is months behind on her mortgage because of unexpected financial emergencies and fixing flood damage. Her daughter, Asia Tylynda, started a Go Fund Me page to help her get caught up on her mortgage. Email, or go to the Go Fund Me page at


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.


The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce Madison Row series will host the Madison Row Block Party between Halsted Street and Ashland Avenue as its Second Saturday Event on Saturday, July 13.

It will host its sidewalk sale at the same location on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.

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


The West Town Chamber of Commerce will present the 15th annual West Fest Chicago, with more than 30 musical acts, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 5, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7. West Fest will be located on Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street and include Kid Fest from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Pet Fest from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call (312) 850-9390.

UIC student Ashley Rouse is a Native American Choctaw. Native American students will now pay UIC’s lower, in-state tuition cost.


American Indian and Alaska Native students have the lowest representation of any group on college and university campuses across the nation, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics. The University of Illinois at Chicago will help remedy this situation by offering in-state tuition as of this fall to students who are members of any of the 573 tribal nations recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In-state tuition is lower than for students hailing from out of state. Call (312) 355-2491.

Students Anis Barmada and Wasan Kumar are among only 496 mathematics, science, and engineering students nationwide to receive a Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

A research team led by Eben Alsberg, the Richard and Loan Hill Professor of Bioengineering and Orthopaedics at UIC, has developed a process enabling medical personnel to use 3D printing to generate biological tissues using stem cells.

A new four-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow UIC researchers, together with colleagues from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Houston, to evaluate two drugs that have vast potential to improve survival and cognitive outcomes in people who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

Call the UIC News Bureau at (312) 413-2695 for more information on any UIC item listed above.