ATN: August 2019
August 2, 2019

De La Salle Institute retirees (front row) Dennis Aylward, Mike Senjanin, and Jean Wawraszek with principal Diane Brown and president Fr. Paul Novak.

By William S. Bike


The 40th annual African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st St. at Cottage Grove Ave., Fri. through Mon., Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. The festival grounds come alive in a simulated African village featuring interactive engagements, drumming, collectible artifacts, and handwoven fabrics and textiles. Interactive spaces include: Drum & Afro-folk Village, Children and Family, African Heritage, African Spirituality, Wellness (Health) Village, Books and Authors, Fine Art, Film and Video, Food Court, Seniors and Quilting, and the African Marketplace. Log on to


Fred Anderson Park, 1611 S. Wabash Ave., will host the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians Great Black Music Ensemble, which will perform on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 2 to 3 p.m. Call (312) 328-0821.


The Beyond a Mammogram Hyde Park 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. at Harold Washington Playlot Park, 53rd Street and Hyde Park Boulevard. For more information, log on to


Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. of the 27th Ward holds regular Ward Night meetings open to the community on Mondays at 1452 N. Sedgwick St. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and on Thursdays at 4 N. Western Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m.

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: Aug. 16, Sept. 20, and Oct. 18. Refreshments will be served.

Call (312) 432-1995.


The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 700 honored William F. Bike, 96, retired Gazette Chicago circulation driver, on June 29 at the conclusion of its Tribute to Veterans Motorcycle Ride in Oak Lawn, IL. Bike, a U.S. Army and U.S. Merchant Marines veteran of World War II, was the oldest veteran and only World War II vet at the event.


Bright Star Community Outreach will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a fundraising gala beginning with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. dinner and program on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct. For more information, log on to


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. Log on to


The Chicago Artists Coalition is presenting the exhibit Thrown Stone, Spitten Image featuring works by Mark Blanchard, Cass Davis, Kwabena Foli, and Kelly Kristin Jones, now through Thursday, Aug. 15. It also is presenting Song and Story by Erin Hayden, now through Thursday, Aug. 29.

For information, email or call (312) 491-8888, ext. 1004.

CAC is located at 2130 W. Fulton St.


The 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival runs Fri. through Sun., Aug. 23 through Sept. 1, at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington St., and other venues throughout the city. Admission is free, and the festival will include a special tribute to Nat King Cole by his brother Freddy Cole and a 50th anniversary celebration for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Before the Jay Pritzker Pavilion performances in the evening, hear music throughout the day at the Von Freeman Pavilion on the South Promenade from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion on the North Promenade from noon to 4 p.m. The Roof Top Jazz: Young Jazz Lions and NextGen Jazz stages will feature up-and-coming Chicago musicians on Sat., Aug. 31, and Sun., Sept. 1. Go to


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. Enjoy 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., United Center, Parking Lot C, 1902 W. Madison St., featuring food, games, music, demos, resources, and a car show. Call (312) 746-8306.


The 13th annual Chicago’s Little Italy Festa-Taylor Street, organized by the Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association and Onesti Entertainment, will be held Thurs. through Sun., Aug.  15 through 18, on Taylor Street east of Ashland Ave. Hours are Thurs, 5 to 11 p.m.; Fri., 12:30 to 11 p.m.; and Sat. and Sun., noon to 10 p.m. Enjoy food from award-winning area restaurants, several stages of continuous family entertainment, merchandise from Italy, and cultural attractions at this popular summer event. Email, log onto, or call (630) 962-7000 for updates.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1827 S. Indiana Ave. and its advisory council will offer free yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on the Saturdays of Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. No yoga experience necessary.

Enjoy Shakespeare’s The Tempest, performed the Saturdays and Sundays of Aug. 3 (6 p.m.), 4 (2 p.m.), 10 (11 a.m.), and 11 (2 p.m.).

The park will host a Star Party on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. featuring volunteer astronomers, telescopes, a campfire, and s’mores. Bring a blanket, telescopes, and binoculars.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Movies in the Park series presents First Man at dusk.

Call (312) 328-0821 or log on to for details.

William F. Bike, seated, retired Gazette Chicago circulation driver, was honored June 29 by Teamsters Local 700 officers (left to right) Anthony Magee, Mark Robinson, Michael Malone, Greg Ortiz, Ramon Williams, and Roslyn Tomlin.


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.


Three longtime employees have retired from De La Salle Institute: Dennis Aylward, director of auxiliary services; Mike Senjanin, vice president of finance; and Jean Wawraszek, auxiliary services.

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


Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will host walking tours and outdoor events in August. On Saturday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m., take a 90-minute walking tour of historic Motor Row along South Michigan Avenue; tickets are $20. On Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., take a two-hour walking tour of the landmarked Prairie Avenue Historic District and an interior tour of Second Presbyterian Church; tickets are $25. On Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m., enjoy a free old fashioned ice cream social with ice cream, popcorn, and games for children, sponsored by Lakeside Bank. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m., enjoy a concert by Jazz Avec Deux in the Glessner courtyard while dining on the lawn; tickets are $10. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (312) 326-1480.


Greektown Chicago, the Greektown Arts Committee, and SSA #16 are hosting an exhibit of 20 sculptures along Halsted Street in Greektown, the Modernity of the Ancient Greek Discus, through November. Log on to


Lyric Opera of Chicago will present a hologram of Maria Callas in concert on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Log on to or call (312) 827-5600.


Marillac St. Vincent Family Services is participating in a pilot program to bring doula birthing assistance to pregnant women in the Cook County Jail system. The Ounce of Prevention organization leads the program, also championed by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Marillac St. Vincent needs volunteers to work with children and families.

The organization will hold a hunger walk on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Jackson Park.

The Marillac Social Center is at 212 S. Francisco Ave. Call (773) 722-7440 or log on to


The Maxwell Street Foundation will honor the Maxwell Street Market’s history with a display of images and memorabilia as part of the City Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events program titled The Big Deal at Maxwell Street Market on Sunday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market will be in operation and feature live music and Maxwell Street Lager presented by Marz Community Brewing. Find the Maxwell Street Foundation tent within the gated performance area at 800 S. Desplaines St. Email


Midnight Circus in the Parks will come to McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd., Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. Prices range from $5 to $25. Tickets are available at


The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini will hold its annual benefit dinner on Thursday, Sept.12, at the Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E. Monroe St. Proceeds benefit the shrine’s ministries. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails, a raffle, and auction. Dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 each. Call Barbara Willis at (773) 360-5746.

The shrine, located at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reconciliation is Saturdays from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Masses are Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. Eucharistic adoration is held Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. A prayer group meets Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Call (773) 360-5115 or log on to


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many classes, screenings, support groups, and other programs for older adults and caregivers. On the second Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Rush Generations hosts a free support group for friends and family of people with memory loss. The next meeting is on Aug. 12. On Thursday, Aug. 22, Rush Generations will offer free one-on-one consultations to help participants understand the importance of advance directives and learn how to create them. On Thursdays, Aug. 29 to Oct. 17, from 1 to 2 p.m., Rush Generations will offer gentle and modified chair yoga. The eight-class session is $40 total. All these programs take place on the Rush University Medical Center campus. To register, or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


Rush University Medical Center will sponsor a West Side Walk for Wellness every Saturday through Aug. 24, starting at the Garfield Park Field House at 100 N. Central Park Ave. at 10 a.m. Enjoy nutritious snacks and wellness tips. Email or call (888) 352-RUSH.

Secretary of State Jesse White honored Amy Ng at his office’s Asian Pacific American Month celebration for serving as the event’s reception chairperson.


Saint Ignatius College Prep is celebrating its sesquicentennial from now through June 30, 2020, with several events.

Alumni; current, former, and future students; and families are invited to the Ignatian Celebration, Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 10 p.m. featuring live entertainment, dancing, food, and activities. For information, log on to

The Class of 1969 will celebrate its reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, and 2015 will celebrate their reunions on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-7124 or log on to


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White honored Amy Ng at his office’s Asian Pacific American Month celebration recently for serving as the event’s reception chairperson.


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, the church will hold Masses 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.


St. Therese Church, 218 W. Alexander St., will host Feast of San Rocco di Simbario events on Saturday, Aug. 17, with a novena at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Aug., 18, a processions, a Mass, and a benediction from 8:30 a.m. to past 4 p.m. Call (312) 842-6777.


San Miguel School, 1954 W. 48th St., has partnered with Just Roots Chicago to give students the opportunity to sell organic produce. Throughout the summer, Just Roots Chicago will sell produce during San Miguel rummage sales. For information, call (773) 890-1481.

School Rocks, a fundraiser for San Miguel School, will present an evening of Motown and funk by Gentlemen of Leisure on Friday, Sept. 6, in LaGrange, IL. Call (773) 890-0233.


St. Procopius Providence of God, 1641 S. Allport St., will host Nuestra Fiesta at Allport and 18th Streets Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2 through 4, featuring food, live bands and DJs, and a children’s section. Call (312) 226-7887.


Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., offers summer hours now through Sun., Aug. 18, of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and weekends. Fall hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Call (312) 939-2438 or log on to


Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez of the 25th Ward holds regular Ward Night meetings open to the community on Tuesdays at 1645 S. Blue Island Ave., 4 to 8 p.m. Call (773) 523-4100.

Every Saturday through Aug. 24, Rush University Medical Center will sponsor a West Side Walk for Wellness starting at the Garfield Park Field House, 100 N. Central Park Ave., at 10 a.m.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a Prayer Walk with Mary Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Arrigo Park offering scripture readings, prayer, stories, and poetry for the Feast of the Assumption. Julie Berggren, spiritual director and chaplain, will lead the event. Register at or call (312) 421-3757.

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


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 45th St., and its Christian education committee will host vacation bible school Monday through Friday, Aug. 5 through 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for youngsters ages five through ten. Call (312) 225-5300.


The South Loop Farmers Market runs Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. through Sept. 26. Tour the McCormick rooftop garden farm leaving from the market at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29.


Starting Aug. 8, South Loop Village will host a free Memory Café on the second Thursday of each month, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. The August theme will be Experience India. The Memory Café offers a monthly social gathering for persons living with dementia and their care partners. Register at or call (312) 225-4406.


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


Through Sunday, Aug. 4, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is displaying Raw Reckoning, featuring art by Michael K. Paxton about the effect of black lung disease on coal miners. The institute is located at 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to


Vitalant, Chicagoland’s largest blood center, is facing an emergency need for blood and platelets. To donate, visit or call (877) 258-4825.


The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce Madison Row series will host the Hustle for the Muscle Fitness Crawl between Halsted Street and Ashland Avenue as its Second Saturday event on Saturday, Aug. 10.

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

The WCA is located at 406 N. Aberdeen St. Call (312) 902-4922.


Rock the Block, presented by Whitney Young High School and the West Central Association, will celebrate the new Michelle Obama Athletic Complex on Monday, Aug. 12, on Adams Street between Laflin and Loomis Streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy food, music, games on the new athletic field, and a video message from Michelle Obama. Call (312) 952-0219.