ATN: October 2019
October 4, 2019

The Hustle for Muscle fitness crawl workout event raised $1,126 for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

By William S. Bike


The Adler Planetarium will have free general admission for Illinois residents on the following days: 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 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, and take runners through 29 Chicago neighborhoods. Runners will raise money for a variety of charities. The race starts and finishes in Grant Park, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Before the race, the McCormick Place Convention Center will host a two-day Health and Fitness Expo on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12. 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 will host the 27th Ward Clean and Sober Steppers Set along with the Salvation Army Freedom Center, 825 N. Christiana Ave., 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Oct. 18. Refreshments will be served.

Call (312) 432-1995.


A Catholic Charities mental health clinic serving the Near West Side and neighborhoods to the west will open Tuesday, Oct. 15, with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2019 W. Harrison St. The clinic will offer free outpatient mental health services. Voters in the Near West Side, North Lawndale, East Garfield Park, and West Garfield Park communities approved an increase of $4 per $1,000 in property taxes in a 2016 referendum for a mental health clinic to fill the gap left when the City closed its outpatient treatment centers. Services will be free after a person has exhausted all available payment subsidies such as Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. For more information, contact Janice Gray at or (708) 268-0478.


Chicago Children’s Theatre will present the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, a puppet-filled spectacular, from now through Sunday, Oct. 28. Call (312) 374-8835 or log on to


Mercy Home for Boys & Girls seeks adults to be mentors for youngsters. Learn more at

The Hustle for Muscle event organized by Pure Barre West Loop, Bare Feet Power Yoga, Cross Town Fitness, and the CryoBar West Loop raised $1,126 for Mercy Home.


The Chicago City Clerk, Anna Valencia, will bring a mobile City Hall to Douglas Park, 1401 S. Thompson Dr., Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chicago residents can pay parking tickets and utility bills; obtain a Chicago ID card, dog license, City sticker, or parking permit; and learn more about the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, and 311 programs. Log on to for more information.


The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services reports that Community Services Block Grant Scholarships are available for those enrolled or planning to enroll in college or vocational training. Contact Jenny Schuler at or (312) 746-7291.


Chicago Loop Synagogue, 16 S. Clark St., will hold Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 8 and 9. Call (312) 346-7370.


A Chicago Park District 5K Human Trafficking Awareness Walk/Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. The walk/run is a fundraiser for teen programs while bringing awareness concerning human trafficking. Log on to or call (312) 742-7529.

The Chicago Park District will hold Halloween in the Parks with pumpkins, a 5K run/walk, movies, parties, haunted spaces, treats, and more on Saturday, Oct. 19. Learn more at


Starting in September, the Chicago Transit Authority extended hours for the 31st Street bus Route #31. It now runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cook County Commissioner John Daley and Alderman Patrick D. Thompson requested the extension. To keep the route operating, the CTA has a ridership target of 1,107 riders per weekday on the route. For more information, call Thompson’s office at (773) 254-6677.


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


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 Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association and Xplosive Sounds Entertainment will present the second annual Taylor Street reunion, Dance Through the Decades, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the IUOE Local 399 Union Hall, 2260 S. Grove St., from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $75 and include food and liquor; reserve a table of ten for $750. For tickets, call Lenny Laino at (312) 933-8231 or visit See also

De La Salle Meteor of the Month Aidan Patino receiving congratulations from principal Diane Brown.


The De La Salle Institute Alumni Association will host its alumni banquet Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Beverly Country Club, 87th Street and Western Avenue in Chicago, at 6 p.m. Call (312) 842-7355, ext. 146.

The school will have open houses Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 23, at 9 a.m. It will hold an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 a.m.

The school chose Aidan Patino as Meteor of the Month. The school is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to


The Field Museum is offering free admission for Illinois residents on Wednesdays from now through Nov. 13. The museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Call (312) 922-9410.


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.


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.


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.


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


Honor Flight Chicago, a not-for-profit organization, flies veterans of the U.S. armed services to Washington, DC, at no charge for a day of recognition and sightseeing. For information on signing up a veteran for a flight, or to make a donation, log on to


The Illinois Medical District Guest House will host a casino night fundraiser Friday, Oct. 18, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Dalcy, 302 N. Green St. Nicole Cook, Mrs. America 2019, will be the master of ceremonies. The guest house is located at 1933 W. Polk St. Call (312) 996-1167.


The International Latino Cultural Center’s Chicago Latino Music Festival is Chicago’s only Latino-focused classical music festival. Local performances include Zohn Collective Presents: Portals, Sunday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m., University of Chicago International House, 1414 E. 59th St. as well as Spanish and Mexican Music for the Harpsichord and the Clavichord, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St. Log on to


Internet Essentials makes it possible for people receiving public assistance to qualify for low-cost internet service. Log on to


The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Midwest will hold a gala and awards dinner Friday, Oct. 11, at the Bridgeport Art Center’s Sculpture Garden Gallery, 1200 W. 35th St. The group will honor prominent business leaders Anthony Chimino of Assurance Agency, Richard D’Onofrio of Savewave Energy, and James Lencioni of Aria Group. Email or call (312) 553-9137, ext. 105.


The following Farmer’s Markets will be held in the community:

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Thursdays through Oct. 24.

Federal Plaza City Market, 50 W. Adams St., Tuesdays through Oct. 29.

Maxwell Street market, 800 S. Desplaines St., Sundays throughout the year.

Printers Row City Market, 700 S. Dearborn St., Saturdays through Oct. 26, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.


October is Italian Heritage Month. For more information, see the website Thirty-One Days of Italians by Janice Therese Mancuso at


The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will host a Columbus Day Family Picnic at Casa Italia, 3800 Division St., Stone Park, IL, Saturday, Oct 12, at 4 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Call (708) 450-9050.


The office of Alderman Sophia King plans a senior ball on Saturday, Oct. 5, noon to 4 p.m., at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. The office also will hold a recycling event on Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at 35th Street and Rhodes Avenue. Call (773) 536-8103.


Merit School of Music will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10: 30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 38 S. Peoria St. Enjoy tours, student performances, raffles, gifts, and an “instrument petting zoo.” Call (312) 786-9428.


Grade school girls are invited to visit Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School to attend Girls Night Out on Friday, Oct. 18. There will be open house events on the Thursdays of Nov. 7 or Dec. 5. The school will give its high school entrance exam on Saturday, Dec. 7. It is located at 3737 W. 99th St. Call (773) 881-6500, or log on to


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.


Mount Carmel High School will host an Open House Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Columbus Day Shadow Days, Friday, Oct. 11, and Monday, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.; Prospective Moms’ Shadow Day, Thursday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to noon; Personal Tour Night, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.; Honors Program Preview, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and a Placement Exam, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 a.m. Log on to The school is at 6410 S. Dante Ave.

Merit School of Music students will perform Saturday, Oct. 5 at the school’s first open house, which will include an “instrument petting zoo.”


Music@Grace offers free rush hour concerts at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St., on select Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., with post-concert receptions following. Upcoming performances are woodwind chamber music, Oct. 17; piano, Oct. 24; brass chamber music, Nov. 7; and Anastasiya Ganzeko, Nov. 21. Grace Place sponsors the performances with Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. Log on to or call (312) 341-2352.


The National Italian American Foundation is seeking submissions for its annual photo contest. Subject matter should be related to Italy or Italian Americans. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 7. Log on 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 exhibit is Abyss: Rocío Caballero in the Torres Gallery, through Sun., Oct. 13.  Log on to


The St. John Paul II Newman Center will host its fourth annual Okoberfest, Friday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m. to midnight, 700 S. Morgan St. Tickets are $40 each. Purchase tickets at or call (312) 226-1880.


Overeaters Anonymous meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Call (773) 523-3917.


Francis W. Parker School will have open houses for the lower school, Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.; middle school, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Parker is at 330 W. Webster Ave. visit


The Plant, a facility home to farm and food-producing businesses, hosts an indoor farmers market at 1400 W. 46th St. the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go on tours of the Plant at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For information, log on to


Public Narrative, 600 S. Michigan Ave., offers courses in various locations on topics including social media, communication plans, podcasting, search engine optimization, and analytics. Call (312) 369-6400.


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 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.


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 


Saint Gabriel Elementary School encourages families of potential students to schedule a tour of the school, located at 4500 S. Wallace St. Call (773) 268-6636 or log on to


Saint Ignatius College Prep is celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) from now through June 30, 2020, with several events.

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

The school will host its annual open house on Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. Guests should arrive at Holy Family Church to begin.

Entrance exams are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon for eighth grade students.

The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 521-5900 or log on to


Saint Jerome School will hold an open house on Thursday, Nov. 14, featuring sessions from 9 to 10 a.m., 1 to 2 p.m., and 6 to 7 p.m. RSVP at (312) 842-7668. Interested persons also are welcome to phone the school for a private tour.  Saint Jerome is located at 2801 S. Princeton Ave. Log on to

Governor JB Pritzker recently signed SB 2090 and HB 2541 into law at St. Leonard’s Ministries’ Barlow Center.


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 have a Columbus Day Mass on Monday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m., followed by a parade to the Christopher Columbus statue on Loomis Street.

The Shrine will host its 25th anniversary casino night on Saturday, Oct. 19, which will include a drawing for a $25,000 prize.

The 19th annual Lost Child Pilgrimage will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Speaker will be Julie Raino, a counselor and bereavement coordinator. Cost is $25.

The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to for more information.


Second Presbyterian Church and Wintrust Bank will host Money Smart finance workshops at the church on the Mondays of Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4 at 6 p.m., 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-4951.


Governor JB Pritzker recently signed SB 2090 and HB 2541 into law at St. Leonard’s Ministries’ Barlow Center, 2120 W. Warren Blvd. HB 2541 mandates providing civics education to people who are about to be released from Illinois prisons, and SB 2090 expands the opportunity to vote for people detained in county jails and provides people leaving Illinois prisons with voter registration applications and information about their voting rights. For more information, call (312) 738-1414.


The South Loop Neighbors Pub Crawl will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The organization will hold its Loft Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. and is seeking lofts and volunteers. Email


On Super Hero Saturday, Oct. 19, everyone is invited to be a super hero and partner to clean up the Tri-Taylor community. Events begin with 8 a.m. registration at Washington Irving Elementary School, 749 S. Oakley Blvd., followed by a welcome rally at 8:30 a.m. and neighborhood cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon that includes picking up trash and cleaning sewer grates. The event includes a lunch from noon to 1 p.m. for volunteers. Organizers need donations of cash, food, beverages, and supplies, which are tax deductible. This event can provide verified service learning hours—perfect for high schoolers. For more information, contact Susan Tyson at Register 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.

Madlyn Howard, a longtime community activist, received the Joseph M. Esposito Neighborhood Hero Award Aug. 17 at the Little Italy Festa. Esposito’s son, Joseph, president of the Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association, presented the award to Howard in front of a big screen video at the festa.


Paintings, sculptures, and installations by Cleveland Dean and Anthony Adock are on display from now through Sunday, Oct. 6, in the exhibition Blue Collar at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave. Call (773) 227-5522 or log on to


University of Chicago Harper Lectures will present How to Save a Constitutional Democracy on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe St., at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Reserve a spot at


The University of Illinois at Chicago Gallery 400 is displaying The Last Judgement, large-scale sculptures by a variety of artists built as pyrotechnic scenography for a public pyrotechnic event in Little village on Saturday, Oct. 12, when fire will be used to partially destroy the sculptures. The gallery is at 400 S. Peoria St. Log on to


The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce Madison Row series will host Halloween trick or treating on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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

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