ATN: November 2019
November 1, 2019

Photo by Alexander Giraldo
MARATHON RUN—During the 42nd annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13, more than 45,000 participants ran through local communities. The South Loop Concerned Coalition placed a banner along the South Loop portion of the run stating its members’ opposition to the proposed One Central Station development.

By William S. Bike


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Loss day is Saturday, Nov. 23. Call (800) 273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) meetings in the 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th, and 12th districts, areas covered by Gazette Chicago, are as follows.

1st District: 10th Sector residential meeting, Beats 111,112,113, Thurs., Nov. 14, 400 E. Randolph St., condo building, 6:30 p.m.; 20th Sector residential meeting, Wed., Nov. 13, 525 S. State St., University Center, 6:30 p.m.; 20th Sector business meeting, Thurs., Nov. 7, 50 S. LaSalle St., Northern Trust Bank, 2 p.m.; Beats 131/132, Tues., Nov. 19, 1718 S. State St., 1st District station, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 133, Wed., Nov. 20, 2901 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Prairie Shores, 6:30 p.m.; 30th Sector business meeting, Tues., Nov. 26, 1718 S. State St., 1st District station, 2 p.m. Call (312) 745-4381.

2nd District: Beat 211, Mon., Nov. 4, 3240 S. Indiana Ave., Illinois College of Optometry, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 212/214, Tues., Nov. 5, 3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Mandrake Park Field House, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 213/215/224, Tues., Nov. 26, 4058 S. Michigan Ave., St. Elizabeth Church, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 221/223, Tues., Nov. 19, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave., King Center, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 222, Tues., Nov. 12, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., Kennicott Park, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 225/232, Thurs., Nov. 14, 5627 S. Michigan Ave., Coppin A.M.E. Church, 6:30 p.m.; Beats 231/233/234/235, Thurs., Nov. 7, 5531 S. King Dr., Washington Park, 6:30 p.m. Call (312) 747-8366.

9th District: Beats 911/921, Wed., Nov. 6, 3050 W. 39th St., Davis School Annex, 7 p.m.; Beat 912, Wed., Nov. 13, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., St. Maurice Church Hall, 7 p.m.; Beats 913/915, Tues., Nov. 12, 3120 S. Halsted St., 9th District station, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 914, Wed., Nov. 27, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave., Chinatown Library, 6:30 p.m.; Beat 922, Tues., Nov. 26, 2611 W. 48th St., Shields Middle School, 6 p.m.; Beat 923, Tues., Nov. 26, 5157 S. California Ave., St. Simon Church Hall, 7 p.m.; Beat 924, Tues., Nov. 5, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave., Davis Square Park, 6 p.m.; Beat 925, Wed., Nov. 20, 4500 S. Wallace St., St. Gabriel Church, 6 p.m.; Beats 931/933, Thurs., Nov. 14, 1809 W. 50th St., Cornell Square Park, 6 p.m.; Beats 932/934/935, Tues., Nov. 19, 1301 W. 52nd St., Sherman Park, 6 p.m.; Beats 911/921, Wed., Dec. 4, 3050 W. 39th St., Davis School Annex, 7 p.m.; Beat 924, Tues., Dec. 3, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave., Davis Square Park, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-3501.

10th District: Beat 1011, Thurs., Nov. 7, 1350 S. Harding Ave., Clair House, 6 p.m.; Beat 1012, Tues., Nov. 19, 4339 W. 18th Place, Montclare, 6 p.m.; Beat 1013, Wed., Nov. 20, 2524 S. Keeler Ave., Epiphany Church, 6 p.m.; Beat 1014, Tues., Nov. 5, 3839 W. Ogden Ave., Lawndale Church, 6 p.m.; Beat 1021, Tues., Nov. 12, 1448 S. Homan Ave., Carey Tercentenary, 6 p.m.; Beat 1033, Thurs., Nov. 14, 2311 S. Kedzie Ave., Little Village Library, 6 p.m. Call (312) 747-7190.

12th District: Beats 1213/1214/1215, Wed., Nov. 20, 1615 W. Chicago Ave., Goldblatt’s Building, 7 p.m.; Beat 1221, Wed., Nov. 13, 2526 W. Grand Ave., Smith Park, 7 p.m.; Beat 1225, Wed., Nov. 6, 2108 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago Hope Academy, 7 p.m.; Beats 1211/1212, Wed., Dec. 4, 2347 W. Augusta Blvd., St. Helens’ Church basement, 7 p.m. Call (312) 746-8306.

To learn more about C.A.P.S. programs, visit the Chicago Police Districts website:, tab: Get Involved with C.A.P.S. 

Photo by Alexander Giraldo
During the 42nd annual Bank of America Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13, more than 45,000 participants ran through our local communities.


Chicago Artists Coalition is presenting An Orange Dragon, work by Devin T. Mays, through Thursday, Nov. 7, at 2130 W. Fulton St. Call (312) 491-8888.


Chicago Children’s Theatre will present the Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party, Saturday through Sunday, Dec. 7 through 29, at the Station, 100 S. Racine Ave. Log on to or call (312) 374-8835.


The Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative consortium has welcomed its inaugural class of 50 student fellows from traditionally underrepresented communities. The group identifies and develops music students for acceptance into college music programs. Students range from sixth graders through high school seniors. Participants are Merit School of Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Sinfonietta, Naguanee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University School of Music, and Ravinia Festival. Learn more at


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens’ indoor playground will have open play for children accompanied by adults through Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday; noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday; and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.


Cook County property owners can use to update the name or mailing address on their tax bills, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said. To help homeowners who have mail delivery problems, shows when the U.S. Postal Service has returned tax bills.


De La Salle Institute will hold an open house Saturday, Nov. 23, at 9 a.m. It will offer an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 a.m.

De La Salle Institute recently received a $163,360 grant from the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation to provide financial assistance through the Multi-Student Scholarship Program and the new Presidential Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The school is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to


Field Museum will have free days on the Wednesdays of Nov. 6 and 13. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Call (312) 922-9410.


The Grant Park Advisory Council holds its meetings on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at 6:30 p.m. at the Maggie Daley Field House, 337 E. Randolph St. Next meeting is Nov. 20.

Photo by Christopher Valentino
Columbus Day was celebrated locally on Oct.14 with a liturgy at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii and a wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Christopher Columbus at Victor Arrigo Park. Hundreds of Chicagoans participated in the local festivities.


Heartland Alliance’s Chicago FarmWorks, 407 N. Kedzie Ave., is developing a new rain garden and functional public art installation to show how landscaping and garden design can reduce rain and flooding damage. Areas of the city most affected by overburdened sewers are the West and South Sides. Also involved are the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Elevated Chicago, Enterprise Community Partners, and the Garfield Park Community Council. Log on to


The HoJo Family Assistance Program, a Lawndale organization that coordinates food drives and other programs in neighborhoods facing food scarcity, and the Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce worked with Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Mariano’s to give away 12,000 pounds of food to local residents. HoJo is located at 3632 W. Grenshaw St. Call (773) 851-2855.


Hope in Action is a health and resource fair featuring entertainment, food, haircuts, health screenings, workshops, motivational speakers, healthcare connections, kids’ activities, raffles, and prizes. It runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal St. Call (312) 942-3368 or log on to


The Illinois CPA Society is seeking minority applicants for its Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program. College students may apply by Monday, Nov. 11. Log on to


The International Latino Cultural Center’s Chicago Latino Music Festival is Chicago’s only Latino-focused classical music festival. Local performances include Music from Mexico, Argentina, and Uruguay featuring the Chicago Panamerican Ensemble, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St.; and Kaia String Quartet: Mexican Modernist Music for String Quartet, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Log on to


The Millennium Park Ice Rink opens Friday, Nov. 15, and remains open until Sunday, March 8. Skating is free. Skate rental, skate sharpening, and locker rentals are available for various charges. The rink is at 1 N. Michigan Ave.

The City will light its huge Christmas tree in Millennium Park on Friday, Nov. 22.


Senior citizens are eligible for Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s senior citizen property tax exemption. Under a new law, once the assessor grants the exemption, it automatically renews. See

De La Salle provided scholarships to several students. Front row: Nyla Dantzler, De La Salle president Fr. Paul Novak, Margaret Swanborn, and Enrique Herrera. Back row: Matthew Dixon, Michael Gallagher, Marc Rhymes, Ian Hopkins, and Victor Ochoa.


Merit School of Music, located at 38 S. Peoria St., celebrated the fourth annual National Kids Music Day on Oct. 4 with a permanent art installation called In Harmony, created by sculptor Jeffrey Breslow. Call (312) 786-9428.


Metra launched its 14th annual Safety Poster and Essay Contest, asking kindergarten through 12th grade students to illustrate through posters and essays the importance of safe behaviors near train tracks. The theme is Obey the Signs. Entries due Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. For information go to


A reunion of Midtown Center alumni from the Loomis location will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 718 S. Loomis St. Enjoy pizza and other Italian food from Pompei. For more information, contact Chris Michaels at


The Young Professionals Advisory Council of Mujeres Latinas en Accion will host Baile de las Calaveras, a Dia de los Muertos event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St. Enjoy a DJ, wine, beer, food, and a raffle. Call (773) 890-7676.


Melissa Villalobos will share the story of her miraculous healing through the intercession of St. John Henry Newman at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 700 S. Morgan St., on Monday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. Newman was a 19th century priest canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on Oct. 13. The saint’s second confirmed miracle was healing a life-threatening illness suffered by Villalobos, a suburban mother and attorney. Her talk, presented with the Rev. Connor Danstrom, will be Divine Intervention: The Miracle that Made Newman a Saint. Call (312) 226-1880.

Attendees at the Merit School of Music’s Kids Music Day celebration included (l to r) 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Merit School of Music president and executive director Charles Grode, and sculptor Jeffrey Breslow.


Northerly Island will host the First Friday Astro Club on Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call (312) 745-2910.


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


Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave., will host an open house for the Middle School Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., and for the Upper School, Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Tours for kindergarten also are available. Log on to


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

Eli Alexander Goldin was born September 19, weighing 8 lb., 1 oz. and measuring 21 inches. His parents are Emilia Olvera and Dan Goldin, and his grandparents are Steve and Hortencia Olvera and Wally and Elena Goldin.


State Representative Lamont J. Robinson (D-5th) wants to hear what residents think are the most important issues in the community. Contact him at (773) 924-4614 or at his office at 5048 S. Indiana Ave.


St. Matthew Lutheran Church offers food for the needy at its Comedor San Mateo Soup Kitchen.

The church’s urgent needs include roof repair; two sinks; a freezer; beef, chicken, turkey, and pork for the soup kitchen; disposable teaspoons for the soup kitchen; and bathroom upgrades. Donations of items, labor, or funds are welcome.

The church campus is at 2108 W. 21st St. Call (773) 847-6458.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers classes, screenings, support groups, and other programs for older adults and caregivers. On Thursday, Nov. 7, it will provide free one-on-one consultations to help people understand the importance of advance directives and learn how to create them. The second Monday of every month, a support group for friends and family of people with memory loss meets to share information, ideas, and experiences; the next meeting is Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. The third Thursday of every month, a support group gathers to help people living with diabetes manage their health; the next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. All programs take place on the Rush University Medical Center campus. To register, or for more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


St. Jerome Catholic School, 2810 S. Princeton Ave., will host open house Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. Call (312) 842-7668.


Second Presbyterian Church and Wintrust Bank will host a Money Smart finance workshop at the church on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m., 1936 S. Michigan Ave.

The church also is seeking reading tutors for grade school children Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Call (312) 225-4951.


A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave.. Hosted by Milam and Harpreet Jovon and friends, this free meal is offered to everyone who has no place to go for the holiday. The luncheon will include turkey, dressing, salad, sweet potatoes, dessert and coffee. All are welcome. For more information, see the church website at:


After an online vote, the Shedd Aquarium has named its two otter pups Cooper and Watson. The two male pups are about six months old. The online poll garnered almost 20,000 votes. The aquarium is at 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. Call (312) 939-2438.


South Loop Neighbors will host its annual loft walk on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour begins at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St. To feature a loft, volunteer, or take the tour, email


The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will present Living a Good Life-Preparing for a Good Death by the Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni on the Sundays of Nov. 3, 10, and 17 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

The annual Mass of Remembrance of deceased loved ones will be held Sunday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. Bring a photo of the deceased.

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


The University of Illinois at Chicago Center on Depression and Resilience has launched the Digital Mental Health Initiative to integrate health tracker tech and artificial intelligence to develop free tools for bringing mental health treatment to vulnerable populations. For more information, contact Alex Leow, associate professor in psychiatry and bioengineering, at


Meeting online buyers or sellers in person now is a little safer for both UIC personnel and the general public, thanks to the University of Illinois at Chicago Police. The department opened its district station front lobby to the public as a Safe Exchange Zone, where people can carry out legal swaps, sales, or purchases on campus as well as make child custody exchanges. Open 24 hours, the area has video surveillance and a seating area. The station is located at 943 W. Maxwell St., and parking is available.


The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce Madison Row series will host its third annual Holiday Stroll on Madison Row Saturday, Dec. 7.

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

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