ATN – December 2019
December 6, 2019

On hand at the Goal Power Foundation event at St. Malachy’s were retired Chicago Bears Adewale Ogunlele, Jerry Azumah, Israel Idonije, Lance Briggs, Anthony Adams, mascot Staley Da Bear, Hooters employees, and guests.

By William S. Bike


The Adler Planetarium will have free general admission for Illinois residents on Saturday, Dec. 7; Thursday, Dec. 12; and Friday, Dec. 13. The planetarium is at 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to


The Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a training that prepares anyone 15 or older to become a suicide alert helper on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volunteers of America, 47 W. Polk St., Suite 250. Email


The Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., will hold an open house on Monday, Dec. 9. Take a tour at 10:30 a.m. or noon (pre-registration required), and the open house runs from 4 to 7 p.m., with a birthday party at 6 p.m. Register at


Bridgeport Catholic Academy will host an open house on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m. The school is at 3700 S. Lowe Ave. Call (773) 376-6223.


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.

The theatre chose Armando Chacon, West Loop resident and business leader, as president.

Log on to or call (312) 374-8835.


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.

Call (312) 432-1995.


The Calandra Center for Health and Wellness, 47 W. Polk St., Suite M-5, will host a Peace to All Beings Meditation Group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Thursdays of Dec. 12 and Jan. 16. Registration is required and cost is $30. Call (312) 796-3964.


Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens will have free candlelight yoga on Friday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The park’s 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.


Chicago KICS winter indoor toddler classes for two- and three-year-olds start in January at multiple Near South and Near West locations. Sign up at


De La Salle Institute will offer an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 a.m.

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


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.


Brandi Denise, as seen on the TV Show Power as Epiphany, will host Gummies & Giggles, a night of standup comedy and Kite Bite treats to keep the audience feeling lifted and laughing all night on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by Kite Bites. Secret location tickets can be purchased on


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.


Former Chicago Bear Adewale Ogunlele hosted his Goal Power Foundation Thanksgiving event, teaming up with Jewel Osco to provide all of the families at St. Malachy’s After School Program with a Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Some students were honored during an assembly at St. Malachy’s, 2252 W. Washington Blvd., with a Jewel Osco gift card for their entries in Ogunlele’s Thanksgiving Essay Contest. For more information, call (954) 298-8784.

The Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization (CIACO) distributed 600 Thanksgiving baskets, feeding more than 3,000 people as part of its annual “Baskets of Love” effort, the weekend of Nov. 23-24. Among the recipients of their generosity were parishioners from Holy Family-Notre Dame de Chicago Parish. Coordinating the “Baskets of Love” operation were Bob Urbinati, president (right); and co-chairmen Mark Saverino (left) and Dan Mastropieri (center).


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


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


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


Northerly Island will offer snow-trekking with snowshoes on the Saturdays of Jan. 4, 11, and 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5. Call (312) 745-2910. The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr.


Rush Generations, a health and aging program, offers many classes, screenings, support groups, and other programs for older adults and caregivers. This month, Rush is introducing a support group just for LGBTQ seniors. The first meeting is Friday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., and the group will meet on the second Friday of each month going forward. For more information or to register, contact Matt Vail, LCSW, at (312) 563-8786 or Padraic Stanley, LCSW, at (312) 942-2089.

The Learn About Lupus support group, a resource for lupus patients and their loved ones, will meet Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. To register, call (800) 258-7872 or email The session What Matters to You in the New Year will meet Friday, Jan. 10, to present four ways to have a happy, healthy 2020. All programs take place on the Rush University Medical Center campus. For more information, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874).


The office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas will assist homeowners at JLM Abundant Life Community Center, 2622 W. Jackson Blvd., on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m.

Members of the military can defer Cook County property taxes interest free while on active duty, Pappas said. The county also has exemptions for returning veterans and disabled veterans.

Pappas invites the public to join her in celebrating Christmas from 5 to 7 p.m. in her office at 118 N. Clark St., Room 112, on Friday, Dec. 6.

For information, call (312) 603-6202.


A $15 million anonymous donation, the largest single gift in the school’s history, will provide scholarships for minority students at Saint Ignatius College Prep. The Fr. Donald F. Rowe S.J. Scholarship Endowment will cover four years of tuition, transportation, books, retreats, lunch, and other expenses for recipients’ years of education at Saint Ignatius. The endowment will award scholarships to at least 20 students every year.

The school is celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) from now through June 30, 2020, with several events.

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


Chicago Public Library Special Collections has a new collection detailing the life and career of United Methodist Church minister and interfaith social justice advocate Rev. Martin L. Deppe. His papers give a detailed look into his involvement and leadership positions with numerous organizations advocating for human rights.

Select items from the collection are on display at Harold Washington Library until Monday, March 30, in the Special Collections exhibit foyer. The papers are open for public research during Reading Room afternoon hours at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St. Call (312) 747-4300.

Pastor Martin Deppe and members of the congregation at New Gresham United Methodist Church.


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


Second Presbyterian Church is hosting its annual winter coat drive from now through February. Donations of warm clothes including sweatshirts, hoodies, sweaters, coats, gloves, caps, scarves, and mittens will go to neighbors in need. The church is located at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Drop off donations Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second Presbyterian will host a Christmas Market in the church, with vendors selling a variety of items. For more information, contact pastoral assistant Leslie Deslauriers at

Join the church for its annual Sing Along Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. featuring solos from professional singers in Chicago and accompanied by an orchestra and organist. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

The church is at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-4951 or log on to


St. Jerome Catholic School will host an open house on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 10:30 a.m. The school is at 2801 S. Princeton Ave. Call (312) 842-7668.


St. Matthew Lutheran Church offers food for the needy at its El 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 present Mary and Christmas, featuring a buffet at 6 p.m., concert at 7:45 p.m., and reception at 9 p.m. Cost is $175.

The shrine will host an advent day of reflection and reconciliation on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speaker will be Christina R. Zaker from Catholic Theological Union. Cost is $25.

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


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. The theme is Deck the Halls. To feature a loft, volunteer, or take the tour, email


Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church will hold its African American history celebration, Then and Now, as part of Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m., at 600 E. 35th St. Pastor David B. Thornton will moderate the event. Call (312) 225-5300.


South Loop Village hosts 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 Memory Café offers a monthly social gathering for persons living with dementia and their care partners. The Dec. 12 gathering will feature a holiday music program. Register at or call (312) 225-4406.


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.


Vitalant, the Chicago area’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 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.


The Women’s Treatment Center offers free assistance with online applications for enrollment into the Illinois Ryan White Part B Program for HIV+ women. Call and schedule an appointment at (312) 850-0050, x4994. The center is at 140 N. Ashland Ave. Log on to