April 2010

Bicycle tour explores architecture and history of Pilsen and Heart of Chicago

Every month, Big Shoulders Realty hosts a free narrated bicycle tour of a different Chicago Community Area. Tours focus on the architecture and history of the buildings and neighborhoods, and this month the group will venture to the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Heart of Chicago.

Anti-violence activist to speak at UIC

“Beyond Choice: Women of Color and Reproductive Justice,” will be presented through the sponsorship of the University of Illinois at Chicago Gender and Women’s Studies Program by Andrea Smith, a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar, Wednesday, April 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S. Halsted St.

Art Institute spotlights pivotal period of Matisse’s career

In the early 20th century, avant-garde European artists experimented with new artistic visions and working methods that radically altered the form and content of their creations. The most famous movement that grew out of this artistic ferment was Cubism, which responded to the new emphasis on underlying structure pioneered by Paul Cézanne and took it in new directions with multiple views of subjects within single paintings and use of collage techniques and text.

Churches commemorate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus

Holy Week is something that most Christian churches and denominations commemorate. Beginning on Palm Sunday, March 28, and continuing all week through Easter Sunday, April 4, churches in the community honor the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Montefiore future a concern despite influx of students

When Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman at a Feb. 18 news conference proposed closing Las Casas Occupational High School at 8401 S. Saginaw Ave. and transferring some of its 82 students to Montefiore Special Elementary School, the beleaguered special school at 1310 S. Ashland Ave. appeared to have gotten a new lease on life.

Assessor’s office tips the scales with 2010 assessment notice roll

In this age of computerization and tightened belts, everything from Sunday newspapers to telephone books has slimmed down. Yet when some local residents recently received their Assessment Notice roll of Lake Township properties, they found it weighed in at a whopping one pound, 3.5 ounces and consisted of 224 broadsheet pages of newsprint.

Against the odds, Bridgeport boy survives liver transplant

Two-year-old Frank Sroka Vulich-Ferro of Bridgeport is nothing short of a miracle. Named for his Chicago firefighter grandfather, at just six weeks old he was diagnosed with biliary atresia — a rare liver disease found in only one of every 20,000 births, and even rarer in boys.

Keep a log of noise complaints, company asks Prairie District

Owners of a Near South/Prairie District area facility blamed for noise pollution have asked people in the area to work with them to solve the problem.

Fundraisers; Battle of the Badges; Tax Help; Earth Day; Round-ups

Fundraisers, scholarships and more in this month’s ATN…

Saint Anthony is mentor hospital for School at Work launch

Addressing the need for an increasingly skilled workforce in Chicago’s healthcare industry as well as the demand for more and better jobs in the city, Mayor Richard M. Daley recently announced the Building a Career Ladder in Healthcare program’s expansion during a press conference for representatives of 13 local hospitals held at Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago.

Organ transplant event scheduled at Shrine

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host The Greatest Gift: An Organ Donation Celebration on Sunday, April 18, beginning with the 11 a.m. Mass and followed by lunch and a panel discussion.

The new wealth class: UIC employees burdened by misrepresentation

In our March issue, we included a front-page story about the value of the University of Illinois at Chicago to the community, City, and State. The university educates students, provide healthcare for both paying patients and the needy, and graduates the leaders of tomorrow who will be expected to pull the State out of its economic sinkhole — since today’s leaders don’t seem to have the ability to do so.