March Madness means basketball and brackets to a lot of people, but this year the halls and classrooms of Old St Mary’s School (OSM) in the South Loop enjoyed a different sort of competitive glee.
The West Central Association (WCA) held its first luncheon of the year February 26 at Formento’s Restaurant in the Fulton Market area to discuss issues pertinent to the community.
Alderman Pat Dowell (3rd Ward) said she will not know the future of Riff Music Lounge at 2239 S. Michigan Ave., the site of the shooting of two men on March 26, at least until the end of May, when the owner’s 60-day voluntary shutdown of the club ends.
Chicago Park District commissioners have put their stamp of approval on a plan to rename a Bronzeville park after Hadiya Pendleton, a King College Prep student who was gunned down while seeking shelter from a rainstorm just days after she attended President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.
Volunteers will be out in force on Chicago area streets and at St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations throughout March, collecting donations and raising awareness to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls save children from abuse through the March for Kids campaign.
Several local Roman Catholic parishes will host St. Joseph’s Tables, a centuries-old tradition of thanksgiving to commemorate the saint. St. Lucy’s Parish, 3022 S. Wells St., Sunday, March 22, noon to 3 p.m., after the 11 a.m. Mass. Blessing of the table at noon. Free will donations welcome. Call (312) 842-6115.
The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) recently hired Carla Agostinelli as executive director. She replaces Martha Goldstein, long-time executive director who retired after 13 years of service.
The opening of Maggie Daley Park brought with it a dog ban sanctioned by the Chicago Park District. As a result, the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) held a meeting recently to discuss the matter with local residents. More than 200 attendees learned about alter-natives for dog owners in the area.
Organizations that worked on two local projects were among eight organizations honored for their achievements in community development and architectural design on Feb. 17 at the 21st annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), organized by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago.
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago and the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) have signed an affiliation agreement to enhance their existing partnership and provide expanded pediatric specialty medical services.