By William S. Bike
AddictionResource.net lists drug and alcohol abuse hotlines available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and confidential. Log on to https://www.addictionresource.net/addiction-hotlines/ or call (844) 616-3400.
FESTIVAL OF LIFE
The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life will be held in Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr., Satruday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12. See internationalfestivaloflife.com.
Howard Brown Health has announced the inaugural class of its Gregory Shapen Public Health Fellowship Endowment Fund, supporting paid internship opportunities for underrepresented LGBTQ undergraduates with a focus on LGBTQ health. The six participating fellows, including three local ones, are all students at Chicago-area universities and colleges. The local fellows are Sana Ali of the University of Illinois at Chicago; Andre Hall of the University of Chicago; and Audre Nevar of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by LBGTQ people. Learn more at howardbrown.org.
BURNS HELPS BEETHOVEN
The Lugenia Burns Hope Center, 710 E. 47th St., recently provided aid bags containing soap, tissue, sanitizer, and face masks to families and students of Beethoven Elementary School, 25 W. 47th St. The center also provided 15 routers for internet access for the school. For more information, log on to www.lbhopecenter.com.
CHICAGO BIKE WEEK
Celebrate biking during Chicago Bike Week, Friday, June 25, through Friday, July 2. Throughout the week, Active Transportation Alliance and other organizers will provide free tips and tricks for riders of all abilities and roll out other fun Bike Week activities. Log on to https://activetrans.org/bikeweek or call (312) 427-3325.
Gazette Chicago Associate Editor William S. Bike has written a book about the 1970 Chicago Cubs season, The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow. For more information, go to www.1970chicagocubs.com.
Chicago Duplicate Bridge has moved to Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk St. The organization holds games seven days per week in the afternoon and evening games Tuesdays and Thursdays. See www.bridgewebs.com/chicagodbc/.
The nonprofit Chicago Parks Foundation announced the second season of its citywide volunteer effort, Pitch In for the Parks!, to help keep the city’s 600+ public parks clean. This season-long, family-friendly volunteer opportunity is open for registration on an ongoing enrollment basis, with park clean-ups going on through October. Volunteers can sign up at chicagoparksfoundation.org/volunteer.
Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens,1801 S. Indiana Ave.,will offer a Journey Through South Asia on Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m. featuring live music, poetry, and folktales. Bring a chair or blanket. The Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts organized the event. Call (312) 436-2789 or log on to www.kalapriya.org/events.
The park will host the Lakeside Bank Concert in the Park on Tuesday, July 20. A Night Out in the Park will feature a string quartet on Thursday, July 22. Toddlers, Tunes, & Turtles is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 5.
Call (312) 328-0821 for times and details.
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will host a small business e-expo online on Thursday, July 22. Log on to www.ChiSmallBizExpo.com for more information.
CHINATOWN SUMMER FAIR
The Chinatown Summer Fair,2200 S. Wentworth Ave., will be held Saturday, July 17, noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Wentworth Avenue at Cermak Road. This neighborhood street festival, sponsored by the Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation, will open with a lion dance procession at 12:30 p.m. Log on to www.ccc-foundation.org/summer-fair/ or call (312) 326-5320.
DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute counts 58 of its students among the 195 semifinalists in the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative Essay Contest.
The school is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.
The DuSable Museum of African American History will host DuSummer each Wednesday through Sunday on the Plaza of the DuSable Museum Roundhouse. Wednesdays are dedicated to DuJazz and Thursdays to DuDiaspora, featuring a mix of music exploring Latin and African rhythms during which guests are invited to dance. Fridays feature DuHouse, Chicago’s 1980s house music for underground club culture. On Saturdays, the museum will welcome DuComedy. Sundays will conclude each week’s offerings with a DuSteppin’ Day party, during which dancers and observers can put on their Sunday best and dance. The DuSable Museum is at 5700 S. Cottage Grove Ave. For more information, call (773) 947-0600 or visit www.dusablemuseum.org.
BIKE THE DRIVE
Fifth Third Bike the Drive, held by the Active Transportation Alliance, will offer nearly five hours of car-free biking on Lake Shore Drive on Sunday, Sept. 5. Register at 53bikethedrive.org.
FIESTA DEL SOL RETURNS
Fiesta del Sol will be held Thursday through Sunday, July 29 through Aug. 1, on Cermak Road between Ashland Avenue and Morgan Street. The festival celebrates Latino heritage and culture. This year, in addition to music, food, and carnival rides, the festival will provide COVID-19 vaccines. The event will run from 5 to 10 p.m. July 29, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 30 and 31, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 1. See www.fiestadelsol.org.
The following farmers markets are scheduled.
Green City Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 30, 115 S. Sangamon St.
Plant Chicago, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Nov. 13, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.
Prairie District, Thursdays, 4 to 8 p.m., through Sept. 30, 1936 S. Michigan Ave.
Printers Row, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Sept. 25, 632 S. Dearborn St.
The following food pantries provide groceries and meals to those who need them.
Chosen Tabernacle Full Gospel, 4310 S. Champlain Ave., Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m., (888) 834-9414.
Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., (773) 624-3185.
Hyde Park SDA Soup Kitchen, 4608 S. Drexel Blvd., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., (773) 373-2909.
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, 4242 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (773) 548-7500.
Kenwood UCC Soup Kitchen, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m., (773) 373-2861.
Operation Pull Grant Memorial, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m., (773) 285-5819.
4TH ON 53RD
The 4th on 53rd celebration will be held Monday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St.Enjoy music, jump rope demonstrations, arts, crafts, magic, bicycle decorations, a photo booth, and games. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OVENS FOR COMMUNITY
GE Appliances (GEA) partnered with nonprofit Kitchen Possible to provide GE Digital Air Fry 7-in-1 Toaster Ovens to 46 households in the Pilsen and East Garfield Park neighborhoods as part of GEA’s community engagement investments with nonprofit organizations and community partners who connect people with the resources they need to be successful. Kitchen Possible teaches weekly cooking lessons to young people ages eight through 12 in underserved Chicago neigshborhoods. For more on GEA, visit www.geappliancesco.com. For more on Kitchen Possible, log on to kitchenpossible.org.
GLESSNER HOUSE IN-PERSON EVENTS
Glessner House, located at 1800 S. Prairie Ave., has resumed in-person events. On Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m., take a walking tour of Chicago’s historic Prairie Avenue, including an interior visit to Second Presbyterian Church; tickets are $25. On Sunday, July 24, at 10 a.m., explore the history and architecture of Chicago’s Motor Row along South Michigan Avenue; tickets are $20. On Wednesday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m., enjoy a concert in the courtyard performed by Wayne Messmer; tickets are $15. For more information and to buy tickets, visit glessnerhouse.org.
Goodman Theatre will present Sones de México Ensemble’s Zulema in two local parks, with free admission for all. In the story, set thousands of miles from her home in Chiapas, Mexico, the title character, Zulema, goes on a musical journey to Chicago. The production runs through Saturday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. at Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St., and Sunday, Aug. 15, at 3 p.m., 1824 S. Wood St. For information, log on to www.goodmantheatre.org.
Grant Park Advisory Council meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. This month’s meeting will be held July 21. To register, go to www.facebook.com/ChicagoGPAC/?modal=admin_todo_tour.
GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Grant Park Music Festival is a free outdoor classical music series of summer concerts in Millennium Park. Concerts run from Friday, July 2, through Saturday, Aug. 21. Reservations are needed for all seating and can be made online or by phone. All seats are free of charge. For a complete schedule of performance dates, music, visiting artists, and updated health and safety requirements, log on to www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/music/2021-season.
IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH
Immersive Van Gogh by Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago in the Germania Club Building, 108 W. Germania Pl., allows visitors to transport fully into Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces such as Starry Night, Sunflowers, and the Bedroom of Arles, with large-scale projections that animate every inch of the architecture, along with music, storytelling, and the opportunity to lie down in a socially distant circle with a pillow to take it all in. Call (844) 307-4644.
The Biden Administration has opened HealthCare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act, through Sunday, Aug. 15, so all Americans can sign up for health insurance.
The Hyde Park Art Center is presenting the Metamorphosis of Gabriel Villa and a related virtual artist talk. This exhibition introduces the artist’s new direction in installation and clay sculpture and is available for in-person viewing from now through Saturday, July 17. Advance registration is required via Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-metamorphosis-of-gabriel-villa-artist-talk-tickets-150122730127. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Call (773) 324-5520.
Illinois Humanities is accepting applications for COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants. More than $1 million in funding has been made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 through the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, will provide general operating support for humanities nonprofits as well as humanities-based project grants. Nonprofit organizations with annual budgets of $2 million or less are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Thursday, July 15. To apply, go to https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=ihc. For a 1 p.m. information session on Wednesday, June 9, email email@example.com.
An Indonesian Independence Day ceremony will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. under the auspices of the Indonesian Diaspora Network-USA. Enjoy a flag raising, color guards, gamelan and angklung music, and dance performances at the Daley Center Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROPERTY TAX IMPROVEMENTS
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi will implement two changes to the tax code to extend auto-renewals for property tax exemptions for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities and to expand incentives for affordable housing providers. HB 3289 extends property tax renewal exemptions for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities; in prior years, homeowners had to file forms online or through the mail to receive these exemptions. HB 2621 expands housing options for low-income households by reducing the tax liability for those who provide affordable housing. For information, log on to www.cookcountyassessor.com.
Lollapalooza will be held in Hutchinson Field in Grant Park. The four-day music festival runs Thursday, July 29, through Sunday, Aug. 1, on eight stages with more than 170 American and international bands highlighting “alternative” rock, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, and electronica. Lollapalooza will feature interactive areas with giveaways, merchandise, a food court, and the Kidzapalooza mini-fest for children running parallel to the main concerts and offering parents and youngsters the opportunity to catch family-friendly music. Go to www.lollapalooza.com/.
GOVERNMENT DEBT TOOL
Property owners can find out what portion of local government debt falls on them, thanks to a new online tool created by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. To see the new calculations, property owners can visit cookcountytreasurer.com and click the purple box on the homepage and search for their addresses and see their local debt burdens compared to home value in both dollar and percentage amounts.
OUR LADY OF THE HOLY FAMILY NEWS
Our Lady of the Holy Family, 1334 W. Flournoy St., holds Sunday Masses at 9 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish. Saturday evening Mass is at 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, evening Mass is at 6 p.m.
New for the summer and fall is a special Sunday evening Mass at 6 p.m. in the parish’s garden.
Praying the Rosary begins at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. Adoration/Holy Hour and Confessions begins at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. Tuesday through Thursday Masses are at 8 a.m. in the chapel at 1335 W. Harrison St.
Reservations required for weekend services, or go online to participate in Masses virtually.
Call (312) 243-7400, email email@example.com or log on to www.olhfchi.org.
SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
At the Chicago Catholic League Track and Field Championships, Saint Ignatius College Prep senior Malcom Bevans jumped 14.61 meters to win the event and break a 33-year-old league record.
The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Log on to www.ignatius.org or call (312) 421-5900.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will hold a virtual retreat, Praying with Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 24.
For more information, visit ourladyofpompeii.org or Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine on Facebook.
The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757.
The community group South Loop Chamber of Commerce has moved from its previous location at 3538 S. Halsted St. The new location is 1029 W. 35th St., 60609, in the Zhou B Art Center. To visit, turn into the driveway east of the building and park in the back. Follow the ramp on the west side of the building and ring the bell for entry. Call (773) 254-7225 or log on to southloopchamberofcommerce.com.
The Windy City Smokeout,featuring musicians Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley, will be held outside the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Thursday through Sunday, July 8 through 11. See windycitysmokout.com.
Send news of events held “around the neighborhood” by the 15th of the month before the month they are to occur to William S. Bike, Around the Neighborhood, Gazette Chicago, 1335 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-3318, fax (312) 243-4270, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.