By William S. Bike
Free admission is available at the:
Adler Planetarium,1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., every Wednesday after 4 p.m.
DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center,740 E. 56th Pl., every Wednesday.
Field Museum, 1400 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Monday, Oct. 9; the Tuesdays of Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 31 and Nov. 7; Friday, Nov. 10; and the Tuesdays of Nov. 14 and 28 and Dec. 5 and 12.
Museum of Science and Industry,5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Monday, Oct. 9, and the Wednesdays of Nov. 1 and 8.
Shedd Aquarium,1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in October for Illinois residents.
HELPING YOUNG WOMEN
The Alzenia Project, a nonprofit that supports organizations focused on women, held a fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 28. One of the organizations it raised money for is Polished Pebbles, which helps African-American and Latinx tween and teen girls become effective communicators through mentoring and career readiness initiatives. For the Alzenia Project, log on to www.alzeniaproject.org/. For Polished Pebbles, located at 3700 S. Iron St., log on to polishedpebbles.com or call (773) 340-2140.
CLUB NAME CHANGE
The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago at 3400 S. Emerald Ave., formerly the Louis L. Valentine Boys & Girls Club, now is the Bartlett J. McCartin Club. McCartin is a former chair of the BGCC board of directors. The club also has a new welcome center thanks to board member Kevin Boyle. For more information, call (773) 927-7373.
The Canaryville Library,642 W. 43rd St., hosts story time for youngsters age five and younger and their caregivers on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call (312) 747-0644.
OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO
The Chicago Architecture Center will host Open House Chicago (OHC) Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13 to 15. The free event will feature more than 170 locations across more than 20 Chicago neighborhoods. OHC is an architecture and design festival that allows people to visit architecturally significant sites across the city, many of which normally are closed to the public. The event will begin Friday, Oct.13, with a kickoff party at CAC, where visitors can experience the exhibits for free. The rest of the weekend will feature self-guided tours across the city’s diverse neighborhoods, allowing OHC participants to experience Chicago’s architectural history firsthand. For more information, visit https://openhousechicago.org/.
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OPEN HOUSE, MASSES
The Chicago Architecture Center and Open House Chicago have chosen Church of the Holy Family to welcome visitors at an open house on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15.
All are invited to join Church of the Holy Family and the Saint Ignatius College Prepcommunity at Masses on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 8:10 a.m. (All Saint’s Mass) and Friday, Nov. 3, at 8:10 a.m. (First Friday Mass, followed by coffee hour). For information email [email protected] or call (312) 492-8442, ext. 3. The church is at 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Job Fairs will be held at City Colleges of Chicago’s Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., on Saturday, Oct. 21, and at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake St., on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.
RECYCLING AND SHREDDING
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office will host a prescription drug take back, electronic recycling, and shredding day Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at 3400 S. Shields Ave.
COOK COUNTY RECONNECT
Cook County has launched Cook County Reconnect: Rental Assistance and Services for Returning Residents. The County has designated $23 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding for this initiative, which provides rental assistance and services to residents returning to Cook County from periods of incarceration. Log on to CookCountyIL.gov/JACReentry.
DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute will have an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and a prospective student information session from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26.
De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to dls.org.
DEPAUL ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN
DePaul University has announced capital fundraising campaigns for new interdisciplinary institutes and athletics facilities. The university will create three institutes related to poverty, environmental sustainability, and artificial intelligence. For more information, call (312) 362-7128.
Donovan Park,3620 S. Lituanica Ave., hosts arts classes for both youngsters and adults. Call (312) 747-6111.
Farmer at the Green 320,320 S. Canal St., https://thegreenat320southcanal.com/, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 24. Green City Market West Loop,115 S. Sangamon St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 18. Growing Solutions Farm,2200 W. Campbell Park Dr., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, through Oct. 10. Illinois Tech Farmer’s Market, 3421 S. State St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 21. Maxwell Street Market,800 S. Desplaines St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 29. Pilsen Community Market,1821 S. Blue Island Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30. South Loop Farmers Market Printers Row,1201 S. Michigan Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 14.
Girls 4 Science will host a fundraiser honoring Ngozi Ezike, president and CEO of Sinai Chicago, at its Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fundraising event Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Ausmus Gallery Morton Arts Complex, 3622 S. Morgan St. Log on to www.eventbrite.com/e/girls-4-science-women-in-stem-fundraiser-tickets-705431403317?aff=oddtdtcreator.
GLESSNER HOUSE NEWS
Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, will host A Theater in the Dark’s first staged readings of Rick Kinnebrew’s new play, The White City: An Audible Exhibition on H. H. Holmes, Murderer on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, with performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Shadows on the Street: Haunted Tours of Historic Prairie Avenue will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27 and 28, with tours every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. The 35th annual Edgar Allan Poe Readings, presented by Lifeline Theater, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Purchase tickets online at glessnerhouse.org. For more information, call (312) 326-1480.
Goodman Theatre through Sunday, Oct. 15, is featuring The Nacirema Society,a comedy about African-American debutantes. The theatre is at 120 N. Dearborn St. Call (3121) 443-3810.
The Chicago Police invite all to participate in a community conversation to create a 2024 strategic plan for the 1st Police District at Willow Creek Community Church, 1347 S. State St., Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. For information log on to chicagopolice.org/convo or call (312) 745-4381.
The Lugenia Burns Hope Center will offer free online training on how to be a local school council member at 6 p.m. on the Thursdays of Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 21. Log on to https://tinyurl.com/LGBHCLSC.
The Illinois Institute of Technology has launched four online degree programs on the learning platform Coursera: Bachelor of Information Technology, Master of Business Administration, Master of Data Science, and Master of Information Technology. For more information, call Illinois Tech at (312) 567-3000 or log on to www.iit.edu/.
GALA AND AWARD DINNER
The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago Midwest will hold its gala and award dinner Saturday, Oct. 21, at CineCity Studios, 2429 W. 14th St., at 6 p.m. The event will honor Joe Perillo, owner of the Perillo Auto Group, and Bill Terlato, president and CEO of Terlato Wines International. Call (312) 553-9137, ext. 105.
COLUMBUS DAY PARADE
The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans invites everyone to join in the 2023 Columbus Day Parade on Monday, Oct. 9, on State Street, beginning at Wacker Drive at noon and heading to Van Buren Street. Events will begin at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1244 W. Lexington St., with a 9 a.m. Mass followed by a procession to Arrigo Park, 801 S. Loomis St., for a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Italian American veterans.
Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr., will perform The Flying Dutchman on Saturday, Oct. 7. For information call (312) 827-5600 or log on to lyricopera.org.
The Chicago Public Schools have renamed the former McClellan School at 3527 S. Wallace St. Minnie Minoso Academy.Minoso was a former Chicago White Sox star.
OBSERVANCES AND HOLIDAYS
October observances and holidays are: Italian American Heritage and Culture Month, all month; Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day, Monday, Oct. 9; Boss’s Day, Monday, Oct. 16; Sweetest Day, Saturday, Oct. 21; Dussehra (Hindu holiday), Tuesday, Oct. 24; Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Music of the Baroque will perform Viva Vivaldi!on Monday, Oct. 16 , at Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St.. Call (312) 551-1414 or log on to baroque.org.
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 11:30 a.m. in Spanish, as well as a Saturday evening Anticipatory Mass at 5 p.m. in English.
Mass is held at 6 p.m. in the church on Mondays followed by the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Confessions. Tuesday through Thursday Masses are at 8 a.m. in the chapel at 1335 W. Harrison St. On Friday, Mass is held in the church at 6 p.m., followed by Adoration and Confessions.
OLHF offers a Friday Food Pantry for area residents facing food shortages. Contact the parish office or just come to the pantry, located behind the church at 1334 W. Flournoy St., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.
The Obama Foundation awarded two students from local universities the Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service: Brandan Carroll, who attends DePaul University, where he studies communications and media, and Marnee Ostoa, studying sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Also, Voyager scholarships went to Haniyyah Thomas, studying public policy at UIC; Adrianna Pinzariu, studying computer science and cybersecurity at DePaul; Hamid Mohiuddin, studying clinical and behavioral health psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. For more information, call (817) 703-6419.
The Patient Rights Advocate organization honored Rush University Medical Center for its commitment to ensuring patients have access to prices upfront when shopping for healthcare. The Price Transparency Champion Awards recognize U.S. hospitals, hospital systems, and elected leaders for their leadership. For information, log on to www.patientrightsadvocate.org/.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community named several new board members: Ivan Man of HMC Realty Property Management/Century21 Realty Associates; attorney Abraham Matthew; Cat Sheih of the DEI Center of the American Bar Association; and Kathleen Yang-Clayton, a faculty member in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. CBCAC is located at 311 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 761-9738 or log on to https://cbcacchicago.org/.
Ping Tom Memorial Park,1700 S. Wentworth Ave.,is seeking volunteers to help pull weeds and pick up trash from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 14. Email [email protected] for more information.
The Revelation Machinery 2023 Manufacturing Scholarship is now open to all current or incoming college students enrolled full time in manufacturing or engineering programs. Revelation Machinery is a used computer numerical control, fabrication, and process equipment dealer. The submission deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 31. Visit https://revelationmachinery.com/manufacturing-scholarship to apply.
SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
Saint Ignatius College Prep will have an open house on Sunday, Nov. 12. The school is at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to www.ignatius.org/.
ST. JAMES NEWS
St. James Catholic Church, 2907 S. Wabash Ave., celebrates Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the church at 21 E. 29th St. Daily Mass Monday through Friday is celebrated at 7:30 a.m. in Tolton Chapel at the rectory at 2942 S. Wabash Ave. All Masses are available both in person and on Zoom. Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation are offered on the first Friday of every month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. in the rectory.
Visit the website at www.stjameswabash.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (312) 896-1910 for more information.
SAN MIGUEL NEWS
San Miguel School will hold its Magic in Monaco Casino Night on Friday, Oct. 20, 7 to 11 p.m. at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina St. Enjoy cocktails, food, music, dancing, and a raffle. Tickets are $250 each, and all proceeds go to the school. Log on to sanmiguelchicago.org/magicinmonaco.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host its annual Columbus Day Mass on Monday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m., followed by a wreath laying ceremony honoring Italian American war veterans at Arrigo Park, 801 S. Loomis St. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will participate. For information, email [email protected] or call (312) 421-3757, ext. 310. The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St.
South Loop Neighbors will host an Introduction to Pickleball and Mobility Session Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Grant Park Pickleball courts on the west side of Columbus Drive, just south of Ninth Street. Physio Partners Physical Therapist Jon Artus will conduct the mobility sessions. Call (312) 636-8968 or email [email protected].
The organization will host its annual Halloween costume pub crawl Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Call (312) 636-8968 or email [email protected].
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Taylor Street Farms invites all to aDay of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebration Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Taylor Street Farms at the corner of Ada and Arthingon Streets. View the beautiful displays or offerings (ofrenda) created by community members to honor loved ones who have died. Celebrate fall with family-friendly activities and enjoy fresh tamales and beverages. For information, email [email protected].
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 [email protected].