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., Tuesday, Nov. 7; Friday, Nov. 10; and the Tuesdays of Nov. 14, 28, and Dec. 5 and 12.
Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr., Wednesday, Nov. 8.
HISTORY OF SOUTH LOOP
Bar Louie,47 W. Polk St., will host a History of the South Loop presentation by Dennis McClendon on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Call (312) 872-4550.
ART CENTER NEWS
The Bridgeport Art Center,1200 W. 35th St., will have its POP!Art exhibition Friday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Dec. 15. Log on to bridgeportart.com.
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.
The Chicago Board of Elections needs election judges and election coordinators for the Tuesday, March 19, election. Log on to pollworker.chicagoelections.gov.
If you have a health-related issue you would like Gazette Chicago to cover as part of its Chicago HealthText series of articles, text (773) 969-9443 and let us know what you want us to write about.
Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens is hosting Hulatics fitness classes Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through March 24, 2024. Log on to www.hulatics.com. Jazzercise classes are Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Log on to https://www.jazzercise.com/location/chicago-women-s-park-garden. The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave.
Church of the Holy Family will host Saint Ignatius College Prep’s choir and orchestra concert on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.All are welcome to attend this annual event featuring classic Christmas selections and new favorites performed by more than 100 student musicians in the chorale, treble choir, and bella voce choral groups and the chamber orchestra and symphony orchestras. Admission is free and parking is available in the Roosevelt and Racine lot. The church is at 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 492-8442.
HEATING REPAIR PROGRAM
The City of Chicago Emergency Heating Repair Program provides grants to assist owner-occupants of properties with emergency heating system repair or replacement. Call (312) 744-3653 to request an application.
Columbia College will present a musical about three sailors on leave in On the Town,7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 10 through 18, at the Getz Theatre Center, 72 E. 11th St.
A lecture on photography is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave.
Trumpeter Russell Gunn will perform on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase at 806 S. Plymouth Ct.
For information, log on to www.colum.edu.
Thirty-Fourth Ward Alderman Bill Conway will offer a vaccination clinic at the Sheridan Park Fieldhouse,, 910 S. Aberdeen St., Monday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flu and COVID shots will be available. Register at https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/7xktx/1555194/.
DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute will hold a prospective student information session at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, and a parent information session and tour on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m. A high school entrance exam is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to dls.org.
Donovan Park,3620 S. Lituanica Ave., hosts arts classes for both youngsters and adults. Call (312) 747-6111.
11TH WARD EVENTS
The 11th Ward Office will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Ave. Reservations preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Log on to https://tinyurl.com/3x4vns9h. Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at McKeon Park, 3548 S. Wallace St.
FREE NURSE VISITS
Family Connects Chicago provides a free in-home nurse visit to families who deliver babies at Mount Sinai Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, St. Anthony Hospital, and the University of Chicago Hospital. Log on to www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/onechifam/home/family-wellness/family-connects.html.
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Feedspot.com selected Gazette Chicago as one of the top 40 Chicago magazines, ranking it as number 27. See https://blog.feedspot.com/chicago_magazines/.
Green City Market West Loop, 115 S. Sangamon St., is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 18.
GLESSNER HOUSE NEWS
Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., will offer a program about Chicago’s two world’s fairs on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. Several collectors of fair memorabilia will display their items from 2 to 3:15 p.m., after which collectors will share about their two favorite objects and the stories behind them. The cost is $15 per person. The house will be decorated for Christmas from Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Saturday, Dec. 30, interpreting how the Glessner family celebrated the holiday in their home in the late 19th century. Guided tours are offered on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit glessnerhouse.org or call (312) 326-1480.
Half Sour Restaurant,755 S. Clark St., is hosting a food drive for non-perishable items between now and Sunday, Dec. 3, to benefit the Englewood community. For information, call (312) 224-1772.
NEW LAW PROTECTS SNAP
A law written by State Rep. Sonya M. Harper (D-6th) assures a stepped-up response to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) theft, as it requires the State to collect data on SNAP theft and create reports to enable the General Assembly to craft more effective legislation around the problem.
The Heritage Museum of Asian Art,3500 S. Morgan St., offers third Friday tours at 6:30 p.m. This month’s tour will be Friday, Nov. 17. Log on to www.heritageasianart.org.
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 Nov. 16 and Dec. 21. Log on to https://tinyurl.com/LGBHCLSC.
Jones College Prep,700 S. State St.,has hired Kerry Dolan, an assistant principal at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep on the South Side, as its new principal.
LYRIC OPERA SHOWS
Lyric Opera of Chicago,20 N. Wacker Dr., will present The Daughter of the Regiment Saturday, Nov. 4, through Saturday, Nov. 25, and Jenufa Sunday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 26. Call (312) 827-5600 or log on to lyricopera.org.
Help migrants by dropping off gently used coats, winter boots, hats, and other outerwear at 2001 S. Throop St. For more information, email [email protected] or text (786) 512-5259.
Merit School of Music will offer free instrument exploration workshops Sunday, Nov. 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and the Saturdays of Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teachers will introduce youngsters to violin, cello, piano, and guitar. Merit is at 38 S. Peoria St. Call (312) 786-9428.
Music of the Baroque will perform music by Bologne, Handel, Haydn, Hummel, and Mozart on Monday, Nov. 20, at Harris Theatre, 205 E. Randolph St. Call (312) 551-1414 or log on to baroque.org.
HELLENIC MUSEUM NEWS
The National Hellenic Museum is hosting the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s centennial exhibit Legacy, Renewal, & Unity: Celebrating 100 Years of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. The museum is at 333 S. Halsted St. Call (312) 655-1234 or log on to https://nationalhellenicmuseum.org/.
OBSERVANCES AND HOLIDAYS
November observances and holidays include: End of daylight savings time, Sunday, Nov. 5; Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11; beginning of Diwali, a Hindu, Jain, and Sikh holiday, Sunday, Nov. 12; and Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23.
Francis W. Parker School urges parents to apply for their children’s entry to junior kindergarten through grade 12 by Friday, Dec. 1. There also will be an open house Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. for ninth through 12th graders. The school is at 330 W. Webster St. Log on to fwpaker.org/apply.
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.
FOOD PANTRY MOVES
The Pilsen Food Pantry bought a former YMCA building at 2124 S. Ashland Ave. and has relocated there from its former 1850 S. Throop St. location. Call (773) 812-3150.
RANDOLPH ST. MARKET
The Randolph Street Market will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, at 1341 W. Randolph St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Log on to randolphstreetmarket.com.
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 email@example.com, or call (312) 896-1910 for more information.
SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
Saint Ignatius College Prep,1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., will host its annual eighth grade boys basketball tournament from noon to 7 p.m. on the third floor of Gentile Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 11. For more information log on to www.ignatius.org or call (312) 421-5900.
ST. PETER’S CHURCH NEWS
The following events will take place at St. Peter’s Church in the Loop, 110 W. Madison St. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. attend a personal finance discussion by professional financial consultant Josh Quail in the church lower level. A Veterans Day Mass and reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, at 1:15 p.m. followed by a reception; all veterans, family, and friends are invited, and several veteran support groups will attend the reception to provide information. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Rev. Tony Posadas, OFM will present Catholic Weddings Q & A. For information call (312) 853-2376 or log on to stpetersloop.org.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a food drive after the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Nov. 12. For information, email [email protected] or call (312) 421-3757, ext. 310. The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St.
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Taller de Jose,which provides bilingual assistance for dealing with government and other services, has hired a new executive director, Esmeralda Zepeda, former director of programs for St. Joseph Services. Taller de Jose is at 2831 W. 24th Blvd. Call (773) 523-8320.
Works by Beirut- and London-based artist Dala Nasser in an exhibition called Adonis River are on display through Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall, 4th floor. Call (773) 702-8670 or log on to renaissancesociety.org.
University of Illinois Chicago student Luis Eduardo Sanchez hosts a new radio show, Radio Fuego, playing Mexican music, on the UIC radio station from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Tune in online at https://radio.uic.edu/.
Local resident Jeffrey Hong recently was named to the President’s List for Georgia State University.
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].