By William S. Bike
FUNDS FOR ROBERTS CHURCH
The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced its support for projects totaling $3 million that will help preserve African American landmarks including Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, 4021 S. State St.Emmett Till’s murder at the hands of two white men catalyzed the Civil Rights Movement, and Roberts Temple is significant for its association with Mamie Till Mobley and Emmett Till as the site of Till’s 1955 funeral. The funds will cover critical structural stabilization for the 1922 church. Visit www.savingplaces.org/actionfund for more information.
FESTIVAL OF LIFE
The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life will be held in Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12. See internationalfestivaloflife.com.
Armour Square Park,3309 S. Shields Ave., will show the movie The Croods: A New Age at dusk on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Call (312) 747-6012.
ART OF BANKSY
An exhibition of more than 80 of his works at 360 N. State St. will honor street artist Banksy starting Saturday, Aug. 14, and running through Sunday, Oct. 31. Ticket prices start at $39.99. Log on to banksyexhibit.com for more information.
The Chicago Architecture Center has a new exhibit, Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture, in its Skyscraper Gallery featuring several scale models of Jahn’s most notable designs, including the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. The center is at 111 E. Wacker Dr. Call (224) 715-0387 or log on to architecture.org.
Mary Bartelme Park,115 S. Sangamon St., will show the movie Clueless at dusk on Saturday, Aug. 28. Call (312) 746-5494.
CHICAGO BASEBALL MONTH
Chicago Baseball Month kicks off Friday, Aug. 6. In collaboration with Chicago baseball leaders, including founder, president, and former Major League Baseball All-Star Curtis Granderson, the Chicago Baseball and Education Foundation will bring children throughout the city together for a citywide youth baseball tournament. The month also holds training workshops, skill competitions, a celebrity 16” softball game, and a chance to meet Chicago baseball celebrities. Events will occur throughout August. For the full lineup or to register, log on to www.chicagobaseballmonth.org/.
The Chicago Cubs Charities Cubs Scholars program provides $20,000 scholarships for college. Incoming scholars for this year include local student Jennifer Vergara from Jones College Prep. Log on to www.mlb.com/cubs/community/cubs-charities.
NURSE CONSORTIUM NEWS
The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium helps foreign-educated nurses attain licensure in Illinois.
National Council Licensure Examination predictor tests are available to demonstrate probability of passing the nursing exam.
The organization’s website at www.chicagobilingualnurse.org also lists jobs available for nurses. For more information, call (773) 838-1870.
CHICAGO WOMEN’S PARK NEWS
Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens will host a Star Party from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13; free yoga on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7:15 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 28, at 11:15 a.m.; and Chicago Architectural Center story time from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The Star Party will feature astronomy, outdoor games and activities, and marshmallows roasted over an open fire.
The park’s advisory council will meet at the field house at 6:45 p.m. on the Tuesdays of Aug. 24, Oct. 6, and Dec. 7.
The park is at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. Call (312) 328-0821.
The City of Chicago will host Night Out in the Parks, bringing hundreds of diverse and unique cultural events to neighborhood parks. Log on to NightOutInTheParks.com.
The City announced a new Equitable Transit-Oriented Development pilot program to support community-driven projects that promote healthy, affordable, and accessible development near transit. A selection committee of City staff, community groups, developers, and other experts will review and identify pilots and make selections through a two-round application process. Get applications at www.chi.gov/etod.
Any Chicagoan can request an in-home vaccination for coronavirus (COVID-19) by calling the City of Chicago at (312) 746-4835. Or, find out where to get vaccinated from the State of Illinois by calling (833) 621-1284 or logging on to https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/.
DE LA SALLE NEWS
De La Salle Institute has named Jason Davidson as head wrestling coach. He also teaches applied sciences and formerly was assistant coach.
The school is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355 or log on to www.dls.org.
Donovan Playground Park,3620 S. Lituanica Ave., will show the movie Hocus Pocus at dusk on Thursday, Sept. 9. Call (312) 747-6012.
DRAGON BOAT RACE
The annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St., is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28. A family activity run by Chicago’s Chinatown of Commerce, the race promotes Asian culture and helps neighborhood literacy programs. Log on to www.chicagochinatown.org or call (312) 326-5320.
Epiphany Center for the Arts will host the exhibition Thresholds-Identity: Perspectives on Y(OUR)selves through Sunday, Sept. 12. Opening reception Friday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Center is at 201 S. Ashland Ave. Call (312) 421-4600.
FEAST OF ST. ROCCO
The procession and feast of St. Rocco will be held on Sunday, Aug. 15, at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 W. Alexander St. in conjunction with the Society of San Rocco Di Simbario. The procession will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. After the procession and benediction, there will be a meal. For more information, call (312) 842-6777.
Glessner House,1800 S. PrairieAve., has reopened for tours. Advance tickets are required. Tour dates are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and at 1 and 2:30 p.m.
Glessner house will host the movie In Old Chicago about the Great Chicago Fire and the O’Leary family on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person or $8 for members.
Go to www.glessnerhouse.org for tour schedules, programming, and lectures.
GOLD COAST ART FAIR
The Gold Coast Art Fair will be held on Butler Field in Grant Park, south Lake Shore Drive at east Monroe Street, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Log on to amdurproductions.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 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.
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 [email protected]
Andrew Jackson Language Academy student Senade Sodji was a winner at the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals competition. Sodji invented the Solisquito Cap, which uses a solar powered light affixed to a hat that includes mosquito netting to allow the wearer to enjoy light as well as safety from dangerous insects. Sodji had advanced from the Chicago Student Invention Convention. For information, log on to www.chicagoinnovation.com.
McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave., will show the movie The Goonies at dusk on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Call (312) 747-6497.
Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) secured $80,000 in federal funding for a McKinley Park business incubator. The 36Squared Business Incubator, 3636 S. Iron St., will use the funds to continue and expand services to small businesses.
For information, log on to http://newman.house.gov.
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.
OLHF now offers a Friday Food Pantry for area residents facing food shortage challenges. Contact the parish office to register.
Call (312) 243-7400, email [email protected] or log on to www.olhfchi.org.
Park No. 571,2754 S. Eleanor St., will show the movie Onward at dusk on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Call (312) 823-9135.
PRINTER’S ROW ART FESTIVAL
The Printer’s Row Art Festival, 701 S. Dearborn St., will run Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held on Dearborn Street from Polk to Harrison Streets, the festival offers a buying opportunity for art lovers of all ages. See art in all price points by painters, street artists, jewelers, upcycling artists, artisans of all kinds, photographers, and mixed media artists. Area restaurants and bars will serve up their Chicago specialties. Go to https://amdurproductions.com/event/2021-printers-row-art-fest/ to make reservations.
SAINT IGNATIUS NEWS
Saint Ignatius College Prep will hold its Tolton Society Summer Soiree on Friday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m., during which the school will honor alumnus and noted ESPN sports commentator Michael R. Wilbon, Class of 1976.
The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Log on to www.ignatius.org or call (312) 421-5900.
St. Jerome Croatian Parish,2823 S. Princeton Ave., will host Velika Gospa on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The festival includes Masses (7:30 and 9 a.m. and noon) and a procession, Croatian food (barbecued lamb and pig, cevapcici, raznici, and fritule), drinks, games for kids, a raffle ($20,000 to be awarded at 10 p.m.), bingo, and live music. Call (312) 842-1871 or log on to www.stjeromecroatian.org/.
Sheridan Park,910 S. Aberdeen St., will show the movie The Karate Kid at dusk on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Call (312) 746-5369.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii will host a Prayer Walk with Mary, the Mother of God on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Arrigo Park, across the street from the shrine. Enjoy Scripture, prayer, stories, and poetry. Register by Wednesday, Aug. 18.
The Italian festa Unwine Under the Stars, the shrine’s fundraiser, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, at CineCity Studios, 2429 W. 14th St. Email [email protected]
The shrine is at 1224 W. Lexington St. Call (312) 421-3757 or log on to www.ourladyofpompeii.org.
Come out for the Summer Smash hip-hop music festival at the Douglass Park Golf Course, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave., Friday through Sunday, Aug. 20 through 22. See starevents.com.
TASTE OF GREEKTOWN
Taste of Greektown runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27 through 29, on the 300 block of south Halsted Street between Van Buren and Adams Streets. Times are Friday and Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Food and spirits from neighborhood eateries will again offer the main attraction, complemented by plenty of music by Greek bands and entertainment such as games for both kids and families. Log on to https://chicagoevents.com/events/taste-of-greektown/.
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., will host three music festivals.
The Ruido Music Festival will runFriday through Sunday, Aug. 20 through 22, and spotlight Latin alternative music. Log on to https://ruidofest.com/.
The ARC Music Festival happens Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5, with house music and a new immersive dance music event. Log onto http://arcmusicfestival.com for the artist lineup.
The Pitchfork Music Festival will run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 10 through 12, to showcase up and coming music from around the world along with special performances from touring legends. For more information, go to https://pitchforkmusicfestival.com.
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.
The Chicago Department of Public Health is hosting multiple coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination special events across the city. Anyone age 12 and older can get vaccinated. All COVID-19 vaccines are free, and no insurance or ID is required. See the full list of special vaccine events at www.chicago.gov/vaxcalendar.
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.
Grant Park Advisory Council meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. This month’s meeting will be held Aug. 18. To register, go to www.facebook.com/ChicagoGPAC/?modal=admin_todo_tour.
MEALS FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students with disabilities now have access to free breakfast and lunch, thanks to a class action lawsuit filed by Legal Council for Health Justice and Disability Rights Advocates, challenging the CPS policy of denying free breakfast and lunch to its students whose disabilities require them to attend non-public schools. For information, call (312) 605-1957.
FIGHT OPIOID ABUSE
Malcolm X College invites individuals to become community health workers to help fight the opioid crisis. Using a $2.1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the college launched the Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program to bring care and relief to neighborhoods most affected by opioid use disorder. The University of Illinois Chicago Department of Disability and Human Development is partnering in this four-year initiative. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register for the program, visit www.ccc.edu/opioid.
LIGHT OF TRUTH
The Oakwood Shores Working Group unveiled The Light of Truth: Ida B. Wells Monument, the first monument in Chicago honoring an African American woman, on June 30. The sculpture, commissioned by the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee, a subcommittee of the group, provides a permanent monument at 37th Street and Langley Avenue, where the Ida B. Wells Homes once stood. For more information, contact committee chair Anthony Rogers at [email protected] or [email protected]
CRIME VICTIM HELP
Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced a new statewide automated victim notification system, Illinois VINE (Victim Information and Notifications Everyday), which will allow survivors of violent crime and their families to search offenders’ custody status more easily as well as access support services and advocacy organizations. Call (866) 5-NOTIFY (866-566-8439) or visit VINELink.com. Individuals affected by a violent crime can call Raoul’s Crime Victims Assistance Line at (800) 228-3368.
Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-1st), chair of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced that the Chicago Transit Authority will receive $6,988,646 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration to purchase battery electric buses and charging equipment, upgrade its South Side bus depot, and provide workforce training. For more information, call (202) 716-6365.
Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez moved his office to 2100 W. Cermak Rd. Call (773) 523-4100 or email [email protected]
Save the date for the South Loop Chamber of Commerce fundraiser at its annual party at Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., Thursday, Sept. 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, contact Colleen Mancari at [email protected]
Governor JB Pritzker signed the TEAACH Act (Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History) into law in July. The bill will make Illinois the first state to require public elementary and high schools to teach a unit of Asian American history. Asian Americans Advancing Justice promoted the bill. Call (312) 307-0840 for more information.
The I PROMOTE-IL Project at the University of Illinois at Chicago is working with StoryCenter to support birthing persons and their families in sharing their stories related to experiences of complications and challenges during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Challenges can include physical conditions, chronic disease management, delivery complications, mental health conditions, and coping with substance use. The project is recruiting birthing persons to attend a virtual digital storytelling workshop online over four weeks, which includes five two-hour group sessions and three individual sessions from Monday, Aug. 9, through Thursday, Sept. 2. For more information, contact Abby Holicky at [email protected]
The West Central Association Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event at Time Out Market, 916 W. Fulton Market, Wednesday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m. For information, call (312) 902-4922.
The Catholic Charities call center helps callers with a variety of needs and connects them toprograms within Catholic Charities or other agencies.
The organization offers meals to go at St. Vincent Center, 721 N. LaSalle St., Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. No pre-registration required.
Catholic Charities operates several food pantries.
A counseling/support hotline is available at (312) 948-6951. Catholic Charities also offers professional counseling at (312) 644-7725.
Log on to catholiccharities.net, call (312) 655-7700, or email [email protected]
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.
GWTP JOB TRAINING
Greater West Town Partnership, 500 N. Sacramento Blvd.,offers job placement and training programs in wood products manufacturing and shipping and receiving. Call (312) 563-9570.
HRHotSeat Chicagois a free monthly online meetup of more than 1,600 human resources practitioners, service providers, students, and Chicago-area professionals in job transition who come together to expand networks and solve problems. Visit www.HRHotSeat.com or email [email protected] for a calendar of upcoming events.
All expired Illinois driver’s licenses and identification cards will remain valid until Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, according to Secretary of State Jesse White. For more information, go to cyberdriveillinois.com.
State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) championed a newly signed law that will ensure the State fully implements the Equal Pay Act. Hunter’s Senate Bill 1847 strengthened Illinois’s Equal Pay Act application submission dates and compliance requirements. The General Assembly earlier had passed Senate Bill 1480, part of the Black Caucus’s Economic Access, Equity, and Opportunity Pillar, which created an Equal Pay Registration Certificate requirement for businesses with more than 100 employees in Illinois. For more information, call (312) 949-1908.
The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers encourages people to give blood. Contact Vitalant at www.vitalant.org or (877) 258-4835 to schedule a donation time. For more information, log on to www.illlinoisbloodcenters.com.
LADIES OF VIRTUE
Ladies of Virtue,1245 S. Michigan Ave., (877) 565-7121, provides mentoring and leadership and empowering experiences, including help with school applications, for girls ages nine through 18 from underserved communities. Log on to lovchicago.org.
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].