You I See at UIC so SAVE THE DATES!!!

MC910221023_AOne of the areas that Connecting4Communities is working on is to reach out to our UIC neighbor, as they have reached out to us, to build a real residential university community through a partnership between our neighborhoods and UIC.  We will have some wonderful events coming up this year and would like you to mark your calendars now.  Barbara Risman and Ryan Pitak, our UIC Interest Group leaders have been involved with getting these events set up.  More information will be forthcoming from them.

On the basketball scene the UIC men’s basketball team is having an exciting season and there is so much energy at the Pavilion (Racine and Harrison) while watching a game.  Starting on January 2 there will be 8 home games left and expect them to be wild!  For a community discount of $8/game you will have the time of your life.  (Kids under 3 years of age are FREE).  All you need to do is call Ryan Pitak at 312.413.1911 at least 24 hours in advance to purchase your seats!  Check out their schedule at this link.

SAVE the DATE!  On SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (time is still to be determined, but should be in the afternoon) C4C is proud to sponsor the  JOE ESPOSITO UIC COMMUNITY DAY at the Pavilion to watch the ESPN Bracket Buster game.  This is a game that gets decided late in the year against a team with a similar record.  We are hoping for a blockbuster game and the top 8 match ups are put on ESPN, ESPN2 and various other TV outlets.  Tickets for this game will be only $5 with kids under 3 years of age FREE.  Call Ryan Pitak at 312.413.1911 at least 24 hours in advance to purchase your tickets.  At this game we will be honoring the late Joe Esposito, a long time resident of Little Italy, huge community supporter and a lover of UIC basketball.  Joe would have been so excited to see what we are accomplishing in our community so please save the date and let’s all honor him.

SAVE the DATE!  On MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 the UIC Music Department will be hosting a UIC HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ  FESTIVAL for big bands and combos from 8:30 am -5 pm at the Student Center East (720 S Halsted).  At 7 pm there will be an EVENING JAZZ CONCERT with special guest Miguel Zenon, a multiple Grammy nominee saxophonist, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, and the UIC Jazz Ensemble.  C4C will be inviting our community to join us at this concert.  Check out Miguel at and the music department offerings at

The UIC Theatre Department is a hidden gem that we want our community to discover!  Their 2012/2013 season has 2 shows running in February/March and in April.  The theatre is at 1040 West Harrison, just west of Morgan.  More information about their schedule can be found at

SAVE the DATE!  On SATURDAY, APRIL 20 at 7 pm C4C will be sponsoring a COMMUNITY UIC THEATRE NIGHT and we will enjoy The Time of Your Life, a play by William Saroyan.  The play is directed by Yaseen Peyankove, a Joseph Jefferson award ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Associate Professor and Director of Theatre Studies at UIC Theatre of the Performing Arts.

We look forward to a huge community turnout to show our support for all the wonderful things that UIC has to offer us. They are our neighbor, right here for all of us  to take advantage of and to also show off to our friends.  YOU I SEE at UIC.  Please mark your calendars and I look forward to seeing you there!