A lecture at UIC on “Planning the Future of Metropolitan Chicago” oct 21 at noon

The Future of Chicago Lecture Series
Monday, October 21, 2013
Randy Blankenhorn
Executive Direction, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
“Planning the Future of Metropolitan Chicago”
UIC Department of Political Science
UIC Honors College Leadership Series
UIC Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement
Location 230 SES Science and Engineering South
Fee Free

The Future of Chicago Lecture Series continues with Randy Blankenhorn, Exective Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

to speak on “Planning The Future of Metropolitan Chicago”  In Room 230 at the Science and Engineering Building (SEC) South, on Halsted. corner of Taylor.

October 21st at noon.

Posted by Barbara Risman, neighbor and UIC Professor

RE-THINKING SOUP:The State of School Lunch-History, Policy and Popular Imagination at UIC Hull House

RE-THINKING SOUP   The State of School Lunch-History, Policy and Popular Imagination  

TUES Oct 15 | 6-7 PM    at the Hull House, UIC Campus,  Halsted between Taylor and Harrison.

Museum open 1 hour before and after program.


Each day, 30.6 million students eat lunch through the National School Lunch Program. It is the largest public nutrition program for school-aged children. For the last 15 years school lunch has become a hotly contested issue- nutrition, food insecurity and child obesity squarely at the center of the local and national discussion. Everyone from Alice Waters, Ann Cooper-the Renegade Lunch Lady, chef Jamie Oliver, Michelle Obama, even comedian Sarah Silverman, have been asking how to make school lunch healthier and more sustainable.

In all the discussion, there are two groups that are often left out: the young people who eat the food and the “lunch ladies” who serve it. This week, during Re-Thinking Soup, we celebrate those voices as we open a new installation in Hull-House’s ongoing exhibition  “Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics.” We teamed up with Street Level Youth Media and asked young people to make dynamic multi-media documentary shorts examining the lunch ladies (and gentlemen) of Chicago.

Come for  a bowl of delicious soup and equally satisfying conversation as we probe the history of school lunch and imagine the next phase of social change around this critical topic. We will be joined by:  Susan Levine, historian, Director of the Institute for the Humanities at UIC and author of School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America’s Favorite Welfare Program.  Nadia Sulayman, School Wellness Specialist with Chicago Public Schools.

Posted by UIC professor and neighbor Barbara Risman

Jazz on the UIC East Campus Quad FREE Sept. 25th at 1:00

The UIC Jazz Ensemble’s most recent recording was praised for its “great sense of swing and ensemble blend,” “lyricism,” “terrific solos,” (Chicago Jazz Magazine) and much more. Recent appearances have included the Jazz Showcase, The Hyde Park Jazz Society and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.  And now, here them for free right in the neighborhood.  Take a lake lunch and go to this special outdoor concert on the East Campus Quad.   You can find it by walking into campus from Roosevelt, Halsted or Harrison…it’s in the middle of those three streets… find it by listening…

Posted by Barbara Risman, neighbor and UIC professor

Learn about bicycling in the city at UIC

“Pedal Powered: Bike Sharing & Safety in the City”

Sean Wiedel, Assistant Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation speaking on Tuesday, September 24

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

412 South Peoria

Suite 400, 4th Floor

RSVP appreciated, but not necessary, to gcities@uic.edu or on the Facebook Event Page

Biking in the city has never been easier or more accessible! In this seminar you’ll hear from Sean Wiedel of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on bike lanes and other bike infrastructure along with legislative changes that the City of Chicago has instituted to making cycling safer than ever. Sean will also discuss the City’s exciting new Divvy bike share program that is revolutionizing transit in Chicago.

Sean Wiedel is an Assistant Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Transportation where he oversees the Citywide Services section. Citywide services include the Divvy bike share program, bike safety education initiatives (such as the Bicycling Ambassadors) along with travel demand management and alternative fuels deployment programs.

Sean also provides leadership to City of Chicago sustainability programs including Greencorps Chicago job training, Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Conservation Corps leadership training, and the Sustainable Backyards green infrastructure rebate programs. Prior to joining CDOT, Sean was Assistant Commissioner of Natural Resources and Water Quality at the Chicago Department of Environment (CDOE).

To request disability accommodations, please contact Christiana Kinder, Great Cities Institute, (312) 996-8700christia@uic.edu


posted by Barbara Risman, neighbor and UIC professor

Jazz vocalist Dee Alexander to sing at UIC – FREE!

The academic year has started and with it all the free events open to our community at UIC.  On  September 10 fro  1:00 – 1:45 Dee Alexander, Chicago’s premier jazz vocalist will be performing at the EPASW building (Dee Alexandernorthwest corner of Harrison and Morgan) in the Performing Arts Center.
Among the premier vocalists and songwriters in America music today, Dee Alexander has delighted audiences and impressed critics with her flawless intonation, her interpretive brilliance, her intrepid improvising, and the range of genres that she commands. From a sultry ballad to a contemporary funk groove, high-flying swing to a romping scat solo, Alexander delivers every note with a passion and grace that leave her listeners limp. She is joined by pianist Miguel de la Cerna, Harrison Bankhead on bass and UIC faculty Ernie Adams on drums.  Take a late lunch break with free professional lunchtime performances at the School of Theatre & Music all semester, this is a great one to start.

Posted by Barbara Risman,  UIC professor and C4C neighbor



UIC provides free workshops for women at Pilsen festival

Women Empowerment (WE) Panels

August 17th
La Casa Resource Center
1PM to 5PM
Who could attend? Women & Men

Women Enpowerment (WE) panels sponsored by UIC will  collaborate with the Unisono Festival.   The panels will involve talented women speakers. This will be a FREE event.

Panel Times and Topics:

1:00PM Women in Non for Profits
2:00PM Women Entrepreneurs
3:00PM Women in Arts and Fashion
4:00PM Women in Government
For more information, please visit: http://www.women-empowerment.net/Upcoming-Events.html
Unisono Festival in Pilsen: http://www.unisonofestival.com/

For more information  contact jessie1@uic.edu

FREE Health Screening for Kids at UIC Aug 17th

Back to School Health Fair for Our Community

En EspanolSaturday, August 17th, 2013
  • School physicals
  • Vision screenings
  • Health counseling about nutrition, diabetes risk, asthma, and sickle cell disease
  • Dental screenings

Kids who participate in these services will receive free school supplies as long as they last, as well as community resources for families.

Educational materials will be available. Please bring your child’s immunization record with you.

Remember: Tdap immunization is required for all students in grades 6th and up.

For more information and appointments call
1.866.600.CARE (2273)
1801 W. Taylor St.


Exhibit at UIC’s African American Cultural Center about Columbian Exposition

“The Reason Why the Colored American is not in the World’s Columbian Exposition” was inspired by the same-titled pamphlet co-authored by journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells; it draws on the 120th Anniversary of Chicago’s World Fair to explore how many African Americans felt about their exclusion from the fair’s planning processes. The exhibit showcases some of the lesser-known contributions of Black Chicagoans during that period, and issues concerning ethnic representation within the fair’s exhibits.

This exhibition is now open and runs through October 11th 2013 at the UIC African American Cultural Center.