The Transition Network

Chicago Chapter Special Interest Groups

TTN Members can join Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that connect you with other members for fun, relevant social and learning opportunities.  Most SIGs are now meeting via ZOOM.

SIGs are topic- or activity-focused and bring together members who share similar interests. They are member-driven and member-led. SIGs are as varied as the members who think them up. Examples include book clubs, travel groups, theatre and dining groups, mahjong, cooking or crafting.

  • Our Chapter allows non-members to attend two meetings/events before we request they become TTN members. If you are a TTN member and are interested in organizing and leading a new Special Interest Group or wish to join any of the Special Interest Groups below, please email Ann Marie Downing.
  • To join an Active SIG with Openings, contact the SIG Lead listed in the SIG description.  The Lead will give you details on the group – how, when, where – and you are ready to go.  If the group does not have a facilitator listed, please contact Ann-Marie Downing and she will assist you in joining the interest group.

New and prospective members are always welcome! 

Meet & Eat City Lunch Group! 

We're ready to get back together again for lunch, conversation and laughter!  As Chicago continues to open up and members get vaccinated, "Let's Meet and Eat!"  Once or maybe even twice a month, we'll choose a new or trendy restaurant and make reservations for a group for 10-16 members can gather for lunch.  We'll move around the city and try different types of cuisine, and select outdoor or indoor dining, depending on the establishment.  We've found most restaurants won't do separate checks, so come prepared -- either bring cash or work out the details with your tablemates.  Pat Blank and Kimberly Mulcahy will be leading this lunch group and will take turns hosting lunch at a restaurant.  As we start to rebuild this group, we'll initially post the lunches as events so you can sign up for an upcoming lunch.  If you want to be part of this group and receive notice of an upcoming Meet and Eat lunch, please email us here:  Chicagochapter Meet & Eat

Next Meet & Eat: 
Wednesday, July 28,  etta 700 N Clark St, River North. Click to Sign up here

Solo Together!

A SIG for TTN Members Who Are Currently Leading the Solo Life
Solo Together invites TTN members currently leading the solo life to create new ways of living a happy and healthy future. Originally led by vibrant aging experts and TTN members Catherine Marienau and Deborah Holton, this group had great discussions exploring topics including health, belonging, relationships with self and others, role or identity shifting, acting on one’s own behalf, and much more.
We're continuing into 2021 talking about exploring the possibility of dating and new relationships.  We're also taking turns facilitating each month.  For more information or to join contact Kimberly Mulcahy, Join us Monday, July 19 @ 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing Emergency Plans for living solo. Karin G. will share her checklist to ensure she's prepared in case of emergency. We'll build on the list and create a document we can all use. 

Healthy Pathways SIG- Achieve your individual goals!

We all want to live a healthy active life. But sometimes it's hard, especially during the current environment, to stick to our goals.  This Special Interest Group provides a safe and encouraging space where we can take personal accountability for our individual goals. 

Whether you want to increase your steps, make healthier food choices, lose a few pounds, become more active, get more sleep or have a more body positive image, let's buddy-up and help each other achieve our desired healthy habits! We work on changing critical thoughts to positive ones.  We learn to set reachable goals. We identify the triggers that get in the way of reaching our goals.

This group currently meets via Zoom Monthly in the summer. Next meeting is Tuesday, Aug 3 at 5:00 p.m.  New members always welcome! If interested email Kimberly at



Explore Chicago--OPEN to new participants! 

Explore Chicago Special Interest Group invites members who are interested in trying out new or interesting events within Chicago to join this group! Chicago is a diverse city with many exciting events and we want to experience as many as possible in the setting of a small group format.  We plan an event every other month.  The events can range from museum tours to exploring neighborhoods to a comedy show or any other special event. Our events have included  - A guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art, an evening at the Chicago Magic Lounge, a boat ride to China town for lunch, a tour of Chicago's Pedway, and a Summer afternoon at Pilsen Fest. We've even done some online tours of Chicago on Zoom! 

Explore Chicago is introducing new small group in-person events in 2021 led by Terra McFee and Ellen Graber!  To join this Special Interest Group, please email Terra McFee.  She can be contacted at here for information about upcoming events.  Upcoming events

New and prospective members are always welcome! 

Theater Goers Group - A great way enjoy Chicago Theater--virtually!

The theater scene in Chicago is awesome! Our theater going special interest group attends virtual streaming performances by exceptional small theater companies in Chicago and beyond at least once a month. When the theaters re-open we expect to attend Sunday matinee and also Thursday evening performances, whichever is most convenient for the group in a given month.
Upon purchasing a ticket, you will receive streaming information via the email provided when you make your ticket purchase.  A Theater Group discussion on Zoom will follow a few days later. 
Please email Mary if you plan to join one of the discussions so we can keep an eye out for you:

Upcoming Shows: See Below

I Hate It Here  Presented by: The Goodman Theatre
Date: Streaming live for five performances July 15-18
  Note that you must watch at a specific time, chosen when you purchase a ticket.
Price: $28 (including booking fee)  - Tickets also available on HotTix!
TTN Theater Discussion: Monday, July 19, 7 pm
How The Goodman describes the play:  Acclaimed playwright-and-director duo Ike Holter and Lili-Anne Brown (Lottery Day) rejoin forces for the Chicago premiere of his newest work.  If there’s one thing Americans can agree on, it’s that 2020 was not the best way to begin a new decade. With guts and humor, punctuated with story and song, Ike Holter asks who we are in a world on the brink of explosion in this “sharp and satisfyingly foul-mouthed” (The New York Times) rallying cry for our times.
To purchase a ticket, go to:

 To see both this and Ohio State Murders for $43, go to:


 Meet Me at the Movies - via Zoom

       Select a Picture  We will be back in the Fall of 2021. Hope to see all of you at that time.


North Shore Movie Lovers Group - via Zoom OPEN to new participants!

Our next meetings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays -

Date:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Time:  2:00 pm
Zoom meeting

Movie - Minari. A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American Dream.

Available through several streaming services as well as some cable company packages for a small fee.

City Book Group-OPEN to new participants! 

The City Book Group meets once a month, or every month in the evening at 7 pm via ZOOM!  The group selects from both fiction and non-fiction and we try to choose books for which there are not long wait lists at the area public libraries
Our next Book Club will be Tuesday, July 27 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

"THE GUEST LIST’" by Lucy Foley.  A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this wicked and atmospheric thriller.

Place: On Zoom 
RSVP: to Kathleen

North Shore Book Group

Place: Zoom Discussion: 

 We're actually wondering if we can meet in person. We'll consider everyone's wishes closer to the meeting date.
We're reading "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett. "The Vignes sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small southern black community and running away at 16 ...everything is different as adults including their racial identities. Still
Separated by many miles and as many lies, their fates remain intertwined.
Date: Next TBD
 1 P.M
Place: On Zoom  



Lady Golfers! - Register now for the 2021 season!

Are you interested in golfing on Tuesday mornings with other TTN members in the Sydney Marovitz Women’s 9 Hole Golf League?  We will create foursomes and all levels are invited, however, some experience is preferred.   

If you are interested, please click on the link below and include ‘TTN Golf” on your registration form.   We have requested tee times between 9:00 and 9:20 A.M. for our TTN foursomes.
Please email Deb Farrell so your name will be added to our list.  Feel free to call with any questions.
Phone:            708-525-7206

Included in the cost: League green fees, Weekly prizes, End of Season Banquet, Players Advantage Card (discounts on driving range, etc.) For more information about Sydney Marovitz Golf Course:

Mahjong Anyone? OPEN to new participants!

We are presently playing on-line using "realMajjong" and having lots of fun! American mahjong is played with four players using tiles stamped with Chinese symbols. The goal of the game is to be the first, by picking and discarding, to match one's tiles to a specific hand from the annually distributed scorecard published by the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL) and American Mah-Jongg Association (AMJA). Scoring is done by matching the points assigned to each pre-determined hand on the annually distributed NMJL card & AMJA card.

Dates: Fridays 
Time: 1:30-3:30
Place: Nookies
           1746 North Wells Street 

RSVP:  Debra Chandler
New to the game, no worries, no experience necessary. Once you RSVP we will send you the name of our mahjong teacher so you can sign up for classes before you come and play. We can use more players so do not delay in reaching out to us. The more players the better!


Let's Travel!  

Love to travel? Our “Let’s Travel” Special Interest Group (SIG) will support your passion. Our goal is to bring together members who have been bitten by the travel bug to share their fun travel ideas, and experiences. Members will also have the opportunity to connect with others, share travel experiences and eventually share in the planning of a future trip together. 

Looking for 2 facilitators for this group. Please contact : (if you are interested)


Let's Enjoy Dining Together on Zoom- OPEN to new participants!

   Select a Picture                       We meet in person, once a month, at primarily ethnic restaurants in the North and Northwest suburbs. Each member could choose the restaurant
                                 on a rotational basis.We are meeting in person!
                                 Date: July 16h
                                 Time: 1 p.m.
                                  Place:Convito Cafe and Market
                                              1515 N. Sheridan Rd in Wilmette
                                 We ask members for suggestions of "over-lunch" discussion topics. 
: Please email Emma at

Craft Group       
Let's Enjoy Crafting Together on Zoom- OPEN to new participants!                                                  

Select a PictureWhat better time to meet on Zoom to practice our favorite craft or learn a new one as we visit? We’ve done weaving, quilting, beading, knitting, and crocheting. We’ve made mittens out of old sweaters too. But there are many projects to revisit and new ones to learn.

If you’re interested in learning more, please plan to join us on Tuesday, TBD at 1:00 pm on Zoom, link to follow,
when we’ll do a show and tell. Feel free to pass this to anyone who may be interested. Be sure to respond so we can send you the Zoom link.
RSVP:Please email Rachel at  or  Sally at



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