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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.

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 us at ChicagoChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org

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.

Scroll down to see information on all our Chicago Special Interest Groups!

New and prospective members are always welcome!  IMPORTANT: If you have not yet renewed your membership, please renew online by clicking: Membership Renewal here.  Prospective members and guests of members are always welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining. 

Explore Chicago 

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 will plan an event every 6 to 8 weeks either on a Wednesday evening or Sunday afternoon. These days may change based on the event. The events can range from museum tours to exploring neighborhoods to a comedy show or any other special event. So far we have done a couple events - A guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art and an evening at the Chicago Magic Lounge. Both events were well attended and enjoyed by all!  Now, we want to get a small group formed and be able to get more input and enjoy the company of like-minded women. Once the group is formed, we encourage members to make suggestions as well as plan events. Group led by Sujatha Kailas and Ann Greenberg.

A Tour of Macy’s and Lunch at the Walnut Room

Date: Sunday, March 24
Time of Tour: noon (meet at 11:45)
Cost:  Tour Only  $12;  Lunch & Tour  $40
Meeting Place for Tour: Visitor Center close to Randolph/Wabash Entrance
Lunch: 1 P.M. at the Walnut Room
RSVP: by March 10 to sujathakailas@gmail.com
Note: Pay Sujatha at the Event
 

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Date: Sunday morning, March 31, 10:00 a.m. (time to be confirmed) 90-120-minute tour
A private, docent-led tour of the Permanent Exhibition, the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, that according to the Museum "seamlessly weaves Survivor narratives, personal belongings, photographs, and videos into a moving and responsive experience." 

Afterwards, we will view the Interactive Survivor Experience –“Stories for Generations to Come…What will happen when the Holocaust Survivors are no longer here to tell their stories?"  The Museum describes this exhibit as “the world’s first museum to feature groundbreaking interactive voice recognition technology enabling visitors to engage in conversation with a three-dimensional, strikingly life-like image of an actual Holocaust Survivor. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and hear the answers and stories in the Survivor’s own voice.”  The suggested time for this exhibit is 30-45 minutes.

Admission for private group tours is: Seniors 65+ $12, $15 for othersPlease RSVP by March 4 to ChicagoChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org
Groups receive a 10% discount on the Museum Legacy Shop purchases on their tour day.
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Theater Goers Group - A great way to enjoy Chicago Theater!
The theater scene in Chicago is awesome! Our theater going special interest group attends performances by exceptional small theater companies in Chicago and sometimes nearby suburbs at least once a month. We attend Sunday matinee and also Thursday evening performances, whichever is most convenient for the group in a given month. 

We are celebrating Chicago Theater Week!
     This is the seventh annual ten-day celebration of theater in Chicago offering opportunities to sample productions throughout the city and suburbs at reduced prices.

"How I Learned to Drive"   

Description:From behind the wheel of a '56 Chevy, a woman named Li'l Bit navigates the tangled boulevards of her adolescence, reflecting on her complex and troubling relationship with her family. But old secrets and fresh discoveries abound as she struggles to accept her past and the demons that live there.

Date:  Sunday, February 17 
Time: 3 p.m.
Where: Ravens Theater, 6157 N. Clark Street
Cost of tickets: $30 https://www.choosechicago.com/event/how-i-learned-to-drive/47115/ Use code CTW19 for the reduced price. Then let me know that you are going to attend.
Dinner Details: Ethiopian Diamond after the show  RSVPekalaid@hotmail.com  One of the tickets originally purchased by has become available. If you'd like to purchase the ticket, please contact Emma.


MARCH 13 PERFORMANCE! Herland, by Grace McLeod 

Date:  Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

TheaterRed Twist Theater, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr  Phone: 773-728-7529

Description: The enduring friendship among three older women is the subject of our first pick for March. The Red Twist Theater (not to be confused with February's Red Tape Theater) is presenting Herland in their Edgewater storefront space.  National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere!* After graduating from high school, Natalie gets a summer internship working for Jean, a recently-divorced woman in her 70s who has no plans to move into a typical retirement home. Natalie helps Jean and her two best friends design an alternative: a DIY utopia where they can live out the next chapter of their lives. They plot the future together inside Jean’s garage, where relics of Jean’s ex-husband (and his locally famous Bruce Springsteen cover band) still linger. HERLAND is a play about women growing up, growing old, and rocking out to the beat of their own drums.

Cost: $15 Since preview tickets are only $15 (with no additional fees), we decided to go with a preview

Red Twist has open seating, so each of us can purchase our own ticket. To purchase a ticket, go to this link and click on "select tickets" for Herland https://www.redtwist.org/2018-2019Season.html

RSVP and Questions to Mary at: marycfontaine@aol.com;  If you purchase a ticket, please let Mary know so she can coordinate pre-show dinner plans. Also let me know if you have any questions. . 

*This means that the National New Play Network supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period, allowing the playwright to develop a new work with multiple creative teams in multiple communities. 

All Active members and guests are welcome!

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Movie Lovers Group


The Movie Lovers Group members are just that - avid movie goers! We generally meet the fourth Thursday of the month in Glenview at the Glenview Public Library - Multi-purpose Room, 1930 Glenview Rd, from 7pm -8:45 pm.  The Movie Group will meet and discuss:

 When: TBD    Movie: TBA


Please RSVP to Judy Fregetto at judyfregetto@gmail.com if you wish to join us. 
Where: Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Rd.(Multi-Purpose Room)   * Those who attend the meetings need to share the $25 rental fee for the use of the conference room.
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Meet Me at the Movies - New Downtown Group!

We are excited to start TTN”s Meet Me at the Movies Special Interest Group!
The group will meet to view and then discuss a well-reviewed movie at a matinee, on the first Tuesday of each month. Tuesdays are the slowest for the theaters and some ticket prices may be discounted. Each month, we’ll be choosing the best viewing option from a group of local theaters, all of which can be reached easily by public transportation and also have parking garage access. (Arclight, Century Landmark, AMCs, IMAX and ICON). Theaters selected all have a nice place nearby where we’ll go, after the movie, to compare notes and chat over a coffee, or a cocktail. Attending the after film discussion is absolutely optional. All active members and guests are welcome. But we do hope you will contribute (or just come to listen) to a lively discussion!

Our first Meet Me at the Movies is FEB 5th!

February’s Movie: “If Beale Street Could Talk” 
A contender for 3 Oscars! “It’s the sort of cinema that feels steeped in the past, completely of the moment and timeless all at once.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

***NEW Place/Time:  Landmark Century Theater. 2828 N. Clark. There is attached discounted parking available. Movie time is 1:40 PM. We’ll all meet upstairs inside the theater lobby at 1:25. 
Discussion: If you would like to join us for a movie discussion afterwards there are a couple of nearby places for a snack or early dinner. Colectivo Coffee is at 2530 N. Clark. La Creperie is across the street from the Century at 2845 N. Clark. We are open to other suggestions as well. 


Note:  Both movie releases and theater schedules can change at the last minute, so we will reconfirm -- or announce any required change -- on Sunday, February 3rd. Please do check your email or the TTN/Chicago website!
RSVP: to Ellen at erissman@att.net

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Meet and Eat - Downtown Lunch Group - New!

We are excited to announce the creation of TTN Chicago’s Meet and Eat Lunch Group! Bring yourself, your appetite (and a friend if you’d like) to a monthly lunch with other amazing women 50 and forward who want to experience a variety of restaurants in downtown Chicago.
On the last Tuesday of every month, we’ll have lunch at a moderately priced restaurant that is accessible to public transportation. This is a terrific way for current TTN members to get to know one another in a casual setting; it’s a way for non-members to meet some of the dynamic women who are part of TTN Chicago.  All active members and guests are welcome, even if all you want is a cup of soup or a cup of coffee! We’ll ask for separate checks and most restaurants will be able to accommodate our request.
Prospective members and guests of members are always included and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining.  For further details or to RSVP, please email Dorothy Balabanos at dorothyj@rcn.com.

February Meet and Eat Lunch Group details:

Date:  Tuesday, February 26
Time:  11:30 am
Place:  Beacon Tavern, 405 North Wabash, b/t Kinzie St & Hubbard St, Near North Side   Chef Bob Broskey's menu features elevated interpretations of tavern lassics, as well as seafood-forward dishes.
Space is limited to no more than 12 attendees, so RSVP no later than February 25 to: dorothyj@rcn.com
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City Book Group 

The City Book Group meets once a month, on the second Tuesday of the month in the evening at a member's home at 7 pm.  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. 

Rescheduled JANUARY meeting is now (fingers crossed no snow or ice!) Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. at a member’s home near the Lincoln Park Library  RSVP to: kmulcahy@sbcglobal.net


For January (to be discussed Feb 5), our city Book club is reading The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn
 A twisty, powerful "Hitchcockian" thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

Mark your calendars and order/reserve these books!
February Book Group Meeting: Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.  Book:  TBD
March Book Group Meeting:  Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 p.m.  Book: Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

For further details RSVP to: kmulcahy@sbcglobal.net
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North Shore Book Group
Our book discussion group meets on the first Tuesday of every other month at 6:30 pm at members' homes from Evanston to Highland Park. Members suggest and vote on selections of either fiction or non-fiction.While most selections are current, we try to pick books that are available in local libraries whether online or on the shelf.  We rotate hosting and facilitating the discussions.  

 

Next meeting for the North Shore Book Group is Tuesday, Feb 5Our next book is  “Exit West" by Mohsin Hamid.
The novel recounts the story of migrants, Saeed and Nadia, who leave an unnamed country in the midst of civil war and journey to Greece, England and the US in an effort to invent new lives.  "By mixing the real and unreal and using old fairy-tale magic, Hamid has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today’s headlines."

Date: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 6:30
Place: Member’s House in Winnetka( address will be provided once you RSVP)
RSVP: Sally at: hoit@mail.com

There is plenty of room for new members to join us. IMPORTANT: If you have not yet renewed your membership, please renew online by clicking: Membership Renewal here.  Prospective members and guests of members are always welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining.
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Lunch Bunch 


Our "lunch bunch" group meets on the third Friday of the month at 
1 p.m. We explore different ethnic restaurants mostly in the Northern and Near North suburbs and occasionally in the city. 


 

Date: Friday, February 15   Time: 1:00 p.m.

Place: Francesca’s North, 145 Church Street(in Sunset Foods strip Center), in Northbrook 

RSVP  2 days before to: Emma at ekalaidj@hotmail.com


New and prospective members are always welcome!  IMPORTANT: If you have not yet renewed your membership, please renew online by clicking: Membership Renewal here.  Prospective members and guests of members are always welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining.

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Chicago Special Interest Groups - New Ideas.  All we need is You! 
Looking to learn how to play mahjong?  This is a call for members who are looking for Mahjong partners. No particular group is planned as yet.  We are just polling to see what the interest is. Contact Terra through ChicagoChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.  Indicate in your email what specifically you are looking for – partner or lessons or both.



If you have an idea for a new group, let us know!  We will help you find other members who share your interests.  Email us at ChicagoChapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.
Check out our events page for other TTN Chicago gatherings.