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! 

New! Bicycling Special Interest Group!  

We're starting a city bicycling group! There are several bike-riders in TTN and we want to bring them together for bike rides along the lakefront and the many trails and paths throughout the Chicago area!  If you are interested in joining, please email Kimberly or Lana:  See Events Calendar for Biking events.


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: November 3 @ Prost! 2566 N. Lincoln Ave  12:00 noon
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.  During the summer we have been meeting monthly for Sunday Brunch! Monthly gathering continue this fall!  For more information or to join contact Kimberly Mulcahy, Join us for our next gathering - contact Kimberly for details. 


Healthy Pathways SIG- Achieve your individual goals! - Meets on Zoom

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 and will be meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. for brief check-ins. New members always welcome! If interested email Kimberly at


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 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 and Lana!  Every member is invited to join this Special Interest Group--the more the merrier! Please email Lana so you can get insider information about upcoming events!  Lana can be contacted at here.  See Events Calendar for Upcoming events!


Theater Goers Group - A great way enjoy Chicago Theater--virtually! - Meets on Zoom

The theater scene in Chicago is awesome! Our theater going special interest group attends both live and virtual streaming performances by exceptional small theater companies in Chicago and beyond at least once a month.

Please email Mary if you plan to join one of the discussions so we can keep an eye out for you:

Here's what's currently on tap

Virtual: To get you in a Halloween mood for scary stuff, there’s a 21st Century update of the classic radio drama, War of the Worlds, set in Chicago. This is an audio only show. You can listen to either a live performance streamed on Halloween weekend or an on-demand recording in the following week. Listen on your own time then join the scheduled discussion on Zoom. 

Live: We’ll be viewing Shattered Globe’s This Wide Night in the Belmont Theatre District. To attend, you must bring proof that you are fully vaccinated against Covid 19.  Audience members will be required to wear masks at all times. We’ll catch a bite after the show at a nearby restaurant—details tba. 

Details for both are below. As always, each of us will purchase our own ticket.  Please email Mary if you plan to join one of the outings or discussions so we can keep an eye out for you:
War of the Worlds
Presented by: a theater in the dark

Dates: live stream on October 29, 30 and 31 at 8:00 pm  OR
            Listen on demand November 1 to 8    

Price: Pay what you can, starting at $7.50

TTN Zoom Discussion: Thursday, November 11, 7:00pm

Description of the show provided by the theater:

In this retelling, the leading character is named H.G. Wells. This Wells is a 21st century science journalist thrust into the events of an alien invasion after a meteor from the "Red Planet" Mars crashes 70 miles outside Chicago at the start of the new decade. Separated from family, friends, and everything they have ever known, the eclectic cast of Chicagoland characters must do everything in their power to survive as our world comes crashing down around them. 

To purchase a ticket, go to:

This Wide Night
Presented by:  Shattered Globe Theatre
            At Theatre Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave

Date: Sunday, November 7, 3:00 pm

Price: $35 for seniors 
This venue has assigned seats.  If you can, pick one in the 2nd or 3rd row. 

Description of the show provided by the theatre:

Lorraine, released from prison after twelve years inside, treks to her former cellmate Marie's new flat. Marie, dodgy and ashamed of their shared past, hesitates to welcome Lorraine back into her life. But no one makes Marie laugh like Lorraine. Can two friends, uniquely bonded by their former circumstances, find belonging in each other once more? This gutsy story of female friendship and winner of the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn prize is inspired by real accounts of women in a UK prison. This Wide Night holds and humanizes two formerly incarcerated women in an isolated studio that may or may not be equipped for real freedom.

To purchase a ticket, go to:


North Shore Movie Lovers Group - Meets on Zoom

Our Meetings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 - 2:00 pm - via Zoom.  
Mudbound (released Jan. 2017) - Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after the war.
Available:  Netflix. I am not sure if it is available through other means. I know my local library does not have a DVD of this film.

Wednesday Nov. 24, 2021 - 2:00 pm - via Zoom
The movie suggested (if available) is CODA. Ruby, 17, is the only hearing member in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between her love of music and the obligations she feels to her family. One of the stars is Marlee Matlin.

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


City Book Group - Meets on Zoom

Date:Tuesday October 26
Time:7 P.M
Place:On Zoom (a link will be sent )

Book:  Stranger in the Shogun's City: A Japanese Woman and Her World"
Author: Amy Stanley.

The book is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. The author is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

A review by Dr. Liza Dalby, author of Geisha, states:
Even before it was Tokyo, the city of Edo was the most urban place in the world. Amy Stanley leads us through Edo following the experiences of Tsuneno, a headstrong woman from a country temple, as she careened through four marriages, desperate to escape stultifying country life. Along the way, she breaks all the stereotypes of docile Japanese womanhood. Bringing Tsuneno to life through her letters and family records, Stanley weaves a compelling and unusual story with a rich description of Japan on the cusp of opening to the West.”

RSVP: to Terry Richardson 


North Shore Book Group

Book:  "All Adult Here" 
Author: Emma Straub

Description:  “Coming of age isn’t just for kids. Astrid Strick- mother of 3 grown-up kids-has been keeping a secret. Just as she is finally warming up to share her secret with her family, a forgotten memory from her younger parenting days is jostled loose, and it is not a good one. Secrets are multiplying; so are her mistakes...To what consequences? And is it too late to set things right.

Date: November 2, 2021 Zoom Discussion

RSVP: to Rachel


Lady Golfers! 

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.  Hope to see you again in the Spring!

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? 

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 Enjoy Dining Together 

   Select a PictureWe 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: Friday, October 22nd  
Time: 1 p.m. 
Place: Guanajuato (Mexican Rstaurant)
             1005 Green Bay road

We ask members for suggestions of "over-lunch" discussion topics.                                   
: Please email Emma at


Let's Enjoy Crafting Together - Meets on Zoom                                               

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

, October 25 at 1 pm at a member’s home in Winnetka to share our current projects or learn a new art form.  Since we will be meeting inside, we are requiring that participants be vaccinated. Please contact Sally at (847) 441-5750 or

Meet Me at the Movies - Meets on Zoom

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




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)





Material from, 12:13:45 October 27, 2021.
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