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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 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.

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 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  and a Summer afternoon at Pilsen Fest.

Sujatha Kailas runs this group with the help from many other members who help organize the events.
She can be contacted at sujathakailas@gmail.com for information about upcoming events.
 

Our Next Explore Chicago 

 

Holiday High Tea – Sunday, December 8  Atwood Restaurant

Date: Sunday, December 8 -- Sold out!

Time:  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location – Atwood café - 1 W. Washington Avenue, Chicago
Cost - $ 45 to $55.
December is high time for high tea! Let us meet for a Sunday Holiday Tea to relax and enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer with friends at a festive surrounding. Unwind and get ready for the Holiday season.  
 
Atwood is perfectly situated amidst the Loop’s shopping district, making it a cozy and a perfect respite. Atwood’s tea menu features eight loose-leaf tea options, cranberry scones, chocolate-covered strawberries, biscotti, chocolate mousse, house made sandwiches, and more.  www.atwoodrestaurant.com
 We have filled our maximum number of spaces for this event. We often have a couple of cancellations before the event. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, contact " Sujatha or Emma.

Sujatha at sujathakailas@gmail.com or Emma at ekalaidj@hotmail.com

New and prospective members are always welcome!  Prospective members and guests of members are welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining. 

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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.


 
 


Show:COLD TOWN / HOTLINE
Date: Thursday, December 19 
Time:  7:30 pm
Place: Raven Theatre
           6157 N. Clark St


Price: $30

For the last show of the year, the TTN Theater Group is getting into the holiday spirit. Here's the description of the play:
      December, 1983.  Five volunteers have come together to answer calls for a hotline created to help fellow Chicagoans cope with the holiday blues. But with a record-breaking cold front sweeping across Chicago, these good Samaritans are forced to hunker down for a long night together. When an unexpected visitor bursts through the doors, everyone must work to embody the season’s most valuable lessons and transform their humble hotline into a home for the holidays. 

Making its world premiere at Raven Theatre, COLD TOWN / HOTLINE is a heartwarming comedy about what it means to be a family and the complex truths behind the adage: “It’s better to give than to receive.”

For this show, each member will purchase her own ticket. To do so, call  773.338.2177  or go to 

   https://www.raventheatre.com/stage/hotline/.

The group will catch dinner before the show, details TBA. Email Mary Fontaine (marycfontaine@aol.com) if you have purchased a ticket and/or are interested in joining the group for dinner. 

All Active members and guests are welcome! Prospective members and guests of members are welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining. 
 

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Meet and Eat - Downtown 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 Laura Winters.

Date:       Join Us In January 2020
Time:
Place: 

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To reserve your spot or if you have questions, contact Nani Langenstein (thelangens@msn.come: 

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City Book Group 

The City Book Group meets once a month, every 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.
 

Novel: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Date: January 21
Time: 7 P.M.
Place: At a Member's House
Novel: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

RSVP: to Kimberly Mulcahy
      It follows the lives of a  group of twelve,(mostly black) women living in the United Kingdom over several decades. The novel covers this group of women and their everyday problems to more serious problems such as wearing a hijab after the twin tower bombings. The girls come from all different walks of life, countries, cultures, educational levels,class and sexual persuasions. There is depictions of "power struggles" between the genarations.The novel addresses issues such as racism,sexism,feminism,stereotypes and social media.It speaks of race and living and surviving in a white dominant culture and its implications and repercussions.

 All Active members and guests are welcome! Prospective members and guests of members are welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining. 

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North Shore Book Group

This groups meets on the first Tuesday 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. 

Book: TBD
Date: TBD
Time: XX P.M.
Place: At a Member's House, in ________________

Facilitator:   Rachel Stempel rachelpearl@comcast.net

All Active members and guests are welcome! Prospective members and guests of members are welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining. 


A Close Knit Group! Knitting & Textile Group

Do you have an interest in knitting? Whether you are a beginner, want to improve your skills or just love knitting, we're starting a knitting and textile Special Interest Group.  
We will meet once a month at a variety of locations, suggested by the members who have attended.  All handiwork projects are welcomed and no experience in knitting is required.

Date:  Thursday, December 19
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Place:  Le Pain Quotidien
             1000 W. Armitage

Please RSVP to Ann-Marie Downing

If you know someone in the TTN group who is interested please let them know. Also, if you would like to bring a friend and introduce them to TTN that would be wonderful.

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The Write Project

Memoir? Novel? Scrapbook? Video? Poem? Do you keep saying you want to write it but never quite get around to it? Our group will take the eight months from October to May to bring the writing project of your choice to life. We will not only learn about the writing craft, but also hold each other accountable to THE END of your writing project. And guess what? We'll have fun! Please note that you will have to commit to attending at least seven of the eight sessions in order to keep your project on track—serious writers only—but no writing experience needed! Everybody has a story. Taught by TTN member Karen Doornebos, author of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy and Undressing Mr. Darcy, published by Penguin Random House. 

The group will meet the last Monday of the monthNo writing experience needed.

Dates:  12/16,(TBD)     1/28,     2/25
Time: 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: TBD

Convenient public transportation:

5-10 minute walk from Diversey stop on the Brown Line; At convergence of Diversey, Broadway, and Clark bus lines

RSVP:  Karen Doornebos

Only 8 participants so do not delay signing up!

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Career Transitions Group

This group is for members contemplating or experiencing a Career Transition. Megan Walls, TTN Chicago member and owner of Walls Career Coaching, has generously agreed to co-lead some of our first sessions and discussions. Megan is an expert in career coaching and has successfully coached scores of women over 50+ who are experiencing some type of career transition.  

Based on input from interested members, we created a program series in which the first few sessions were designed to build on the previous one.  There’s no charge to participate, though there are a few resources we’ll be using a few resources that we suggest you purchase, including the Gallup StrengthFinders assessment ($19.99) which we will use and reference in the first meetings. Members may also purchase Megan's Career Transitions Workbook.

Next session, Monday, December 9  - Exploring 2nd Act Possibilities!

Past session topics included: 

  •  Strength-Finders 5 Strengths, How to confidently talk about your experience and strengths
  • Developing Your Personal Brand Statement
  • Update and Modernize Your Resume, LinkedIn Profiles, Networking Round-Robin Practice
  • Job Search Strategy, Goal Setting
  • Ageism - 10 Biases of recruiters and hiring managers about candidates over 50
Please RSVP to Kimberly Mulcahy  

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Active Aging Circle

Active Aging Circle. As actively aging women we bring a rich tapestry of life experiences to each conversation to share, learn and grow; individually and as a collective group. Our focus is on challenging current beliefs and developing new perspectives, tools and strategies as we boldly embrace our future!
Only 2 dates until the New Year!   RSVP to Viki: coachvikiryan@gmail.com
 
Viki Ryan, Wellness Coach, Positive Aging Specialist and Certified Fitness Professional, will facilitate each open discussion-circle using respectful inclusive and confidential conversation practices. Each Conversation Cohort will run for 8 weeks and continue moving forward with renewal commitment from existing members at the 5 week mark to allow new members to join in when space permits.  2 Spots Available!
Date: Thursday December 12
Time: 6-8P.M.
Place: Member's House in Streeterville 
Discussion Focus: 
challenging current beliefs and developing new perspectives, tools and strategies as we boldly embrace our future!

New and prospective members are always welcome!  Prospective members and guests of members are welcome and can attend up to 2 TTN events as a way to get to know our organization before joining.                             

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Meet Me at the Movies -  Downtown Chicago Group!
Will be returning in January. Happy Holidays!


Our Next Meet Me at the Movies: 
Date: 
Movie:
            
Theater: 
Time: 
RSVP:  Ellen Rissman 
New and prospective members are always welcome!  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 Special Interest Groups as a way to get to know our organization before joining

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Lunch Bunch -- See Meet & Eat Group for Special Lunch on September 20! 


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, December 13
 Cafe Zupa's at 711 Deerfield Road, Deerfield, IL. 
The restaurant is located in the southwest corner of Waukegan and Deerfield Road. It is in the same shopping center as Whole Foods and Barnes & Noble, but is actually in a stand alone building across the parking lot.  This is a week earlier than normal due to the busy holiday season.

This cafeteria style restaurant has an extensive menu including salads, bowls, soups, sandwiches and desserts. The salads and bowls are a melange of many interesting and fresh ingredients, so I suggest a quick look at the menu online before arriving.  https://cafezupas.com/menu.html  We will each be able to order our lunch at the counter so no need to worry about separate checks. 

RSVP: Dahlia

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 Special Interest Groups as a way to get to know our organization before joining.

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Looking to learn how to play mahjong? 
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.

Date: Thursday, 12/5, 12/12, 1/2,  1/9
Time
: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Placee: Nookies Wells
             1746 North WellsSt.
             Chicago  60614


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!
 
New and prospective members are always welcome!  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. 
 
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.