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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.  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! 

Morning Walking Group! Now Forming!  

A few members are interested in a weekday morning or evening Walking Group. If you want to get outside and get moving, email:  We'll add your name to the Walking Group. We'll be wearing masks and social distancing. Date, Time and Meeting points in various neighborhoods (Loop, Old Town, Gold Coast, Near North, Streeterville) will be communicated via email.

Solo Together!

A SIG for TTN Members Who Are Currently Leading the Solo Life-This Group is FULL
Solo Together invites TTN members currently leading the solo life to create new ways of living a happy and healthy future. Led by vibrant aging experts and TTN members Catherine Marienau and Deborah Holton, this group will explore topics as diverse as health, belonging, relationships with self and others, role or identity shifting, acting on one’s own behalf, and much more.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ease of using Zoom, we will use it as our meeting space for the duration of the SIG during 2020. The sessions will not be recorded to encourage personal sharing and protect privacy. This SIG began in June in the evening and continues through November.  For more information contact The complete schedule is listed below :
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 9

Mindful Practices and Mindful Living Group -OPEN to new participants! 

Meets quarterly via ZOOM.  The intention of this special interest group is to explore learn and practice ways to live more mindfully, experience more awareness, compassion, and live with more ease and peace in our minds and bodies.  The group would include discussion, practice, readings and meditations as well as accountability and support from the group in sticking with the practices. 

Jaci McCarty, who leads these sessions, is a Certified Yoga Teacher with advanced training and a Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher serving Chicago and the surrounding suburbs



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 running activities via ZOOM throughout the rest of 2020.
Sujatha Kailas runs this group with the help from many other members who help organize the events.

She can be contacted at here for information about upcoming events.

Viewing Famous Murals around Chicago! 
Date: August 1(Saturday)
Time - 1 PM
Cost - $8 for non members and free for members.

Once the session is completed, we will conduct a TTN sponsored Zoom meeting after a 10 min break to discuss the murals and chit chat.

After you register,  please send me your name, so that I can include it for the TTN zoom meeting.

TTN will send you the Zoom link the day before the event and the zoom link for the event itself you will receive three hours before from CAC

Theater Goers Group - A great way 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.
Offered on zoom. RSVP: 
 Email Mary Fontaine (

TTN's Theater Group is supporting local theaters that are streaming content.
The show we plan to see next is described below. 

For our July virtual event, we will view  Show: Arms and Man

   The next Theater Group virtual outing is a ZOOM reading (with interesting twists on direction, costumes and props) of George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man. 

This will replace Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Show: Arms and the Man
Presented by: American Players Theater
                        Spring Green, WI

Cost: Free

Streaming through: Sunday, July 26

TTN Theater Group Discussion: Monday, July 27, 7 PM

You can watch this recording on your own schedule. To access the recording, go to:

WSJ critic Terry Teachout had this to say about the production:

Each reading is “staged” by directors who have taken much trouble to use simple costuming and subtle gestures to break the frame of the individual Zoom boxes in which each actor is seen, thus suggesting something like the unified feel of fully staged performances. The results have the vitality and intelligence that APT brings to its onstage performances....

One reason why this production comes off so well is that Shaw’s plays... are conversation pieces full of witty talk that lends itself to a stripped-down, dialogue-driven presentation.... “Arms and the Man” is an “anti-romantic comedy” (Shaw’s phrase) about Raina, a starry-eyed Bulgarian maiden who is forced to choose between her fiancé Sergius, a gallant soldier, and Bluntschli, a cheerfully cynical Swiss mercenary who informs her that “soldiering…is the coward’s art of attacking mercilessly when you are strong, and keeping out of harm’s way when you are weak.”  cast, whose members all give memorable performances, brings it off with a fizzy éclat that you wouldn’t expect from a mere Zoom reading.

Please rsvp to  if you plan to join the TTN discussion.

North Shore Movie Lovers Group - via ZOOM






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.

    At our next book club meeting we  will be discussing ICY Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio.   A novel set in the 1950’s in the Kentucky Hill Country (think Appalachia). The protagonist is a young girl with undiagnosed  Tourette’s syndrome. She narrates the story as an adult, looking back on how her challenges shaped her. It was an Oprah read back in 1998, and is available on Kindle and Amazon.

Date:Tuesday, August 25th -- Watch for our ZOOM Invitation
Time: 7 P.M
Place: On Zoom 
RSVP: to Kathleen

North Shore Book Group

This groups meets on the first Tuesday every other month at 6:30 pm via ZOOM. Members suggest and vote on selections of either fiction or non-fiction. 

Book: Our next book selection is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Per Good Reads: "Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history."

Please contact Dahlia at 
Date:July 7th
Time: 1 P.M.
Place: Zoom Line Discussion

Finding Your Own North Star-Sorry, this group is FULL

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This group is meeting for seven sessions through ZOOM. Each member of the group will faciltate a chapter or two in the book that is of interest to them. University Professor Emerita and founder of The Comfort Club, Dr. Deborah Holton. Members will  discover their essential self, and begin to explore how to further develop their careers and lives so that they are authentic and satisfying.

Book: Finding Your own North Star by Martha Beck
Dates:  July 21; August 3, 18; September 8, 22‚Äč
Time: 6:30-8:30
Place: Zoom Discussion



Lady Golfers! - Sorry, this group is FULL

Weekly golfing with other TTN members in the Sydney Marovitz Women’s 9 Hole Golf League?  We will created foursomes.  All levels invited, however, some experience is preferred.

When:  Tuesday mornings through the beginning of September  (Tee times start between 8:30-10:30 A.M.)
*Cost: (2019 prices)  $450 per person/$355 for Seniors (62+)

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.

Place: via ZOOM
Time: Every Friday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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! "Happy Hour" on Zoom- OPEN to new participants!

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. 

We've now changed our meetings to Let's Travel Happy Hours on Zoom for the foreseeable future. If you enjoy travel please join us. We’ve had a great response & lots of fun so far! 

RSVP: Please email Sandy & Nani at out Let’s Travel gmail: