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Welcome to The Chicago Chapter! 

Laugh the night away at the TTN Laughter Yoga and Holiday Potluck!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
 5:30 Arrivals/6:00 Laugh Yoga/7:00 Potluck
Location: 520 S. State Street, Chicago (Hospitality Suite on MR level)

Click here to register for this fun social event.

Our Community Service Group is volunteering!  

On Monday, November 12  TTN Chicago Chapter members from the city and the North Shore packed over 3000 books at Bernie’s Book Bank in less than 2 hours! Bernie’s donates more than 3 million books to children through out Chicagoland who do not have access to books at home. The group enjoyed lunch in Lake Forest before they started sorting!

Kudos to Mary Fontaine for organizing this event! Thanks also to Ann-Marie Downing, Karen Doornebos, Debbie Shephard, Emma Kaladjian, Christine Lutz, Dorothy Balabanos, Rachel Stempel for packing up all those books for a good cause!

See Community Service Page for details!


Volunteers needed! TTN

Join TTN members on Monday, November 26 as we play Bingo women struggling with homelessness at Deborah's Place in Old Town.  See Community Service Page for details!

Recent Past Events: 

TTN Members gathers on Monday, November 5 at the American Writers Museum  to hear from Glory Edim, author of  Well-Read Black Girl and Instagram sensation with more than 150,000 followers of her book club!
See details on our Special Interest Group Page-between our Book Group Announcements. Click here for details!




TTN Spooktacular Children's Halloween Party at Chicago Lights, October 31

Thanks to all members for making our first Community Service Event a real success! It was fun seeing the children enjoying themselves and loving the goodie bags that Mary and Roni so generously provided for all of the children. Kudos to all volunteers who helped with this event: Dorothy for her perseverance in finding a place for our members to volunteer on Halloween night, Ann-Marie for her amazing creativity, for preparing activities for the children and for delivering them to them in an engaging way.  And to all the members who came to Chicago Lights to create a safe and very special Halloween for children facing poverty and violence in Chicago.

Fine Art of Fiber Show at Chicago Botanical Gardens

We had a fabulous day at the Chicago Botanical Gardens at the Fine Art of Fiber Show. Members and prospective members from the City and North Shore enjoyed the beautiful locally crafted textile and fiber clothing and accessories and spectacular quilts in the gorgeous natural setting.  Lunch afterwards at Prairie Grass restaurant in Northbrook was such a nice way to end the day together! Thanks to Rachel and Emma for organizing this event and to all who drove/carpooled and shared their Garden and Museum membership privileges.

Theater Group at the Greenhouse Theater to see "Warrior Class"

Several members enjoyed a delightful dinner at 7 Plates Cafe before seeing the Midwest premier of Warrior Class at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park.  Our Special Interest Theater Group seeks out performances by exceptional small theater companies performing in venues all around Chicago. The New York Times has highlighted the vibrant theater scene in Chicago. New Members are always welcome to join!

City Book Group enjoys discussing their latest book "Gang Leader for a Day" by Sudhir Venkatesh.

Sudhir Venkatesh's account of the six years he spent doing research in Chicago's housing projects as a Sociology graduate student.  We rotate facilitators to lead the discussion, pose thought provoking questions and explore issues of interest that surface in every book we read. The City Book Group selects a new title each month, from biography, historical fiction and everything in between! New Members are always welcome to join! Thanks to our member Miriam for hosting our group event each month!

Explore Chicago Group at Chicago Magic Lounge on October 17

TTN Chicago's "Explore Chicago" Special Interest Group had a mysterious night at the Chicago Magic Lounge with DavidParr and his Cabinet of Curiosities! Thanks Sujatha and Ann for planning the evening out!


We did it!  53 by October 3!! for Read! Succeed! Indeed! 

TTN Chicago collected 53 gently used and new children’s books from members that we will donate to children in underprivileged areas in Chicago where resources are limited. In doing so, we exceeded our own goal of collecting 50 books by the end of October! Thank you to all TTN members who made this wonderful achievement happen.  Let's keep gathering more books so that we can share with other schools throughout the area! If you know of a school that is in need of books, let us know!




Special Interest Groups - Bring together members who share similar interests

Transition Peer Groups -
 Meet regularly to discuss the joys and challenges of transitions

Programs / Workshops - Engage, explore and develop skills to build resiliency

Events - M
ix & mingle in a city rich with culture, food, and entertainment



Member Spotlight

We’re introducing a new feature to our website and Facebook page that gives members the opportunity to share insights and ideas that go beyond the existing TTN Profiles. We are pleased to shine the spotlight on a member of our Steering Committee, Ann Marie Downing. Click here to view. We will feature other TTN members in the coming weeks. Enjoy!

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Here's a look at some of our past events

May 9, 2018
Purpose Discussion Event
 TTN member and Life Coach led a purpose discussion with a capacity group of 30 engaged and inspirational women at our May 9 event. 
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March 27, 2018
Active Aging: Discover What's Next for You on March 22, 2018

Our first 2018 downtown event was a big success! TTN member and speaker Joy Loverde shared her knowledge as a leading aging expert on the steps one can take to plan to safeguard your health and happiness in old age. Everyone received a copy of Joy's book, Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old? and had the opportunity to mingle over a glass of wine and snacks. Read more...

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September 26, 2017
September 12 TTN Event on Navigating Change

Thank you to our speaker, executive coach Jody Michael for her talk on Navigating Change. She encouraged attendees to learn how to use six muscles to gain mental fitness and resilience in navigating change and handling transition. Read more...

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June 22, 2017
Shifting Gears Event Invigorates Chicago Women!
Three amazing panelists came together in downtown Chicago to share their experience as they shifted gears in their own careers. Read more...

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