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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.
Join Us as we explore Chicago this summer

            We are going to China Town on the Water Taxi (Fun Way to see Parts of the City)

Date- Saturday June 15th
Time - 11 am to 4 PM 
Meeting point- Water Taxi station at Michigan avenue 
                               Exact Address will be sent once you RSVP
Details- We will take the 11:25 AM taxi to Chinatown.  Arrival:12:05 PM 
Lunch:  Minghin Cuisine  2168 S. Archer Avenue.
                  Few blocks from the water taxi stop.
     We will present a brief overview of Chinatown and important landmarks at lunch.
After lunch:
Explore or shop at Chinatown 
 Return Trip: An El train or the water taxi. Taxis depart every 15 min or so from Chinatown to Michigan Avenue. The  round trip taxi pass is$10/-
Please reply to Lynn Waishwell or Sujatha.
 
 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. 

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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.

 May Outing: 

International Voices Project: George Kaplan

Thursday, May 23, 6:30 pm
Location:  Instituto Cervantes, 31 West Ohio Street  Time: 6:30-9:30

International Voices Project is an annual event which takes interesting scripts from foreign playwrights, translates them into English and then delivers readings followed by discussions of each play.

George Kaplan the character is the fictional spy in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and George Kaplan the play is at once an anarchic comedy, a spy thriller, and a dizzying exploration into the relationship between reality and fiction. A hall-of-mirrors journey through conspiracy theories, the quality of coffee, and the nature of identity itself, the play forces an uneasy reckoning with the ways in which media narratives drive our politics and shape our understanding of the world. 

George Kaplan was first produced in Copenhagen in 2013 and since then  translated into a dozen languages, receiving countless readings and fifteen full productions throughout Europe and North and Latin America.


Mary Fontaine has reserved a number of seats for this reading of George Kaplan. A few of you have indicated an intent to come, but Mary still have slots left. Please let her know if you want one. Find Mary's email in the Member Directory here.

JUNE OUTING: 

ETHEOPIANAMERICA

Sunday, June 2    Time:  2:30 pm
Definition Theater Company 
Location: Victory Gardens, 2433 N Lincoln Ave
Price: $20, plus $4 booking fee

A world premiere by Sam Kebede  -- If the American dream is a privilege, not a right, then Girma and Elizabeth Kifle have truly earned it. After emigrating from Ethiopia to the United States with nothing, the couple is poised to send their eldest son to college. But everything behind Girma and Elizabeth’s white picket fence is not as it appears to be. The ghosts of the life they left in Ethiopia threaten to destroy their American dream before it starts, and the Kifle sons, Jonathan and Daniel, reckon with being American in Ethiopian bodies. In this tense and sharply-drawn family drama, playwright Sam Kebede mines the immigrant experience and asks how far each of us will go to find a place we can call home.

If you plan to come, purchase a ticket and let Mary Fontaine know. She'll circulate details on getting together for a meal before or after the show a little closer to the date. Also let me know if you prefer lunch or an early dinner. To purchase a ticket, go the the Victory Gardens site  or call the Victory Gardens box office at 773-871-3000.     https://victorygardens.org/event/ethiopianamerica/

All Active members and guests are welcome! If you have not yet renewed your membership, please renew online by clicking: Membership Renewal here.  

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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 Next Meet Me at the Movies: 
Date: TBD
Place: 
Time: 
Movie: 
Meet:  
Parking: 
RSVP: Ellen Rissman, Randy Wagner

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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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  

DateMay Meet and Eat Lunch Group 
Date:  Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time:  11:30 am
Place:  Hub 51
             51 W. Hubbard
             Chicago, IL.
Whatever you’re craving, Hub 51 probably has it. From the best nachos in Chicago to salads, sushi, sandwiches, burgers and tacos, Hub 51 is River North’s go-to spot for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late-night eats. 
Space is limited to no more than 12 attendees, so RSVP no later than May 29 to Dorothy Balabanos at 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. 

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 7 P.M.
Place: At a member’s House (once you RSVP we will send you the address).
Book: The Storytellers Secret
                                  By: Sejal Badani
          Jaya escapes to India to escape her pain of multiple miscarriages.  Jaya begins to hear a story about her grandmother, Amisha, and it helps her to understand her own mother and in the end she learns to take another perspective when looking at her own life. Your heart goes out to Amisha's situation and the way it works out. Aside from the grandmothers story you also see a heartbreaking look at the poor side of India and how some of their traditions have hurt them. The caste system still exists there in the more rural places which is where this story takes place. The description of the orphanage Jaya goes to is heartrending and makes you want to go to India and change things. The story makes so many of the things we have heard of come to life -things we have never been acquainted with. 

RSVP: Ann Marie Downing

All Active members and guests are welcome! 

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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. 




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, May 17 Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: 1821 Waukegan Rd.
          Glenview, Il.60025 

RSVP  2 days before to: Rachel

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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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.