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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.

Exploring one of the many Summer Festivals
 
Date: August 17th – Saturday from 11AM to 4PM
Where:  The Pilsen Market Fest – 18th Street and Blue Island Avenue
The fest includes music, food, art and crafts.
The suggested donation is $5.
Check out more on the fest at   http://www.pilsenfestchicago.com/
Meeting Point: Pink Line stop at Lake and State Street
Meeting Time: 11: 30 AM
We will take the Pink Line to 18th  - About 21 min ride. From the station it is 8 minute walk to the festival and arrive around noon.
Noon to 3 PM:  Enjoy live music, arts and crafts and food.
Return: On your own or with the group – Pink Line back to the Loop.

Please RSVP to Carol – carolaa@rcn.com 
                     Cristine - danielson.cristine@gmail.com
 
Hope to see as many of you as possible for a sunny summer afternoon of music, arts, food and good friends.

         
 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

On hiatus for the Summer...We'll meet again in September!  

 

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 and Eat - Downtown Lunch Group - New!

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 Thursday 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.
 


 Meet and Eat Lunch Group 
Date: TBD  
Time:   
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 Let’s continue to celebrate summer at our next Meet and Eat lunch!  Stay tuned for location details!  RSVP to Dorothy Balabanos at dorothyj@rcn.com.
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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. 

Date:Tuesday, August 13
Time: 7 P.M.
Place: At a member’s House (once you RSVP we will send you the address).
Book: Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to  Survive By: Stephanie Land
Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path. 
Her compassionate, unflinching writing as a journalist gives voice to the "servant" worker, and those pursuing the American Dream from below the poverty line. Maid is Stephanie's story, but it's not her alone. It is an inspiring testament to the strength, determination, and ultimate triumph of the human spirit

RSVP: to Kimberly Mulcahy 
 All Active members and guests are welcome! 
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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, July 18
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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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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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:  July 19,
Time:1 p.m.  .
Everyone will bring her own "homemade" lunch and we will donate what we would have spent on a restaurant meal to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Place: Member's House
RSVP  chicagochapter

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? 
Americanmahjong 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: Wednesday, August 21
Time
: 6P.M.-8P.M.
Place:At a Member’s House
RSVP:Ann-Marie
New to the game, no worries, We will send you the name of our mahjong teacher so you can sign up for classes before you come and play
 
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.