The Center for Life and Learning:
   Special Events

Our special events are a terrific way to meet CLL members and visit new Chicagoland destinations. Registration for excursions and events is open to anyone age 60 and more who would like to attend.

To RSVP or register
To register for an excursion or event, register online or contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386. Registration is complete when payment is received. Events often fill up quickly, and RSVP dates are firm, so please make your reservations on time. Upon registration, please confirm the location of luncheon and meeting spots for excursions. Reservation refunds will not be available past the RSVP deadline.

Upcoming Events
Gold Coast Encore Chorale

March Events
Night Out at the Kerryman Irish Bar and Restaurant
CLL Art Opening
CLL Variety Show Luncheon
Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier

April Events
Open House Chicago Luncheon
Tour of LUMA Exhibit

April Night Out at Club Lago

National Veterans Art Museum

May Events
My Fair Lady
at Lyric Opera
May Night Out at Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap

Fourth Church Day School Intergenerational Event with CLL
Chestnut Street Players
May Luncheon: Making Mainbocher

June Events
Encore Benefit

June Night Out at The Glunz Tavern
Annual Year-End Picnic
Anderson Japanese Gardens



Gold Coast Encore Chorale

   Rehearsals: Mondays, starting January 16 (15 weeks)
   12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. at the Clare (55 E. Pearson)

   See below for registration info

   Performance: Thursday, May 4
   2:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

   Free and open to all

The Gold Coast Encore Chorale is cosponsored by the CLL, the Clare, and Skyline Village Chicago.

Challenge yourself to do something new! If you love to sing, sign up for the winter session of the Gold Coast Encore Chorale for older adults. No auditions are required, and no experience is necessary.

The repertoire for the winter session includes a selection of songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook, including Singin’ in the Rain and Fly Me to the Moon, and culminates with performances at the Clare and in Buchanan Chapel.

Registration is $175 for the fifteen-week session and includes sheet music and sing-along practice CDs. Find out more and register online at http://www.encoreillinois.org/

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Night Out at the Kerryman Irish Bar and Restaurant

   Thursday, March 2
   5:00 p.m.; meet at 661 N. Clark
   Register online here by Tuesday, February 28

Where else would we begin our St. Patrick’s Day celebration but an Irish bar? This one comes with an attentive wait staffmost with Irish broguesand a mean Shepherd’s Pie.

Payment will be Dutch treat.

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CLL Art Opening

   Friday, March 10
   4:00–6:00 p.m.
   Free reception in Anderson Hall

See how CLL artists have searched their everyday lives for the extraordinary and expressed it with their words, their pencils, and their watercolors. The show will hang in the Loggia through Friday, March 31.

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CLL Variety Show Luncheon

   Thursday, March 16
   11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room
   Register online here by Tuesday, March 7

Come enjoy the talent of fellow CLL members! In this first-ever variety show, we will see performances of opera, piano, and singing. Come support your fellow CLL members as we celebrate their God-given talent.

We will also celebrate March birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in March.

$15 for CLL members
$20 for guests

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Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier

   Friday, March 24
   9:45 a.m.; meet inside the west entrance of Navy Pier (600 E. Grand)
   Register online here by Friday, March 17

Just as everyone is longing for warmer temperatures and brighter colors, we’ll get a preview at the annual Flower and Garden Show.

With life-sized gardens and plenty of ideas for backyard, kitchen, or rooftop planting, this morning will be all about spring. When we’re convinced that winter will, indeed, end someday, we’ll go next door to Riva’s for a Dutch-treat lunch.

$18 for CLL members
$28 for guest registrants

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Open House Chicago Luncheon

   Thursday, April 13
   11:30 a.m. in Borwell Dining Room
   Register online here by Tuesday, April 4

Garrett will be giving an overview of Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago, the largest free architecture and urban exploration festival of its kind in the world. The presentation will include information on the history and evolution of event as well as comparisons to other Open House and Doors Open events around the world. Garrett will highlight several of Chicago’s architectural landmarks and neighborhood curiosities featured in the event, accompanied by stunning imagery by Chicago Architecture Foundation photographer Eric Allix Rogers.

Garrett Karp is the Program Manager of Open House Chicago (OHC) at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). He oversees the development and implementation of CAF’s signature annual festival, Open House Chicago, which allows free public access to over 200 architectural landmarks and normally “off-limits” spaces around Chicago during a two day period in October.

We will also be celebrating April birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in April.

$15 for CLL members
$20 for guest registrants

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Tour of Current LUMA Exhibit

   Friday, April 21
   11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; meet at LUMA (820 N. Michigan Ave.)
   RSVP here, space is limited

Dave Schanding, CLL member and docent at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) will lead a tour of the current exhibit of whirlygigs and Indonesian puppets. Whirligigs are hand-turned devices that revolve in a cycle. Pete Gelker, a psychiatrist, brings politics, religion, and mythology to his 20+ creations. The Indonesian puppets represent a long history of story-telling. The puppets are 18-24 inches tall and are highly decorated. Stories emanate from the mythology of India and Indonesia.

Free

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April Night Out at Club Lago

   Thursday, April 20
   5:00 p.m.; meet at 331 W. Superior
   Register online here by Tuesday, April 18

Now run by the third generation of the Lazzerini family, Club Lago is all about simple Northern Italian food and great service. This “Cocina Toscana” won’t disappoint.

Payment will be Dutch treat.

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National Veterans Art Museum

   Friday, April 28
   10:30 a.m.; meet at 126 E. Chestnut
   Register online here by Friday, April 21

Last year the CLL Book Group had a powerful discussion of war’s impact on individuals when we read Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. We’ll continue those conversations and start news ones when we travel to the northwest side to tour this museum “dedicated to the collection, presentation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans.” Afterwards we’ll walk around the corner to enjoy a Dutch treat lunch at Shilas, a classic Portage Park diner.

$35 for CLL members
$45 for guest registrants

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My Fair Lady at Lyric Opera

   Tuesday, May 9
   12:45 p.m.; meet in front of Lloyd’s, 1 S. Wacker
   Register online here by Friday, April 7

The planning for this trip began last spring when the CLL group had such a marvelous time at Lyric’s sumptuous The King and I and we learned that My Fair Lady would be the 2017 musical. The American debut of a glorious production from Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, this show will have it all: the eminently hummable songs, the eye-popping sets, the gorgeous costumes (imagine the Ascot Race Track scene!), and a world-class cast.

$65 for CLL members
$75 for guest registrants

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May Night Out at Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap

   Thursday, May 11
   5:00 p.m.; meet at 1970 N. Lincoln Ave.
   Register online here by Tuesday, May 9

Whether you come for the homestyle American cooking, friendly waitstaff, or the feeling of a real “neighborhood joint,” you’ll be happy you joined us. Stanley’s is one of CLL Director Ashley Elskus’ favorite places; come see why!

Payment will be Dutch treat.

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Fourth Church Day School Intergenerational Event with CLL

   Wednesday, May 17
   2:00–3:00 p.m.t
   Register online here

In honor of Older Americans Month in May, the CLL and Fourth Church Day school children will be coming together to do a fun, intergenerational activity! Our society has become more age-segregated, providing very little opportunity for interaction between the generations, so the CLL and Day School want to take advantage of the unique opportunity we have here at the church with both age groups under one roof. Come enjoy a fun springtime activity with the cute kiddos. We are in need of twenty participants, so bring a friend!

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Chestnut Street Players

   Thursday, May 18
   11:30 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel
   Free and open to all, no RSVP necessary

CLL members and friends annually produce and perform a radio play complete with sound effects and talented performances. This spring’s show will be a Fibber McGee and Molly show “Valentine Candy" originally broadcast on February 10, 1942. Come enjoy old time radio fun!

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May Luncheon: Making Mainbocher

   Thursday, May 25
   11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
   Register online here by Tuesday, May 16

Join Petra Slinkard, curator of costume at the Chicago History Museum, as she tells the story of Chicagoan Main Rousseau Bocher (1890-1976). Learn about the professional and personal life of this rarely mentioned American couturier, who went on to establish a fashion empire dressing a generation of A-listers including royalty, Hollywood icons, and the social elite.

We will also be celebrating May birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in May.

$15 for CLL members
$20 for guest registrants

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Encore Benefit

   Saturday, June 3
   5:00 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)
   Musical Event in Buchanan Chapel

   6:00–7:30 p.m.
   Wine, Beer, Hors d'oeuvres, and Dessert in Gratz Center Commons

   Buy tickets online here

Join us for Encore—the fourth annual Center for Life and Learning benefit—on Saturday, June 3!

Robert Chen—Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster—and his children Noah and Beatrice will be accompanied by American cellist Gabriel Martins to offer a delightful string quartet performance. The program will feature selections from Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Baptiste Barriere, and Zoltan Kodaly—among others. The performance will be followed by a cocktail reception in the Gratz Center Commons.

Help us celebrate the end to a program year—while supporting the CLL!

   Title Sponsor
   The Clare

   Reception Sponsor
   CJE Senior Life
   The Admiral at the Lake
   SeniorBridge

Event proceeds support the Center for Life and Learning, a learning community for older adults at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

$65 single ticket
$150 premium reserved ticket

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June Night Out at The Glunz Tavern

   Thursday, June 15
   5:00 p.m.; meet at 1202 N. Wells
   Register online here by Tuesday, June 12

This Old Town spot sat vacant after it was closed during Prohibition. It reopened in 2012 and is back serving food representing the family’s French-German heritage alongside an amazing array of wine, beer, and spirits.

Payment will be Dutch treat.

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Annual Year-End Picnic

   Thursday, June 22
   11:30 a.m. in the Michigan Avenue courtyard
   Register online here by Tuesday, June 13

Come and celebrate a great end to the CLL's 2016-2017 program year as we thank our classroom hosts and the Fourth Presbyterian Church house staff team for all of the hard work they put in to make this year a success! We will be enjoying the beautiful Michigan Avenue courtyard (weather permitting; we'll move inside if necessary) and one another's company.

We will also be celebrating summer birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in June, July, or August.

$15 for CLL members
$20 for guest registrants

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Anderson Japanese Gardens

   Friday, June 30
   8:30 a.m.; meet at 126 E. Chestnut
   Register online here by Thursday, June 15

Let’s soak up the beauty of summer in Rockford! We’ll travel north by bus, get a guided tour of these prize-winning gardens, and then enjoy a box lunch together in front of the magnificent windows of the Garden’s restaurant. Cost includes travel, tour cost, and lunch.

$85 for CLL members
$95 for guest registrants

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