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.


Summer Events

Gold Coast Encore Chorale

September Events
Night Out: Fornetto Mei

American Writers Museum
LUMA Photography Exhibition

October Events
October Luncheon: Music from Colonial America
New CLL Member Tea
Night Out: Ditka’s
Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus

November Events
Chestnut Street Players Acting Troupe
Night Out: Sayat Nova
Afternoon Tea at The Clare
Harvest Home Luncheon
Swedish American Museum

December Events
Cookie Decorating with the Fourth Church Day School
Night Out: Doc B’s

High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel
Holiday Luncheon
LUMA Crèche Tour


Night Out at Baisi Thai

Thursday, August 24
5:00 p.m. (Meet at 900 N. Michigan, sixth floor
Register here by Tuesday, August 22


Whether you order from the Thai, Japanese, or Chinese menus, there will be something tasty for dinner at Baisi Thai. Maybe we’ll be seated near the Michigan Avenue windows, so we can watch the summer crowds down below!

Payment will be Dutch treat.

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Gold Coast Encore Chorale   

   Rehearsals: Mondays, starting September 11, 2017 (15 weeks)
   12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. at the Clare (55 E. Pearson)
   See below for registration info

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

Come sing with Encore on the Gold Coast this fall! The 15-week session  starts Monday, September 11, 2017 and runs until December, concluding with the all-Encore performance for combined choirs at Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, Chicago (date TBA). Holiday repertoire includes traditional and new music for Christmas and Chanukah.

Registration is $175 for the fifteen-week session and includes a practice CD, online practice tracks, and sheet music to keep.

Find out more and register online at http://www.encoreillinois.org/ 

When you order you’ll receive e-mail confirmation, and you’ll also receive a reminder e-mail before the first rehearsal. Sheet music (to keep) and a practice CD will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

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Night Out: Fornetto Mei

   Thursday, September 14
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 105 E. Delaware)
   RSVP by Tuesday, September 12
   Register online here

Whether you get a Milanese-style thin crust pizza or indulge in some heartier Northern Italian cuisine, capping off the first week of the program year at Fornetto Mei is sure to be a treat.

Payment will be Dutch treat

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American Writers Museum

   Friday, September 22
   10:15 a.m. (Meet at 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor)
   RSVP by Friday, September 15
   Register online here

Open since May of this year, the AWM is billed as “the first national museum devoted to American writers.” The group will go on a self-guided tour (there’s reading you’ll want to do at your own pace) and then head around the corner for a buffet lunch at Elephant and Castle (185 N. Wabash). The cost includes museum entrance and lunch.

$45 CLL members
$55 CLL guests

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LUMA Photography Exhibition

   Friday, September 29
   11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
   820 N. Michigan

   Register online here
   (Space is limited to 15 people)

Dave Schanding, CLL member and LUMA Art museum docent will lead us on a private tour of two photography exhibitions currently at the museum through October 21, 2017: Susan Aurinko's "Searching for Jehanne—the St Joan of Arc Project" and Jeffrey Wolin's "Pigeon Hill: Then and Now."

To learn more about these exhibitions, click here.

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October Luncheon: Music from Colonial America

   Thursday, October 12
   11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
   Borwell Dining Room
   RSVP by Tuesday, October 3
   Register online here

Join CLL instructor John Nygro for an enjoyable kickoff to our luncheons for the year with a historical look at early music from colonial America. The success of the musical Hamilton has brought renewed interest into the history of our country’s early beginnings. The music of the early United States is a rich, multifaceted panoply of sacred and secular music from the Old World, prayers of Native Americans, slave songs as well as music created in the New World. This presentation will feature music that helped form the foundation of the embracing of our differences that makes up our American spirit. 

We will be celebrating September and October birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in either month.

$15 CLL members
$20 CLL guests

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New CLL Member Tea 

   Friday, October 13
   11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
   New members RSVP to Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386)

Our annual tea to welcome new CLL members to the program! If you are a new member since September, look for your invitation in the mail.

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Night Out: Ditka’s

   Thursday, October 19
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 100 E. Chestnut)
   RSVP by Tuesday, October 17
   Register online here

We’ll stay “close to home” to return to this neighborhood favorite. Come if you like meat, seafood, “Da Coach,” and great company.

Payment will be Dutch treat

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Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus

   Friday, October 20
   9:15 a.m. (Meet a224 S. Michigan)
   RSVP by Wednesday, October 11
   Register online here

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, we will hop in a Chicago Architecture Foundation tour bus to learn about the evolution of Wright’s Prairie Style of architecture. In addition to the bus to Oak Park with docent commentary, we will have a one-hour tour of Wright’s home and studio and a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District. NB: This four-hour tour includes a walking portion of approximately .75 miles.

$65 CLL members
$75 CLL guests

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Chestnut Street Players Acting Troupe

   Performance on Thursday, November 2
   2:15-3:15 p.m.

   Free and open to all! No RSVP required!
   Free reception after the show.

CLL members and friends annually produce and perform two radio plays complete with sound effects and talented performances. This year’s fall show will be a Sherlock Holmes mystery. The Problem of Thor Bridge was originally broadcast on October 1, 1945.

If you are interested in joining this free acting group, please call Sue Hakes at 312.981.3389.

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Night Out: Sayat Nova

   Thursday, November 2
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 157 E. Ohio)
   RSVP by Tuesday, October 31
   Register online here

The last time we went to Sayat Nova we had such a swell time that we’re going back! Before indulging in Thanksgiving feasts, come and share authentic Middle Eastern foods with friends.

Payment will be Dutch treat

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Afternoon Tea at The Clare

   Friday, November 10
   1:00-3:00 p.m.
   Meet at The Clare (55 E Pearson)
   Free, RSVP by Tuesday, November 7
   (Space is limited to 15 people)

Join our neighbors at the Clare for an elegant afternoon tea! Come learn about all The Clare has to offer, receive a tour and enjoy some scones and shortbread in the company of CLL friends and Clare residents.

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Harvest Home Luncheon

   Thursday, November 16
   11:30-1:00 p.m.
   Borwell Dining Room
   RSVP by Tuesday, November 7
   Register online here

Give thanks for our teachers and all they do to challenge and enrich our minds, bodies, and spirits. Our annual Harvest Home Luncheon is a delicious celebration of our shared life at the CLL. Enjoy all the traditional holiday favorites in the company of friends. We will be celebrating November birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in November.

$15 CLL members
$20 CLL guests

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Swedish American Museum

   Friday, November 17
   9:45 a.m. (leave 126 E. Chestnut)
   RSVP by Wednesday, November 8
   Register online here

Andersonville is one of Chicago’s most distinctive and winsome neighborhoods, and we’re going to investigate one of the reasons: its Swedish roots. We’ll have a docent-led tour of the museum and then walk down the block to Svea, a classic Swedish diner (opened by the founder of the museum in 1972) for some Swedish meatballs or pickled herring. (They also have plenty of American fare!) Payment for lunch is Dutch treat and must be in cash.  

$30 CLL members
$40 CLL guests

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Cookie Decorating with the Fourth Church Day School

   Wednesday, December 6
   2:00-3:00 p.m.
   Register online here

After the fun day we had in May working on flower pots for Mother’s Day, the CLL and Day School will be coming together for another fun intergenerational event in time for the holidays. Start your holiday season with some cookie-decorating fun with the day school kiddos!

We are in need of twenty participants, open to all 60 and older!

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Night Out: Doc B’s

   Thursday, December 7
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 100 E. Walton)
   RSVP by Tuesday, December 5
   Register online here

In the midst of all the craziness that the holiday season can bring, join us for some fresh and easy comfort food. You may even forget how long your “to-do” list is for a while!

Payment will be Dutch treat

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High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel

   Friday, December 8
   2:15 p.m. (Meet at 108 E. Superior St.)
   RSVP by Friday, December 1
   Register online here

The Peninsula Chicago appears on every “Best High Tea in the City” list to be found, so let’s go see why as we continue CLL annual “holiday tea” tradition. Between the world-renowned pastries, the Christmas tree in the lobby, and a glass of Prosecco, good cheer is sure to mark our time together.

$88 CLL member
$98 CLL guests

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Holiday Luncheon 

   Thursday, December 14
   11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
   In the Borwell Dining Room
   RSVP by Tuesday,  December 5
   Register online here

Our annual holiday luncheon is a festive time to enjoy one another's company before the holiday break. Enjoy a short skit from the CLL acting troupe, the Chestnut Street Players; French carols from our French class; and singing along to favorite Christmas songs led by John Sherer, Fourth Presbyterian Church's Director of Music.

We will be honoring the tradition of asking guests to supply a dessert for the dessert table as well as celebrating our December birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in December.

$15 CLL members
$20 guest registrants

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LUMA Crèche Tour

   Friday, December 15
   11:00 a.m.
   Located at 820 N. Michigan Avenue
   Register online here
  
(Space is limited to 15 people)

Dave Schanding, CLL member and LUMA Art museum docent, will offer a free tour of over 100 Christmas crèches on exhibit at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). Come see how the various cultures (including Latin American, Asian, African, European, and North American) represent the birth of Jesus.

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