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.


March Events
CLL Art Opening
Night Out: Fado Irish Pub
LUMA Photography Exhibition Tour
Plantation!
at Lookingglass Theatre
Chicago Cable Cars: A Forgotten Story Luncheon

April Events
April Luncheon: Giants in the Park–Lincoln Park’s Monumental Art
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

Night Out: Beatrix Streeterville
New Member Tea

May Events
May Luncheon: Paris in Chicago
LUMA Tour
Night Out: RPM Italian
Lunch at Red Apple Buffet
Flower Pot Making with the Fourth Church Day School

June Events
Encore Benefit
Gold Coast Encore Chorale
Night Out: The Windsor
Morton Arboretum
Year-End Picnic

 

CLL Art Opening

   Thursday, March 1
   4:00–6:00 p.m.
   Reception in Anderson Hall
   Free, No RSVP necessary

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 of Fourth Presbyterian Church through Thursday, March 22.

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Night Out: Fado Irish Pub

   Thursday, March 8
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 100 W. Grand)
   RSVP by Tuesday, March 6
   Register online here

Gaelic for “long ago,” the name Fado evokes traditional Irish culture. However, with dishes inspired by Dublin’s best contemporary pubs, our February Night Out spot will combine the best of old and new. We’ll start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit early, and a pint may even be raised.

Payment will be Dutch treat

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LUMA Photography Exhibition Tour

   Friday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m.
   Please meet at LUMA, 820 Michigan Ave
   Free, but please RSVP; space is limited to 20 registrants
   Register online here

Dave Schanding, CLL member and LUMA Art museum docent will lead us on a private tour of three photography exhibitions that will be at the museum February 3, 2018- June 2, 2018: Gregory Beal’s “They Arrived Last Night”, Della Well’s “Her Stories, My Dreams” and Tonika Lewis Johnson’s “Everyday Englewood​.” 

To learn more about these exhibitions, click here.

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Plantation! at Lookingglass Theatre

   Thursday, March 15
   1:30 p.m. (Meet at 821 N. Michigan Avenue)
   RSVP by Thursday, March 1
   Register online here

We’ll stay in the neighborhood to take in the World Premiere of Plantation! directed by Lookingglass Ensemble Member David Schwimmer. Southern belles, family secrets, and twenty-first century surprises collide in this sharp comedy by another Ensemble Member, Kevin Douglas.

$55 for CLL members
$65 for guest registrants

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Chicago Cable Cars: A Forgotten Story Luncheon

   Thursday, March 29
   11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
   RSVP by Tuesday, March 20
   Register online here

Travel back to the days when Chicago had the largest cable car system the world has ever seen. Hear about Chicago’s forgotten cable cars, which sparked a nationwide cable car building-boom that spread to other U.S. cities. They helped lay the groundwork for today’s transit network. But after twenty-five years, the boom went bust, and Chicago abandoned its system. Today, the fascinating story of the rise and fall of Chicago’s cable cars is all but forgotten—even though we have been walking past, riding over and dining in remnants of it for years. We will also celebrate March birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in March.

Greg Borzo is the author of seven books, including: The Chicago “L”, a history of Chicago’s greatest working antique and biggest “mover and shaker. He lives in the South Loop and conducts tours about Chicago history, fountains, the “L” and cable cars for the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Cycling Club, Forgotten Chicago, and others.

$15 for CLL members
$20 for guest registrants

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April Luncheon: Giants in the Park–Lincoln Park’s Monumental Art  

   Thursday, April 12
   11:30–1:00 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room
   RSVP by Tuesday, April 3
   Register online here

Tour Lincoln Park—Chicago’s largest park—and encounter GIANTS of history and literature: Lincoln, La Salle, Goethe, Hamilton, and more! Learn important history memorialized by these enduring bronze forms: stories about the heroes, the artists, the benefactors, and the unveiling ceremonies. Part I features the histories behind Couch Tomb, The Alarm, La Salle, Lincoln, Grant, Fountain Girl (originally named Willard Fountain), and the Eugene Field Memorial. Missing statuary and the park’s cemetery years are touched upon as well.

Krista August is a former guide for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a member of the Chicago Tour Guide Professionals Association (CTPA). Since publishing Giants in the Park, Krista has shared her enthusiasm for local art and history through book and art sales, lectures, and tours. The Chicago Writers Association honored Giants in the Park with a 2012 Book of the Year award, and the Illinois State Historical Society recognized Krista with Certificates of Excellence in 2014 and 2017.

$15 for CLL members
$20 for guest registrants

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

   Wednesday, April 18
   1:00 p.m. (Meet at 220 S. Michigan)
   RSVP by Wednesday, April 11
   Register online here

Join us for a “behind-the-scenes” experience with Maestro Muti, the Orchestra, and the women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus as they rehearse pieces from Tchaikovsky and Debussy. We’ll meet at Orchestra Hall and then proceed in with our general admission tickets. A CSO docent will come to the CLL to give a pre-concert, preparatory lecture; time and place are to be determined.

$5 CLL for members
$10 for guest registrants

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Night Out: Beatrix Streeterville

   Thursday, April 19
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 671 N. St. Clair)
   RSVP by Tuesday, April 17
   Register online here

Maybe you read about Beatrix’s “neatloaf” in a local paper. Or perhaps you have heard how many gluten-free options they offer. Whatever the motivation, join us to welcome spring with food that’s described as “healthy meets delicious.”

Payment will be Dutch Treat.

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New Member Tea

   Friday, April 20
   11:00–12:00 p.m.
   New members RSVP to Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386

If you have joined the CLL after October, look for your invitation in the mail!

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May Luncheon: Paris in Chicago—French Influences
and the South Lakefront

   Thursday, May 3
   11:30–1:00 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room
   RSVP by Tuesday, April 24
   Register online here

During the early 20th century, Chicago’s renowned architects and planners Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett envisioned Grant Park, the city’s premier lakefront green space, as a magnificent French Renaissance landscape. Burnham and Bennett’s plans, inspired by Versailles, were published in their famous 1909 Plan of Chicago, but improvements were delayed by various obstacles.  After Burnham died in 1912, Bennett remained committed to transforming the site into a magnificent French landscape. Since this dream was finally realized in the 1920s, Chicagoans have enjoyed a sense of Paris by visiting the city’s south lakefront.

For this luncheon the CLL is committing to help the Elam Davies Social Service Center by collecting 60 toiletry items. If you are attending, could you help us reach that goal by bringing one of the following? Travel size toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, deodorant, bar of soap or lip balm. We appreciate it!

Julia Bachrach is the author of several books including The City in a Garden: A History of Chicago’s Parks. She is a consulting historian, preservationist, and urban design professional. To learn more, go to JBachrach.com.

$20 for CLL members
$25 for guest registrants

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LUMA Tour

   Friday, May 4
   11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
   Please meet at LUMA (820 Michigan Ave.)
   Free, but please RSVP; space is limited to 20 registrants
   Register online here

Over the past four years we've toured many LUMA exhibits, but we haven't done a full tour of the permanent LUMA collection. Come view objects and paintings from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque time periods (1200-1800 AD). Learn how art was practiced as a learning tool. See how artists worked before there were art supply stores, stretched canvases and tubes of paint for purchase. Enjoy the experience of being up-close-and-personal with art in an intimate set of galleries.

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Night Out: RPM Italian

   Thursday, May 10
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 52 W. Illinois)
   RSVP by Tuesday, May 8
   Register online here

Enjoy modern Italian food and sleek interior design as we keep watch for some of the celebrities that own RPM Italian. Or we might just get caught up in rich dinner conversation that we miss them—all the better!

Payment will be Dutch Treat.

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Lunch at Red Apple Buffet

   Friday, May 18
   11:45 a.m. (Meet at 126 E. Chestnut)
   RSVP by Friday, May 11
   Register online here

Did you know that on May 3 Poland celebrates Constitution Day? On May 3, 1791 the Constitution of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was adapted, modern Europe’s first codified constitution, and subsequent only to the United States worldwide. Though we will be celebrating a little late, we’ll toast this important national holiday while enjoying pierogi and more at this famous all-you-can-eat buffet. Cost of transportation and lunch are included.

$35 for CLL members
$45 for guest registrants

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Flower Pot Making with the Fourth Church Day School

   Wednesday, May 16
   2:00–3:00 p.m.
   Register online here
   Free; Space limited to 20 registrants

In honor of Older Americans Month in May, the CLL and the Fourth Church Day school children will be coming together to make flower pots for Mother’s Day! Last year’s event was so much fun that we want to make this an annual tradition. Come enjoy a fun springtime activity with the cute kiddos!

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Encore Benefit

   Friday, June 1
   Fourth Presbyterian Church
   126 E. Chestnut

   5:00 p.m.
   (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.) 
   Musical Event in Buchanan Chapel

   6:00–7:30 p.m.
   Cocktail Reception
   Gratz Center Commons

   You can purchase your tickets here.

Join us for Encore—the fifth annual Center for Life and Learning benefit—on Friday, June 1! Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Chen will be joined by his family and guests Steve Williamson on clarinet, and Kuanghao Huang on piano in Buchanan Chapel. The show 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!

A Special Thank you to Our Corporate Sponsors!

    Encore Sponsor
    The Clare

    Program Sponsor
    The Breakers
    Warren Barr Gold Coast

    Reception Sponsor
    The Admiral at the Lake
    SeniorBridge/Humana At Home

    In-Kind Sponsors
    The Drake Hotel
    The Whitehall Hotel

$75 single ticket
$150 premium reserved seat

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

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Gold Coast Encore Chorale

   Rehearsals are on Mondays, starting June 4-July 23 (8 weeks)
   12:00 noon–1:30 p.m.
   The Clare (55 E. Pearson)
   (Free Concert on Saturday, July 28)
   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 summer! The eight-week session starts Monday, June 4, 2018 and runs through July, concluding with an all-Encore Choir performance in Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Repertoire will feature “Rockin’ Robin,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Let The Sunshine In,” and many more. Jonathan Miller leads a 5-piece live bandand you!

Registration is $125 for the eight-week session and includes a practice CD, online practice tracks, and sheet music to keep. Find out more and register online at www.encoreillinois.org 

When you order you’ll receive e-mail confirmation, as well as a reminder e-mail before the first rehearsal. Sheet music and practice CD will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

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Night Out: The Windsor

   Thursday, June 7
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 160 E. Huron)
   RSVP by Tuesday, June 5
   Register online here

Owned by the same restaurant group that runs the well-known Crosby’s Kitchen in Lakeview, The Windsor was on all the hot lists when it came to the neighborhood a couple of years ago. Its ingredient-driven and seasonally-based menu has been the secret to its success. Plus we’ll be there in time for the good values of Happy Hour!

Payment will be Dutch Treat

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Morton Arboretum

   Friday, June 8
   10:45  a.m. (Meet at 126 E. Chestnut)
   RSVP by Wednesday, May 30
   Register online here

Honeysuckle. Viburnum. Hydrangea. Columbine. Hawthorn. Magnolia. Periwinkle. We could see all those—and more—blooming as we tour the Arboretum on an hour-long guided tram ride. Afterwards we’ll bask in the beauty of their Gingko restaurant with box lunches. Can you think of a better way to start summer? Transportation and lunch are included in the cost of the event.

$65 for CLL members
$75 for guest registrants

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Year-End Picnic

   Thursday, June 28
   11:30–1:00 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room
   RVSP by Tuesday, June 19
   Register online here

Come and celebrate a great end to the CLL's 20172018 program year as we thank our classroom hosts and the Fourth Presbyterian Church Facilities Staff 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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