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.


January Events
Annual CLL Member and Friends Memorial Service
Night Out: ikram cafe
Harold Washington Library Center Tour

Oscars Preview Luncheon
Gold Coast
Encore Chorale

February Events
Night Out: Pinstripes
Goree Cusine and Gallery Guichard
Valentine's Day Luncheon

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

 

Annual CLL Member and Friends Memorial Service

   Thursday, January 11
   12:00 noon in Stone Chapel
   No RSVP necessary 

We will gather as a community to remember our CLL members and friends who have died in the past year. This is an opportunity to reflect--in the peaceful surroundings of Stone Chapel—on good friendships. No need to RSVP. Please join us in the chapel, which is accessible through the Sanctuary, at 12:00 noon.

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Night Out: ikram  

   Thursday, January 11
   4:45 p.m. (Meet at 15 E. Huron)
   RSVP by Tuesday, January 9
   Register online here

The group had such a wonderful time at ikram when the CLL went on the January, 2017 Night Out that we decided to return! The farm-to-table fare, thoughtfully served, will taste even better amid the beautiful fashions.

Note that this is an earlier starting time than other Nights Out to accommodate ikram’s 6:00 close.

Payment will be Dutch treat

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Harold Washington Library Center Tour

   Friday, January 19
   10:45 a.m. (Meet at 400 S. State)
   RSVP by Tuesday, January 17
   Register online here

We could never see all that the Harold Washington Library Center has to offer in an hour, but we’ll experience the highlights. First a librarian will give us an introductory lecture about the central library of the hug Chicago Public Library system, followed by a tour. Afterwards we’ll walk three blocks to The Marq where we’ll debrief over a burger or something heartier. (Lunch is Dutch treat.)

$10 for CLL members
$15 for guest registrants

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Oscars Preview Luncheon

   Thursday, January 18
   11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room
   RSVP by Tuesday, January 17
   Register online here

Come enjoy a lecture on this years slated Oscar favorites as Associate Pastor for Children and Families (and movie enthusiast) Matt Helms, discusses the exciting awards season upon us. Matt will discuss and analyze several movies and why they might win Best Picture in 2018, as well as looking back at past winners to help contextualize this year’s contest. We will also celebrate January birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in January.

$15 CLL members
$20 for guest registrants

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Gold Coast Encore Chorale

   Rehearsals: Mondays, starting January 29, 2018 (15 weeks)
   12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. at the Clare (55 E. Pearson)
   Final concert is Thursday, May 10
   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 spring! The 15-week session starts Monday, January 29, 2018 and runs until May, concluding with the all-Encore performance for combined choirs at Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut). Repitoire will feature American folk songs, including “Goodnight, Irene,” “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “My old Kentucky Home,” and many more.

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 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 practice CD will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

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Night Out: Pinstripes

   Thursday, February 8
   5:00 p.m. (Meet at 435 E. Illinois)
   RSVP by Tuesday, February 6
   Register online here

Recommended by CLL members, Pinstripes offers delicious and reasonably-priced Italian and American dishes sure to keep us warm in the depths of winter. We probably won’t play bocce or bowling this time, but we’ll likely admire the beautiful views of the city.

Payment will be Dutch treat

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Goree Cusine and Gallery Guichard

   Friday, February 16
   11:00 a.m. (Meet at 126 E. Chestnut)
   RSVP by Friday, February 9
   Register online here

In celebration of Black History Month, we’ll explore one of the liveliest neighborhoods of our city: Bronzeville. We’ll dive in with a Dutch treat lunch at Goree Cuisine, famous for their Senegalese dishes. Then we will travel down 47th Street to Gallery Guichard which features many different artists but specializes in those from the African Diaspora.

$25 for CLL members
$35 for guest registrants

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Valentine's Day Luncheon

   Thursday, February 15
   11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in the Borwell Dining Room  
   Register by Tuesday, February 6

   Register online here

Our Valentine's Day Luncheon will feature the singing talents of local musician Johnny Bash! A special visit from the Fourth Church Day School children singing some of their favorite love songs and delivering each guest a special treat will conclude the morning. We will also celebrate February birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in February.

Johnny Bash has sung with the the US Navy Blue Jacket Choir, Columbia College and in New York and the Chicago area. He has a new CD, "Something New in My Life".

$20 for CLL members
$25 for guest registrants

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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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