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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 Ann Marie Downing.
  • 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.

New and prospective members are always welcome! 

Introducing Solo Together!

A New SIG for TTN Members Who Are Currently Leading the Solo Life
TTN Chicago is delighted to announce the formation of the SIG, Solo Together, which invites TTN members currently leading the solo life to create new ways of living a happy and healthy future. Led by vibrant aging experts and TTN members Catherine Marienau and Deborah Holton, this group will explore topics as diverse as health, belonging, relationships with self and others, role or identity shifting, acting on one’s own behalf, and much more.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ease of using Zoom, we will use it as our meeting space for the duration of the SIG during 2020. The sessions will not be recorded to encourage personal sharing and protect privacy. The SIG begins on June 15 in the evening and continues through November.  Register on our Event page. For more information contact The complete schedule is listed below :
  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 9

Active Aging 

Why shouldn’t all our years be alive with purpose and brimming with healthful activity? That’s what The International Council on Active Aging asked in 2000, launching worldwide interest and action around policies and programs for aging adults.  Active aging promotes the vision of all individuals fully engaging in life within all 7 dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual/cognitive, Physical, Professional/vocational, Social, Spiritual

TTN member Viki Ryan will lead this SIG using an interactive approach to Journey through Dimensions of Wellness.  From January through May, Viki will lead participants through themes including, setting your intentions for 2020, developing a growth mindset, and changing the way we age from the inside out!  RSVP to Viki:   
Viki Ryan, Wellness Coach, Positive Aging Specialist and Certified Fitness Professional, will facilitate each open discussion-circle using respectful inclusive and confidential conversation practices. Each Conversation Cohort will run for 8 weeks and continue moving forward with renewal commitment from existing members at the 5 week mark to allow new members to join in when space permits. 
Date:  --     June 4thWatch for Zoom Invitation! (Last seesion until the Fall)
Time: 6-8 P.M.
Place: Member's House in Streeterville          


Mindful Practices and Mindful Living Group  

Meets quarterly.  The intention of this special interest group is to explore learn and practice ways to live more mindfully, experience more awareness, compassion, and live with more ease and peace in our minds and bodies.  The group would include discussion, practice, readings and meditations as well as accountability and support from the group in sticking with the practices. The group usually meets monthly at a member’s house. 

Jaci McCarty, who leads these sessions, is a Certified Yoga Teacher with advanced training and a Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher serving Chicago and the surrounding suburbs



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 plan an event every other month.  The events can range from museum tours to exploring neighborhoods to a comedy show or any other special event. Our events have included  - A guided tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art, an evening at the Chicago Magic Lounge, A boat ride to China town for lunch  and a Summer afternoon at Pilsen Fest.

Sujatha Kailas runs this group with the help from many other members who help organize the events.
She can be contacted at here for information about upcoming events.



Knitting & Textile Group - A Close Knit Group!

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. One of our members is happy to work on a project for beginner knitters.

Date:  CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE -- Hope you make great progress on your projects!

Please RSVP to Ann-Marie Downing  We are looking for a member to lead/facilitate this group!

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.

Meet Me at the Movies -  Downtown Chicago Group 

Next Date to be Announced...

Date: TBD --Postponed until further notice due Covid-19 restrictions

Hope you'll explore great movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming media!  Why not share you favorites in a group text or on social media! 

Movie: TBA : Closer to the date    RSVP: Ellen Rissman

Theater Goers Group - A great way 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.
Offered on zoom. RSVP: 
 Email Mary Fontaine (

TTN's Theater Group is supporting local theaters that are streaming content.
The show we plan to see next is described below. 


Soul Stories Live: Family Drama!

Sun, May 31, 2020
Time:2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT
Cost: $10
TTN Theater Group Zoom discussion: May 31, 3:45

Listen as gifted Writers, Actors and Comics take you on an AUDIO ADVENTURE.True tales about FAMILY DRAMA! Use your imagination while listening to wacky stories of eccentric relatives, parental expectations, funny funerals and sibling rivalry. If you like the Moth on NPR, you will love this show!

To purchase a ticket and receive the Zoom details for the Soul Stories podcast, go to

Please RSVP for the TTN group discussion by emailing


   North Shore Movie Lovers Group (zoom)






City Book Group 

The City Book Group meets once a month, or 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.

     This month we are reading: The Girl with Seven Names  A North Korean Defector’s Story  by: by Hyeonseo Lee             
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.
The book has four main parts. [1] The author’s life in North Korea. [2] The author’s life living as an “illegal alien” within China. [3] The author’s adaptation to life in South Korea, whose culture was markedly different from North Korean culture. [4] The author’s efforts to get her mother and brother from North Korea to South Korea.

Date:Tuesday, July 7th -- Watch for our ZOOM Invitation if needed at this time
Time: 7 P.M
Place: TBD
RSVP: to Kathleen

North Shore Book Group

This groups meets on the first Tuesday every other month at 6:30 pm at members' homes from Evanston to Highland Park. Members suggest and vote on selections of either fiction or non-fiction. 

Book: Our next book selection is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Per Good Reads: "Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history."

Please contact Dahlia at 

Date:July 7th
Time: TBD
Place: Zoom Line Discussion


Finding Your Own North Star

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This group will be meeting for seven sessions through zoom. Each member of the group will have an opportunity to faciltate chapters in the book that interest them. University Professor Emerita and founder of The Comfort Club, Dr. Deborah Holton. Members will  discover their essential self, and began to explore how to further develop their careers and lives so that they are authentic and satisfying. (This session is filled)

Book: Finding Your own North Star by Martha Beck
Dates: June 1, June 16
Time: 6:30-8:30
Place: Zoom Line Discussion



Lunch Bunch - North Short and Near North Suburbs

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. 


RSVP: Emma Kalaidjian


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.
Monthly, 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 Laura Winters




Lady Golfers!

Are you interested in golfing weekly with other TTN members in the Sydney Marovitz Women’s 9 Hole Golf League?  We will create foursomes and need a minimum of 8 golfers.  All levels invited, however, some experience is preferred.

When:  Tuesday mornings beginning the end of May through the beginning of September  (Tee times start between 8:30-10:30 A.M.)
*Cost: (2019 prices)  $450 per person/$355 for Seniors (62+)

Included in the cost: League green fees, Weekly prizes, End of Season Banquet, Players Advantage Card (discounts on driving range, etc.)
   -Weekly prizes

This is a very popular league so we will need to register as soon as the registration opens during the first week of March.  (More details to follow!) Please email Deb Farrell by Feb. 1 if you are interested.  Feel free to call with any questions.  Email:  Phone: 708-525-7206

For more information about Sydney Marovitz Golf Course:

Mahjong Anyone? We are presently playing on-line. For more information contact Debra Chandler 

American mahjong 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.

Place: Nookies Wells, 1746 North Wells St, Chicago  60614
RSVP:  Debra Chandler
New to the game, no worries, no experience necessary. Once you RSVP we will send you the name of our mahjong teacher so you can sign up for classes before you come and play. We can use more players so do not delay in reaching out to us. The more players the better!


Let's Travel!

Love to travel? Our “Let’s Travel” Special Interest Group (SIG) will support your passion. Our goal is to bring members who have been bitten by the travel bug together to share their fun travel ideas, and experiences. Members will also have the opportunity to connect with others who may be looking for travel companions for a booked trip or finding others to share in the planning of a trip together. “Let’s Travel” will also organize two weekend trips per year.

Our meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8pm. If you enjoy travel please join us. We’ve had a great response & lots of fun so far! We would love for you to join our next  “Let’s Travel” gathering

Travel Group is bringing Let's Travel Happy Hour on Zoom
Date: June 9, (Tuesday)

Date: June 9 (Tuesday)
Time: 5 P.M.

RSVP: Please email Sandy & Nani at out Let’s Travel gmail