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çChicago 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.  Most SIGs are now meeting via ZOOM.

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! 

Solo Together!

A SIG for TTN Members Who Are Currently Leading the Solo Life-This Group is FULL
Solo Together 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. This SIG began in June in the evening and continues through November.  For more information contact The complete schedule is listed below :
  • November 9


Explore Chicago--OPEN to new participants! 

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, a tour of Chicago's Pedway, and a Summer afternoon at Pilsen Fest. We've even done some online tours of Chicago on Zoom! 

Explore Chicago is running activities via ZOOM throughout the rest of 2020.
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.

Tell me a Story - Introducing TTN Chicago’s Short Story Listening and Discussion Group

Author Neil Gaiman says of short stories, “They are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” They typically revolve around one event or relationship, conveyed in just a few focused scenes. Because they are short by definition, they can only touch on character, plot, theme, conflict, etc. in abbreviated (but dramatic) fashion.

We invite TTN Chicago members  who love fiction or are just curious to join us. Each month, we will begin by listening to one story read aloud, and then we will participate in a guided discussion of the text. We’ll be reading a wide array of authors including Alice Munro, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison and so many more. Their stories that are sure to entertain and intrigue you!

TTN members Pat Blank and Mary Lee Gosz will facilitate our sessions, with consultation from Maurine Berens and Nancy Sindelar.  Sessions will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from 3 to 4:30 pm, beginning November 17 and running through April 20.  There’s no better way to spend a wintery Chicago afternoon during a pandemic than in front of your laptop listening to a great short story and discussing it with your TTN friends. We hope you’ll join us.  Space is limited, so register now!

Theater Goers Group - A great way enjoy Chicago Theater!

The theater scene in Chicago is awesome! Our theater going special interest group attends irtual streaming performances by exceptional small theater companies in Chicago and beyond at least once a month. When the theaters re-open we expect to attend Sunday matinee and also Thursday evening performances, whichever is most convenient for the group in a given month.
Upon purchasing a ticket, you will receive streaming information via the email provided when you make your ticket purchase.  A Theater Group discussion on Zoom will follow a few days later. 

Please email if you plan to join the theater group discussions so that we can provide Zoom info.

Night, Mother 
Presented by: Invictus Theatre Co.
Dates: October 22-25*
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm
Sunday at 3pm 

*(later dates are available but would not be in time for our discussion)
Price: $20
TTN Theater Group Discussion: Monday, October 26, 7 pm
Synopsis: 'NIGHT, MOTHER displays a mother and daughter relationship in a free fall crisis. Disillusioned Jessie Cates, a woman suffering from epilepsy and depression, announces to her mother Thelma, that she will be killing herself at the end of the evening. The ensuing evening is what playwright Marsha Norman describes as, "a fight for their lives" as Thelma begs, bargains, and beseeches her uncompromising daughter to change her plan. 
To purchase a ticket, go to:
Please rsvp to  if you plan to join the TTN discussion.

Rastus and Hattie
Presented by: 16th Street Theater
Dates: now through October 24
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm
Price: $10 (with $2 service charge)
TTN Theater Group Discussion: Monday, November 9, 7 pm
Synopsis: Needra and Marlene enjoy a perfect post-racial friendship until two problematic robots walk into their christening celebration. These automatons, based on Westinghouse’s 1930 brown-skinned robots, and a glitch in the time-space continuum place them at opposite ends of society in an alternate past. This provocative comedy moves swiftly from the outrageous to the profound as it delves into our traumatic legacy and explores new ideas about how to move forward. Recorded at Chicago’s Classick Studios, this audio play will be paired with provocative illustrations created by artist Roy Thomas and viewed on Vimeo. 
To purchase a ticket, go to:
Please rsvp to  if you plan to join the TTN discussion.

North Shore Movie Lovers Group - via ZOOM

We are discussing the following movies..... 


City Book Group-OPEN to new participants! 

The City Book Group meets once a month, or every month in the evening at 7 pm via ZOOM!  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.

Our next book club meeting most likely on Zoom will be Tuesday, October 19th.   We will be discussing  The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes.   A page-turning biography of world-changing economist John Maynard Keynes and the big ideas that outlived him. In this riveting biography, veteran journalist Zachary D. Carter unearths the lost legacy of one of history's most important minds. John Maynard Keynes's vibrant, deeply human vision of democracy, art, and the good life has been obscured by technical debates, but in The Price of Peace, Carter revives a forgotten set of ideas with the power to reinvent national government and reframe the principles of international diplomacy in our own ti

Date:Tuesday, NOVEMBER 17-- Watch for our ZOOM Invitation
Time: 7 P.M
Place: On Zoom 
RSVP: to Kathleen

North Shore Book Group

Place: Zoom Line Discussion
The book is Dutch House, a novel by Ann Patchett. Dutch House was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of a brother and sister over the course of 5 decades
Date: Tuesday, November 10th 1 p.m. The book is Dutch House, a novel by Ann Patchett. Dutch House was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of a brother and sister over the course of 5 decades
Time: 1P.M.
Place: On Zoom



Lady Golfers! - Sorry, this group is FULL

Weekly golfing with other TTN members in the Sydney Marovitz Women’s 9 Hole Golf League?  We will created foursomes.  All levels invited, however, some experience is preferred.

When:  Tuesday mornings 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.) For more information about Sydney Marovitz Golf Course:

Mahjong Anyone? OPEN to new participants!

We are presently playing on-line using "realMajjong" and having lots of fun! 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: via ZOOM
Time: Every Friday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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! "Happy Hour" on Zoom- OPEN to new participants!

Love to travel? Our “Let’s Travel” Special Interest Group (SIG) will support your passion. Our goal is to bring together members who have been bitten by the travel bug to share their fun travel ideas, and experiences. Members will also have the opportunity to connect with others, share travel experiences and eventually share in the planning of a future trip together. 

For our next meeting on Zoom, Alice Ginsburgh will be presenting on her fascinating trip to the Antarctic! After the presentation, we will break into groups and have a discussion about what we have learned and other travel related topics. Please join us!

Date:October 27 (tuesday)

Time: 5pm CT

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