The Transition Network

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.  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
Solo Together invites TTN members currently leading the solo life to create new ways of living a happy and healthy future. Originally led by vibrant aging experts and TTN members Catherine Marienau and Deborah Holton, this group had great discussions exploring topics including health, belonging, relationships with self and others, role or identity shifting, acting on one’s own behalf, and much more.
We're continuing into 2021 talking about exploring the possibility of dating and new relationships.  We're also taking turns facilitating each month.  For more information or to join contact Kimberly Mulcahy, Join us Monday, April 19 @ 6:00 p.m. as we continue our exploration of Online Dating, as TTN members share their experience and success in creating compelling dating profiles. 

Healthy Pathways SIG- Achieve your individual goals!

We all want to live a healthy active life. But sometimes it's hard, especially during the current environment, to stick to our goals.  This Special Interest Group provides a safe and encouraging space where we can take personal accountability for our individual goals. 

Whether you want to increase your steps, make healthier food choices, lose a few pounds, become more active, get more sleep or have a more body positive image, let's buddy-up and help each other achieve our desired healthy habits! We work on changing critical thoughts to positive ones.  We learn to set reachable goals. We identify the triggers that get in the way of reaching our goals.

This group currently meets via Zoom every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. New members always welcome! If interested email Kimberly at


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 introducing new small group in-person events in 2021 led by Terra McFee and Ellen Graber!  To join this Special Interest Group, please email Terra McFee.  She can be contacted at here for information about upcoming events.  Upcoming events - Immersive Van Gogh on June 17 and The Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibit at The Art Institute.   
New and prospective members are always welcome! 

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--virtually!

The theater scene in Chicago is awesome! Our theater going special interest group attends virtual 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 Mary if you plan to join one of the discussions so we can keep an eye out for you:

Upcoming Shows: 

The Sound Inside

Presented by: The Goodman Theatre

Date: Streaming live for five performances May 13-16
            Note that you must watch at a specific time, chosen when you purchase a ticket. 

Price: $18.75 (including Hot Tix fees)

TTN Theater Discussion: Monday, May 17, 7 pm

How The Goodman describes the play: 

Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls directs Adam Rapp’s “sublime, gripping mystery” (The New York Times Critic’s Pick) in its first live production since the Tony Award-nominated Broadway run.

Creative writing professor Bella values her solitude but finds herself opening up to Christopher—a reclusive, mysterious freshman with lofty literary aspirations. As the two connect beyond the classroom, Bella realizes she must ask Christopher for an impossible favor. Their story unfolds to a stunning conclusion, blurring the lines between fiction, friendship and endings.

Performances will be live streamed from Goodman’s Owen Theatre stage to your home­, in real time. Goodman Theatre will follow up by email the week of May 3rd with directions on how to access the Live Stream.

To purchase a ticket, go to:


 Meet Me at the Movies - via Zoom

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 Time: 6 P.M


North Shore Movie Lovers Group - via Zoom OPEN to new participants!

Our next meetings are tentatively scheduled for Wednesdays -
 Movie Discussion:

Movies:(Look Below)

Also, please submit suggestions for future films that we can discuss. Just be cognizant of their availability.

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 is scheduled for Tuesday,May 4th.  
We are all excited to read All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks. In 1986, 26-year old Ruth visits a friend at the hospital when she notices that the door to one of the hospital rooms is painted red. She witnesses nurses drawing straws to see who would tend to the patient inside, all of them reluctant to enter the room. Out of impulse, Ruth herself enters the quarantined space and immediately begins to care for the young man who cries for his mother in the last moments of his life. Before she can even process what she's done, word spreads in the community that Ruth is the only person willing to help these young men afflicted by AIDS, and is called upon to nurse them. As she forges deep friendships with the men she helps, she works tirelessly to find them housing and jobs, even searching for funeral homes willing to take their bodies - often in the middle of the night. She cooks meals for tens of people out of discarded food found in the dumpsters behind supermarkets, stores rare medications for her most urgent patients, teaches sex-ed to drag queens after hours at secret bars, and becomes a beacon of hope to an otherwise spurned group of ailing gay men on the fringes of a deeply conservative state. Throughout the years, Ruth defies local pastors and nurses to help the men she cares for: Paul and Billy, Angel, Chip, Todd and Luke. Emboldened by the weight of their collective pain, she fervently advocates for their safety and visibility, ultimately advising Governor Bill Clinton on the national HIV-AIDS crisis. This deeply moving and elegiac memoir honors the extraordinary life of Ruth Coker Burks and the beloved men who fought valiantly for their lives with AIDS during a most hostile and misinformed time in America.

Date:Tuesday, May 4th- Watch for our ZOOM Invitation
Time: 7 P.M
Place: On Zoom 
RSVP: to Kathleen

North Shore Book Group

Place: Zoom Line Discussion

The Henna Artist“ by Alka Joshi

 Escaping from an arranged and abusive  marriage 17-year-old Lakshami leaves her 1950’s village alone for Jaipur. There she becomes the henna artist and confidante most in demand by wealthy women. Trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she must never reveal her own ..
Date: Tuesday, May 4th
 1 P.M
Place: On Zoom  


Ted Talk Discussion



Lady Golfers! - Register now for the 2021 season!

Are you interested in golfing on Tuesday mornings with other TTN members in the Sydney Marovitz Women’s 9 Hole Golf League?  We will create foursomes and all levels are invited, however, some experience is preferred.   
Registration is now open and this league fills up quickly!  If you are interested, please click on the link below and include ‘TTN Golf” on your registration form.   We have requested tee times between 9:00 and 9:20 A.M. for our TTN foursomes.
Please email Deb Farrell so your name will be added to our list.  Feel free to call with any questions.
Phone:            708-525-7206

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.

Dates: Fridays 
Time: 1:30-3:30
Place: Nookies
                                                          1746 W Wells St.

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! We will meet in-person when it is safe to do so!

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!

Looking for 2 facilitators for this group. Please contact : (if you are interested)


Let's Enjoy Dining Together on Zoom- OPEN to new participants!

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                                 on a rotational basis.(Before the pandemic) 
                                 Date: April 16th 
                                 Time: 1 p.m.
                                 We ask members for suggestions of "over-lunch" discussion topics. Lunch at home during zoom is optional.
: Please email Emma at

Craft Group       
Let's Enjoy Crafting Together on Zoom- OPEN to new participants!                                                  

Select a PictureWhat better time to meet on Zoom to practice our favorite craft or learn a new one as we visit? We’ve done weaving, quilting, beading, knitting, and crocheting. We’ve made mittens out of old sweaters too. But there are many projects to revisit and new ones to learn.

If you’re interested in learning more, please plan to join us on Tuesday, April 6 at 1:00 pm on Zoom, link to follow,
when we’ll do a show and tell. Feel free to pass this to anyone who may be interested. Be sure to respond so we can send you the Zoom link.
RSVP:Please email Rachel at  or  Sally at



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