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Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, July 3rd
4:00-7:00 PM
Hosts: Raphael Kaplan , Bobbe Wolf , and Hugh Brodkey 
(Lunt and Western)
Members-$10; Guests-$20
Come and enjoy some delicious BBQ and good company during the most festive holiday weekend of the summer. Raphael Kaplan is graciously offering his backyard at his north side home across from the Indian Boundary Park. Our hosts will provide the BBQ dishes, guests are welcome to bring appetizers, sides, or desserts enough for six. Please be sure to let the office know what you are bringing when registering. Carpooling is recommended.   Please note: Restroom is not accessible.
Reservation deadline: Thursday, June 30th.
Bridge Basics
Tuesdays, Ongoing 
July 5-26
5:00-6:30 PM
Host: Monika Betts
Members only-$15 per session
This bridge group, led by Jane Kennedy, welcomes intermediate players.
Great Books, Great Conversations
Wednesday, July 6
7:00-8:30 PM
Host: Susan Stodolsky 
Monday July 11
7:00-8:30 PM
Hosts: Jim & Kathy Zartman
Members only-$30 for the book
Discussions are led by member Mel Washburn (Wednesday) and Don Whitfield (Monday). The Monday group will read Benito Cereno by    Herman Melville (electronic copy is available). The Wednesday group will be reading Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt and study in Great Books textbook pg. 335.
Memoir Writing II with Beth Finke
Mondays, July 11-August 29
2:00-3:30 PM 
July 11 Host: TBD
Memoir Writing I with Beth Finke
Thursdays, July 14-September 1
2:00-3:30 PM
July 14 Host: Marjorie Freed 
Members-$60 for the 8 session series; Guests-$90 (Memoir Writing II series only). 
Participants write short pieces and share their writing on various topics exploring events in their lives. Sessions are led by Village member Beth Finke , an award-winning author, teacher, journalist and NPR commentator.
Village Yoga Program
Mondays, Ongoing
July 11-25
3:00-4:30 PM
Yoga Circle 
(401 W. Ontario)
Members only
Special yoga program led by Village member Donatella Santoro and her colleague, Cheryl Hurst
Both taught and inspired by Gabriel Halpern's yoga technique, they bring a self healing approach to yoga. Donatella's teaching style is to awaken postural awareness, improve joint alignment, and increase flexibility and muscle strength while Cheryl teaches yoga for neurological conditions. See for a list of prices and packages.
Banjo Night! 
Monday, July 11
7:00-9:00 PM
Chief O'Neill's
(3471 N. Elston)
Members & Guests-free
Join members John Buenz and Jack Hartray and the Windy City Jammers, a merry band of musicians, playing great classic hits, for an evening of good cheer. Self-hosted dinner.
Women's Discussion Group: TBD
Tuesday, July 12
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Chicago History Museum 
(1601 N. Clark)
Members & Guests-free
Self-hosted lunch to continue discussion at North Clark Café
This informal discussion group of women meets on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss topics of interest; July topic is to be determined.
Men's Discussion Group: 
The Chernobyl Disaster-30 Years Later
Wednesday, July 13
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Chicago History Museum 
(1601 N Clark)
Members and guests-free
Self-hosted lunch to continue discussion at North Clark Cafe
This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the worst nuclear power plant accidents in history. Lucas Hixson, radiation monitoring specialist with Enformable Environmental Services, will discuss his recent 10-day fact-finding trip to the contaminated zone and share his findings, observations and some amazing photographs.
Supporting Your Emotional Well Being 
Thursday, July 14
10:45 AM
Brookdale Lake View
(3121 N. Sheridan Rd)
Members & Guests-free
As we age we are faced with unique and complex challenges that can impact our emotional health. In partnership with Lincoln Park Village and Brookdale Senior Living, join Kate Krajci, LCSW, a social worker with Rush Health and Aging, in a discussion of the myths and facts about emotional health in older adulthood as well as tools, strategies, and resources for self-care. Participants are invited to stay following the program for lunch provided by Brookdale Senior Living.
Coffee For Prospective Members
Friday, July 15
10:00-11:00 AM
Village Office
(2502 N. Clark)
This informal coffee gathering for prospective members provides an opportunity to learn more about     Village life as well as meet Village executive director Dianne Campbell.
Wildflower Walk & Talk
Saturday, July 16
10:00-11:30 AM
Lincoln Park North Pond
(Meet in front of North Pond Restaurant)
Members & guests-free
A continuation of the guided walking tours with   Village member Janet Swenson of the Lincoln Park North Pond. Join for a fabulous insider view of wildflowers, their history, their use, their aroma, and their beauty.
Silver Screenings: 
Raging Bull
Sunday, July 17
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
The Admiral at the Lake 
(929 W. Foster)
Members & Guests-free
Join us for a continuation of our film series "A Robert DeNiro     Retrospective". In the next film DeNiro, who won "Best Actor" in this role, stars as a champion prize fighter tormented by inner demons.
Water Taxi Ride to Chinatown
Friday, July 22
11:00 AM-Departure; 3:45 PM-Approx. Return Time
River Port near Michigan Ave. & Wacker Dr
Members-$5; Guests-$10
Self-hosted lunch in Chinatown at MingHin Cuisine (2168 S. Archer)
Join in for an opportunity to ride one of the Chicago River's hidden gems and take a Water Taxi to Chinatown where the group will enjoy a self-hosted dim sum lunch. After lunch, the group will return in the water taxi to the Magnificent Mile. Please note: Event is not accessible, call the Village for more information. Wait list only.  
Apple Store Tutorial: 
Photo Storage & Management
Sunday, July 24
8:30-10:00 AM
Apple Store-Lincoln Park
(801 W. North Ave)
Members & Guests-free
Join us at the Apple Store for our    private session before the store opens. We'll work on how to organize photos and delete old ones, move photos from your phone to the 'cloud', free up some space but still have access from any Apple device, and how to share with friends and family. And we'll have time for questions and answers.
Ethnic Food Walking Tour
Wednesday, July 27
11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Members only-$40
Take this 1.5 mile walking tour through the Argyle and Andersonville neighborhoods guided by neighborhood resident, chef, and proprietor of Chicago Ethnic Food Tours, Phyllis Petrilli. Taste delicious Vietnamese sandwiches, visit a Middle Eastern grocery and bakery shop, try Swedish glögg at a prohibition-era bar followed by Swedish treats, taste specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and stop at a Mexican "panaderia" for "tres leches" cake. You will meet at Ba Le sandwich shop (5014 N. Broadway) and end at La Baguette Bakery (5712 N Clark). Note: Not all restaurants are accessible. Registration deadline: Wednesday, July 13th.

Basic Meditation 
Join this group, hosted by Sandra Kirmeyer, to learn and practice basic meditation techniques. This is a great opportunity to start or renew your practice - and to experience the joy and multitude of benefits of meditation. The next session will be on Saturday, July 2. Arrive at 9:45 AM for setup, meditation is from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. If you would like to attend or receive notices of upcoming sessions, e-mail Ellen at

This group meets Mondays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in members' homes, usually with three tables. The next meeting will be hosted by  Wally Shah & Liz Ware on Monday, July 4th. If you are interested in joining, please contact Diana Phillips at 

Just Restaurants 
Our vibrant restaurant group takes advantage of all our great food city has to offer. From BYOB to BBQ, French to fusion, seafood to steak--we try them all. If you want to receive information about these outings, please contact Helene Stoffey at
Introducing "Stammtisch" 
Member Brigitte Erbe has started a stammtisch, which is the German word for a "regulars table" and describes a friendly get-together on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 PM at Basil Leaf Cafe, 2465 N Clark Street. The next group session will be Tuesday, July 12th. The group will meet for dinner and a roundtable discussion of a group-selected topic of interest. Brigitte will send out a notice at the end of each month to those who have signed up. Each roundtable will be limited to 8 participants, first come first served. She is hoping to have a list of about 20 interested people as not everyone will be able to come every month. If you would like to attend the next session and/or become a member, please contact Brigitte at
Knitting for a Purpose 
The knitting and crocheting group meets most Wednesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at Sister Arts Studio (721 W. Wrightwood). Beginners and experts are welcome to join. The group will be making hats, scarves and mittens for the Night Ministry. Bring your needles and yarn, maybe even some coffee or tea. Sister Arts Studio will be happy to supply needles and/or yarn, patterns, and tips.For more information, please contact Beth Hickey at
The Bells of Summer
Sunday, August 7
4:30-6:30 PM
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
(5850 S. Woodlawn)
Members & Guest-free
Self-hosted picnic & BYOB
Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and listen to the recently restored carillon during their final concert of the summer. Members and guest are welcome to climb the 271 steps up the carillon tower 30 minutes before the  concert. Note: tower access is not accessible. Carpooling will be coordinated; please  indicate if you are willing to drive when registering.
Registration deadline: July 29th.
Summer BBQ & Potluck at the Stuckey's 
Tuesday, August 9
6:00-8:30 PM.
Hosts: Lois & Rick Stuckey
(Fremont & Armitage)
Members only-$15
Join us for our annual summer time potluck at the Stuckey's. Our hosts will provide delicious chicken sausages, brats, and grilled corn. Guests should bring appetizers, side dishes, or dessert for about six.
Please note: Restroom is not accessible.  
Registration deadline: August 5th.
Wildflower Walk & Talk
Saturday, August 13
10:00-11:30 AM
Lincoln Park North Pond
(Meet in front of North Pond Restaurant)
Members & guests-free
A continuation of the guided walking tours with   Village member J anet Swenson of the Lincoln Park North Pond. Join for a fabulous insider view of wildflowers, their history, their use, their aroma, and their beauty.
Water Taxi Ride to Chinatown
Thursday, August 18
11:00 AM-Departure
3:45 PM-Approx. Return Time
River Port near Michigan Ave. & Wacker Dr.
Members-$5; Guests-$10
Self-hosted lunch in Chinatown at MingHin Cuisine (2168 S. Archer).
Join in for an opportunity to ride one of the Chicago River's hidden gems and take a Water Taxi to Chinatown where the group will enjoy a self-hosted dim sum lunch. After lunch, the group will return in the water taxi to the Magnificent Mile. Please note: Event is not accessible, call the Village for more information.
Reservation deadline: August 5th.

Silver Screenings: 
Taxi Driver
Sunday, August 21
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
The Admiral at the Lake 
(929 W. Foster)
Members & Guests-free
Join us for final film of the film series "A Robert DeNiro Retrospective". DeNiro, nominated for "Best Actor" in this film, stars as a cab driver who descends into madness. Co-starring 14 year old Jodie Foster and directed by Martin Scorsese.




Eight-session series :
Thursdays, Ongoing 
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Church of the Three Crosses
(333 W. Wisconsin)
Members - $64 for the series of 8 sessions, or $10 per session;
Guests- $15 per session. 
Join in anytime! For more information about NIA, click here


Eight-session series: 
Tuesdays, Ongoing 
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Studio 1002
(1002 W. Diversey)
Members Only - $160 for the series of 8 sessions
Payment goes directly to
Studio 1002. 


Check out these special offers for Village members to stay active.


Chicago Athletic Club

Contact the Village office for information on obtaining a one-month free trial membership.


XSport Fitness 

Contact the Village office for information on obtaining a 7-day trial membership. 

Board of Directors 
Ruth Ann Watkins, President
David Baker, Vice President
Kathleen Kolodgy, Vice President and President-Elect
Mary Ann Schwartz, Vice President
Joan Goldstein, Secretary
J. Dirk Vos, Treasurer

John A. Bross
Charles G. Cooper
John Craib-Cox
Nancy Felton-Elkins
Jack Hartray
Hollis Hines
John Holton
Bruce Hunt
Joe Lane
Alan T. Lougee
Joseph Loundy
Charlotte Newberger
Marcia Opp
Leatrice Berman Sandler
John Simonds
Mary Ann Smith
Lois Stuckey
Advisory Council
Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD
Robyn L. Golden
Robert B. Lifton
Joanne G. Schwartzberg, MD
Michael Spock
Immediate Past President
Katherine Zartman
Dianne S. Campbell
Founding Executive Director

What is Lincoln Park Village?


Lincoln Park Village is a leader in the nationwide Village movement. It is an innovative, nonprofit membership organization, shaped by its members to create possibilities and choices for our lives. As a volunteer-based community, we provide stimulating, challenging activities and programs, help if it is needed, a sense of belonging, and opportunities to contribute and build for the future. Our Member-Plus program enables all neighbors regardless of income, to join and integrate fully into Village life.


By leveraging the talents, wisdom and skills of older adults, we have become an important asset to our communities and to each other. Together, we are helping invent a different future for older adults in America.

Serving Chicago's North Side neighborhoods from River East to Edgewater and beyond, our Village is a unique resource--professional yet neighborly and close-by--valuable to you right now and as your needs change


Call us! Join us!



2502 N. Clark Street   

Chicago, IL 60614

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June/July 2016
Dear Neighbor,

In June of 2010, around 140 members celebrated the Village's first anniversary with a reception followed by an informative presentation by Gail Sheehy at the Chicago History Museum. The occasion was also a benefit and funds were raised from ticket sales and host committee participation.

As the years went on and the Village grew, a silent auction and raffle were added to the event and the entertainment became, well... more entertaining with performers from The Second City and Steppenwolf.

Now in 2016, the Village has grown to over 425 members and so has the need for the programs and resources that members count on. And we have really learned how to party(!) - while raising the funds that support our work.

Record-Breaking Results!
Thanks to the generosity of Village members and friends - and the hard work of many people, our event was a record-breaking success!  

Benefit by the Numbers: 17 Anniversary Planning Committee members; 50 Host Committee members; 75 auction items; 393 members, guests, volunteers, and staff; and Fund-A-Need pledges from over 76 donors earning a challenge grant of $7,500; and generated more that $90,000 after expenses (a 50% increase over last year).  

Thanks to everyone who attended, donated, bid, volunteered, and otherwise participated to celebrate and support this unique and essential enterprise, Lincoln Park Village.
Dianne S. Campbell
Founding Executive Director
Welcome New and Renewing Members 
The Village welcomes these new and renewing members. We are proud to report that 90% of members chose to renew their Village membership this past year. Thank you all!

Click here to view new and renewing members.
So Many Thank You's!
This happy and successful evening was made possible by so many people:

The planning committee co-chaired by Estelle Spector and Carol Rosofsky who worked as a team for many months to create the event  - and to Judy Bross who spearheaded the silent auction.

The host committee who supported the event with their contributions and invited guests.

The office team who made the whole process run like a top.

Many people contributed interesting, creative and desirable items to the auction. We are especially proud of the donations we received from our friends and supporters in the community .

With gratitude from a happy Village! 
Fund-A-Need At Village Benefit Supports Member-Plus
The Village holds dear the values of inclusiveness and compassion and so even before opening the doors, this commitment was made:

Lack of money will never stand between anyone and Village membership.

And so the Member-Plus program was created to make membership available on a sliding scale to individuals and households earning less than $50,000 per year and for those with less than $28,000 a year, credit to be used for whatever they need or want.*  Click here for details of the Member-Plus program.

One of the best things about Member-Plus is that as you look around you at potlucks and programs and other gatherings, there is no way to tell who is a participant in the program. It is completely confidential and just one of the invisible support systems that strengthens the bonds within our community.

Read about the very first Member-Plus member here.

* Levels based on Elder Economic Security Standard Index which is a measure of the income required to meet the basic needs of elder households so they can live in the community setting of their choice.
A Member-Plus Story
At the benefit last week, member Don Bell spoke movingly of the impact that Village has on his life and what the Member-Plus program has meant to him. Read his story here .
Village Members and Guests Enjoy a Great Evening! 

7th Anniversary by Diana Phillips
Early arriving guests at registration. 

7th Anniversary - by Angie Levinstein
All set! Auction tables await eager bidders.

7th Anniversary by Tom Campbell
Jack Hartray, John Buenz and Gretchen Althen share a happy moment.

7th Anniversary by Dasia Yanes-Beckley
Member Judy Bross, chair of the fabulous auction, and her husband and Village Board Member John Bross.
7th Anniversary by Dasia Yanes-Beckley
Bidders peruse the wines contributed by Village board members. 
7th Anniversary by Diana Phillips
Current board member John Holton and former board member Jane Curry.
7th Anniversary by Diana Phillips
Table tents placed around the room told guests about the Village.
7th Anniversary by Dasia Yanes-Beckley
Village Executive Director Dianne Campbell introduces Tom Kuczmarski.

Tom Kuczmarski and volunteer Allie Povedano announce the raffle winners.
A big smile from the live auction winner of hot, hot Hamilton tickets!

Member Don Bell (r) explains what the Village's Member-Plus program has meant to him.
7th Anniversary - by Diana Phillips
Event co-chairs Estelle Spector (l) and Carol Rosofsky (r) cast a watchful eye over the proceedings.
7th Anniversary - by Diana Phillips
A generous response swept the room for Fund-A-Need to support the Village's subsidized membership program.

A packed house enjoying performance of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater.
7th Anniversary by Dasia Yanes-Beckley
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater.

7th Anniversary - by Diana Phillips
Guests enjoying the show. 

Happy Ending! Ruth Ann Watkins, Village President giving benefit results to the board members.

Joining Lincoln Park Village

Membership is available to people 50+ living in Chicago's north side communities from River East to Edgewater and beyond. For your convenience, you can click on the membership application below, or if you prefer, call the Village office for other options. A reduced-rate program, Member Plus, is available for those on limited fixed incomes.

After becoming a member, we will welcome you and connect you to the specific people, activities and services that fit your unique interests and needs. Our goal is always to help you explore possibilities and support your choices so you can live the life you wish to live.


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