November/December 2018 Newsletter
In This Issue
Message from the
Skyline Village Chicago Board
From the President
We are proud to welcome two new members to our Skyline Village Chicago Board of Directors.  D Clancy is active in our Salon and on the Policy/Advocacy Committee.   She taught our Boost You Brain Program.  Jim Ross is a former executive and entrepreneur who is also active on our P/A committee. They will add valuable insights and contributions to help Skyline continue to grow and thrive.

Don't forget that this is open enrollment season and that you should never fall in love with your Medicare D Plan.  For an update on what is new in Medicare, and in Part D, mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual program that Skyline presents in collaboration with CJE SeniorLife, Mather LifeWays, and The Village Chicago.  Our members have saved thousands of dollars by reviewing their plans each year.

We're delighted that Mary Schulatz has revived Sticks & Strings.  Again this year we are collecting hand made hats and scarves as well as toiletries and non-perishable food items that will help families in crisis who come to Between Friends.  Bring your donations to our November Friday Forum, and join us at Sticks & Strings.

Interested in serving on a committee or planning an event, let us know.

Happy Thanksgiving and we wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.  And if you haven't already done so, VOTE on Tuesday

                                                                   Phyllis Mitzen

If you haven't joined or renewed your membership yet, please do. Skyline Village Chicago needs your support to keep doing what we do.
Editor's Note:

If you can't see this newsletter all the way down to the Skyline Mission Statement, that means that your email server doesn't automatically download longer emails. When you read to the bottom, you should see a message to 'Download all'.  Click on it to get all the information about the latest in SVC, news from our members and goings on in our vibrant neighborhood. We don't want you to miss anything!

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Go to, log in, and select Skyline Village Chicago Inc as your charity. All of your Amazon info will carry over. That's all you have to do. The rest of your Amazon info will carry over. A portion of any Amazon purchase you make will benefit SVC. 

Good Times with Skyline Village Chicago
September Friday Forum

Brad Winick spoke to us about Livable Chicago for all Ages at September's Forum.  He emphasized that there is not an overall plan in Chicago that incorporates public health, transportation, affordable housing, access to health care, walkability. Currently there is no local champion providing leadership to bring all of the players together.  In order to promote conversation about aging in community, the Chicago Aging Collaborative is staging educational forums developing strategies to incorporate these issues into electoral discussions.  For more information or to get on the mailing list to learn about future CAC events email

October Friday Forum

Street/High Rise Safety Tips from CPD Community Policing Officer
Sgt. Chris Schenk was featured at the Skyline Village Friday Forum at Mity Nice Grill on October 27. Here are a number of examples he offered for keeping yourself and your neighbors safe:
High rise safety:
  • Know your neighbors: they are in the best position to notice if someone or something suspicious is happening on your floor.
  • Know your building: Where are emergency exits located? Are there areas that need improved lighting? Who are your security staff? Do you know how to contact them?
  • ALWAYS lock your apartment door when you leave, if only for a few minutes. He noted that many of us use laundry facilities located on another floor and we cavalierly leave our door ajar or unlocked when we visit the management office, the laundry, or the receiving room.
Street Safety
  • Women: Carry your purse so that it is in front of you and always visible, not behind you or at your side. Many women believe that carrying a purse across their body will discourage theft. Not really, Sgt. Schenk said. Women have suffered bodily injury when a thief grabs the purse strap and drags the victim down the street.
  • Men: Do not carry your wallet in your back pocket; keep it in front of you or in an inside pocket. Men and Women: Carry your backpack at your side with the zipper or flap against your body.
  • Everyone: Do not walk into a coffee shop and set your belongings down on a table or chair while you buy you coffee. There very well may be individuals sitting in the shop observing customers as they come in. A thief can sweep a laptop and briefcase off that chair in seconds and be out the door before you even turn around.
  • Be alert while talking on your cellphone; better yet, don't use your cellphone while on the bus or walking on the street. If you must, use your earpiece. 
  • To request a security inspection of your High Rise building, you may call the 18th District Community Policing Office at 312.742.5778.  

Sergeant Chris Schenk, 
Community Policing Officer, Chicago Police Department


If you want to help plan events or have an idea for programs, please contact, or better yet -- join the Events Committee, which meets the first Monday of every month. 
Did you enjoy one of SVC's events and want to tell us about it? Do you have some pictures to share? We'd love to have your reviews and your photos for the newsletter and website.  
Be sure to include the event you attended and the names of the folks in the photos.
Skyliner Expeditions

Early snowbirds and hardy Chicagoans, please share your late autumn adventures with us. Send them to Judy Karlov, by mid-December for our January-February newsletter.

Pacific Coast
By Melinda Daniels
This is my new favorite place: Olympic National Park on the Pacific coast. I really didn't want to come back, it was so peaceful and quiet and just beautiful. Actually I like it better than Italy!! Just go....

Melinda Daniels_Pacific Coast


  Been on any great trips lately? We are eager to hear about it. Where have you traveled? Do you have a story to share? Tell us about it. Where did you go? Did you have a favorite place? Favorite experience? Favorite piece of art? Memorable meal?  Did something surprise you? Best experience?  Or even the worst - because sometimes those make the best stories, don't they?

It doesn't have to be long. Send a photo or three and maybe write a paragraph. If you have a great story to tell, it can be longer. It's your trip, your story and we can't wait to share the adventure.

Send to or to Judy Karlov at for the next newsletter.

  Skyline Village Chicago 
Our Favorite Things

Lake View Music Society
Submitted by Melinda Daniels

I recently learned about the LakeView Musical Society, founded 1895, which gives musical performances at 900 North Michigan 6 times a year on the second Tuesday of the month December through March. Concerts are one hour long and start at 1:00pm and take place at the New Music School on the 6th floor of 900 North Michigan. 

Your first concert is free. After that they would like a $40 for 6 concerts a year. I attended this recently and heard a wonderful baritone and a piano soloist. Please go - and spread the word. They would love for more people to know about them!  


Second Saturdays at St. James Chapel
Submitted by D. Clancy

Having recently enjoyed a fantastic piano, violin, and clarinet performance at the St. James Chapel in the Archbishop Quigley Center (835 N. Rush), it occurred to me that others would probably enjoy upcoming programs as well. Held on the second Saturdays of the month from September through May, these free hour-long classical concerts feature professional vocalists and instrumentalists.

The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Windows, a wonderful non-sectarian volunteer group that came together to save the iconic stained glass windows in the Chapel. Painted by Robert Giles and his wife and completed in 1925, age, pollution, and temperature extremes had taken their toll on the windows, and the Chapel was on the brink of closure in 1994. Thanks to a fantastic restoration job supported by the Friends of the Windows Conservancy, the structure was put on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1996. Free tours are held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Upcoming musical programs are scheduled for November 11 and December 8 at 2:00 p.m. As the chill of winter and the hubbub of the holidays approach, I can't recommend a cozier, more delightful way to spend a magical hour than in the splendor of St. James Chapel. 

Hope to see you there!

D. Clancy


Want to Start a Memoir-Writing Group? 
Submitted by Regan Burke

I've been writing in Beth Finke's Memoir Class for 5 years. I started writing to rid myself of chronic pain as prescribed by Dr. John Stracks, an integrative health doctor. Now I have a full-length book to be published in 2020! 
Beth Finke has a new course " Beth Finke's Masterclass How to Teach Memoir Writing." It's a  short course  in  how to organize and lead your own memoir-writing classes. It includes e verything you need to start and run your class on an affordable i nstant-download PDF format. Check it out here:

Art on the Mart
Submitted by Phyllis Mitzen

On Wednesday through Sunday night, from 7:15 and 9:15 wander down the Riverwalk between Wells and Lake to take in Chicago's newest fabulous attraction

Do you have a Favorite Thing you'd like to share with your fellow Skyliners?  Send it to us at
Please Note: The favorite things are the personal favorite things of the contributors.  They are not endorsed or recommended by Skyline Village Chicago in any way.   
Skyline Thoughts
From Our 
Submitted by Bella Vist

View from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois' 30th floor event space - the building's original roof before a 24 story vertical addition was added in 2010.
300 E. Randolph St.

Gift Horse by Hans Haacke arrived at the Art Institute in October.
For more information:

Do you have something you'd like to share with your Skyline Village friends in the next newsletter? A news story, a poem, blog, piece of art, photo, a Favorite thing, a quote?  We'd love to include you in upcoming newsletter and the website.


Skyline Village Chicago
News We Can Use
New to Medicare in 2019?

Evaluating Medigap Insurance Options

Myths and Facts about Flu Shots
How other countries could help fix the US retirement system
John Oliver Elder Guardianship 
Note: Adult language. 

Want to Keep Your Brain Sharp? Take Care of Your Eyes and Ears

Protect Yourself with AARP Fraud Watch
Marijuana Use is Now as Common Among Baby Boomers as it is Among Teens, Federal Data Shows.

If you find something you think would be beneficial or interesting to
fellow members, please email it with News We Can Use in the subject line.
SVC Community Partner Announcements
(listed alphabetically)
Chicago Park District

Lake Shore Park 
808 N. Lake Shore Drive
Seneca Park/Eli M. Schulman Playground 
220 E. Chicago Avenue

Advisory Council Meetings
Normally Meets Second Monday of the Month
November 12
December 10

Report from October 9 Advisory Council MeetingSarah White, Lakefront Planning coordinator for the Park District and 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins addressed the council. With the commitment by the Alderman and the dedication of funds from the JDL Holy Name Development, the Park District is moving forward in retaining site design for the rebuilding of the Eli M. Schulman Playground and Seneca Park. The Park District will return to the Council in early January with a detailed presentation
of the plan. 

SVC plans to work with the Park District to advocate for older adults and people with disabilities as they redesign our playgrounds and play fields, encouraging them to incorporate things like PickleBall and adult playground equipment as is found all over Asia, Europe and South America. Please consider joining us as we attend park district advisory council meetings. 

Fall fitness classes begin Monday are currently running through Sunday, December 9.  


Fall Parks Spruce-up
Saturday, November 10
8:30am - 12:00pm

Join us to give our parks a helping hand before winter.  Meet at the Lake Shore Field House east end of the field for assignments.  Warm beverage, sweets, tools and gloves will be provided

Register to volunteer here:

Lighting of Seneca Park/Eli M. Schulman Playground
Thursday, November 15

A reception will be held at Engine Company 98 with the lighting ceremony at 6:00pm.
Catering will be provided by Ritz Carlton Chicago, Harry Carey's 7th Inning Stretch, and Eli's Cheesecake


Rollin' with Frosty
Lake Shore Park Field House
808 N. Lake Shore Drive
Friday, December 14
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for holiday roller skating fun in the park. Limited number of skates available to borrow

For further information call Lake Shore Park at 312-742-7891.


Washington Square Park 
901 N. Clark Street

Advisory Council
Meets Second Wednesday of the Month
November 14
December 12
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Newberry Library, Room B-91
60 W. Walton, Elm Street entrance


Chicago Park District
Millennium Park  
201 E. Randolph Street

Millennium Park Art Market
November 16-17
11:00am - 7:00pm
Chase Promenade North

Start your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, fashion, painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and more on sale by more than 150 student artists. 

Part of the City of Chicago's  Year of Creative Youth program, the Millennium Park Art Market is supported by the  Millennium Park Foundation.


Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink
November 16 - March 6
Monday-Thursday 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Free lesson 11:00am
Saturday/ Sunday 10:00am - 9:00pm, Free lesson 9:00am

Take a spin on the ice during the 18th season of this Chicago winter tradition.
Skating is FREE and open to the public

November 16 - January 6
City of Chicago Christmas Tree

Lighting Ceremony
November 16

Miguel Cervantes, star of Hamilton Chicago Company playing Broadway In Chicago's CIBC Theatre, will serve as the emcee for the ceremony featuring music and special guests.


Caroling at Cloud Gate
Fridays November 23, 30
December 7, 14
Weds December 12
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song.
  • Friday, November 23: The Old Town School Community Choir
  • Friday, November 30: Janet Sutton & the Voices of ACME
  • Friday, December 7: Chicago Chamber Choir
  • Wednesday, December 12: The King's Singers, Apollo Chorus of Chicago and ChiArts: The Chicago High School for the Arts, in collaboration with Harris Theater
  • Friday, December 14: Chicago Gay Men's Chorus


Maggie Daley Park 
337 E. Randolph

Skating Ribbon 
Opens November 16, weather permitting

Monday - Thursday: noon - 8:00 pm

Friday: noon - 10:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City's skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience "alpine in the city" as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates. In the summertime, the Ribbon can be used to watch climbers on the climbing wall. Admission is free. Skates available for rental. 
Phone: 312.552.3000

The Talmud teaches us that a small light dispels much darkness, and in times like this we have to remember that the more light we bring, the more darkness we're going to dispel. 
                                  Rabbi Moishe Mayir Vogel
Community Safety - CAPS and Beat Meetings

You can take an active role in helping the Chicago Police Department prevent crime in your neighborhood by attending your police district's Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meetings. If you need assistance from the Police Department, Fire Department, or an ambulance please call 911 immediately. 
The 18th District  serves residents east of the River and south of Fullerton Lincoln Park, Old Town, River North, Gold Coast and Streeterville.

Contact info: 312-742-5870 or email at 
Beats in our area are 1831, 1832, 1833 and 1834
To confirm/identify your District and Beat, use this map.

For a full list of 18th District Events, click here.
Encore Illinois
Gold Coast Chorale Concert
Monday, December 3
The Clare
55 E. Pearson

All Encore  Combined Chorale HolidayConcert
Thursday, December 13
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Buchanan Chapel
126 E. Chestnut

Encore's fall season is finishing up. The Gold Coast Chorale will perform at The Clare December 3 and the combined chorales will perform a holiday concert at Fourth Presbyterial Church December 13. Performances are free and open to the public.
Keep Your aLamps - Andre Thomas
Calypso Christmas - Natalie Sleeth
Gesu Bambino - Pietro Yon
Bring a Menorah Jeanette Isabella - Jonathan Miller
Aluunde Alluia - Yoruba lullaby arranged b MD Mauch and J. Miller
Ocho Kandelikas  - F Jagoda, arr Joshua Jacobson
Glow - Eric Whitacre
Do You Hear What I Hear - arr. Simeone

Encore's Good Memories Chorale 
Tuesday, December 11
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Buchanan Chapel
126 E. Chestnut

This will be the first performance by  Good Memories, a choir comprised of people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners along with supportive volunteers (many who are members of Encore Chorale).  The choir has met for weekly rehearsals starting in September and  will perform musical standards known to all.  

To learn more about Good Memories:

For more information or if you are interested in joining or supporting the any of the Encore Illinois Chorales go to  

Beth Finke
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street

Family and Place: A Memoir Writing Workshop for Adults 55 or better
 Friday, November 16,  
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Celebrations, Milestones and Moments: A Memoir Writing Workshop for Adults 55 and Better,
Friday, December 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm

 Remember a presentation memoir-writing teacher and published author Beth Finke gave at Skyline Village when her book "Writing Out Loud" was published last year?  She'll be doing a few free presentations at Harold Washington Library Center in November and December, 2018, both of them free of charge and open to the public.

Every month
Register:    Call 888.600.2560
or email

Presented by: Mather Lifeways

With Telephone Topics, you simply call a toll-free number to listen to a wide range of interesting discussions and programs. Dial into...
  • Wellness programs
  • Participate in live, guided chair yoga or meditation sessions to stretch your body or mind.
  • Education programs
  • Learn about history, healthy habits, architecture, and more-it's easy to learn something new!
  • Discussion topics
  • Share a piece of your mind when you join a lively discussion on sports, movies, and other topics.
  • Music reviews
  • Listen and learn about opera, early rock 'n' roll, and other musical genres that get your toes tapping.
  • Live performances
  • Enjoy a live vocal performance or master storytelling session in the comfort of your own chair-with no cover charge!

    To register online or download the current schedule of Telephone Topics, go to

All calls are free.

Northwestern Medicine 

Fall Fitness Sessions are currently in session.  Please check the schedule for the wellness classes.  Participants who register late will be prorated for missed classes for fitness classes.  We offer classes each quarter throughout the year. Winter sessions begin the week of January 7
In Streeterville, we have a full line of fitness classes appropriate for Mature Adults including:
Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Osteoporosis, Zumba Gold {R}, Pilates, Line Dancing, Low-Impact Aerobics, Nia, Tai Chi, and Strength and Balance.  Our classes are small and our instructors are well trained.  We are able to offer individual modifications for a variety of physical and medical conditions as needed.
We also offer Wellness Classes on a rotating basis, including Fasting Diets, What's It All about; Detox, Cleansing and Rejuvenation; Food as Medicine; Going Gluten Free; Guided Mindful Meditation; and Meditation: Through Mindful Movement.
F or information on our classes or to register, please go to:
To register by phone, please call 312.926.8400.   
Call and ask about registering for a free trial fitness class today.


Chicago Memory Cafe
3rd Tuesday of the month
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Loyola University Chicago
Schreiber Center
16 E. Pearson, 9th Floor, Wintrust Hall

The Chicago Memory Café is a free monthly gathering for people living with dementia and their family, friends and care partners, providing support and social connection to those at any stage of the disease. People with dementia and their care partners often experience social disengagement and disconnection as they navigate disease progression, which can cause depression, health decline and other challenges. Social connection can help people maintain mental, emotional ad physical health.

The café has met monthly since January with an average attendance of 45. Structured programming has included chair yoga, scrapbooking, live performances and dance. Program evaluations indicated that participants enjoy meeting others, sharing similar experiences, trying something new and spending time together.

The cafe is free but registration is needed. Call 312.908 9023 or email 

Streeterville Neighborhood Association
Public Safety Note

You may have seen one of these broken sign post bases around the neighborhood, there are several. Recently Craig Kaiser of the Streeterville Neighborhood Association received two reports of people tripping on them and has volunteered to help. There is no code for these in the 311 system so it takes a little more effort to get them removed. If a number of these are identified,  CDOT will have more reason to send someone out to do the repairs than if we just report one post.

Mind your feet and keep an eye out for tripping hazards like these.  If you see them, you can report on the SeeClickFix app.  

You can also send the exact location, street number and any other information like the name of the nearest business and Craig will create a list and work with 311 to get them repaired.

Craig's email address is

This one is in front of 220 E. Illinois in front of the Optima Signature Apartment Building on the east edge of the parking cutout.

This hazard is located on the South side of the 600 LSD building near the South East Corner

Streeterville Neighborhood Walks

Great fun on our recent Streeterville Neighborhood Walk. I wanted to show the group the current art at the Art Club of Chicago garden but from the corner I could not see anything so we moved on. Later, one of our Walkers mentioned hearing bird songs from the Garden so I went back and discovered that in fact there is a Sound and Software project there consisting of Bird songs heard as the sun traverses the globe at dawn. The project will be there through March so what fun to hear bird songs all winter. You can hear a discussion with the artists of "Playhead at Dawn" on October 5 at 6:00. Clearly I was "short sighted" in looking only for visual Art!

If you want to learn more about this piece of art and how we are working to bring more Public Art to Streeterville, write us, Streeterville Public Art Project at
 and visit our website at .

University of Illinois at Chicago 
1919 W. Taylor Street
Healthy older adults needed for research study
The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting a study to examine the dynamic stability during walking and the relationship between dynamic stability and falls among healthy older adults. Participation in the study involves balance assessments and balance training in a laboratory. Your safety will be carefully monitored throughout the study. To be eligible for the study you must: be 60-90 years of age; live in the Chicagoland area; be able to understand English. The research team led by Dr. Tanvi Bhatt from the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago is conducting this study. The laboratory is located at 1919 W. Taylor St. Eligible participants will receive:
1. Free balance assessment.
2. Free training tips and exercises to prevent future falls.
3. Free parking ticket if required.
4. Reimbursement for your time.
For more information about the study, please contact: 312.413.9772 or 312.355.3988

The Village Chicago
Navigating the New Longevity Symposium | How Will Virtual Reality Change Your Future?
Wednesday, November 7
Networking /Reception 5:00pm
Program w/ Q&A 
IIDA, International Interior Design Association 
111 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 222

Members-$10 guests-$15 & students-$5.
Click here to register or call the Village office at 773.248.8700

The Village Chicago invites you to a lively discussion of how immersion technology is changing the way we live, learn and care. We have assembled a panel of trailblazers who are harnessing virtual and augmented reality to improve your quality of life and health. Imagine being guided through a large, unfamiliar airport with no anxiety; or through a smoke-filled building to safety; consider the impact on your loved one's caregiver after virtually experiencing Alzheimer's. Join us for a conversation exploring how immersion technology is transforming our well-being at all ages and stages of life - and be inspired to suggest new ways it can be put to use.


Contact Skyline Village Chicago

Phyllis Mitzen, President

Nancie Thompson, Administrative Manager

Colby Krouse, Newsletter Editor

TODAY'S TIP: Take Up Knitting

The repetitive needlework of knitting induces a relaxed state similar to that achieved through meditation or yoga. It's no surprise that knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels.
Try it out!
                                               Mather Lifeways

PS - How about joining Sticks & Strings and knit with your SVC friends? 

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.   
                                           Diane Ackerman, author

Handy Tips:


If you let things happen, that is a magical life.
                    Elton John
If you have a tip or favorite quote to share, please send to

Handy Tip

When buying bagged salad, buy the flattest bag available. When greens are bagged, air is sucked out. Bags get puffier as the lettuce ages. Flatter bags last longer.


Skyline Village Chicago
SVC Events and Partner Events
Sponsored by CLL, Skyline Village Chicago, The Village Chicago, and CJE SeniorLife Present

Medicare Part D

November 8
Gratz Center
2:30pm - 3:30pm           
201 E. Ontario

Esther Craven, Resource Coordinator at CJE SeniorLife and Kate Paz, Director of Programs at Without Walls at Mather Lifeways, will give a timely presentation on what's new and your options during Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. Following the talk registrants will have the opportunity to sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with Esther or Kate, who are SHIP trained volunteers and can assist you in selecting the prescription plan that best meets your needs.

Please note that Esther and Kate will not take reservations for consultations prior to the November 8th presentation.  

Or call Sue Hakes at 312.981.3389

SVC Tours The Arts Club of Chicago
Friday, November 9
3:00pm - 4:00pm           
201 E. Ontario

Join us for an afternoon tour of this unique building and the exhibition of artist Gaylen Gerber's  Supports.

Since 1916, The Arts Club of Chicago has been a preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world.

Supports features objects of diverse origin, each painted uniformly in institutional gray or white. Whether a mirror from the Kennedy winter White House, a Brazilian milagre, or a vintage coke bottle, each is undated and bears the title Support. The Supports emphasize the individual histories as well as reflect our perception of them in the present.

Gaylen Gerber has exhibited widely including monographic and cooperative projects at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museé d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; The Art Institute of Chicago; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.

Tour and exhibit is free but please register.

Click here to register


SVC Friday Forum 
Normally meets last Friday of the month           
Friday, November 30
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mity Nice, 835 N. Michigan


Friday, December 28
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Speaker/Program TBD

Lunch is Dutch Treat, plus $5 to cover the cost of our private room.

Skyline Village Chicago
Social Groups
Skyline Village  Women's Salon
Normally meets 2nd Tuesday of the month 

Tuesday, November 20
3:30pm - 5:00pm
900 N. Michigan, #1706
Host: Anne Rossiter
  Click Here to register  for November 20

Tuesday December 11   
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Host: D. Clancy

Join fellow members for a lively discussion about what it means and how it feels to be an Aging Woman -- our hair, our outspokenness, our invisibility, our wisdom, our ...

Click links above or register by email at with Women's Salon in the subject line.
SVC members and their guests only   

SVC's Sticks & Strings

Wednesday, November 28
3:30pm - 5:00pm
2626. N. Lakeview

Host: Mary Schulatz

SVC knitters expanded their craft in 2014 to knitting & crocheting hats and scarves for women and their families who arrive at Between Friends, ( a non-profit community-based organization which is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. 
Women and their families can come to Between Friends to escape domestic violence, and then rebuild their lives. When they arrive they often have, literally, only the clothes on their backs. We'd like to continue our tradition of donating hats, scarves, and gloves. The women can also use toiletries, and they use the shelter's kitchen, so shelf-stable food is needed. 
Here is a pattern for a quick scarf.  Join us on Nov 28th at Mary's home and we can share more patterns.
Please help us again this year!
Beth Najberg 

Athena One Ball Scarf


Click Here to register for November 28
or call or email Mary Schulatz 
SVC members and their guests only 

Directions to 2626 N. Lakeview
Fullerton and Diversey and across from the park and Diversey Harbor. 26oo North and 400 West. There is guest parking for $8.00, and the #151 bus stops almost across the street. 

Skyline Diners    
First Monday of the Month

The Dining Club continues to be on hiatus for November and December.
Do you miss Skyline Diners? Would you like Dining Group to start up again and explore restaurants in our neighborhood? 
Contact Charlene Conarty to let her know if you are interested in getting together with old and new friends over a good meal.     

11:30am - 3:00pm

If you are interested in joining this group or creating another Mah Jongg Group, please contact Carol Koenig at
Skyline Bulletin Board
Needed: Roommate for Cruise 
Janice Nazar is looking for a roommate on a Viking cruise to Egypt with 3 days in Jerusalem April 28 to May 14, 2019. For details contact Janice at 312 593-4322
Do you have a need or request to make of your fellow Skyliners?  Send to for inclusion in the next newsletter!

Skyline Village Chicago, Inc is not responsible for the information contained in any bulletin announcements nor is SVC, Inc. in any way responsible for the accuracy of such announcements.

What Groups or Bulletin Boards Would You Like 
to Have? 
Do you miss Skyline Diners and Skyline BG? Maybe you would like to start a Bridge group -- or maybe your bridge game needs a substitute. Looking for fellow aficionados of movies, poetry, board games, walking or other activities? Would Skyline members like to have a bulletin board for finding friends to share activities?

Tell us what groups or bulletin boards you would like to see and if you would like to manage one.

Skyline Village Chicago
Join Us!
SVC New & Renewing Members

Welcome New Members!
Ockju Noh
Renewing Members

Miranda Mandel
Anna Kucinskis

Thank you to all of our new and renewing members. You are the core of our Village.  
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In Our Neighborhood

Fall Event: Sip & Savor
November 8, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Access Living Chandler Gallery
115 W. Chicago Avenue

Join us for red wine tasting and some sweet and savory fall treats as we celebrate Access Living's youth employment program where we help high school students with disabilities succeed by providing workplace readiness training, connecting them to work-based learning experiences and help them obtain employment while they are still in high school.

All proceeds go towards operating support for Access Living's programs and services .

Click here to purchase tickets

Mayoral Forum
Thursday, December 13
Time TBD
Access Living
115 W. Chicago Avenue

Access living will host a mayoral forum. The time is not yet set as we don't know how many will be participating. Hold the date and stay tuned for more information 

401 North Michigan Avenue

Hey Apple Owners
Apple stores have events every day to teach you how to do all kinds of things with your Apple devices and software. Take advantage of the free classes and learn what your device can do for you.

Different classes and events daily
Beginner through advanced

Click here for the schedule for the Michigan Avenue store

Art Institute of Chicago   

Symposium: Chicago Design-Histories and Narratives, Questions and Methods
November 8, 8:00pm
November 9, 10, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Free but registration required

This conference re-examines Chicago through its histories of design. Chicago design articulates the major national and international themes of the 19th and 20th centuries and exemplifies how geography, demographics, and politics intertwined to shape the emergence of modern design in an urban environment. On Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, join a diverse array of scholars for two full days of engaging talks in the museum's Nichols Board of Trustees Suite. The full program can be found  here
Lizabeth Cohen delivers the keynote lecture,  "Consuming Chicago Design ," on Thursday, November 8, at 6:00 p.m. in Fullerton Hall. 

Wreathing of the Lions
November 23
10:00am - 10:30am

Join the Joffrey Ballet for the outdoor ceremony celebrating the 125th anniversary of the museum's home on Michigan Avenue. Then head to the Ryan Learning Center for fun-filled art activities.

Free Admission Thursday Evenings
The Art Institute is pleased to offer free admission Thursday evenings from 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Click here for a full calendar of events at the Art Institute of Chicago

Center for Life & Learning 
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut

Fitness Membership
September 3 

10:30am - 11:15am - Toning Balls
2:30pm - 3:30pm - Yoga
T uesdays
10:30am - 11:15am - Pilates Resistance Band
2:45pm - 3:30pm - Intermediate Tai Chi
10:30am - 11:15am -  Zing! Total Fitness
10:30am - 11:15am - Range of Motion
2:45pm - 3:30pm - Intermediate Tai Chi

Classes are $55
Call 312.878.4570 to register or click here to register online

Free Lectures
Medicare Part D
Thursday, November 8
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Register online here 

Esther Craven, Resource Coordinator at CJE SeniorLife and Kate Paz, Director of Programs at Without Walls at Mather Lifeways, will give a timely presentation on what's new and your options during Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. Following the talk registrants will have the opportunity to sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with Esther or Kate, who are SHIP trained volunteers and can assist you in selecting the prescription plan that best meets your needs.

Please note that Esther and Kate will not take reservations for consultations prior to the November 8th presentation.  

Sponsored by CLL, Skyline Village Chicago, The Village Chicago, and CJE SeniorLife 

Autumn Film Series
Wednesdays, October 31 - December 12
(Except November 21)
1:45pm - 3:45pm

Wednesday, November 7
An Inconvenient Sequel (2017)
Former American Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy. 

Wednesday, November 14
Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century's greatest photographers. 

Wednesday, November 28
RBG (2018)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a most-unexpected pop culture icon, has also built a staggering legal legacy over the past fifty years. This film presents a biographical description of the Supreme Court Justice, beginning with her birth in Brooklyn, New York, outlining her exemplary legal career, and continuing up to the film's 2018 release.

Wednesday, December 5
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016)
Released just after the untimely death of Carrie Fisher, which was followed a day after by that of her mother Debbie Reynolds, this intimate portrait spans decades of Hollywood history. Interviews, photos, vintage home movies, and behind-the-scenes footage all contribute to this chronicle of a complicated but tender family love story. 

Wednesday, December 12
Jane (2016)
A biography about primatologist Jane Goodall, this film met with universal acclaim after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Goodall's work with chimpanzees in Tanzania from the National Geographic Archives, this work helps explain why Goodall is one of the most influential and inspiring people of our times. 


The Art and Science of Ornament: 
Why the Details Matter
Thursday, November 15
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Led by Matthew McNicholas 
Click here to register

More than just the capturing of space, architecture impacts us all on conscious and subconscious levels, in particular through the presence and/or absence of architectural ornament. In a discourse that spans from scientific research to composition and principles, Matt McNicholas will explore the effects that ornament, and a lack thereof, has on cognition and emotion, and discuss why we must create detailed places that account for both physiological and psychological well-being. 

Matt McNicholas is an architect practicing for more than fifteen years and has created designs and ornamental details for buildings in seven countries and on four continents. He co-founded MGLM Architects in 2009 and MGLM Interiors in 2013, winning both local and national awards along the way. Matt earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism from the University of Notre Dame and holds an Executive Certificate in Neuroscience for Architecture from the New School of Architecture and Design. He is a member of the AIA, ICAA, SAH, and CNU. He serves on the Education and Awards Committees for the ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapter and is the Chair of the Preservation Committee for the Auxiliary Board of Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre.
$5 for CLL members
$10 for CLL guests

How Did My Doctor Get So Good at Listening To Me (Or Not)?
Monday, December 10
11:30am - 12:30pm 
Click here to register

Marsha Yelen, RN, MSN, Director of the Standardized Patient Program at the Rush Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation, will kick off our first midday lecture highlighting professions that touch members' lives. Having created the standardized patient program at Northwestern University previous to moving to Rush, Ms. Yelen possesses a unique understanding of how nurses, physician assistants, doctors, and other clinicians learn: clinical skills such as taking a history or performing a physical exam; communication skills, such as having important (and sometimes difficult) conversations; and juggling the multiple components of care to any patient. She'll present what happens in a medical simulation lab and how patients might more effectively navigate their own healthcare appointments.

Marsha Yelen is a Master's prepared nurse and Clinical Instructor of Nursing at Rush University. She has been working in the area of standardized patient simulation for the past 20 years. Standardized patients (or SPs) are individuals (often actors) who are trained to portray a patient in a realistic way. She is active in the Association of Standardized Patient Educators, an international professional organization in this field and served on its Board of Directors. Marsha has a strong interest in interprofessional education as well and serves on the Rush University Interprofessional Committee.



Chestnut Street Players Acting Troupe:
Fibber McGee and Molly
Monday, November 5
11:45am - 12:30pm
Free and open to all; no RSVP necessary

CLL members and friends annually produce and perform two radio plays complete with sound effects and talented performances. This year's fall show will be Fibber McGee and Molly's "Election Day" originally broadcast on November 5, 1940. Enjoy a complimentary reception after the show!
If you are interested in joining this free acting group, please call  Sue Hakes  312.981.3389.

Night Out: Rock Bottom
Thursday, November 8
5:00pm  (Meet at 1 W. Grand Ave.)
RSVP here by Tuesday, November 6

The upscale pub food and American fare are just part of this restaurant. You can also enjoy one of their many unique homegrown beers brewed onsite!
Payment will be Dutch treat.

Harvest Home Luncheon
Thursday, November 15
11:30am - 1:00pm
Borwell Dining Room 
RSVP here  by Tuesday, November 6
Give thanks for our teachers and all they do to challenge and enrich our minds, bodies, and spirits. Our annual Harvest Home Luncheon is a delicious celebration of our shared life at the CLL. Enjoy all the traditional holiday favorites in the company of friends. We will be celebrating November birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in November.
The CLL is committing to help the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center by collecting 60 toiletry items at this luncheon. If you are attending, could you help us reach that goal by bringing one of the following: travel-size toothpaste, toothbrush, lotion, deodorant, bar of soap, or lip balm. We appreciate it!
$15 CLL members 
$20 guest registrants

Holocaust Museum
Friday, November 16
9:15 a.m. (Meet at 126 E. Chestnut)
RSVP here by Friday, November 2
The culmination of thirty years of advocacy and effort by local Holocaust survivors, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is a memorial, a testament to the power of education to conquer hatred, and a striking architectural statement. We'll have a docent-led tour, view a film about survivors, and enjoy box lunches from Once Upon a Deli.
$70 for CLL member
$80 for guests

Night Out: Rosebud
Thursday, December 6 
5:00pm (Meet at 720 N. Rush)
RSVP here  by Tuesday, December 4
If you love Italian food, you are going to enjoy Rosebud. Bring your appetite!
Payment will be Dutch treat.

Holiday Tea at the Drake Hotel
Friday, December 7
1:30pm (Meet at 140 E. Walton Place)
RSVP here  by Tuesday, December 4
For nearly a century the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel has served celebrities like Princess Diana as well as "ordinary" Chicagoans. Come see what makes it such a special place, especially at the holidays!
$80 for CLL members
$90 for guests

Holiday Luncheon
Thursday, December 13
11:30am - 1:30pm
Borwell Dining Room 
RSVP here by Tuesday, December 4
Our annual holiday luncheon is a festive time to enjoy one another's company before the holiday break. Enjoy a short skit from the CLL acting troupe, the Chestnut Street Players; French carols from our French class; and singing along to favorite Christmas songs led by John Sherer, Fourth Presbyterian Church's Director of Music.
We will be honoring the tradition of asking guests to supply a dessert for the dessert table as well as celebrating our December birthdays, so please let us know upon registration if your birthday is in December.
$15 for CLL members
$20 for guest registrants

LUMA Crèche Tour
Friday, December 14
11:00am (Meet at 820 N. Michigan)
Register online here 

Dave Schanding, CLL member and LUMA Art museum docent, will offer a free tour of over 100 Christmas crèches on exhibit at Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). Come see how the various cultures (including Latin American, Asian, African, European, and North American) represent the birth of Jesus.

For more information call 312.981.3386.

Chicago Sinai Congregation  
Sinai Forum Lunch Series
15 W. Delaware Pl.

Last Thursday of the month
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Thursday, November 29
John G. Levi, Senior Partner Sidley Austin, Board Chair, Legal Services Corporation

"Crisis in Civil Justice: The Justice Gap in America"


Click here for more information.

Members $15 / Non-members of Sinai $20
 Register at or 312.867.7000

The Great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. 
          Madelein L'Engle.

DCASE Events
Performances & Exhibitions  

Flying Creatures
Fall, Winter and Beyond

Hanging from the street poles along Wabash Ave. between Washington and Randolph Streets
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to present the  Flying Creatures as part of the  Year of Creative Youth - a citywide celebration of Chicago's young artists and the mentors who inspire them. An array of kinetic street sculptures - or modern gargoyles - the Flying Creatures were created by students from the youth art programs at SkyART, After School Matters, Dundee-Crown High School, Marengo Community High School and YOUmedia Chicago.

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade
Thursday, November 22, 
8:00am - 11:00am
State St. from Congress to Randolph

Looking for family entertainment on Thanksgiving morning? Please join us on State Street for the  Chicago Thanksgiving Parade featuring the nation's best marching bands, giant popular inflatable balloons, spectacular performance acts and much more! Or tune into WGN9 or WGN America to watch us on live TV!

Chamber Mondays
1st and 4th Mondays 
Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall

Dame Myra Hess Concerts
Preston Bradley Hall
3rd Floor South

Click here for full schedule


Statue Stories
Statue Stories Chicago is a city-wide public arts initiative that brings 30 of Chicago's statues to life. Chicago's most celebrated writers, actors and comedians were commissioned to create monologues for some of the city's famous statues. Pass a talking statue, look for the nearby sign, and use your smartphone to scan the sign's QR Code or type the text in your web browser, and presto-you get a call back from John C. Reilly as Abraham Lincoln, Shonda Rhymes as Miró's Chicago or Steve Carell as a man clutching a giant fish by the Shedd Aquarium. Each has a story to tell. Together they tell Chicago's story.


Continues through December 2018
StoryCorps is pleased to partner with the Chicago Cultural Center and WBEZ 91.5 FM to record, share, and preserve the stories of communities in Chicago.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people  of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.
Since 2003, tens of thousands of everyday people have shared stories and life experiences in a StoryCorps recording session. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition, local public radio stations and at
Do you have a story to tell?  Record an interview:
1 . Make a reservation and prepare for your interview on
2. Bring your interview partner to the StoryBooth. The interview is a chance to ask the questions that matter.
3. At the end of your session, you'll take home a broadcast-quality CD of your interview. With your permission, a copy will be archived at the Library of Congress.
Local stories will air on WBEZ 91.5 FM.
The Chicago Cultural Center offers performances and exhibitions, free and open to the public.

Elder Justice Center 
Free Seminar Series
Alternate Thursdays
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Registration: 312.603.9233

Alternate Thursdays
November 8
Domestic Violence Against Seniors: Misuse of Power and Control
Concourse Level, Room CL115

Topics to Include: 
  • Court process for obtaining orders of protection
  • Legal protections and resources for survivors of domestic violence 
Speakers: Hon. Judith Rice Domestic Violence Division, Circuit Court of Cook County Hon. James Patrick Murphy Domestic Violence Division, Circuit Court of Cook County Jewell D. Wilson Department of Family and Support Services- Area Agency on Aging, Senior Advocacy Program

November 29
Seniors in the Workforce: Knowing Your Rights 
Courtroom 2005

Topics to Include: 
  • Workplace Rights 
  • Age and Disability Discrimination 
  • Employment Services for Seniors 


  •  Jane Flanagan, Workplace Rights Bureau Chief 
  • Karyn Bass Ehler, Civil Rights Bureau Chief Illinois Attorney General's Office, Public Interest Division 
  • Jenna Holzberg, Illinois Senior Services Director National Able Network, Inc. 
  • Crystal Odom, Assistant National Director Easter Seals - Senior Community Service Employment Program

Click here for the seminar series.
Fourth Presbyterian Church - Music  

Ongoing schedule of concerts. 
Concerts are free unless otherwise noted.

Fourth Pres is delighted to announce that Joshua Graham is the new Center for Life and Learning Music History instructor.

Joshua has extensive teaching experience, ranging from working with students of elementary school-age to those "sixty and more." He currently teaches at Roosevelt University and Triton College and is on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.  
Joshua is also an active percussion performer in Chicago and around the country and will be performing at some of the Free Noonday Concerts with  F-PLUS, a violin, clarinet, and percussion trio.

Fridays, 12:10pm
Buchanan Chapel unless otherwise noted

Friday, November 2
Alicia Berneche, soprano
Patricia Morehead, oboe
Philip Morehead, piano
12:10pm in Buchanan Chapel
Friday, November 2
Camerata Chicago Orchestra and Choir
7:30pm in Buchanan Chapel
peforming Handel's Messiah Part I Christmas and Bach's Magnificat
-Tickets available at or at the door- 
-Use coupon code FPCC for a 30 percent Discount-
Sunday, November 4
A Service of Remembrance, Morning Choir
6:30pm in the Sanctuary
Featuring Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen

Sunday, November 4
Fourth Coast Ensemble, choral quartet
7:30pm in Buchanan Chapel
-Tickets available at
Tuesday, November 6
Chicago Ensemble (violin, cello, and piano) 
7:30pm in Buchanan Chapel
-Tickets available at or at the door-
Wednesday, November 7
Chicago Philharmonic presents The Silesian Quartet
7:00pm in the Sanctuary
-Tickets available at or at the door-
Friday, November 9
Olivia Doig, Soprano
12:10pm in Buchanan Chapel
Friday, November 9
The Choral Society
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
A concert commemorating the end of World War I with music by Elgar, Bainton, and Tavener 
Friday, November 16
Thomas Gouwens, organ
12:10pm in the Sanctuary
Friday, November 16
The Andrew Pipe Organ Third Anniversary Concert
Stephen Buzzard, organ
7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Friday, November 23
Andrew Fredel, organ
12:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Friday, November 30
Roosevelt University Choirs
12:10 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Friday, December 1
St. Charles Singers
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
-Tickets available at
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4 and 5
Christmas with Chanticleer
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
-Tickets available by calling 312.294.3000 at, or at the door-
Friday, December  7
Estrella Piano Duo
12:10pm in Buchanan Chapel
Friday, December 7
Lakeside Singers
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
-Tickets available at
Sunday, December 9
A Festival of Advent Lessons and Music
6:30pm in the Sanctuary
This worship service features Fourth Church's children's and adult choirs
Wednesday, December 12
Christmas with Tower Brass (brass and organ)
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
Featuring music from Gabrieli to jazz arrangements to favorite Christmas carols
Friday, December 14
Anthony Williams, organ
12:10pm in the Sanctuary
Friday, December 14
Bella Voce
7:30pm in Buchanan Chapel
-Tickets available at
Friday, December 14
Chicago A Capella
7:30pm in the Sanctuary
-Tickets available at 
Friday, December 21
John W. W. Sherer, organ
12:10pm. in the Sanctuary
Sunday, December 23
Christmas Cantata with the Morning Choir
9:30 and 11:00am worship in the Sanctuary
Featuring A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten
Friday December 28
Benna David, mezzo-soprano
12:10pm in the Sanctuary
Monday, December 31
New Year's Eve Taizé Service
7:30 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel
Arrive early to walk the labyrinth in Anderson Hall and enjoy this time of quiet accompanied by the Fourth Church Taizé Instrumental Ensemble

For a full list of concerts at Fourth Presbyterian,  click here

Friends of the Windows/St. James Chapel
Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush Street

The Friends of the Windows host complimentary docent-guided tours every Saturday morning from 9 am to 11 am (except holidays).  Tickets or reservations are not required. 

Second Saturdays at 2 Concert Series
November 11 - TBA

December 8 -  Loyola Academy Honors Chamber Singers

For more information about artists or if you wish to donate your artistic skills, please contact Anna Kanellos Moreno, Director of Music Programming, at (773) 338-0346.
Lake View Music Society
Concerts: 2nd Tuesday of the month 
New Music School
900 North Michigan  Ave, 6th floor

November 12
Jeanne Bourgeois and her mother Marilyn will play Grieg's C minor sonata for piano and violin, followed by two Beethoven sonatas for cello and piano performed by Laura Fenster and Martine Benmann.

December 11
Solo piano performance by Esther Nyberg followed by the Pianoforte Trio. 

First concert is free. After that $40 for the full series is appreciated. 
Lookingglass Theatre 

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
November 7 - January 13
Conceived and Directed by Ensemble Member  Mary Zimmerman
From the Story by  Hans Christian Andersen

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.

Loyola University Museum of Art
820 North Michigan Ave

LUMA is pleased to offer free admission every day
Sketching in the galleries every Tuesday from 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Art & Faith of the Crèche The Collection of James and Emilia Govan; The Art of the Season: David Lee Csicsko.
November 13 - January 12

This perennial favorite returns. The story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus has great appeal throughout the world. See how artists across the globe depict the Nativity with clothes, architecture, and figures from their native lands. 

Warm Up at LUMA
Saturday, November 17
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Stop by LUMA to warm up before the The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade on Saturday, November 17! Come in and enjoy hot chocolate, free admission, and 15% off Museum Shop purchases.

Winter Opening Reception
Friday, November 30
5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Join LUMA members and staff to celebrate the opening of Art and Faith of the Crèche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan and The Art of the Season: David Lee Csicsk.


Navy Pier  

Michael St. Maur Shiel, Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918
October 5 - November 19

Fields of Battle at Navy Pier is generously supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
A unique portrait of the First World War battlefields, Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918 is a powerful outdoor photographic exhibition series, by Michael St Maur Sheil, which tells of the healed scars of the First World War through our only remaining living witness: the fields of battle themselves.

Completely free to view, the exhibition brings us the story of reconciliation across the lands of the warring nations. Once places of devastating violence, we now see landscapes of great beauty, testament to peace and remembrance.

Sequence Chicago: Chicago Culture Market
Sa turday, November 10
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us for Sequence Chicago, featuring special performances from local artists a culture market featuring local artisans. This week's Culture Market vendors include  Oorn Studio Lingua Nigra , Limbal Gal Jewelry, and  Majamas .

Chicago Toy & Game Fair
November 17, 10:00am - 6:00pm
November 18, 10:00am - 5:00pm

The 16th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) - North America's largest non-hobby toy and game fair open to the public - has events, exhibitors and activations for all ages!  Play is pivotal in cognitive development and social skills. Expand your brains, get social, come out and play with us at the Fair! 

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Sequence Chicago Holiday Carolers
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest
Friday, November 30, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019
Packed with family fun, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier is a beloved annual Chicago winter event, featuring 170,000 square feet of carnival rides, giant slides, holiday-themed activities, and Indoor Ice Skating Rink, and more. Experience the city's biggest and best indoor winter playground and join the millions of families who have made it a part of their annual holiday tradition!

Click here for a full schedule of Navy Pier events and tickets as needed

Newberry Library  
60 West Walton

The Newberry organizes and hosts programs illuminating topics in the humanities, through a variety of formats tailored to the subject at hand: lectures, staged readings, music and dance performances, panel discussions, workshops, and more. 
For a full list of events, programs and exhibitions at the Newberry Library go to 

Friday, September 28 - Monday, December 31

As the grandest international spectacle in a great age of spectacles, the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893 captured the public's imagination through a dazzling array of visual images.

Events and Performances
Free and Open to the Public but most require registration

Colonial History Lecture Series: David J. Silverman
Saturday, November 3
10:00am - 11:30am
Ruggles Hall
Take a tour of three Thanksgivings, spread across the centuries, that provide windows into why the Wampanoags have hosted a National Day of Mourning for Native America each Thanksgiving holiday since 1970.
A Lecture by Ruth Slatter
Tuesday, November 6
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ruggles Hall
"Sixty-two thousand human beings collected under one roof is of itself a rare, grand, and touching show. As you sat on the benches under Dent's great clock, which goes solemnly moving on like the visible finger of time, and looked down on the ever-stirring, yet ever-stationery sea of life below, you were filled with a sense of inexpressible awe.
A Newberry Colloquium
Wednesday, November 7
Towner Fellowes Center
Anthropologists have long recognized that a single proverb's meaning depends upon the context in which a speaker utters it, and literary scholars often consider how written proverbs frame and/or structure narrative works. Yet less scholarly attention has been paid to the genre, form, and anonymity of collections of really old English proverbs from the Middle Ages.
A Lecture, Demonstration, and Interactive Workshop with Meiver de la Cruz and Erika Ochoa
Saturday, November 10
10:30am - 12:00pm
Ruggles Hall
The World's Fair introduced Middle Eastern belly dance (inauthentic as it probably was) to audiences on the Expo's Midway Plaisance. Join us to explore the history-and try your hand at-Middle Eastern dance forms in the United States.
The Wildly Magical World's Fair: A Highly Imaginative Art Activity with Laura Montenegro
Saturday, November 10
10:00am - 11:30am
Basker Boardroom
In 1893, people from all over the world came to Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition. Join in a unique interactive reading and crafting workshop that will bring to life the Fair and the wonderful mix of cultures it fostered.
Saturday, November 10
1:00pm - 4:00pm
The First Nations Film and Video Festival at the Newberry, featuring films by Native American directors, kicks off Saturday, November 10, with screenings of The Honor Riders and Choctaw Code Talkers. Both films will be illuminated by commentary from FNFVF Director Ernest Whiteman, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Architects Ann M. Beha and Steven G. Gerrard on the challenges of renovating historic buildings
Tuesday, November 13
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ruggles Hall
In this installment of "Conversations at the Newberry," Ann M. Beha and Steven G. Gerrard will present work that renews-and challenges-historic settings, in support of new programs and identity. They will explore the recent Newberry Library renovation-its purpose, principles, and design expression-to probe the issues of change and continuity for landmark buildings.
A Lecture by Julia Bachrach
Thursday, November 15
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ruggles Hall
In the late 1860s, when acclaimed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. visited the site for Chicago's Jackson Park he did not consider it very promising.
Thursday, November 15
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Towner Fellowes Center
Chris will give an overview of his work, how the visual elements in his pieces coincide but thwart conventional ledger art while addressing Native American issues and identity politics in commercial art venues.
Meet the Author: Robert Bruegmann
Thursday, November 29
Ruggles Hall
Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America  explores and celebrates Chicago's pivotal role in the development of modern American design.
A Discussion with Paul F. Gehl and Tanner Woodford, and a Holiday Card-Making Workshop
Saturday, December 1
9:30am - 11:30am - Display, 10:00am - Panel Discussion, 11:00am - Card Workshop,
ITW Seminar Room
Explore the aesthetic and technological dimensions of typography and book design in Chicago, with an in-depth look at the Newberry's collection of type specimens, book designs, and advertising. 9:30 - 11:30 am Display of Materials from the Archives ITW Seminar Room (just west of Ruggles Hall)
Tuesday, December 4
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ruggles Hall
Travel to the 1893 World's Fair through a special conversation on The Joffrey Ballet's 2018 production of The Nutcracker, set during the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
A Lecture and Demonstration by Lisa M. Snyder
Saturday, December 8
10:00am - 11:30am
Ruggles Hall
Reclaim the lost experience of navigating through the White City with this digital visual simulation.
A Theatrical Reading by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Saturday, December 15
10:00am - 11:30am
Ruggles Hall
Join us for a special holiday-themed morning.

For more information or to register for one of the events above,  click here.

Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being 
126 E. Chestnut

October 29 - December 3
7:00pm  8:15pm
Grief Support Group 
Free and open to all

Those undergoing significant loss after the death of a loved one are invited to take part in a grief support group, which is designed to enable participants to help one another deal with grief. Two experienced counselors- Maureen Garvey, L.C.P.C., and Mary Jo Hubick, L.C.P.C.- lead the group. There is no fee.

Preregistration is required. To register, call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425.


Sacred Pause
7:45-8:15 a.m.
Stone Chapel
Free and open to all
In the midst of your busy life, take a few minutes on Tuesday mornings to find some stillness and experience silence. Take a break from the relentless pace and stress of daily life.

You don't have to be an experienced meditator to attend, and you're free to use the silence of our Sacred Pause in any way you like. We have resources to help you practice if you need help--poetry, readings, inspirational photography--but the format is simple and open: a greeting, a candle, a bell, twenty minutes of silence.

Making Space for Your Soul
Saturday, November 17
1:00pm - 4:00pm
126 E. Chestnut
Boyle Conference Center
$30.00 pp

Experience the power of SoulCollage ® and poetry as doors to greater self-understanding and self-care.  Through the magical and intuitive use of images, informed by poetry, you will discover what delights, calls, and engages your soul.

Presenters: Elise Magers, assistant director of the Replogle Center, is an experienced pastoral psychotherapist and SoulCollage ® facilitator.

Margaret Brennan, also a pastoral psychotherapist at the Replogle Center, is a lover of poetry and uses poetry to a tool for healing and self-discovery.


Telling Your Story: Storytelling for Wellness
Wednesdays, November 28, December 5, December 12
7:00pm - 8:30pm
126 E. Chestnut
Boyle Conference Room
Cost: $60.00 (Registration for all three sessions is required)

All of our lives are full of the stories of experiences we have had and the events that make us who we are. Learning to embrace, tell, and sometimes reframe these stories can be an important to our mental health and wellness. This series will include a blending of storytelling exercises, narrative therapy concepts, and reflection exercises. Participants will leave with more confidence and skills around communicating the things most important to them. Join this 3-part series and learn to tell the story of your life so you can live a better story as well.
During the three weeks participants will explore the power of story and why we tell stories; the basics of telling your story; how to find your voice; how stories help us understand ourselves and our lives. Each person will have the opportunity to tell a story.

Workshop Leader: Susan Haarman
Susan is a three time Moth StorySLAM winner and currently a counseling intern at Replogle Counseling and Wellness Center. Susan believes that how we tell stories about our life affects how we live, how we cope, and how we see others in the world.


The Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being is Fourth Presbyterian Church's response to the mental health needs of its congregation and community. The Center's unique blend of staff from a variety of disciplines enables it to respond to individuals concerns. This response is enhanced by the Center's role as a ministry of Fourth Church, which means that spiritual issues are valued and all religious orientations respected.

For more information, call the Replogle Center at 312.787.8425 or visit

For more information or to express interest in adding your name to the list for the next group, please call 312.787.8425.

Restored to Sanity Singers

Holiday Sing-Along 
turday, December 15
4:00pm - 5:00pm
900 N. Michigan Ave.

Open to all. Free. Songbooks provided

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