People Supporting the Arts

The Cliff Dwellers offers a diverse calendar of programming in the arts to its members and their guests.

Please make reservations by calling 312-922-8080 or send an email to:


These are the three slowest months of the year and several years ago, it was decided on nights when there were no dinner reservations or other events being held at the Club that the kitchen would close after lunch.

The bar will be open until 7:00 unless new events are booked and members make reservations for dinner before 1:00 there will be no dinner services. Thus, if you plan to have dinner at the Club during January, February or March, advance reservations are required before 1:00

A REMINDER FROM THE HOUSE COMMITTEE:  In general, non-members cannot charge food or beverages to the house account of a member who is not present.  Spouses and guests arriving in advance of their member host can charge their spouses or host’s account.  Anything else requires a special arrangement made in advance.

Discount Parking Reminder: Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 East Adams. Entrance is on the left hand side of Adams between Wabash and State.

Tuesday, March 20:  An evening with Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Mayo 

Cleaning Closets is an ongoing oral history project that collects and shares true coming out stories from BOTH sides of the closet door.  This includes the perspective of the LGBTQ+ individuals as well as that of the family and friends to whom they come out.  In the most recent iteration of the project, Artist In Residence Jonathan Mayo hosted a two-day intensive workshop with Chicago youth to devise a performance based on their stories.  Jonathan is excited to share a screening of this live performance with The Cliff Dwellers.  There will be a discussion to follow the film.

Friday, March 23:  12:00 p.m.  INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LUNCHEON.   

Keynote Address: Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President Musical performance:  Artist-in-Residence Keanon Kyles 

Arts Roundtable: Sharing Our Stories:  Outstanding women artists (whose art is on exhibit), discuss their work, inspirations and challenges.  Moderator: Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Curator of Sculpture, The Cliff Dwellers. 

This event showcases sculpture by Janet Austin, Pearl Dick, Annette Jackson, Christine LaRue, Charlotte Mays and the paintings & drawings of Jennifer Cronin: Artist-in-Residence 2017-18 

Doors open for check-in at 11:30

Lunch:  12:00

Cost:  $40 for members and friends 

RSVP (before March 16) to Vivian Gutierrez at 

THIS EVENT SELLS OUT QUICKLY.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call (312) 922-8080. 

Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.   CLIFF DWELLERS BOOK CLUB 

The Book Club will read and discuss Natalie Y.  Moore’s The South Side: a Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation As always, the discussion will continue over lunch.

Saturday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.  MOVIE CLUB:  I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck 

Eve Moran will introduce director Raoul Peck’s documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, based on an unfinished work by writer James Baldwin.  Discussion follow the film and continues over lunch.

Thursday, April 12, 6:15: ARCHITECTURAL LECTURE SERIES: City of the Big Shoulders: A Virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture & Literature 

The Society of Architectural Historians and the Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in their series of architectural events:  Leanne Star presents City of the Big Shoulders; A virtual Tour of Chicago’s Architecture and Literature.

Chicago’s distinctive architecture illustrates the works of writers from novelist Theodore Dreiser to poet Carl Sandburg to graphic novelist Chris Ware. This visual presentation explores the intersections of Chicago’s literature and architecture to discover how each art enriches the other. Leanne Star is a former professor of literature and a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Leanne Star earned a graduate degree in comparative literature from the University of Chicago and taught literature and writing at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Colby College in Maine, and at universities in Taiwan and China. She writes on a broad range of topics for national publications and reviews theater and dance performances in Chicago. In her free time she is a docent volunteer at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, where she leads walking tours throughout the city as well as CAF’s renowned Chicago River cruise.

 Additional Info:

Cocktails: Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.

Free Program: Begins 6:15 p.m.

Dinner: Available after the program, a la carte.

Reservations for dinner are requested: or call 312-922-8080. Discount parking is available after 4:00 at the garage located at 17 E. Adams – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for a discount coupon at the check-in desk. 

Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m.- Cliff Dwellers Book Club: Ben Hecht, 1001 Afternoons in Chicago

The Book Club will be reading and discussing 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, a collection of Ben Hecht’s columns for the Chicago Daily News. The discussion continues over lunch.


 George Gabauer at the River Trails Nature Preserve in Glenview.

George has an exhibit of his Nature and forest preserve photography up at River Trails Nature Preserve in Glenview, Il. River Trails is located on Milwaukee Avenue about one mile north of ABT. It is located north of West Lake St (Glenview) and South of the old Palwaukee airport. The Nature Center building is open from 9AM to 4PM everyday except Fridays (closed Fridays).  The display will run though at least April, possibly longer.   The exhibit features photography of the natural world  in the forest preserves near River Trails Nature Center in Glenview.  The exhibit is in the nature center building and is free to all ages.

Perspective Group and Photography Gallery:  1310 ½ B Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Hours:  Thurs-Sat: 12-6 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.

The Pin and the Pendant 

We Cliff Dwellers now have an elegant, but discreet, way of displaying our

membership in and association with The Cliff Dwellers Club. We have taken our animal symbol (still a bit of a mystery, itself) and reproduced it as a pin and a pendant. The pin, of course, is for everyone. The pendant is for the women of the Club (members and spouses); the men also have their bow ties.

The pin and pendant are being cast in .925 Sterling Silver. The relief of the disk, in both pin and pendant, is oxidized; the surface is polished, for enhanced contrast.  The diameter of the pin is 3/4 -inch (see below in silver cast). A supply of 10 is available and another 10 available two weeks after reorder. They will be sold for $75.00 apiece. The pendant has a disk diameter of one-inch (see below). The pendant disk has “The Cliff Dwellers” imprinted on its reverse. A supply of 10 is available, at $125.00, plus the optional chain, starting at $20.00, depending on its length. Another group will be available two weeks after a re-order.

Please contact Elizabeth Zaverdas, at 630-810-5169 or, to place an order and have the cost charged to your House account.