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 p.m. unless new events are booked and members make reservations for dinner before 1:00 p.m. 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 p.m.

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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Andrew Elders and William Tyre discuss the Glessner House Museum’s Jack Simmerling Collection

John J. ‘Jack’ Simmerling salvaged architectural artifacts and created works of art that help preserve the history of Chicago’s Prairie Avenue.  The collection is now the John J. ‘Jack’ Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History.

Dinner and program:  $35

Bar Opens: 4:30 p.m.

Buffet dinner: 6:15 p.m.

Program:  7:00 

Reservations at or call 312-922-8080.

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m.  Architectural Lecture series 

The Cliff Dwellers are pleased to present another in their series of architectural lectures on Thursday January 18, 2017: Stone Country: Then and Now, by Jeffrey Wolin.

First published in 1985, Stone Country tells the story, through words and photographs, of how Indiana limestone is quarried and milled in a small rural area in southern Indiana – from the workers and craftsmen who make limestone production possible, to the iconic architectural structures constructed from this important Indiana export, which provides the building material for most of the stone buildings in the US, including the Flatiron Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, Chicago Tribune Tower, Union Station, National Cathedral, and many more.

Jeffrey Wolin is the Ruth N. Halls Professor Emeritus of Photography at Indiana University. Wolin’s photographs have been shown at museums in the US and abroad including solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and ICP in NYC. His photographs are in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; LA County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA. Wolin is recipient of two Visual Artist fellowships from the NEA and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. 

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.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Munro Campagna Calendar Event 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

A reception to kick-off the 31st Annual Munro Campagna Calendar, featuring images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, will be held at the Club. All are invited to attend.

Admission is free and guests will receive a beautiful gift calendar to take home. 31 years of museum calendars will be on display, and several of the artist will be in attendance.

Artist-in-residence Keanon Kyles will provide music, and there will be complimentary cheese and crudités and cash bar.

Thank you partners: Ogilvy Mather, Active Graphics, the Workbook, Finch Paper and Andrew Dembitz.

To ensure a sufficient number of calendars, RSVP to

Thursday, January 25, 2018 Jazz at Cliff Dwellers with saxophonist Rajiv Halim 

Rajiv will be joined by guitarist Matt Gold and bassist Junius Paul.

Rajiv has performed on all major Chicago jazz stages and at the Chicago Jazz Festival. He has performed or recorded with:  Von Freeman, Martha Reeves, Ari Brown, Ernest Dawkins and Robert Irving.  Rajiv played on the 2016 Grammy best rap album by Chance the Rapper, and released his debut CD, Foundation, in 2015.

$10 cover; cash bar, $25 dinner buffet

Bar opens at 4:30 pm.  First set of music, 6 pm to 7:15. Second set 7:45 to 9 pm.  Buffet served approx.  6:30 to 7:30.

Reservations for dinner at or call 312-922-8080.

Saturday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. Book Club

The Book Club will read and discuss The Coast of Chicago, by Stuart Dybek.  The author, an Honorary Member of Cliff Dwellers, will be present.   The discussion will continue over lunch.

Saturday, February 3, 10:30 a.m.  10:30 a.m.:   Movie Club

Eve Moran leads a discussion and showing of Ridley Scott’s film,The Duellists.

As always, the discussion will continue over lunch.

Saturday, February 17, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Spektral Quartet: Close Encounters: Sipping a Glass of 1908 Vienna 

This Grammy-nominated quartet, named the Chicago Tribune’s Music Chicagoan of the Year, will be performing at the Club with soprano Kiera Duffy.   Enjoy the music of Bartók, Schoenberg and Webern, accompanied by delectable bites and Viennese beer.

For this event, reservations should be made at 

Wednesday, March 7:  Literary Salon with Rick Kogan 

Rick Kogan, Chicago’s preeminent journalist and radio interviewer, is the featured guest at the next Cliff Dwellers literary salon on the evening of March 7. Engaging Rick in conversation will be Richard Reeder, the moderator of the Cliff Dwellers book club.

Friday, March 23, 2018:  International Women’s Day Lunch.   Speaker: Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President 

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.


Friday, January 26, 6:30 – 8:30: John J. Glessner 175th Birthday Celebration At the Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to dine in the historic dining room as we gather to celebrate the 175th birthday of John J. Glessner, who was born in Zanesville, Ohio on January 26, 1843.  Selected artifacts and remarks by curator William Tyre will focus on his role in creating the house, and his lasting legacy in Chicago.  And of course, birthday cake will be served!

$65 per person / $52 for Glessner House Museum members

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