People Supporting the Arts

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Events in September

September 23 – Book Club – Prairie Avenue  OFF-SITE 

Arthur Meeker’s Prairie Avenue is the book for September, and we will be having a very special meeting.  Rather than meeting at Cliff Dwellers, the club will meet at Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie, a most appropriate venue!

The book club meeting will be preceded by a optional docent led tour of Glessner House at 10:00.  Those who wish to join the tour should check in and pay prior to that time.  The cost is $15 ($12 for seniors over 60) and may be paid in cash.

The Book Club will meet at 11:15 in the Coach House, with lunch to follow, carry-out or eat in from the Spoke & Bird next door.

Members who do wish to do the tour, but not come to the meeting, may like to see the exhibition at Women’s Park, 1801 S. Indiana, and come back for lunch.

How to get there:  Take either the #3 King Drive and #4 Cottage Grove bus from downtown to 18th and Michigan and walk two blocks east to the Glessner House Visitor Center.   The Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station is about a 12-minute walk.

On-street parking is very limited.  No parking is allowed on Prairie Avenue.   There is a parking garage at Long Grove House (parking entrance 2050 S. Indiana), with pre-paid parking available on Spot Hero and Chicago Parking. 

September 28 – Architectural Lecture Series – Chagall’s Four Seasons AND Chef Victor Cooks

The evening will feature a showing of a short film about the installation of Chagall’s “Four Seasons” at the First National Bank Plaza, with an introduction by William Wood Prince’s granddaughter.

The bar opens at 4:30, cocktails until 6:00, when the presentation will begin.  A Chef Victor Cooks dinner, at $35 per person, will be served at 6:45.  Reservations are required for dinner.  They may be made by e-mail to or calling 312-922-8080 and can be made up until the afternoon of the event. Payment for dinner and charges at the bar are by cash, credit card or charge to a member’s House Account.

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.

Looking ahead to October

October 13:  Cabaret performance: “The Best of Times …………is Yet to Come”

Cliff Dweller Gündüz Dagdelen-Ast, Larry Smith, David Hoffman and Barbara Smith sing songs by Cy Coleman & Jerry Herman, with Artistic Director Dan Stetzel.

While the Golden Era of Broadway was coming to an end in the 1960s, composers like Cy Coleman and Jerry Herman were going strong with their new musicals, such as Sweet Charity and Mame, extending the life of this era into the ’70s and ’80s. Join us for this show celebrating their upbeat, musical theater magic with song selections that include “Bosom Buddies” (Mame), “Kiss Her Now (Dear World), “With Every Breath I Take” (City of Angels), “Hey, Look Me Over!” (Wildcat), and more.

Cover charge $ 10, optional $25 buffet dinner, must be paid by credit card at the door Cash Bar 5:00, Dinner at 6:15, Performance from 7:30 to 8:30 Reservations are required for dinner.  They may be made by e-mail to or calling 312-922-8080

October 15 – 16:  OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO 

The Club will again be open for the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago weekend.  The Open House hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  Lunch will be served on Saturday; the bar will be open both days.  This is a wonderful opportunity for CAF members to see our beautiful space and be introduced to Cliff Dwellers.  Volunteers are needed both days.  Please contact David Chernoff at or Charlie Hasbrouck at if you can help.

Friday, October 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – Celebrating Angela Jackson: A Life in Literature

Award-winning poet, playwright and novelist Angel Jackson will be celebrated and awarded a Certificate of Honorary Membership in The Cliff Dwellers Club at a special program on October 27.

Honorary memberships are awarded to a person of reputation for creative work or for distinguished service in the field of literature or arts.  Ms. Jackson deserves this honor for her extensive lifetime of achievement.  In this program, she will share some of her work, including excerpts from her new novel, Roads Where There are no Roads, and her new biography of famed Illinois poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

Ms. Jackson will be introduced by her editor, Parneshia Jones, from Northwestern University Press.  The Seminary Co-op Bookstore will have Ms. Jackson’s books for sale at the event, and signed copies will be available.

Cocktails: cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.  Dinner:  Cost $35 per person, buffet service begins at 6:00 p.m.  Program:  begins at 7:15 p.m.  Reservations are requested at or by calling 312-922-8080. 

October 28 – The House of Tomorrow

Todd Zeiger of Indiana Landmarks will present a program on the House of Tomorrow, , a 12-sided, all-glass home designed by George Fred Keck,  built for the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, and later moved to Beverly Shores.



Tuesday, October 3, 1017  5:30 p.m. –  The Chicago Tradition: “The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure”, by Patricia Stratton 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Picasso’s unveiling, please join us as art historian Patricia Stratton tells the inside story of the famous sculpture as told in her book, “The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure.”  The Chicago Picasso made its debut in downtown Chicago in August 1967 and was immediately recognized as a supreme achievement in monumental sculpture and civic art. The capstone to Picasso’s long and fabled career as a sculptor and modernist, the sculpture has defined the city of Chicago for generations now and stands as a peerless example of the union of modern art and civic architecture.

There is a $15 charge for this event which starts at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception including light appetizers and a signature bar. Books will be available for sale and signing during the reception and after the presentation which starts at 6:00 p.m.

A dinner special will be available in the Wigwam for only people who attend this event and a card will be issued at check-in. Reservations