People Supporting the Arts

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Very few Club events are scheduled to take place in May and June which are known as “party months” which is why we listing events at Union League Club of Chicago which are open to Club members.

Members are always welcome to stop for a drink since the bar opens at 4:30 or to come for dinner which may be served in the Sullivan Room or on the deck if a large party is taking place in the Kiva.



Wednesday, May 24 at ULCC at 5:30 PM  “The Club, The Fair, The Book, The Telescope, and the Scoundrel”

Please join us for a fascinating overview of how the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 intersected with Union League Club members, Hubert Howe Bancroft’s “Book of the Fair”, the Yerkes Telescope, and Charles T. Yerkes.  Cocktail reception starts at 5:30 PM with a signature bar and light appetizers. Turn of the century music will be performed by the ULC Brass Ensemble. The presentation follows at 6:00 pm.  To make a reservation, please contact ULCC Club Services at 312-435-4818 and tell them you are a member of Cliff Dwellers.

Saturday, May 27 – Book Club WILL meet at Cliff Dwellers to discuss Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb.  The discussion begins at 11 and will be facilitated by Richard Reeder.   .

Monday, May 29 – Club is closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30 – Program in Partnership with the Chicago Architecture Club 

Wednesday, May 31 – Dinner & Performance –  Naked Lunch: The Musical 

Cliff Dwellers is pleased to present the first Chicago performance – a staged reading of: Naked Lunch: The MusicalThe last big obscenity trial of the 20th Century took place in Boston in 1965 with William S. Burrough’s controversial novel Naked Lunch as its target.  Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg and Norman Mailer came to the trial and testified in its defense.  Now this iconic trial is an original musical comedy written and directed by attorney Bill Hanney with music composed by Damon Baker.

Come and join us for an evening of courtroom drama and comedy with publishers, prudes, professors and poets facing off to sing their testimony praising or attacking the book.  Who presides over the raucous courtroom where this uniquely American effort to muzzle a “dirty book” plays out?  None other than Cliff Dweller Jim Munson!

The evening will begin at 4:30 when the bar opens.  Dinner will be served at 6:15 with the performance to follow.  The price for this dinner performance package is $45.  Reservations may be made by e-mail or by calling the Club.

Naked Lunch: The Musical was first performed in 2016 in New Haven as part of a Yale Reunion and later was performed in Los Angeles.  Those unable to come to the Club will have the opportunity to see performances on June 1, 2 & 3 at Saint Sebastian Players at 1625 West Diversey (just west of Ashland).

Critic Victoria Ordin, Cabaret Scenes, called it “a clever, consistently funny musical” featuring “hilarious” songs with a Gilbert and Sullivan feel and the “First Amendment questions raised by the musical are timeless.”

Upcoming in June and July  

 Wednesday, June 7 – Art Exhibition Opening and Membership Development Event with Navy Pier Fireworks at 9:30

Marshall Svensen’s bronze sculptures will be on display along the windows.

The last 7 paintings by Cliff Dweller Bob Guinan will be hung on the large wall while works by Rita O’Hara will be hung on the two side walls thus fulfilling their desire to have a joint show.  Doors and bar open at 4:30.  Dinner service from the menu will be available. 

Friday, June 09 at ULCC at 10:30 AM  Printer’s Row Lit Fest Kick-Off Luncheon

The Chicago Tribune and the Union League Club of Chicago’s Library Committee and Authors Group invite you and your fellow readers to this very special reception and luncheon kicking-off the 2017 Printer’s Row Lit Fest! Enjoy exclusive access to and conversation with many established and rising stars of the literary world as we celebrate the 33rd Printer’s Row Lit Fest weekend!

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. (registration opens at 10:30 a.m.) with Authors will join attendees at their tables for the luncheon service, which begins at 12 p.m.  The luncheon program follows, hosted by Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan.

The price is $40 per person inclusive and the reservation policy is in effect. The Book Stall at Chestnut Court will have the author’s’ books available for purchase at the event.  For your convenience a signature/cash bar will be available. Make reservations:  by email to:  or by calling 312- 435-4818. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – Reception, Presentation and Dinner with Carnegie Mellon Professor Po-Shen Loh, Math Enthusiast and Evangelist

Cliff Dwellers, in partnership with the Andrew Carnegie Society of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), is pleased to welcome CMU professor of mathematical sciences, Po-Shen Loh.  As its Coach, he led Team USA to back-to-back victories in the International Math Olympiad, ending a 20-year drought.

Math-evangelist Po-Shen Loh thinks math should be fun and accessible for everyone.  His presentation will discuss how he leveraged his talents as a professor, coach and entrepreneur to build on CMU’s excellence in mathematics.  This year, CMU placed first in the premier math competition for undergraduates in North America, its sixth year in the top five.  Po-Shen came to CMU, in 2010, from Princeton.  He conducts research across combinatorics, probability, computer science, and education.  His educational technology startup company,, delivers free personalized learning and creative math puzzles on every Internet device.

The evening begins at 4:30, when the bar opens.  The reception, with light appetizers, will start at 5:00 pm.  Professor Po-Shen Loh’s presentation will begin at 6:00, with dinner to follow at 6:45.  Professor Po-Shen Loh will be joining us for dinner and conversation.

The price for the dinner is $35.  Advance reservations are encouraged and may be made by e-mail or by calling the Club.

Friday, June 16- Celebrate Bloomsday

James Joyce’s monumental novel Ulysses chronicles the events of a single day, June 16, 1904 in the lives of Dubliners Leopold Bloom and others.  Now the day is celebrated in the world over as Bloomsday and Joyceans everywhere gather to read from and reJoyce in this comic masterpiece.

Festivities will take place this year on Friday, June 16 at the Cliff Dwellers Club.  Cash bar will open at 5:00 p.m. dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and program will follow at 7:00 p.m.  Program is only $10. Dinner is $50[inclusive tax and gratuity] per person. Reservations are required for the program and dinner.  The deadline to make reservations is Thursday, June 8, 2017.  You can make your reservation by email or by calling the Club.

Tuesday, June 20 – Program by AIR Keanon Kyles

Saturday, June 24 – Book Club WILL meet at Cliff Dwellers to discuss The Reason for Time by Mary Burns who will be present.  The discussion will begin at 11 and will be facilitated by Richard Reeder.

Friday, June 30 – The Club closes after lunch for Fourth of July Holiday and will re-open on Wednesday, July 5. 

Thursday, July 13 – Jazz Night

Wednesday, July 19 – Dinner & Program featuring author William Hazelgrove & his latest book:  Forging a President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt

Saturday, June 29 – Book Club discusses Love and Shame by Peter Orner.  The discussion will begin at 11 and will be facilitated by Richard Reeder.


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