People Supporting the Arts

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Cliff Dwellers are reminded that, except for book and other special events at Union League Club, members may only use the Union League Club dining facilities when Cliff Dwellers is closed.  Members may always dine at Union League (with advance reservations and compliance with its dress code) on Saturday nights and on Sundays and during other periods when Cliff Dwellers is closed.

Upcoming Programs, Events & Exhibitions

Friday, April 28 – Dinner and Program featuring 2017 Artist in Residence Andrew McManus “Inspirations: The Art of Music Composition & Performance”

This will be a very special evening for members and will give us an opportunity to meet one of our Artists in Residence.  Andrew McManus received his PhD in music composition from the University of Chicago in 2015. Tonight we will hear highly innovative and dynamic composer will speak of a piece he based on Carl Sandburg’s poetry.

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley will perform this work accompanied by Julie Rosenfeld on violin and Eli Lara on cello.  These exquisite performers will further delight us with the works of Heitor Villa Lobos and Bernard Rands.  The program will end with a return to Sandburg and briefly salute The American SongBag (the poet’s oft-overlooked compilation of American folk music).

Cash bar opens at 4:30 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program to follow.  The price for the dinner is $45.  Reservations may be made by e-mail or by calling the Club.

Tuesday, May 2 – Chef Victor Cooks Tonight:  A Pre- Cinco de Mayo Dinner 

Come to the Club for another in the series entitled “Chef Victor Cooks” which gives members and their guests an opportunity to enjoy both a special dinner but an opportunity to have conversion over dinner.  

The evening will begin at 4:30 when the doors and bar open.  Michelle will have some special drinks for the evening and of course there will be festive music playing to let the celebrations begin.

Dinner will be served at 6:30.  The price for the dinner is $35.  Advanced reservations are encouraged and may be made by e-mail or by calling the Club.

Now for a Historical Note about Cinco de Mayo which commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

The background for this battle began in July of 1861 when the Mexican Congress voted, due to a lack of funds, to stop payment on debts owed to France, Britain and Spain.  President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium on payment. In January 1862, French, British and Spanish troops invaded Mexico to force it to pay the monies due to them. The British and Spanish quickly abandoned the cause while battles between Napoleon III’s troops and Juarez’s forces continued.  The French troops took Mexico City in July 1863.  Napoleon III chose Maximilian of Hapsburg to become the Mexican monarch.

The United States took the position that France was violating the Monroe Doctrine.  But due to the Civil War, United States was not able to actively intervene. After the Civil War ended, President Andrew Johnson took action to push French out of Mexico. Maximilian was executed and Benito Juarez resumed office as President of the Republic of Mexico. 

Wednesday, May 3 – Membership Development Event: Introducing Building Tenants and Residents of Metropolitan Tower to Cliff Dwellers

The Cliff Dwellers Club is inviting all employees and owners of 200 South Michigan Building Tenants and residents of Metropolitan Tower to get on the lobby elevator with the Cliff Dwellers’ sign and ride up to the top of the building and discover the perfect place to meet friends after work for drinks and for dinner.

Members of the Younger Cliff Dwellers Group and the Club’s current class of Artists in Residence will also be coming and have been encouraged to bring friends and colleagues to introduce them to the Club.

The event will begin at 4:30 when the bar opens.  The Club will be serving bar snacks and each attendee will receive one ticket that may be exchanged for a free glass of wine or beer from the bar.  Additional drinks and appetizers from the bar menu may be purchased with credit card, cash or charge to a house account. Dinner service will be available for those who would like to stay for dinner.   

Thursday, May 4 – Special Lunchtime Program Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame   featuring sportswriter and author Ron Rapoport

Cliff Dwellers is pleased to welcome Ron Rapoport, longtime- sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Los Angeles Daily News and sports commentator for National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” – who is in town to give keynote remarks at Ring Lardner’s induction into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame on May 4 at Newberry Library.

After lunch Ron will deliver a talk about Ring Lardner’s legendary literary and journalistic career. Volumes Bookcafé will be on hand to sell Ron’s new book, The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner which contains the best of Lardner’s journalism from his earliest days at the South Bend Times through his years at the Chicago Tribune and his weekly column for the Bell Syndicate.

Lardner not only covered the great sporting events of the era—from Jack Dempsey’s fights to the World Series and even an America’s Cup—he also wrote about politics, war, and Prohibition, as well as parodies, poems, and penetrating observations on American life.

Doors open at 11:30.  Buffet lunch will be served at noon.  The price for the luncheon and program is $30. Reservations are required, and can be made by email or by calling the Club.

Wednesday, May 10 – Chef Victor Cooks Tonight:  Southern Comfort at the CD 

Tuesday, May 23 – Chicago Architecture Program – TBD 

Saturday, May 27 – Book Club WILL meet at Cliff Dwellers – Empire of Deception 

Monday, May 29 – Club closed for Memorial Day 

Wednesday, May 31 – Dinner and Staged Reading of: Naked Lunch: The Musical 

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


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