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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 Regular 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.

June Events

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 20A Summer’s Night Interlude with Keanon Kyles

Opera is his specialty. However, at this special performance, artist-in-residence Keanon Kyles will lend his powerful voice and passionate stylings to some of the greatest songs from Broadway shows, gospel, jazz and opera.  You will be enchanted.

We aim to support Keanon and give him a splendid send-off to Glasgow, Scotland where he will be performing this July in the Clyde Opera Group’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. So join us for this magical musical evening and bring your family and friends.

The bar opens at 4:30; Dinner will be served at 6:15 with the performance to follow. The price for the dinner and performance is $45. A performance-only option is available for $15. Reservations may be made by email or by calling the Club.

Discounted parking is available at the garage located at 17 East Adams after 4:00 p.m. – enter on Adams between Wabash and State.  Ask for the discounted parking coupon when checking in.

Thursday, June 22 Newsworthy: Chicago History as Seen Through the Lens of Fiction: A Conversation with Renée Rosen and Mary Burn – Reception and author event, co-sponsored with the Society of Midland Authors

Join authors Renée Rosen and Mary Burns for a lively conversation about why they think Chicago is such a rich and dramatic setting for historical fiction, and how newsworthy events, and the production of the news itself, inspired their novels.

RENÉE ROSEN is the bestselling author of four historical novels set in Chicago, all published by Penguin Random House — Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties (2013), What The Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age (2014), White Collar Girl (2015), and Windy City Blues (2017).   She has also contributed to many magazines and newspapers, including Chicago Magazine, the Chicago TribuneComplete WomanDAME, and Publisher’s Weekly.  She lives in Chicago.

MARY BURNS, a former journalist and documentary filmmaker, grew up near Chicago. She is the author of four novels, two short-story collections, a nonfiction book about snow geese, and several radio and stage plays. Since she emigrated to Canada in 1970 she has served as the editor of Yukon News, been a documentary filmmaker for the National Film Board, taught in the Simon Fraser University Writing & Publishing program, and served as Chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College. Her newest title is The Reason for Time, a historical novel set in Chicago during the turbulent summer of 1919.

Their conversation will be moderated by Emily Victorson, the publisher of Allium Press of Chicago, a small independent press, which specializes in fiction with a Chicago connection.

The price for the reception and event is $20.  The evening begins at 4:30, when the bar opens.  The reception, with appetizers, will start at 5:00 pm, with the presentation beginning at 6:00.  Dinner service (not included in the price) will be available.

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. 

Events in July

Thursday, July 13 – Jazz Night with vocalist Alyssa Algood

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

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

American Association of University Women’s Used Book Sale

 Cliff Dwellers again is serving as a drop-off point for the Used Book Sale to make it easier for members who wish to donate books.

Books will be taken to Lombard and sold during the Lombard Chapter’s annual sale which will run from August 2 to August 5 at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St, Lombard, IL. For more info:

Proceeds from the sale are used to fund scholarships. Bring your books and place them in the designated box in the cloakroom. Include a list of your donations with your name and address or see Vivian and you will receive a tax donation form.

The Deadline for bringing in books is Saturday, July 22. Textbooks and encyclopedias are not accepted. Need someone to pick up your books? Contact Leslie Recht at

Anticipating August

Richard Cahan will present on his latest book, Chicago: Classic Photographs


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