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

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.

Saturday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.   Cliff Dwellers Book Club 

The Book Club will be discussing A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: the Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, by Honorary Member Angela Jackson  Ms. Jackson will be present for the meeting.

The discussion will continue over lunch.

Friday, March 2 Remembrance and Celebration of the Life of Wilbert R. Hasbrouck (CD ’64), 1931-2018

Long time Cliff Dweller Bill Hasbrouck passed away on February 10, 2018. His last evening out was at the Cliff Dwellers annual meeting on January 8, which was his 55th consecutive annual meeting. His funeral was held privately by the family at Graceland cemetery on February 15. A link to his obituary is below.,amp.html

On March 2, a remembrance and celebration of this life will be held at the Cliff Dwellers for his friends, colleagues and fellow Cliff Dwellers. The doors will open at 3:00 pm, selected friends will speak from approximately 4:30 to 5:30 pm and dinner will be available at 6:00 pm by reservation. Please note that space is limited, and reservations are strongly suggested.

Wednesday, March 7:  5:00 p.m.  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.

Reception at 5:00
Buffet dinner at 6:00  ($35 per person)
Program starts at 6:30

Reservations at or call 312-922-8080.

Thursday, March 8: 6:15 p.m.  ARCHITECTURAL LECTURE SERIES 

Details forthcoming. 

Friday, March 9:   Silent No More: Songs of Praise and Protest.  A Concert with the 21st Century Chorale in honor of International Women’s Day

21st Century Chorale is an auditioned choral project dedicated to the performance of the best of choral music, from medieval to contemporary. Their roots in tradition inform their exploration of experimental new works. Now in their fourth season under the expert direction of Martha Swisher, the Chorale continues to create musical experiences of deep meaning and connection with their audiences.

This concert includes pieces from favorite classical composers such as Mendelssohn (Drei Motetten), and the works of living composers Joseph Gregorio (Martes), and J. Reese Norris (Paper Crane).   Charles Albert Tindley’s gospel music and Yara Allen’s protest music will further showcase the wide range of these talented singers.

This concert will feature Artist-in-Residence Keanon Kyles.

Details forthcoming. 

Tuesday, March 20:  An evening with Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Mayo 

Cleaning Closets is an ongoing oral history project that collects and shares true coming out stories from BOTH sides of the closet door.  This includes the perspective of the LGBTQ+ individuals as well as that of the family and friends to whom they come out.  In the most recent iteration of the project, Artist In Residence Jonathan Mayo hosted a two-day intensive workshop with Chicago youth to devise a performance based on their stories.  Jonathan is excited to share a screening of this live performance with The Cliff Dwellers.  There will be a discussion to follow the film.

Friday, March 23:  12:00 p.m.  INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LUNCHEON.   

Keynote Address: Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President Musical performance:  Artist-in-Residence Keanon Kyles 

Arts Roundtable: Sharing Our Stories:  Outstanding women artists (whose art is on exhibit), discuss their work, inspirations and challenges.  Moderator: Ruth Aizuss Migdal, Curator of Sculpture, The Cliff Dwellers. 

This event showcases sculpture by Janet Austin, Pearl Dick, Annette Jackson, Christine LaRue, Charlotte Mays and the paintings & drawings of Jennifer Cronin: Artist-in-Residence 2017-18 

Doors open for check-in at 11:30

Lunch:  12:00

Cost:  $40 for members and friends 

RSVP (before March 16) to Vivian Gutierrez at 

THIS EVENT SELLS OUT QUICKLY.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call (312) 922-8080. 

Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.   CLIFF DWELLERS BOOK CLUB 

The Book Club will read and discuss Natalie Y.  Moore’s The South Side: a Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation As always, the discussion will continue over lunch.

Saturday, March 31, 10:30 a.m.  MOVIE CLUB:  I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck 

Eve Moran will introduce director Raoul Peck’s documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, based on an unfinished work by writer James Baldwin.  Discussion follow the film and continues over lunch.


Two of our members have notified us of exhibitions of their photography. George Gabauer at the River Trails Nature Preserve in Glenview.

George has an exhibit of his Nature and forest preserve photography up at River Trails Nature Preserve in Glenview, Il. River Trails is located on Milwaukee Avenue about one mile north of ABT. It is located north of West Lake St (Glenview) and South of the old Palwaukee airport. The Nature Center building is open from 9AM to 4PM everyday except Fridays (closed Fridays).  The display will run though at least April, possibly longer.   The exhibit features photography of the natural world  in the forest preserves near River Trails Nature Center in Glenview.  The exhibit is in the nature center building and is free to all ages.

Steve Geer at Perspective Fine Art Photography:  One-Sixth of a Second 

Photographer and filmmaker Elliott Erwitt once said of photography: “I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Motion blurring is not something we experience in our everyday vision. It’s created by the camera’s technology. When we look at motion blur in a photograph we are presented with a different way of seeing. Motion blurring removes some of the detail we seek. It’s as if we have permission to stare but only at what we might have perceived in a quick glance.

According to Geer, “Street photography can be fascinating. I think it’s because we are naturally nosy. We want to stare, to absorb the details and imagine the facts. But on the street, we only get a glimpse. We don’t have permission to stare. The great thing about a street photograph is that we have permission to stare.“

Half of the images in Geer’s series are single exposures. In the other half he has created a time-collage by combining two or more images from a single tripod-mounted sequence.

In 2017, Steve Geer’s photographs have been: published in the April issue of Silvershotz Magazine; featured in the “Silvershotz 2017 Folio Annual” book; published in the Photographers Forum “Best of Photography 2017” book ; and, featured in the December issue of the Journal of the Royal Photographic Society. In recognition of his work, in October the RPS awarded Geer an Associate membership (ARPS). Through February 25, 2018

Perspective Group and Photography Gallery:  1310 ½ B Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Hours:  Thurs-Sat: 12-6 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.

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.