NOVEMBER CHICAGO BRIDGE EVENT: “One Couple’s Story: Reflections on a Journey Through Alzheimer’s Disease”

“One Couple’s Story: Reflections on a Journey Through Alzheimer’s Disease”

When:  Wednesday, November, 18th, 6 to 8 pm

Where:  Alzheimer’s Association National Office, Contact Center

225 N. Michigan Avenue, 18th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601

**Please RSVP by MondayMonday November 16th to Madeline Schork at madeline.schork@gmail.com**

For this event, we will hear from a couple whose life has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Ben, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and his wife Robin.  They will share with us, in their words, their experiences from the time leading up to the diagnosis, to today. Their story was developed as part of Northwestern’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Storytelling Program. Their presentation will be followed by ample time for questions and answers.

A big thanks to our generous sponsors, the Alzheimer’s Association, for providing the event space, as well as food and refreshments.

Please note: a security check-in is required at the Concierge desk located on the first floor.  Allow extra time.

Parking passes will be available at the event for $12.00 cash if you park in the Michigan Plaza parking garage.  Information/Directions to the Michigan Plaza parking will follow.  If you are interested in carpooling (giving or receiving a ride), please let us know and we will try to connect you with another Chicago Bridge member if possible. 

The Alzheimer’s Association is located in the Loop, within walking distance of numerous CTA Buses, the Lake Red Line Stop, the State/Lake Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple Line Stop, the Randolph/Wabash Brown Line Stop, and the Metra.


MMAI Explained: Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers

Please consider joining us for what is sure to be an interesting and educational event regarding the changes to Medicare & Medicaid for older adults. Networking + free food included!

When: August 17th, 2015

Where: Chicago Dept of Family and Supportive Services (1615 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL)

Complimentary Parking is available behind the building after 6:00 PM

Accessible by public transportation (near Division Blue Line)

Please RSVP Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zzn2r2VJhq1C06sXXggUsEO-VyEPPbzwbRaNQSffRj0/viewform?usp=send_form


Save the Date: September Book Discussion Event

Chicago Bridge will be hosting a Book Discussion for it’s September event.  So whether you’re looking to get in some last minute summer reading or wanting an excuse to pick up a really great read, this year we chose: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Really Matters in the End By: Atul Gawande.  Our discussion will be led by Chicago-based aging practitioner, Nancy Flowers of Rainbow Hospice.
Where: The Self Help Home (908 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640)  
When: September 16, 2015 @6PM 
We hope to see you there!

Save the Date: July Social Event


Thursday, July 23, 2015
6 PM-7:30 PM

McKinlock Court at the Art Institute of Chicago, lower level

111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Delight in the lush summer beauty of McKinlock Court while enjoying light menu items and listening to some of Chicago’s best jazz musicians all around the centerpiece fountain, a replica of Carl Milles’s Fountain of the Tritons in Copenhagen.

Please join us for Chicago Bridge’s July social event in the McKinlock Court in the museum’s lower level. Enjoy summer’s warm weather and lengthening days by dining alfresco as the Museum Café extends seating into lovely McKinlock Court. The Museum Café offers a locally sourced menu with a global influence along with a selection of wines, microbrews, and full bar. We will also enjoy Thursday Night Jazz 5:00–7:30 PMNo reservations allowed, all food and drinks self pay, look for the Chicago Bridge group.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please RSVP by Monday, July 20th  to Sallie Schwartzkopf @ schwartzkopfsallie@gmail.com.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION DETAILS: Parking and public transportation are both available. Learn more about directions, parking and public transportation here: http://www.artic.edu/visit/directions-and-parking

Questions? Please feel free to contact event coordinator, Sallie Schwartzkopf (schwartzkopfsallie@gmail.com).


Save the Date! Legal Services for Older Adults

Join us for Chicago Bridge’s June educational event on legal services for older adults.  Saverio and Associates will present on topics including: Medicaid pre-planning, estate planning, probate, and assistance for veterans, spouses, and widows. There will also be a Q&A session.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Terraces at The Clare
55 E. Pearson St. (53rd Floor) 
Chicago, IL  60611

Our generous sponsor, The Terraces at The Clare, will provide a 5-star food experience with heavy appetizers and wine provided. The event will be held on the 53rd floor.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please RSVP by Friday, June 12th at: http://goo.gl/forms/NBYxYo8T31 (maximum capacity is 40).

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION DETAILS: Complimentary valet parking will be available at The Clare on the Rush Street entrance. The Clare is also accessible via the CTA Red Line Chicago stop, as well CTA Bus #: 3, 10, 26, 36, 66, 125, 143, 146, 147, 148, 151.


Saverio M. Martiradonna 
Saverio and Associates


Save the Date: May Event: Death Cafe

When: Wednesday, May 20th from 6 to 9 pm

Where: Replogle Center, 126 E. Chestnut St, Chicago

Parking will be validated at a reduced rate of $15 for the 900 North Michigan garage, also easily accessible via CTA

What: At the Death Café, we will be participating in an interactive group discussion regarding death and end of life issues, including our own experiences and ideas, with the aim ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. The discussion will be facilitated by Dan Bulf.

Food will be sponsored by Gentle Home Services.

Please RSVP to Grace Thornton by Sunday, May 17th
: grace.angelica.t@gmail.com

See attached flyer for more information.


Gentle Home Services: http://www.gentlehomeservices.com/

Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being: http://reploglecenter.org/


Save the Date! Leadership Launch

Are you looking to improve your resume and/or interviewing skills?
Do you like to support emerging professionals in the field of aging? Do you have advice and tips to share?
If so, then please join the Chicago-Bridge for the April 15th Leadership Launch where emerging professionals will network with established professionals to talk resumes, interviewing, and other tips for the job search. 
Where: Rush University Medical Center, 600 S. Paulina, Room 994 of the Armour Academic Center  
When: April 15th, 6pm-8pm (refreshments will be provided)
RSVP: Please RSVP by April 8th to Morna Brothers at mrbrothers@hotmail.comIndicate in the RSVP if you are an emerging or established professional. Let us know if you are interested in reviewing resumes or leading a break out session.
We hope to see you there!

Chicago Bridge Networking March Event

Join us at the 2015 American Society on Aging, Aging in America Conference. Chicago Bridge will be meeting at Big Bar located at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase on your own. Conference registration is not required.


When: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Where: Big Bar, Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Time: 5:15-7:15pm
We look forward to seeing you!

Save the Date! Winter Social Event- December 17, 6:00 at Rush

Please Join Us for Chicago Bridge’s Winter Social Event!

 You will have an opportunity to get to know fellow Chicago Bridge members and meet the new leadership team.

 When: Wednesday, December 17, 6:00pm

Where: Rush University Medical Center, 1620 West Harrison

Tower Resource Center, Room 04527

 Pizza generously provided by Rush Health and Aging.

 Accessible by Blue and Pink lines. Parking validation is available if you drive.

 Please RSVP by Monday, December 15 by completing this RSVP FORM.

 Contact event coordinator Michelle Newman (mhochwert@gmail.com) with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!


SAVE THE DATE! Music in the Park, Wednesday, July 16!

Have you been looking for an opportunity to…

Get to know fellow Bridge members?

Relax and reconnect with old friends?

Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and award winning music?

 Pack your picnic and join us for free Music in the Park!

 Chicago Bridge Summer Social Event

When: Wednesday, July 16 6:30pm

Where: Millennium Park- 201 E Randolph

(between Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr) 

 Public transportation is recommended. View a map of the event location

 We will secure a spot on the lawn for everyone to mingle and relax while George Fenton conducts his score to The Blue Planet, accompanied by scenes from the series. 

This is a potluck style and BYO event. Please RSVP by Monday, July 14 by completing this form: RSVP FORM. Your RSVP is important to make sure we can notify you about inclement weather and follow-up about event logistics.

Contact event coordinators Aloka Shah (shah.aloka@gmail.com) or Meghan Jenkins Morales (meghan.jnkns@gmail.com) with any questions. 

 We look forward to seeing you there!