Annual Holiday Gathering

It’s time one again for another great celebration — featuring festivity, fun, and fellowship! Please join the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area at its Annual Holiday Gathering at the home of Karen and Michael Devlin.

Meet other Phi Beta Kappa members and their friends — and enjoy good food and good conversation in an atmosphere of holiday warmth and good cheer.

Date and Time:Sunday, December 14, 2014; 2-5 p.m.
Location:The home of Karen and Michael Devlin; 1828 N. Paulina St., Chicago
RSVP:Karen in the evenings at 773-252-2554 or to

Dance and Comedy: The Second City Collaboration

What do dance and sketch comedy have in common? Well, both are creative outlets, and both are rooted in improvisation. With that in mind, two of Chicago’s arts institutions, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Second City, are collaborating this fall for a unique performance that will be sure to entertain audiences. Click to read the press release about the collaboration.

Please join PBKACA to witness this venture and help celebrate the start to Hubbard Street’s 37th season! To receive the special group rate, our group must include a minimum of 10 people. If interested in attending or if you have questions, please email Elizabeth Pridgen at by Sunday, October 5. We hope you will join us!

Date and Time:Sunday, October 19. 3 p.m. performance
Location:Harris Theatre, 205 East Randolph Street, Chicago
Cost:$40 per ticket (special discounted rate). Buy tickets now via PayPal below, or send a check to PBKACA at P.O. Box 641121, Chicago, IL 60664-1121.

RSVP:Elizabeth Pridgen at

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Are you interested in jazz? Cocktails? The Lake? Fireworks? And 32,000 animals? Join us as we experience the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, lake breezes, and fireworks at Navy Pier! The event will host Tim Fitzgerald Trio, William Boris Duo, and Detour JazFunk. This will be a great way to mingle with fellow PBKACA members and learn more about who we are and what we do! We hope to see you there!

Date and Time:Wednesday, August 27th at 8 p.m.
Location:Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Cost:Free for members, but please consider making a donation to PBKACA’s Scholarship Fund. For nonmembers, tickets are $18. You can purchase tickets on the Shedd’s website.
Questions:Elizabeth Pridgen at

Night at the Movies: Hercules

The PBKACA film group returns to action with a very fun, and sometimes funny, historical adventure — “Hercules.” This film features amazing effects and an illustrious cast, including John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, and Joseph Fiennes. As usual, we will meet at a nearby venue after the show to briefly discuss the movie. Topics of discussion will include fate, legends, Greek mythology, and the supernatural. As usual, to encourage participation, there will be an audience participation prize. Please join us for a night at the movies!

Date and Time:Thursday, August 7; approximate 7 p.m. showtime (TBD)
Location:AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. in Chicago
Cost:$12 per ticket; $11 Senior price; Additional costs may apply to drinks and/or light bites after the movie.
RSVP:John Ashton at by Wednesday, August 6

Ella, Louis, and All That Jazz Concert at Millennium Park

Join the Young Professionals to take in the sultry vocals of Marva Hicks and intense brass of Byron Stripling on trumpet, as they join Jeff Tyzik and the Grant Park Orchestra to pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. This free event is a great opportunity to break out your picnic baskets for a relaxing evening of amazing music.

Date and Time:Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Location:Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.
Cost:There is no charge, but feel free to bring a light bite to share!
Questions:Elizabeth Pridgen at

PBKACA Scholarship Reception 2014

Since PBKACA’s college scholarship program for talented Chicago Public School students began in 2005 as a modest endeavor to award one annual $5,000 scholarship, the program has grown by leaps and bounds. PBKACA is incredibly proud of these scholars and wants to continue showing its appreciation and support. We are also most grateful to past and current scholarship donors who have enabled us to honor these students. Please join us in meeting our outstanding young scholars and hear about their studies, their careers, and their dreams at this very special event.

Date and Time:Wednesday, August 6 at 6 p.m.
Location:Loyola University Chicago, Lewis Towers, Beane Hall (13th Floor), 111 East Pearson in Chicago
Cost:Free, but please consider making a donation to PBKACA’s Scholarship Fund.
Questions:Roselind Lindau at or the PBKACA voicemail box at 312-409-1937.

Tour the Magritte Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago with PBKACA’s Professor Miguel de Baca

Prof. Miguel de Baca, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Assistant Professor of the Humanities at Lake Forest College, will lead Phi Betes through the Art Institute’s blockbuster exhibition of the Surrealist painter René Magritte.

Prof. de Baca will focus on Magritte’s attitudes toward politics and psychology as he began his practice in the mid-1920s, and how it changed over the ensuing decade as Europe headed to war. You won’t want to miss this chance to have a guided tour of the summer’s most highly acclaimed exhibition in one of the world’s greatest art museums!

Date and Time:Thursday, August 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your museum admission and check bags.
Location:Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue. We will meet at the Modern Wing’s Monroe Street entrance, NOT the Michigan Avenue entrance.
Cost:Museum admission to be paid at the door. See the museum admission fees.
RSVP:Contact Prof. de Baca at Capacity is strictly limited to 20 guests and the RSVP list will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a wait list if interested.

Daniel Burnham Architecture Tour with PBKACA member Robin Simon

PBKACA member and Chicago Architecture Foundation docent Robin Simon is leading the 4th annual PBKACA architecture tour — which has already sold out. This tour will focus on Daniel Burnham, architect, planner, and leader.

The career of Daniel Burnham coincided with an era in which Chicago architecture evolved from small buildings with load-bearing walls to soaring steel-frame skyscrapers. It spanned a period when Chicago was the fastest-growing city in the world — so fast that many demanded a plan to manage its unplanned growth.

This walking tour of the Loop stops at some of Burnham’s best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs. Along the way, learn about the man behind the 1909 Plan of Chicago; his partnership with John Wellborn Root; his work with Charles Atwood, Ernest Graham and others; and the impact of the 1893 World’s Fair on his work and life.

Attendees may want to read (or re-read) Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City to learn more about Burnham. There is also an interesting biography by Thomas S. Hines, Burnham of Chicago: Architect and Planner.

The tour is sold out, as it is limited to 15 participants, with up to one guest per PBKACA member.

Date and Time:Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with an optional lunch afterwards (Dutch)
Location:Federal Plaza near the red Calder sculpture, 230 S. Dearborn, Chicago, between Adams and Jackson (CTA Red/Blue lines Jackson stop, Brown/Orange/Pink lines Harold Washington Library stop, many different bus options stop within a block of there)
Cost:Free for current PBKACA members and their one guest. All others are $5 per person. We are no longer accepting payment as the tour is sold out.

Waiting list:To be added to the waiting list for this sold-out tour, contact Robin at with your name, number of people, and your cell phone number (we have had to call people due to rain in the past.) She will contact you if there are any cancellations. Note: If you hear from Robin’s spam filter, just ignore it. She will see your message and let it in.

Cyber Security Panel

If you aren’t thinking about your security online, you should be. Beyond revelations about the NSA, many companies have assembled databases that allow them to know some very intimate details about our lives. But instead of worrying, come learn about the issue with two expert Phi Beta Kappans: Fred Cate, law professor at Indiana University, and Bob Sloan, head of the Computer Department at UIC.

Date and Time:Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m.
Location:30 East Huron, Chicago, P Level Entertainment Suite. There is street parking. It is also conveniently located near the CTA Red Line, busses 22 and 36, and any Michigan Avenue bus.
Cost:There is no fee for PBKACA members, but there is a $10 charge for nonmembers.

Nonmembers can buy now via PayPal below, or send a check to PBKACA at P.O. Box 641121, Chicago, IL 60664-1121.


RSVP:Judi Strauss-Lipkin at or (312) 988-9996. RSVPs are required, as the venue’s doorman needs guests’ names ahead of time.
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Young Professionals Summer Kickoff

The Young Professionals are ready to toast the start of summer! Join us for a night of networking at American Junkie for food, drinks, laughter, and conversation. If you RSVP ahead of time by paying via PayPal, you will receive one complimentary drink as a token of PBKACA’s gratitude.

The Young Professionals group serves as networking resource for professionals in Chicago, as well as a fun forum to get-to-know other key holders in the area. We hope you will join us!

Date and Time:Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:American Junkie; 15 W. Illinois St., Chicago
Cost:$12, which includes one complimentary drink and appetizers if you pre-register via PayPal. Buy now via PayPal below, or send a check to PBKACA at P.O. Box 641121, Chicago, IL 60664-1121.

Questions:Elizabeth Pridgen at