Chicago Gifted
Community Center 
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CGCC Events Calendar



Members, see our Area Events Calendar for community events happening throughout Chicagoland.
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Upcoming events

    • January 25, 2019
    • May 03, 2019
    • 14 sessions
    • Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie
    Registration is closed

    LOGYC, Learning Opportunities for Gifted Youth, is a place where children can learn among other gifted children and have the opportunity to work at ability level versus being age restricted. At LOGYC, children can feel accepted for who they are, without having to hide their strengths or weaknesses. They don't need to underachieve to conform or feel isolated in feeling "not normal." They receive support for oversensitivities and integrating into a group learning environment.


    This unique community is a safe space to be gifted and to connect with like-minded peers, for students and parents alike.


    Registering for the co-op allows you to register for our many fabulous classes - check them out! 


    Many of our classes have flexible age ranges, as gifted kids often have asynchronistic development. If you have any questions about class details, whether a class would be appropriate for your kid[s], or the coop in general, please email us at logyc@chicagogiftedcommunity.org.


    • April 01, 2019
    • August 26, 2019
    • 21 sessions
    • Central Park (9350 Central Park Avenue, Skokie)
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    Image result for park playground

    Let's get out

    and play!

    Join us for a

    couple of hours of all-ages outdoor fun.


    We will rotate parks, trying a new one every month.

    April: Central Park, 9350 Central Park Avenue, Skokie

    May: Timber Ridge Park, 9040 Lawndale Ave, Skokie

    June: Lovelace Park, Gross Point Rd & Thayer St, Evanston

    July: Devonshire Park, 4422 Greenwood St, Skokie

    August: Gross Point Park, 9100 Gross Point Rd, Skokie


    Please sign up so that we can notify you when the location changes and if there are any weather-related cancellations. (In case of inclement weather, we'll meet for board games at the Skokie Public Library Youth Services.) See you there!


    (When you sign up, it'll show that you signed up for all 21 events. This is so you don't have to sign up every week, but do not worry that you have to make every date...feel free to attend whichever ones you like.)







    • April 23, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • South Loop, Chicago
    Register

    This month many people will want to attend the CPS Acceleration discussion, so we will be meet afterwards for a drink. 


    Fatpour Tap Works McCormick

    2206 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616



    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. Plenty of free street parking is available near the restaurant. 


    If you are interested in helping put together a meetup in your area, please contact Newenka 



    • April 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Hinsdale or online
    Register


    Board Meeting


    The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a 501(c)(3) specifically created to allow the gifted community in the greater Chicago area to organize activities and events for parents, children and families. Your board does not aspire to create the next great kids club or parent speaker series, we aspire to help you create that club and that series.  Won't you jump in the pool with us?  


    Your board meets 3 - 4 times per year.  We welcome members at our meetings, which usually occur in private homes.  If you are interested in attending, please register here and the host of this meeting will contact you with the address.  

    • April 30, 2019
    • Various
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    I get it - CGCC is a member run organization and since I am a member, I would like to help.  Sign Me Up! 


    Please register as a way to let us know what you might like to assist with.  Thank you! 



    • April 30, 2019
    • Various
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    Please give us your ideas!  Here are some potential events to get the juices flowing: 

    • Book discussion group for children of a certain age, perhaps focused on a particular genre.
    • Maker clubs at a local maker space
    • Knitting circle (or math circle or perhaps a combined knitting math circle?)
    • Board game club
    • Origami lessons
    • Eco club
    • Astronomy club or rock club or dinosaur club or ...
    • A morning at the park

    As this year's New Year's Resolution, won't you organize an event for your community?  Volunteer by clicking here or registering as a volunteer here.



    • May 07, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Vine Academy, 125 South Vine, Hinsdale (second floor)
    • 35
    Register






    Schools, Advocacy, and Helping Kids Find their Passions


    Join us for a roundtable for parents of gifted children on the first Tuesday of most months this school year. The discussions will loosely follow the book: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by Webb, et. al.   


    This month we will discuss finding a school that works for you and your family and advocating for your child.    


    Those following along in the book might like to read chapters 13 and 14.  


    First Tuesdays is facilitated by Kathy Nilles and Newenka DuMont.  Kathy is the mother of a gifted son, has a masters in gifted education and is the manager of  Parent Services for the National Association for Gifted Children.  Newenka is the parent of two gifted daughters, the president of the Chicago Gifted Community Center, on the board of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and a master SENG Parent Group facilitator.  


    The member fee for First Tuesdays is $3 per session. Non-members pay $ 6 per session.  Membership is $25 annually, won't you consider joining CGCC and supporting our mission to facilitate educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families?  Fee waivers are always available, contact Newenka DuMont for details.  


    • May 15, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:  

           


    The Out-of-sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder 


    OR


    The Out-of-sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in Adolescent and Young Adult Years


    by Carol Kranowitz


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!

    • May 20, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ethical Humanist Society, Skokie
    Register

    A joint CGCC and HSGS presentation . . .



    Location: Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, enter through side garden

    Please register so that you get a handout


    How can homeschoolers document their gifted teens' accomplishments so that colleges and universities fairly evaluate these unusual students? What do homeschoolers need to know about the college search process that is unique to their under-served population?  When should homeschoolers start the college search? What does a college search look like? How can homeschoolers evaluate whether a college is the right fit for their unique student? Join Lisa Gurrola and Maria Galo in this presentation that will help homeschool families prepare to homeschool their teens to college. Lisa Gurrola is a professional college admissions counselor who helps homeschooled and traditional students prepare college applications. Maria Galo is president of Teen Learning Lab of Greater Chicago, which offers interesting and challenging courses for homeschooled high school students. Both Lisa and Maria have homeschooled their own children to selective, prestigious colleges. 


    • May 28, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • South Side TBD, Chicago
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    Dinner this month will be held at:


    Fatpour Tap Works McCormick

    2206 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616



    We will meet for an informal dinner to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children. These suppers will generally be scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month.  


    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 


    These Suppers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a Supper in your area, please contact Newenka 



    • June 02, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Spring Valley, Schaumburg

    Picnic Time!

    CGCC

    Almost Summer

    Family Picnic


    Mark your calendars NOW.  Registration will open in April.  


    Summer is almost here and we are thrilled to announce a CGCC picnic.  Come meet other families with gifted children, and enjoy some outdoor fun!  We will have a family scavenger hunt for you to complete. Several of our professional members will have activities available. You will also be able to meet board members of the Chicago Gifted Community Center, and share your wishes for our organization.


    Steps to take:

    1. Register for this picnic now.  If your plans change, you can unregister, or you can email us and we'll take care of it.  For planning purposes we need to know that you are considering coming! 
    2. Pack a lunch for your family. 
    3. Prepare a dessert item to share. (Given the incidence of allergies in our community, please prepare a note card indicating whether your item contains gluten, nuts or peanuts.)
    4. Find and bring all your picnic enjoyment paraphernalia - frisbees, kites, baseball gear, bubble makers, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. 
    5. Also bring other things that your kids love to do to share with others, such as tabletop games (that can withstand a breeze) or legos. 

    We look forward to seeing you there.  


    Please contact Niamh with any questions or concerns.  


    • September 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    Unwritten Rules: Real Strategies to Parent Your Child Into a Successful Adult by Adam Russo 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • October 02, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    a yet to be determined book! 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • November 06, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    a yet to be determined book! 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



    • December 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         


    a yet to be determined book! 


    Bring your favorite morning brew and join us for a discussion of this month's book and how it relates to your parenting challenges. Read the book in depth, skim it, or take a look at the book cover on Amazon before your run out the door!  The objective is to use the book to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do!


    Next book discussion 



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