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Upcoming CGCC Events

    • January 24, 2020
    • May 01, 2020
    • 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.


    • February 18, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Emmett's Brewing Co., 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine
    Register

    Join us for casual conversation about gifted kids, parenting and whatever else comes up!  

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    Emmett's Brewing Co.

    110 N. Brockway St.
    Palatine

    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.

    • February 19, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago
    Register

    MAPLE TAPPING

    Bring the family to tap a maple tree and learn the syrup story from sappy beginning to sweet ending. 

    Cost: FREE!!!

    Ages: All ages welcome!


    • February 23, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Board games are proven to boost critical thinking and  can even help with improving attention and social skills. Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you.

    Pandemic, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Exploding Kittens, Carcassone, SET, Quirkle, Chess, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.

    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up. There are many library activities available to keep younger siblings busy.

    Please Note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site at the library or are welcome to join in the fun.

    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library
    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    We have a NEW Start Time of 2pm!

    • February 24, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, 2752 Showplace Drive, Naperville, IL 60564
    Register

    We will meet for an informal lunch to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children while enjoying a lovely meal.


    Biaggi’s Restorante Italiano

    2752 Showplace Drive

    Naperville, IL 60564


    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. Won't you join us?

    This is a joint event with the Chicago Gifted Children Meetup.

    These get-togethers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a meet-up in your area, please contact  Newenka at NewenkaDuMont@ChicagoGiftedCommunity.org 

    • March 01, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 7
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Executive Functioning and the Gifted

    CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60642


    Your brilliant child can’t remember to turn in work, finish work, or break the work down into manageable parts that are not overwhelming. Maybe they flunked their executive functioning task on the neuropsych assessment or, paradoxically, they are multiple standard deviations above the norm in that area and yet… and yet it’s not online in real life. What to do? Maybe transitions are a mess. Maybe you either have to provide pacing or nothing gets done, and you don’t know if they’ll grow into it or if they will need help. Study habits and skills have varying quality. Maybe, getting going is hard, or staying on tasks, or remembering. Your child needs help - learn about options about how to support your child the best.

    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Gifted and ADHD

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

    • March 04, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading something about living with and raising gifted children. Perhaps one of these:  

         

    Vote for your favorite when you register!

    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: April 8, 2020
    • March 07, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Naperville Municipal Building Room A, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville
    Register

    Have you ever wondered:                     

    What is inside a Black Hole?

    What the universe is made of?

    Chicago Gifted Community Center brings you

    Star Gazers Astronomy Club

    Star Gazer next meeting is March 7th exploring Voyager and with time permitting Black Holes!

      • This is a student led organization
      • Grades 5 and up
      • Will meet once a month to explore the mysteries of space and complete a project
      • No fees
      • Bring any observations, articles or information you want to share with the group
      • Next meeting we will view a video on the Voyager and build a model, with time permitting start our exploration on Black Holes with an experiment trying to simulate of one!
      • Meeting will be at Naperville Municipal Building room NEU by the lunch room

    Bring your curiosity and be a part of this exciting new group.    There are 8 more openings available so register today. 

    • March 12, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Palatine Public Library, 700 N North Ct, Palatine
    • 24
    Register

    Understanding Gifted Middle School Students



    • March 19, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Lucky Platter, 514 Main St, Evanston, IL
    Register


    Come and meet other parents for a casual dinner to share stories about raising gifted children, laugh, lament, or provide/receive support on your parenting journey. We will get our palate excited by a creative take on comfort classics at a conveniently located restaurant in downtown Evanston. 

    This is the first of a series of parent supper on the north and northwest side of the city. If you live on the north side and cannot make this date, but have been watching jealously on all the parent supper action on the south side, please watch the CGCC calendar for updates and contact the host with your general availability and preferences to meet in the future.   

    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. Please register and make changes to your RSVP, if needed, so that we can make the proper table arrangements. 

    • March 19, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Tacos El Norte, 1590 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, Illinois 60048
    Register


    If you are parenting a gifted child, or suspect you might be parenting a gifted child, please meet us for dinner and conversation with other parents of gifted children from our local area. We can share our stories, our questions, and our information to help each other out while having an enjoyable dinner.

    We are growing the gifted community in the far north suburbs! Feel free to invite other families you believe would enjoy or benefit from experience with our community.

    There is no charge for this event, as everyone will pay their own way.  Please register so we reserve the right sized table for our group.

    Please Note: The entrance to the restaurant as well as parking is located on Artaius Parkway.

    • March 21, 2020
    • 11:45 AM
    • Granite City Food & Brewery;1828 Abriter Court; Naperville, IL 60563
    Register

    We will meet for an informal lunch to share stories and to provide support for raising gifted children while enjoying a lovely meal.


    Granite City Food & Brewery 
    1828 Abriter Court; Naperville, IL 60563
     Conveniently located off of I-88


    This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill. Please register so that we can make the proper table arrangements. Won't you join us?

    This is a joint event with the Chicago Gifted Children Meetup.

    These get-togethers are a great way to meet other parents in your area. If you are interested in helping put together a meet-up in your area, please contact  Newenka at NewenkaDuMont@ChicagoGiftedCommunity.org 

    • March 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
    Register

    Board games are proven to boost critical thinking and  can even help with improving attention and social skills. Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you.

    Exploding Kittens, Telestrations, The Cat Game,  Scattergories, Tokaido, Anomia, Raise Your Goblets, Cranium, Blokus, Potion Explosion, are a few we can explore.

    Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.

    Ages: Designed for ages 6 and up. 

    Please Note: This is NOT a drop off event. Parents must stay on site at the site or are welcome to join in the fun.


    • March 29, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Board games are proven to boost critical thinking and  can even help with improving attention and social skills. Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you.

    Pandemic, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Exploding Kittens, Carcassone, SET, Quirkle, Chess, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.

    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up. There are many library activities available to keep younger siblings busy.

    Please Note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site at the library or are welcome to join in the fun.

    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library
    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    We have a NEW Start Time of 2pm!

    • March 31, 2020
    • Various
    Register
     

           Sign Me Up! 


    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 05, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
    • 16
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Gifted and ADHD

    CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

    Does my child have ADHD? How do you tease out the Dabrowski psychomotor excitabilities vs. ADHD? How do you know if they are energetic, or engrossed in their favorite things, or if it’s medical? At what point do you need to look for support, and what kind of support is out there for your family? Does it actually work? Who can help? Medication is scary but has been brought up to you, how do you learn more? What are strategies to help your child? Gifted characteristic traits overlap with ADHD. How do you know what side of the line you’re on?

    Additional presentations in this series:  

    Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

    • April 08, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is discussing mentoring relationships - their importance, and how to establish them.  

    This is such an important topic, and yet it is difficult to find advice to finding mentoring relationship. Here is a pretty basic first reading:   https://raisinglifelonglearners.com/gifted-kids-mentors/ 

    There is a guidebook produced by Davidson that is available online here: http://www.davidsongifted.org/young-scholars/free-guidebooks.    

    And then out of Kentucky from Roberts and Inman Mentoring And Your Child, an article published in some magazine, and photocopied for this link. 

    These will get us started on a discussion focused on finding mentors for our kids.

    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!  Reading the above is not required. The objective is to use the reading to frame the discussion with other parents who face the same kinds of parenting challenges you do, but bring what you have and what you know and we'll go from there.  


    Next book discussion: May 6, 2020



    • April 17, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 3:20 PM
    • 8237 N. Kenton Ave., Skokie
    Register

    LOGYC 

    Come spend a day visiting the LOGYC Co-op! Come and meet people, observe classes, ask questions, and see what we're all about. Come for one block or several, and bring a (nut-free) lunch.

    LOGYC is a coop for gifted homeschooling students aged 5 through 18. To learn more about the coop, see our coop FAQs.

    Please register, and someone will contact you with more details.  

    • April 26, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hinsdale Public Library
    Register

    Board games are proven to boost critical thinking and  can even help with improving attention and social skills. Whether you are a board game aficionado or just getting started, this is the club for you.

    Pandemic, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Exploding Kittens, Carcassone, SET, Quirkle, Chess, 7 Wonders, and Ticket to Ride are a few we can explore. Bring your favorite game from home to play or to teach to the group if you would like.

    Ages: Designed for ages 8 and up. There are many library activities available to keep younger siblings busy.

    Please Note: This is not a drop off event. Parents must stay on site at the library or are welcome to join in the fun.

    Event Location: 

    Hinsdale Public Library
    20 East Maple Street
    Hinsdale, IL 60521

    We have a NEW Start Time of 2pm!

    • May 03, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago
    • 20
    Register

    Parent Education Series

    Planning Ahead for Collage

    CGCC is partnering with Midwest Academy for Gifted Education (MAGE)  to present this free series. 

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education

    1164 N. Milwaukee Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60642


    If your child is ahead, way ahead… the time to start planning for college is in elementary school, before it sneaks up on you. What do we mean, planning for college in elementary school? Well, if your child may be headed to early college, there are all sorts of challenges. If your child is headed toward taking AP and community college courses before they are in high school or early in high school, this talk is for you! Considering grade acceleration? Once again, you need this talk, especially if your child is likely to play college sports. We are not talking college applications - we are talking things that you will wish you knew a few years ahead of that process.

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, a parent and teacher not-for-profit start-up, is the only private gifted school in the City of Chicago. They focus only on the gifted population/IQ of 130+ and they teach in multi-age classrooms which allows them to differentiate properly. They provide individualized and personalized instruction with the right balance of rigor, without pressure. They top off a well-rounded education with personal communications and partnership with parents.

    Registration is required for this free event. If you wish, a donation may be made during registration or in cash at the event to support CGCC.  Or consider becoming a member . CGCC is a non-profit all-volunteer organization that relies on member dues to support events  such as these for gifted children and their families. Annual membership is $25.

    • May 06, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         

     an as yet undetermined book! Stay tuned for more information! No matter what the book, you know the discussion will be good, so sign up now!

    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: June 3, 2020



    • June 03, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Commons, 117 N Cass Ave., Westmont
    Register

    This month the Westmont Daytime Book Group is reading:         

     an as yet undetermined book! Stay tuned for more information! No matter what the book, you know the discussion will be good, so sign up now!

    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!






About cgcc

The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

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We  are an all volunteer-based organization that relies on annual memberships from parents, professionals, and supporters to provide organizers with web site operations, a registration system, event insurance, background checks, etc. 

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