A Conversation with Rebecca Makkai

Thursday, October 10, 7:00 pm, Lake Forest College

Listen to a conversation between Rebecca Makkai and Davis Schneiderman, Dean of Lake Forest College, as they discuss The Great Believers, the writing process, and more. Q&A session to follow. Please register for this free event.

Friday, October 11, 10:00 am, Lake Forest Library

Enjoy light refreshments as Rebecca Makkai discusses her writing and her novels in the intimate surroundings of the Library, followed by a Q&A session. Please register for this free event.


Friday, October 11, 6:00 pm, Lake Forest Book Store

Rebecca Makkai wraps up 2019’s Lake Forest Reads: Ragale with a book signing at Lake Forest Book Store. To register, call the bookstore at 847.234.4420.




French Cooking with Chef Susan Maddox

Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm

Discover the ins and outs of French cooking with Chef Susan Maddox, former owner and chef at Le Titi de Paris, a French restaurant in Arlington Heights. Register at

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Digital Chicago History with Lake Forest College

Thursday, September 12, 2:00 pm

Lake Forest College Dean, Davis Schneiderman and Anne Thomason, Lake Forest College Interim Library Director and Archivist and Librarian for Special Collections present on the college’s website. Discover how the research process works, and some interesting local historical information they came across creating the site.

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Acrylic Painting Class at Stirling Hall

Monday, September 16, 6:30–8:30 pm

Join Stirling Hall art teacher, Cheryl Steiger as she instructs on how to recreate a modern acrylic painting of a rainy Eiffel Tower scene. Register through Stirling Hall here and enter the code to 10460201 to search for the class.

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Managing Epidemics Over Time at the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00–8:30 pm

A panel discussion on epidemics past and present; from early diseases that touched Lake Forest and Lake Bluff to the AIDS epidemic in Chicago to today’s measles epidemic. Register through The History Center.

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The Normal Heart (film) at Gorton Center

Sunday, September 29, 4:00 pm

Join us at Gorton Center to watch The Normal Heart, a beautiful film exploring activism, love, and friendship during the AIDS crisis in New York, then stay for a short discussion to follow. Register through Gorton Center.


Documentary Discussion

Monday, October 7, 6:30 pm

Watch the documentary, Enlighten Us with us, then stay afterward for a brief discussion on the movie. Learn more about the movie from Roger Ebert’s review. No registration necessary.

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Art in 1920’s Paris

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm

Art lecturer, Debra Levie brings 1920s Paris to Lake Forest by exploring beautiful works of art from the time. Register at


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True Story Book Discussion

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 pm

Lawrence Wright takes a deep dive into the world of Scientology. Join Chris as he leads this fascinating discussion. No registration necessary.


Mystery Book Discussion

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm

Join Kate in discussing this intense thriller about a cult. No registration necessary.

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Discussions of The Great Believers

Tuesday, September 17, 2:00 pm at Dickinson Hall. No registration necessary.

Thursday, September 19, Noon at Lake Forest Library. No registration necessary.

Thursday, September 26, 6:30–8:00 pm at The Gallery. Register for this event at