Host Stories

On the Table Survey

Posted on May 16, 2017

Thank you for participating in your On the Table Conversation! Your voice matters! And we want to hear from you. Please click the button below to take part in the On the Table Survey.   Take the Survey  

Meet the Host: Allison English

Posted on May 4, 2017

Allison English is a yoga teacher and international presenter who has been part of On the Table since the first event in 2014. Q. Tell us about your previous On the Table experiences. I’ve been involved with On the Table …
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Meet the Host: Catherine Bendowitz

Posted on May 4, 2017

Catherine Bendowitz lives in Oak Park, and serves as the co-chair of the Young Leaders Fund. This year will be Catherine’s second time hosting an On the Table discussion. Q: Tell us about the On the Table discussion you hosted …
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Meet the Host: Venisha White-Johnson

Posted on April 14, 2017

Venisha White-Johnson serves as the Director of Operations & Special Events Manager at the newly remodeled Chatham Studio Movie Grill on Chicago’s South Side. The 20-year-old, 14-screen movie theater has transformed into an in-theater dining space whose lobby features a …
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Meet the Host: Barbara Julion

Posted on April 14, 2017

Barbara A. Julion is a clinical nursing instructor in pediatric and maternal child for several colleges. She has been active in maternal child health for over 40 years, including founding TOUCH (Teaching Outreach Understanding Comforting and Helping), a perinatal loss …
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Community Ambassadors

Audrey Peeples, Beverly

Posted on May 11, 2017

When I first moved here, people were a little estranged from each other. Now our community is more diverse, so what I hope to do is engage people in embracing that diversity.   I’ve lived in the Beverly neighborhood for …
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Karen Roddie

Posted on May 11, 2017

How do we strengthen community by talking to people we don’t often get to talk to? What do they think is the best way to do that?   I’m curious about and interested in bringing people together from different neighborhoods. …
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Alana Arenas, Bronzeville

Posted on May 11, 2017

What do we think the people in Bronzeville need to experience from a theater? What can we do to strengthen relationships to garner greater support?   At my table, I’ll have people who are actors, directors, designers, people who have …
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Tommy Choi, Southport Corridor

Posted on May 11, 2017

They always reminded me, at a very young age, that homeownership was not a right. It’s a privilege that I have to work very hard to achieve.   I will talk about community and homeownership. I’m the first generation in …
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The Dalal Family, Irving Park

Posted on May 11, 2017

She asks, Why are they there? Why can’t they find homes? What can we do to help them?   Aashish Dalal It’s important to keep community issues at the forefront of people’s minds. I believe people often want to help …
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Insights

Find an On the Table in Your Community

Posted on May 10, 2017

On the Table is brought to life through the imagination and energy of the thousands of people who choose to host each year. Each host’s unique vision shapes the conversation, and brings guests to the table. Hosting is easier than you …
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Join On the Table at a Restaurant Near You

Posted on April 21, 2017

Looking to join an On the Table conversation and share a meal with new friends? Several restaurants around Chicago are opening their tables on May 16 for special events designed to bring our community together.   1. Cafe Spiaggia 980 …
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On the Table Initiative to Expand Nationally

Posted on March 6, 2017

The Chicago Community Trust’s signature civic engagement initiative, which brings residents together in small mealtime conversations to talk about ways to make their neighborhoods stronger, safer and more dynamic, will expand nationally with $1.15 million in funding from the John …
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