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Special Events

Sign up for our newsletter below and never miss out on information about our upcoming events. Join IPCC for regularly scheduled programs and special events designed to engage our attendees and bring our mission to life.

Either online or in-person (when in-person gatherings can be safely conducted) the IPCC gatherings are ideal for those individuals seeking to connect and discuss many trending topics.

Enjoy learning more about our past special events listed below.

Past Special Events

March 2020

International Press Club of Chicago Special March Event
Event is sponsored by the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago & Yunus Emre Institute

WHERE: The Oriental Institute,1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

DATE: Monday, March 9th 2020
TIME:  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Program: “25 Years of Research at Göbeklitepe: A Summary of Past and Recent Results” 

Join us and the esteemed archaeologist and coordinator of research & fieldwork at Göbeklitepe for this special pop-up event sponsored by the Turkish Consulate in Chicago.

This is a special presentation by Dr. Lee Clare, an esteemed archaeologist and coordinator of research and fieldwork at Göbeklitepe. Dr. Clare will share the history of the oldest temple in the world, Göbeklitepe. This is the stunning site of recent archaeological discoveries of massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery. Guests will enjoy a fascinating presentation including an exhibition of photos from the Göbeklitepe excavation site, one of the world's most ancient mysteries in southeastern Turkey, and a Q&A session with one of the world's leading archaeologists. 


International Press Club of Chicago Special August Event
IPCC in association with International Women Associates

WHERE: Newberry Library, Ruggles Concert Hall, 60 West Walton St. Chicago, IL 60610

DATE: Thursday, August 29th 2019
TIME:  Reception 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm | Musical Performance 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Chicago Welcomes Umut Deniz Topcuoglu...Young and highly accomplished Turkish composer, performer, and educator brings his inspiring music to Chicago once again! Midwest Young Artists Conservatory orchestra and chamber members will join Umut Deniz Topcuoglu at a special concert to perform his new compositions and adaptations.


Umut Deniz Topcuoglu, from Istanbul, is a music composition graduate of the State Academy of Music, Theatre & Fine Arts, in Chisinau, Moldova. Deniz is specialized in Turkish ethnic music and is a gifted performer on the Turkish Mouth Harp, Turkish Ney (reed flute), Bendir (skin drum), and the art of throat singing. Deniz has presented Master Classes in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Stage 773, and the Fine Arts Building. His compositions have been commissioned for international theater productions. His major work, “Symphonic Poem Altay”, joins classical and ethnic themes through its use of Turkish instruments. At the Newberry Library concert, Deniz will demonstrate his original notation system, called “Orhon Notation”, for the Turkish Mouth Harp, the ancient instrument known in Central Asia as “Khomus”. The "Orkhon Tamga Alphabet” (Turkish Runic Alphabet) symbolizes the fundamental sounds produced by the Mouth Harp, and the unity of ethno-musicology, Turkology, and philology - says Deniz.


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is a premiere youth music ensemble program, serving over 900 students of all ages and ability levels through orchestral, jazz, and choral ensembles, early childhood classes, and summer camps.


Newberry Library, Ruggles Concert Hall 60 West Walton Street, Chicago IL 60610 Free to Members and Guests | Seats are limited Registration is required by August 27 at (Go to Upcoming/All Events, scroll to "August 29th Spotlight")

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August 2019

International Press Club of Chicago Special June Event
IPCC Family Day at the Blackhawk Farms Raceway Track

WHERE: Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL - only 90 miles from Chicago!  

DATE: Saturday, June 29, 2019 (Alfa) | Sunday, June 30, 2019 (Audi)
TIME:  Activities started at 7:00 AM, the first group on track at 9:00 AM, and wrap up at 5:00 PM. 

The Chicago Alfa Romeo Owners Club (CAROC) kindly invite IPCC members with their families and guests to participate on June 29, 2019, CAROC Driver’s Education & Lapping Day at Blackhawk Farms.  Join us and enjoy a full day of automotive exercise and fun with family and friends in a comfortable, rural setting. 

Come out and drive YOUR car on a racetrack! All makes of cars welcome. See what you and your car can do!

The racetrack is 2.0 miles. Open lapping sessions in the morning and afternoon in groups divided by car type and experience. Track Touring mid-day with an hour of limited speed. Activities start with registration and tech inspection at 7:00 AM, the first group on track at 9:00 AM, and wrap up at 5:00 PM, rain or shine. For lapping, cars must pass safety tech inspection, helmets (Snell 2010 min) and seat belts required. Fixed roll bars are required for open cars in all groups of lapping sessions. Roll-bar or helmets not required for the touring session.  Driver instructors available and free on Saturday, and loaner helmets are available with advance notice.   

To find out more about touring and racing at Blackhawk Farms Raceway please feel free to reach out to them via the contact information listed below:

• Visit  |  Call Don Brubaker (847) 550-8915 with event questions.

• Track info is available at

IPCC Family Day _ the Blackhawk Farms Ra
June 2019

International Press Club of Chicago

WHERE: The Adventurers Club of Chicago, Michael A. Salim at 47 West Polk Street N0. 164, Chicago, Illinois 60605


WHEN: 5 November 2018 - IPCC at The Adventures Club of Chicago


Major Alan Woolley enrolled as a Private in the Essex and Kent Scottish in 1974. Over his career, he has served with The Highland Fusiliers of Canada, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s ), The Lincoln and Welland Regiment and, until retiring in 2013, The Director General International Security and Policy. Major Wooley ‘s Topic of discussion the Current Conflict in Ukraine and his role with the OSCE’s UAV Team.


Cash Bar Only

5:00 p.m. – Cocktails & Social Hour

7:00 p.m. – Dessert

6:00 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 p.m. – Speaker Presentation In the Theater Room

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November 2018

International Press Club of Chicago

IPCC Family Day at The Chicago Alfa Romeo Club Blackhawk Farms Raceway Track

WHERE: The Chicago Alfa Romeo Club Blackhawk Farms Raceway Track

DATE: 9 June 2018

TIME: Activities started at 7:00 AM, the first group on track at 9:00 AM, and wrap up at 5:00 PM. 

The Chicago Alfa Romeo Owners Clubs' were kind enough to invite and host IPCC members and family to participate in the 2018 CAROC Driver’s Education & Lapping Day at Blackhawk Farms. A full day of automotive exercise and fun for the whole family! All attendees enjoyed a day full of touring and racing laps. There were three-run groups, based on touring and driving experience, instructors were also available when needed. Volunteers enjoyed - free touring and lunch for corner workers also. Blackhawk Farms Raceway is located just outside of Rockton IL - only 90 miles from Chicago!


CAROC has been running this event for many years, and it's always very fun and very safe. For more details about this organization visit

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June 2018

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