When April 13, 2013 – Starts at 6:30 pm

Where (National Hellenic Museum) 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago , Illinois 60661

Transit Walking distance from the CTA Blue Line at UIC-Halsted, and CTA Bus Route 8 – Halsted

Parking Privately managed parking lots are available within walking distance of the Museum

Cost Free with Museum Admission. Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children (3-12) $7, Members free. RSVP

Recommended (See Below).

Join us for a special evening with Nia Vardalos!

The evening will include a meet and greet with Nia Vardalos, a presentation of readings from her book, Instant Mom, and a time for Q&A to get the inside story on Nia’s life.

Nia’s presentation will highlight the obstacles she embarked during her adventure to parenthood and having a family of her own. Her story has been said to bring tears and belly laughs for guests of all backgrounds because of her wit and genuine personality.

There will be a cocktail reception following the presentation.


“Having now been an Instant Mom for over twenty-six years, I can relate to the celebrations, complexities, conundrums and cherished moments that this lovely book explores. A truthful resource book as well as a really funny and warm story of love Nia style.” — Jamie Lee Curtis

“An instant classic. Refreshingly candid for all parents—plus anyone considering adoption. (I was adopted!) We know Nia is many things: writer, actress, director, musical theater lover! Here, though, you learn she is a mom first. Pure, beautiful honesty.” — Kristin Chenoweth

“I expected to laugh. I didn’t expect to cry. And I certainly didn’t expect to laugh and cry on the very same page. Instant Mom is not just for anyone considering adoption, and not just for anyone who ever thought of becoming a parent. It’s for anyone whose Big Life Plan doesn’t follow the path they thought it would, and shows us that unexpected obstacles can lead to beautiful rewards.” — Rachel Dratch

“Funny, smart, full of heart and grounded wisdom that shines much-needed light on adoption—yet is relatable for all parents, male and female, even those of us who had children the old-fashioned biological way! I couldn’t stop reading this hilarious and gripping rollercoaster of a story.” — Jewel

In Instant Mom, Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, tells her hilarious and poignant road-to-parenting story that eventually leads to her daughter and prompts her to become a major advocate for adoption.

Moments after Nia Vardalos finds out she has been nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, she is alone and en route to a fertility clinic, trying yet again for a chance at motherhood.

Vardalos chronicles her attempts to have a baby, and how she tries everything—from drinking jugs of green mud tea, to acupuncture, to working with two surrogates. Finally, she and her husband, actor Ian Gomez, decide to try adoption and discover a free service: Foster Family Agencies. Then one day, the social workers “match” her with an almost-three-year-old girl, who she knows, instantly, is her daughter.

With her signature wit and candor, Nia Vardalos reveals what really came next—the truth of how she and her husband transitioned a preschooler into their home. Vardalos opens up about the bawling-tears and belly-laughter that all make up what it means to be…a parent.