Center for Life and Learning

For men and women 60 and more

The Center for Life and Learning (CLL) was founded in 1965 on a commitment to intellectual and creative challenges for its patrons. Each year more than 300 active men and women 60 years and more take advantage of daily opportunities to explore new interests, strengthen friendships, and continue to shape their lives and communities. Our participants represent a wide variety of personal and professional backgrounds. All are welcome!

Join us this summer for exercise classes, concerts, and more!
Click here to view our Summer 2017 Programs.

Our Members | Encore Benefit | Our Programs
Included in CLL Membership | Non-Member Opportunities
Our Location | Traveling to the CLL
Contact Us | Join Our Email Newsletter List
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Our Members

CLL participants come from across Chicago, from Hyde Park to Edgewater. They are men and women who seek out new challenges and relationships in a community of peers. A variety of professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds are represented, creating a rich and dynamic flow of ideas. Each individual participates as much as his or her time and interest allow. Everyone 60 years and more are welcome to attend.

Learn about registration information and how to participate here!

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Encore Benefit

   Saturday, June 3
   5:00 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)
   Musical Event in Buchanan Chapel

   6:00–7:30 p.m.
   Wine, Beer, Hors d'oeuvres, and Dessert in Gratz Center Commons

   Buy tickets online here

Join us for Encore—the fourth annual Center for Life and Learning benefit—on Saturday, June 3!

Robert Chen—Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster—and his children Noah and Beatrice will be accompanied by American cellist Gabriel Martins to offer a delightful string quartet performance. The program will feature selections from Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Baptiste Barriere, and Zoltan Kodaly—among others. The performance will be followed by a cocktail reception in the Gratz Center Commons.

Help us celebrate the end to a program year—while supporting the CLL!

   Title Sponsor
   The Clare

   Reception Sponsor
   CJE Senior Life
   The Admiral at the Lake

Event proceeds support the Center for Life and Learning, a learning community for older adults at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

$65 single ticket
$150 premium reserved ticket

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Our Programs

The following programs are offered at the CLL from September through June.

Arts and the Humanities Classes (open to CLL members only)
Special Events
Fitness Classes (open to CLL members only)
Free Lectures
Free Member-Run Programs
Special-Topic Classes

All of our programs are open to CLL members and guests unless otherwise noted above.

View the Center for Life and Learning calendar here.

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Non-Member Opportunities

Even if you are not a member of the CLL, you still get access to

CLL Special-Topic Classes
Two–five week series to accommodate busy schedules offered throughout the calendar year. More information on our special-topic classes can be found online here.

Free Lectures
A series of free presentations, which are open to all 60 and older, on a variety of topics. More information on our free lectures can be found online here.

Free Member-run Programs
Year-round or weekly classes, events, or other programming led by CLL members and open to all 60 and older. More information about our member-run programs can be found online here.

Excursions and Special Events
Plays, museums, gardens, and other engaging venues. More information on our excursions and special events can be found online here.

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Our Location

Our programs take place at Fourth Presbyterian Church in the Gratz Center, located at 126 E. Chestnut St., just west of Michigan Avenue.

For more information, call the CLL front desk (312.981.3387) to confirm program location.

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Traveling to the CLL

Via car: When traveling south on Lake Shore Drive, take the Michigan Avenue exit. When traveling north on Lake Shore Drive, take the Chicago Avenue exit to Michigan Avenue.

Via the “El”: Take the north-south Howard Red Line to the Chicago Avenue stop (at State Street).

CTA Bus Information
Southbound Michigan Ave. buses stopping at Pearson: 10, 33, 125, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151

Southbound Michigan Ave. buses stopping at Superior: 3, 10, 26, 33, 125, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151

Northbound Michigan Ave. buses stopping at Walgreens corner: 3, 10, 26, 125

Northbound Michigan Ave. buses stopping at Water Tower Place: 33, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151

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Contact Us

We invite your comments and questions about our programs!

Ashley Elskus

Susan Quaintance
Program Coordinator

Sue Hakes
Program Assistant, Center for Life and Learning

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CLL Email Newsletter

To join our email newsletter list, click here. Simply provide your contact information and then click on the “Center for Life and Learning” box—and any other subjects about which you’d like to learn more!

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CLL Photos

Valentine’s Treats with the CLL | February 13, 2013

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