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 250 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!

CLL Holidays
Please note that the CLL will be closed on Monday, April 21 in observation of the Easter holiday and on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day.

Encore: A Benefit for the Center for Life and Learning
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   Saturday, June 14, 2014 
   Fourth Presbyterian Church
   (126 E. Chestnut St.

Join us for Encore—the first-ever Center for Life and Learning benefit, this year offered in partnership with the Lookingglass Theatre Company.

On Saturday, June 14, the CLL has the entire house for the Lookingglass Theatre’s evening production of In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story. There will be a
pre-performance reception in the Gratz Center of Fourth Presbyterian Church followed by a private viewing of the show at the theater.

5:30 p.m.
Wine, Beer, and Hors d’oeuvres, and Dessert 
Gratz Center Commons

 7:30 p.m. Show
In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story
at the Lookingglass Theatre

Post-show Q&A
with Artistic Director Andrew White,
who is playing Charles Darwin

Cocktail Attire

Individual tickets are $90. All reservations will be held at the door. For handicap accessible seating, please contact Ashley Elskus (312.981.3387).

Tickets are available online here.

Discounted parking for $6 is available at the 900 N. Michigan parking garage.

About In The Garden 
Long before The Origin of Species will forever change the world, Charles Darwin meets Emma Wedgewood, and they forever change each other. In the space between science and faith, they find an unexpected and unlikely romance.

In the Garden chronicles the struggle of two fiercely independent individuals, divided by ideology but united by a fire that fuels a passionate lifelong debate: evolution vs. salvation. Only by embracing this duality can they possibly navigate the struggles, triumphs, losses, and discoveries that await.

About Lookingglass Theatre Company
Lookingglass Theatre Company is the recipient of the 2011 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Founded in 1988, Lookingglass has staged more than sixty world premieres and garnered numerous awards in its mission to change, charge, and empower audiences and artists alike. Work premiered at Lookingglass has been produced across the United States. Lookingglass is located in Chicago’s historic landmark Water Tower Water Works on the Magnificent Mile.

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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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Our Programs

Arts and the Humanities Classes
Excursions and Luncheons
Fitness Classes
Special-Topic Classes
Wellness Education

View the Center for Life and Learning calendar 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, Co-Director

Julia Bergen, Co-Director

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CLL Photos

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

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