CLL Special Topic/ Classes

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All Special Topics classes are open to both CLL members and non-members!

March 2024

Oscar Preview Party
Monday, March 4
2:30–3:30 p.m. (In-person)
Join Matt Helms for the CLL Oscar Preview Party. This in-person party will be a celebration of this year’s nominees and all things related to the Academy Awards!

Make the Right Call!
Wednesday, March 6
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (In person)
Join the Chicago Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management to learn when to call 911 and 311, how to make the right call, what to say, Smart 911, and how the system works.

The Caregiver's Brain
Supporting Your Friends and Family Who are Caregivers
Wednesday, March 6
1:30–2:30 p.m. (In person)
Cost: Free

Watching your friends struggling as caregivers can be heartbreaking. Let's learn about what they are going through and how we can ease their pain. Join the CLL and Skyline Village in welcoming author and former Clinical Director Dasha Kipler from Renewal Memory Partners for a presentation, discussion, and a boxed lunch.

Artificial Intelligence and Art
Thursday, March 7 (Zoom)
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free for CLL Members

Uncover the backstory to the birth of Artificial Intelligence intersecting with visual art with Hugh Leeman. From the middle of the 20th century in middle America, early electronic compositions paved the way for artists, engineers, and technologists to lay the foundations upon which today’s visual worlds seemingly construct themselves.

Peer past the threshold of tomorrow as we enter an era promising to augment human capabilities yet posing ethical and philosophical questions that weave the past within the dawn of a new age. 

Chicago’s Beer Wars and Prohibition
Monday, March 11
3:30–4:30 p.m. (Hybrid)
Alan Revzen, Instructor
Cost: $10 for CLL Members, $20 for Non-members

Alex Revzen, a historian and museum consultant, will present the history of what led up to Prohibition and discuss the Chicago Beer Wars of the 1920s. As we approach the centennial anniversary, he will bring this unique slice of history to life!


CLL March Night Out
Tuesday, March 19
5:00 p.m.
Join us for a night out at Frontera Grill (445 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654)! This Mexican restaurant is a fantastic place to savor authentic and scrumptious regional dishes and stellar margaritas.

CLL Literary Salon
Friday, March 20
2:00–3:00 p.m. (In person)
“What's So Great About Writing Memoirs?”
Join us to hear written works from fellow CLL Members and then participate in a lively discussion!

If you like to read aloud from your own writing, please contact the CLL office at 312.981.3391 or


April 2024

Zing-Along Singing Workshop
Mondays, April 8–May 13
2:30–3:30 p.m. (In person)
Pam Peterson, Instructor
Cost: $50 for CLL Members; $65 for non-members
Course details | Register

Tuesdays, April 9–May 14
1:00–2:30 p.m.
Ron Tolisano, Instructor
Cost: $50 for CLL Members, $65 for Non-members
Course details | Register

Beginning T’ai Chi
April 9–May 16
(12 sessions in 6 weeks)
This class meets twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays
2:00–2:45 p.m. (In person only)
with Hau Kum Kneip
Cost: $85 members / $100 non-members
Course details | Register

Modern Drama
Wednesdays, April 10–May 15
1:30–3:00 p.m. (In person)
Barbara Gusick, Instructor
Cost: $50 for CLL Members; $65 for non-members
Course details | Register

Film Series
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
2:00-4:00 pm (in-person)
Cost: FREE for CLL Members
Join us to enjoy a current film! Check back later for the list of upcoming movies.


Supreme Court Decisions
Thursdays, April 11–May 16
(6 sessions)
10:00–11:30 a.m. (In person)
Henry Krasnow, Presenter
Cost: $45 for CLL Members; $65 for non-members

Matters of Health
Thursdays, April 11–June 20
11:30–12:30 (Hybrid)
Cost: Free for CLL Members, Free for Nonmembers

This is a weekly series featuring a variety of topics and presenters. Each week offers information, discussion, and resources for different aspects of healthy aging – physical, mental, social, financial, or spiritual.

Registrants will receive a weekly email with topic and presenter information as well as the link for the Zoom room. Participants may pick and choose which weeks they attend.


May 2024

Grief Support Workshop
Fridays, May 10–May 24 (3 Sessions)
11:30–1:00 p.m. (in-person)
Cost: $25 for CLL Members, $45 for Nonmembers

Course details | Register

Explorations with Jane Hunt
May 22, 29, and June 5 (3 Sessions)
11:30–12:30 (Hybrid)
Cost: Free for CLL Members, $25 for Nonmembers

Jane Hunt is a retired College of DuPage English and humanities instructor and has been teaching at the CLL since 1990. She is a graduate of DePauw University and Indiana University, and she enjoys formulating questions on diverse topics and then looking for answers with her classes.


June 2024

Late Renaissance Art In Italy
Instructor: Jeff Nigro
Mondays, June 3, June 17, and June 24 (No class on June 10)
2:00–3:00 p.m. (Hybrid)
Cost: Free for CLL Members, $30 for Nonmembers

Course details | Register

Ancient Maya and Olmec Mesoamerica Art
Instructor: Hugh Leeman
Tuesdays, June 4–25
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (on Zoom)
Cost: $25 for CLL Members; $40 for non-members

Course details | Register

Spring Fling Luncheon
Friday, June 7
12:00–1:30 p.m. (In-person)
Cost: Free for CLL Members
Description: TBD

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