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Levy Senior Center
The Levy Senior Center has earned National Senior Center Accreditation! There are approximately 11,000 senior centers nationwide, of which about 200 are accredited; three others are in Illinois.
The Levy Center's newsletter keeps you informed about special events, classes, workshops, and more! A copy is mailed to all members. Here's a link to the electronic version (PDF).
Spelling Bee Crowns Winners
On Saturday, May 21, 18 seniors participated in the Fourth Annual Senior Spelling Bee. The event is part of the State of Illinois Senior Citizen Spelling Bee Competition. This event was hosted by the Levy Senior Center, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre and the Evanston Public Library.
The Regional competition will be held on Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m. at Levy Senior Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Regional champions qualify for the State Finals in Springfield. In 2015, two local seniors went on to the regional competition and achieved a 3rd place finish at the State Finals.
Photo above, from left: 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, bee judge; Barbara Levie, bee pronouncer; Eston Gross, 2nd place winner; Lewis Kopple, 1st place winner; and Audrey Thompson, bee judge. Click to view larger image.
Come join us for lunch and free activities!
New Lunch Option:
a delicious sandwich with soup!
Everyone age 60+ is invited to enjoy a great lunch, meet new friends and have some fun in our free post-lunch activities! In addition to a hot lunch available at every meal, our new vendor is offering a delicious second option of a sandwich with soup. You may choose the second option Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Levy Center and the last Wednesday of the month at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center. The suggested donation is $4.50.
New-Levy Center Welcome Information
Open Basketball & Pickleball are held at the Levy Center!
Levy Center membership is open to adults age 55 years and older. The Center membership fee is $30 for an Evanston resident of ZIP codes 60201 and 60202 and $50 for a nonresident. Center membership entitles you to discounts on programs at the Center including fitness room membership and fitness classes. Membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase.
Programs for seniors are held weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Programs for all ages are held in the evening and on the weekends.
Senior Lunch Program
The City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department was awarded over $40,000 in funding for a senior congregate lunch program. The grant is administered through AgeOptions, the regional agency that distributes federal funding under the Older Americans Act. The grant offsets the cost of each meal and no eligible senior shall be denied participation because of inability to contribute.
The Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., serves lunch on all five weekdays, while Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., serves a meal at the “Wisdom Café” every Wednesday. When you come for lunch, please make a reservation for your meal for the following Wednesday.
Benefit Card Program
Please click here >>> for more information and a list of participating businesses which supply a discount to seniors who show their Benefit Card.
For class and program information for fitness classes, computer and digital camera classes, music classes and much more, click here.
Lunches are served 11:30 am to 1 pm. weekdays at the Levy Center for the suggested donation of $4.50 for those age 60+ and $6.25 for those under age 60.
The Levy Senior Center is a member of the National Council on Aging.
The Levy Senior Center Foundation, Inc. (LSCF) supports the Levy Center in so many ways! LSCF purchases equipment to enhance programs, subsidizes several programs, maintains the Center's garden and brings area students to perform at the Fran Randall Memorial Concert Series. Click here>>> for more info.
The Levy Senior Center's award-winning building is located in the southeast corner of James Park. Members can participate in a wide variety of programs and classes, including computer training, health and wellness classes (ranging from low-impact aerobics to Pilates); and classes in the arts such as wood working, ceramics and drama.
Membership in the Fitness Room has proven to be a very popular option for older adults, while younger adults may purchase a Fitness Room pass valid for admission early mornings, evenings and weekends. Drop-in basketball and pickleball programs are also available for seniors.
The building’s architects designed the Levy Senior Center around an open courtyard in order to create a bright and close-to-nature feeling.
The Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Enabling Garden in the central courtyard (pictured at right), was made possible by a major grant from the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation. Some classes and special events are held in the courtyard, weather permitting.
Interested in the Olympics
The Levy Senior Center is home to both the Illinois Women’s and Men's Senior Olympics Basketball Teams. If you are interested in playing (they are looking for women and men age 55+), please call the Center for more information at 847-448-8250.
Levy Senior Center members stay “in the know” by reading Levy News, which is mailed to members ona quarterly basis. The newsletter includes information on trips, special events, new classes and general news. To read the current issue (in pdf form), click on the link near the top of this page.
Avoid Senior Fraud
Click on the links below for helpful tips!
Evanston Children's Theatre
The Evanston Children's Theatre rehearses and performs at the Levy Center. For more information, please contact Tim Rhoze at 847.866.2519.
Scholarships are available to qualified Evanston residents based on family size and income. In addition, Levy Center members pay a discounted fee for classes offered at the Levy Senior Center.
Major contributors to the Levy Senior Center are Joseph Levy, Jr. and the Levy Family Foundation.
From left, Joseph Levy, Jr., the late Jean London, and Carole Levy.
Levy Senior Center
300 Dodge Ave., Evanston IL 60202
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 9pm
Open for senior programs:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Sat. and Sun., 9am-3pm