The Center for Life and Learning:
   Special Events

Our special events are a terrific way to meet CLL members and visit new Chicagoland destinations. Registration for excursions and events is open to anyone age 60 and more who would like to attend.

To RSVP or register
To register for an excursion or event, register online or contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386. Registration is complete when payment is received. Events often fill up quickly, and RSVP dates are firm, so please make your reservations on time. Upon registration, please confirm the location of luncheon and meeting spots for excursions. Reservation refunds will not be available past the RSVP deadline.

Gold Coast Encore Chorale
Summer Events

Gold Coast Encore Chorale

   Rehearsals: Mondays, starting June 12 (10 weeks)
   12:00 noon–1:30 p.m. at the Clare (55 E. Pearson)

   See below for registration info

   Performance: Saturday, August 26
   5:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

   Free and open to all

The Gold Coast Encore Chorale is cosponsored by the CLL, the Clare, and Skyline Village Chicago.

Challenge yourself to do something new! If you love to sing, sign up for the summer session of the Gold Coast Encore Chorale for older adults. No auditions are required, and no experience is necessary.

Revisit the classic hits of the ’50s and ’60s with Encore Rocks! Repertoire includes timeless tunes such as “Rock Around the Clock,” “It’s My Party,” “Blue Moon,” “California Dreamin’,” and more.

Registration is $125 for the ten-week session and includes a practice CD, online practice tracks, and sheet music to keep. Find out more and register online at

Encore Rocks will finish the session with two concerts. The first (optional, not required) is a neighborhood show at The Community House in Hinsdale, IL on Wednesday evening, August 16. The second is a combined concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. call time for singers), featuring the Encore Rocks Chorales from Hinsdale and the Gold Coast, who will be joined by a four-piece live band, The Unity Temple Players.

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CurioCity: Intergenerational Event with Chicago Lights Summer Day

Wednesday, July 19
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Register here by Monday, July 17

Chicago Lights Summer Day third- and fourth-grade students and their CLL partners will explore our city virtually, figuring out what they already know and what they want to know more about. Crafts, snacks, and giggles are included. We need twenty CLL members to participate in this free and fun event!

Night Out at Little Beet Table

Thursday, July 20
5:00 p.m. (Meet at 845 N. State)
Register here by Tuesday, July 18

We all watched it being built at the corner of Chestnut and State, now let’s go check it out! Little Beet’s mission is to make healthy and delicious food accessible to everyone. We’ll try their on-trend vegetables and more to see if they’re succeeding.

Payment will be Dutch treat.

The Bridges of Madison County

Marriott Lincolnshire Theater
Wednesday, August 2
9:30 a.m. (Meet at 126 E. Chestnut)
Register here by Friday, June 23

Did you enjoy Wydetta Carter’s “History of the Broadway Musical” class in April—or were you sorry that you missed it? Either way here’s your chance to see her perform in this Tony Award-winning musical about second chances and what people risk for them. The cost includes bus transportation, lunch, and the show.

$85 for CLL members
$95 for guests

Night Out at RA Sushi

Thursday, August 24
5:00 p.m. (Meet at 1139 N. State)
Register here by Tuesday, August 22

Whether you go for sushi, signature rolls, soup, salad, or an inventive fusion entrée, we’ll be there early enough to enjoy Happy Hour specials. Come try a taste of Japan.

Payment will be Dutch treat.