The Center for Life and Learning:
   Summer Programs

The CLL ends its regular program year on Friday, June 30, 2017. All classes resume for the 2017-2018 program year on Monday, September 11, 2017

Summer Exercise Membership

July 10–August 31, 2017: $45

Become a 2017 summer member today! Register online here.

Summer Exercise Schedule

Toning Balls
Mondays • 10:30–11:15 a.m.

Mondays • 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Pilates Resistance Bands
Tuesdays • 10:30–11:15 a.m.

Zing! Total Fitness
Wednesdays • 10:30–11:15 a.m.

Range of Motion
Thursdays • 10:30–11:15 a.m.

Intermediate Tai Chi
Tuesdays and Thursdays • 2:45–3:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about our exercise classes.

Summer Events

In addition to our summer exercise membership, we also offer summer events through August.

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.

Art Workshop (free for CLL members)

Mondays, July 10–August 28
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Randolph Room

For those interested in keeping up their art skills, we have reserved a room for meeting and working together.

Current Events (free for CLL members)

Wednesdays, July 12–August 30
12:00 to 1:15 p.m. in the Randolph Room

For those interested in staying up to date on current affairs, we have reserved a room for discussion.

Summer Film Series

11:30 a.m. • Bring a brown-bag lunch
Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP required

Tuesday, July 11: Hidden Figures
The story of a team of African American women mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Tuesday, July 18: Hacksaw Ridge 
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Tuesday, July 25: United Kingdom
The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Tuesday, August 1: Lion
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Tuesday, August 8: Sully
The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew.

Tuesday, August 15: La La Land
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Grant Park Music Festival
The Music of John Williams

Saturday July 8, 2017
7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. show)
Register here by Tuesday, June 13
A very limited number of seats are available.

Join residents and guests of The Clare for a night at the Grant Park Music Festival from a unique perspective—sitting on stage behind the orchestra in the choral riser seats! Prior to the concert at 7:00 p.m., participants will enjoy a light supper and pre-concert talk in the Choral Rehearsal Hall of the Pritzker Pavilion then move to the choral riser seats on stage to enjoy the performance.

$45 for all registrants (ticket includes seat and pre-conference reception and talk).

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 Baisi Thai

Thursday, August 24
5:00 p.m. (Meet at 900 N. Michigan, sixth floor
Register here by Tuesday, August 22

Whether you order from the Thai, Japanese, or Chinese menus, there will be something tasty for dinner at Baisi Thai. Maybe we’ll be seated near the Michigan Avenue windows, so we can watch the summer crowds down below!

Payment will be Dutch treat.

For information about our programs, contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.

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