Lifelong Learning in Evanston, Illinois

Satisfy Your Passion for Learning

University towns like Evanston present a unique opportunity for lifelong learning. Our residents are regular visitors to the Northwestern University campus, just 4 blocks from The Merion. As members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), Northwestern’s senior education program, they engage in a wide-ranging and intellectually challenging curriculum, with activities in and beyond the classroom.

Join a community where you can seek knowledge for the sheer joy of it. Whether you pursue classes at OLLI, or take advantage of the many stimulating clubs, discussion groups or outings offered at The Merion, you’ll meet seasoned learners of all ages, from all walks of life.

Take part in:

  • Writers’ discussions and workshops
  • Current events discussions
  • Computer classes
  • Literary presentations and workshops
  • Multicultural programs
  • Contemporary roundtable talks

Discover myriad opportunities for lifelong learning at The Merion.

August  2018
SSMTWTF
 1
08/01/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Workout Wonders w/Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Tai Chi Fitness w/ Mike McGinn
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
2
08/02/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
3
08/03/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Sabbath Service with Chaplain Jan Footlik
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
4
08/04/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Pilates & You
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
5
08/05/18
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
6
08/06/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    "Inspired by Art" Workshop
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
7
08/07/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    History with a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room
8
08/08/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Zumba Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
9
08/09/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 12:30 pm– 2:00 pm
    Figure Drawing w/ Duffy
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Art Alive Movement
    Location: The Sapphire Room
10
08/10/18
  • 10:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Challah Baking with Malka
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    The Happiness Project
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    ShopTalk 2018!
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Armchair Travel: Austria
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
11
08/11/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Pilates & You
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    Merion Month Trivia
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
12
08/12/18
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
13
08/13/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
14
08/14/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    The Happiness Project
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 1:00 pm
    Resident Orientation Meeting
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Historical Perspective
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room
15
08/15/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Zumba Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Short Story Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Tai Chi Fitness w/ Mike McGinn
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    ShopTalk2018!
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm
    A World of Taste:Mexican Night
    Location: The JEM Dining Toom
16
08/16/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 12:30 pm– 2:00 pm
    Figure Drawing w/ Duffy
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Teaching Through Works of Art
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
17
08/17/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    The Happiness Project
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders w/ Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Radio Players w/ Maura
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music w/S. Aaron
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
18
08/18/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Pilates & You
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
19
08/19/18
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
20
08/20/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    "Inspired by Art" Workshop
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
21
08/21/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Mass w/ Father Oldershaw
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Merion Scrabble Group
    Location: Rooftop Terrace
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Merion Card Creations
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    History with a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
22
08/22/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness w Mike McGinn
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance Fitness Strength
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    Activities Discussion Meeting w/Tammy
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 3:00 pm– 3:30 pm
    August Birthday Celebration
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music with Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 6:00 pm– 7:00 pm
    Dinner & Fireworks @ Navy Pier
    Location: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
23
08/23/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 12:30 pm– 2:00 pm
    Models and Martinis
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
24
08/24/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    The Happiness Project
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    ShopTalk 2018!
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music w/S. Aaron
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
25
08/25/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Armchair Travel
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Bingo with Prizes
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Pilates & You
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
26
08/26/18
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Mass at St. Mary's Pickup
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Immanuel Lutheran Pickup
    Location: The Front Desk
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Merion Sunday Brunch
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance, Fitness, & Strength
  • 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Scrabble Group
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    Simply Yoga w/Elana
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Piano Conversations w/ Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
27
08/27/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Tech Tutorials
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 1:00 pm
    Portraits in Aging
  • 1:30 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Game Day: Bridge
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music with Tim Fitzgerald
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Classical Piano & Flute Duet
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
28
08/28/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:00 am– 2:00 pm
    Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip
    Location: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Historical Perspective
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room
29
08/29/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Workout Wonders w/Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Nurse Practitioner Visit
    Location: The Wellnes Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Balance Fitness Strength
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:30 pm– 4:30 pm
    Open Forum
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music with Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
30
08/30/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:15 pm
    Best Day of My Life Writing Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
    ‘All-American Barbeque” style menu – sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, etc, etc Entertainment - country, bluegrass, folk, etc style
  • 12:30 pm– 2:00 pm
    Figure Drawing w/ Duffy
    Location: The Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Bridge Club
    Location: Arts & Crafts Studio
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Memory Care Movement with Barbara
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Teaching Through Works of Art
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Historical Lectures
    Location: The Sapphire Room
31
08/31/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Essay Discussion Group
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders w/Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    The Radio Players
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm
    Merion Short Story Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73