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.

October  2018
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 1
10/01/18
  • 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
  • 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
2
10/02/18
  • 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
3
10/03/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Concert Series
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 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
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music with Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
4
10/04/18
  • 9:00 am– 10:00 am
    Katie's birthday
  • 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– 4:30 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
5
10/05/18
  • 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
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    ShopTalk 2018!
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
6
10/06/18
  • 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
7
10/07/18
  • 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
8
10/08/18
  • 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– 2:30 pm
    Research Study
    Location: The Private Dining Room
  • 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
9
10/09/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:30 am– 11:30 am
    Catholic Mass
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    GEN Silent Documentary
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
10
10/10/18
  • 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
  • 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
11
10/11/18
  • 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
    Great American Cities Series
12
10/12/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders With Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    NSV Current Events Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
13
10/13/18
  • 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– 4:00 pm
    Art Alive Edward Hooper
  • 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
14
10/14/18
  • 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 Conversation
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
15
10/15/18
  • 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
16
10/16/18
  • 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
17
10/17/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Concert Series
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 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
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music with Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
18
10/18/18
  • 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– 4:30 pm
    History of an American Musical
    Location: The Sapphire Room
19
10/19/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders With Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    ShopTalk 2018!
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    ESO Musical Insights
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
20
10/20/18
  • 12:00 am– 12:00 am
    Evanston Storytelling Festival
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
    Details to follow See Tammy Potts
  • 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
21
10/21/18
  • 12:00 am– 12:00 am
    Evanston Storytelling Festival
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
    Details to follow see Tammy Potts
  • 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
22
10/22/18
  • 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
    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
23
10/23/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Integrated Movement For Mind & Body
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 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
24
10/24/18
  • 12:00 am– 12:00 am
    Merion WellFest
    Location: The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • 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
    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
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music with Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
25
10/25/18
  • 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
    Great American Cities Series
26
10/26/18
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders With Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
27
10/27/18
  • 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– 4:00 pm
    Art Alive Edward Hooper
  • 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
28
10/28/18
  • 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 Conversation
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
29
10/29/18
  • 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
30
10/30/18
  • 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
31
10/31/18
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Concert Series
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 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
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music with Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge