Senior Living. Redefined.

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.

December  2017
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 1
12/01/17
  • 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
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    Radio Active Players w/ Maura Junius
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
2
12/02/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    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
3
12/03/17
  • 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
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
4
12/04/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 2:00 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
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Museums of the World: The Vatican
    Location: The Sapphire Room
5
12/05/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Blood Pressuare Screening
  • 1:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Holiday Flute Duets w/D. Braun & P. McCray
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 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
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Violins of Hope: Strings of The Holocaust Screening
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
6
12/06/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:30 am
    Encore Chorale Rehearsal
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
    Singers begin arriving at 9:30 - rehearsal begins at 10 am and goes to 11:30 am. We provide beverage service.
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:30 pm– 3:30 pm
    Merry Merionites Sing A Long
    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 w/Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
7
12/07/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's 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– 1:30 pm
    Computer Drop in With Mickey
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Defining You and Pilates
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 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
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
8
12/08/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Pscyhology Today: Gesalt
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    Radio Active Players
    Location: Arts and Crafts Studio
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    NSV - Current Events Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Merion Short Story Discussion
    Location: The Conference Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Holiday Happy Hour & Live Music w/ Sam Magdal
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
9
12/09/17
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Deerfield High School Choraleers
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 5:00 pm
    French Connections with Koffi
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 6:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Santa Visits The Merion
    Location: The JEM Dining Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Saturday Night Movie
    Location: The Sapphire Room/Channel #73
10
12/10/17
  • 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
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversation
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
11
12/11/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:30 am– 1:30 pm
    Holiday Jazz with Joyce Reness
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 2:00 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– 9:00 pm
    Hidden Memory w/ Anne Shimojima
    Location: The Sapphire Room
12
12/12/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Music Institute of Chicago Presents
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
    The New Horizon's Band & Play it Again Swing Band Paul Hefner -847-404-7921
  • 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
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 6:30 pm– 8:00 pm
    Hanukkah Celebration
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
13
12/13/17
  • 11:00 am– 2:00 pm
    Encore Chorale Concert
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
    Singers begin arriving at 9:30 - rehearsal begins at 10 am and goes to 11:30 am. We provide beverage service.
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    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 w/Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
14
12/14/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's 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– 1:30 pm
    Computer Drop in With Mickey
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Defining You and Pilates
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 3:00 pm– 4:30 pm
    Museums of the World
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 5:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Dance Concepts w/ Rena
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
15
12/15/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Hot Chocolate Social
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    Radio Active Players w/ Maura Junius
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour & Live Music w/ S. Aaron
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
16
12/16/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    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
17
12/17/17
  • 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
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
18
12/18/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 2:00 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
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Museums of the World
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Monday Night Football
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
19
12/19/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    NW University Development Staff Choraleers
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    History w a Humorous Perspective
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room
20
12/20/17
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Blood Pressure Screening
    Location: TheWellness Center
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
    Holiday Classics w/ Natalie & Hattie
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
  • 3:00 pm– 3:30 pm
    December Birthday Celebration
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom
  • 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 w/Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
21
12/21/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's 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
  • 11:30 am– 12:30 pm
    Gingerbread House Decorating
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Computer Drop in With Mickey
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Defining You and Pilates
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
22
12/22/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    NSV - Current Events Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
23
12/23/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    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
24
12/24/17
  • 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
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversation
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
25
12/25/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Head to Toe Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Computer Classes with Carol
    Location: The Sterling Library
  • 11:00 am– 12:00 pm
    Merion Bingo
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 2:00 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
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm
    Monday Night Football
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
26
12/26/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Fit Club with Daniel
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 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
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Stop, Breathe, Think Meditation
    Location: The Conference Room
27
12/27/17
  • 11:00 am– 12:30 pm
    Merion Roundtable Discussion
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Workout Wonders with Johnny
    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 w/Jerry Tiberi
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
28
12/28/17
  • 9:30 am– 10:30 am
    Tai Chi Fitness
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 10:45 am– 12:00 pm
    The Writer's 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– 1:30 pm
    Computer Drop in With Mickey
    Location: The Sterling Room
  • 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm
    Defining You and Pilates
    Location: The Fitness Center
  • 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
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm
    Thursday Night Football: TBA
    Location: The Sapphire Room/The Emerald Lounge
29
12/29/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Aqua Aerobics
    Location: The Aquatic Center
  • 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm
    Walking Club with The Merion
    Location: The SappFront Desk
  • 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm
    Radio Active Players w/ Maura Junius
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 4:00 pm– 6:00 pm
    Happy Hour @ The Merion
    Location: The Emerald Lounge
  • 7:30 pm– 9:30 pm
    Friday Night Movie:TBA
    Location: Channel #73
30
12/30/17
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Bingo With Prizes
    Location: The Sapphire Room
  • 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
    Zumba Fitness
    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
31
12/31/17
  • 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
  • 7:00 pm– 8:00 pm
    Strings and Conversations w/ Jaime & Sandro
    Location: The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge, 529 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA