About the Levy Senior Center
For more than 50 years, the Levy Senior Center has been providing outstanding programs and support for thousands of older adults in our community. The Evanston, Illinois center is a recreation facility that offers countless opportunities for seniors to participate in leisure, educational, health and fitness programs for people aged 55 and better.
The Garden Café, Rothschild Gardens, and an active calendar of classes and events help make the Levy Senior Center a place where older adults can gather to socialize, meet new friends, engage in programs, classes, and concerts. In addition to weekday lunches and bus service, the Levy Center offers referral services that provide information on a variety of issues affecting older adults, including free dental screenings, flu shots and safety seminars.
Gifts to the Levy Senior Center Foundation (LSCF) support the enhancement of programs and services offered at the Levy Senior Center. The LSCF also provides financial assistance, through Dennis Newton Scholarships to seniors who otherwise could not participate in programs like Senior Day Trips.
Started as a student union on Maple Street in 1966, the Levy Senior Center was a product of two generous donations. The land was provided by the City of Evanston and the building was donated by Joseph and Sarah Levy.
In 1970, Mayor Emery suggested converting the student union to a senior center as the senior citizen population was growing. The Levy family agreed, and programs for seniors were held at this facility for the next 30 years.
As the senior population continued to boom, the Center needed more space. The current award-winning building opened its doors to the Evanston community in June 2002. Today’s 26,000 square-foot Levy Center allows for a beautiful outdoor space, more staff, extended hours and new programs.