About the Senior Center

About the Center

The Levy Senior Center provides programs, services and resources to its members. The center is owned and operated by the City of Evanston in Illinois. Membership is open to adults 55 and older.


In 1966, the City of Evanston provided the land while Joseph and Sarah Levy donated a building on Maple Avenue to serve as a student union. In 1971, Mayor Emery suggested converting the student union into a senior center since the senior citizen population was growing. The Levy family completely agreed with this suggestion, and the Levy Senior Center was created. Programs for seniors were held at this facility for the next 30 years before a new facility was necessary to adequately serve future generations of seniors.

The seniors in the community formed a committee and directed the future of the new facility. This committee guided everything from raising funds to choosing furniture. The new facility opened its doors to the community in June 2002. The design is a one-story, 26,000 square foot building, which is located on the southwest side of Evanston. The facility has three major types of activity spaces: classrooms, general-purpose rooms, and a large multi-purpose room. The building surrounds a central glass walled courtyard visually linking the spaces.

The Levy Senior Center is now a green facility: We serve lunch on dishes instead of paper products and provide recycle containers to encourage users to recycle. Additionally, anyone can bring batteries, cell phones and holiday lights to the center for recycling. The center distributes CFL light bulbs, houses a Lions Club-sponsored collection box for old glasses, and sells yard waste sticks. It also approves discounts for yard waste carts and stickers.


The center has provided its mix of fun and helpful services since 1971 and in our award-winning building since June 2002. Activities and services include: dance lessons, book clubs, concerts, fitness classes, a computer lab, a game room, gardening, writer workshops, chef’s demos, jewelry design, social clubs, ball room dancing, and an end-of-summer barbecue. Special activity rooms such as a computer lab, game room, exercise room, and dance studio are also available to members. There are a number of clubs and sports offered as well. Both of our basketball teams qualified for the National Senior Olympic Games and our Choraleers sing at venues throughout the area.

We also provide a full range of senior health and practical services. Services include blood pressure screenings, flu shots, income tax preparation and Rules of the Road driver’s license courses.

For more information, see our PDF program pamphlet, visit our page on the City of Evanston website, or check out our Facebook page.

(847) 448-8250

Monday-Friday | 7am-9pm
Saturday-Sunday | 9am-3pm

300 Dodge Ave.
Evanston IL 60201