About the Senior Center

The Levy Senior Center is a community space that provides programs, services and resources to its members and members of the greater community. The center is owned and operated by the City of Evanston in Illinois. The Levy Senior Center Foundation fundraises to maintain and enhance the Center’s operations.

The Levy Senior Center is proudly a green facility. We reduce waste by serving lunch on dishes instead of paper products and providing 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. As of 2017, the City of Evanston and Levy Senior Center are also working to install solar panels for clean energy production.


The center has provided its mix of fun and helpful services since 1971 and in our award-winning building since June 2002. The building design is a one-story, 26,000 square foot building 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 with a flourishing garden.

The Levy Senior Center provides numerous activities & services that cover the scope of senior living. The fitness room, game room, garden, computer lab, dance studio, basketball court, and theatre stage lend their spaces to countless senior activities. Levy Center seniors can regularly be found attending dance lessons, academic lectures, book clubs, concerts, fitness classes, writer workshops, chef’s demos, jewelry-making classes, social clubs, and barbecues.

There are a number of clubs and sports offered as well. The men’s and women’s 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.

If Levy members aren’t attending an info session or dealing into a game of bridge, you can find them on Senior Day Trips to Broadway musicals or taking the LSCF bus to grab groceries. The span of services provided at the Levy Senior Center is incredibly expansive and growing every day. Looking for more details? Check out all of the upcoming events happening at the Center.


Levy Senior Center membership is open to adults 55 and older. The cost for an annual membership in 2017 is $30 for Evanston residents and $50 for non-residents. As of January 1, 2018, Levy Senior Center annual memberships will cost $34 for Evanston residents and $54 for non-residents. Memberships provide access to exclusive discounts, events & services. The Levy Senior Center Foundation supports a free membership program, Heaven Can Wait, for community members age 90 and older.


In 1966, the City of Evanston provided land for Joseph and Sarah Levy to donate a building on Maple Avenue. While the building originally housed a student union, Evanston Mayor Emery suggested converting the student union into a senior center in 1971. Since the senior citizen population of Evanston was expanding, the Levy family completely agreed with the suggestion. From there, the Levy Senior Center was created.

Programs for seniors were held at the original facility on Maple Ave. for the next three decades before a new facility was necessary to adequately serve future generations of seniors. Seniors in the Evanston community formed a committee and directed the future of the new facility. This committee placed care into planning details great and small, ranging from fundraising to furniture. The new facility, now on Dodge Ave., opened its doors to familiar faces and new friends in June 2002.

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



300 Dodge Ave.
Evanston IL 60201