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Illinois senior centers

Illinois Senior Center

Senior Centers are also called:
Active Adult Center
Senior Citizens Center
Senior Activity Center
Adult Activity Center
Adult Recreation Center
Senior Day Center
Senior Community Center

“I used to spend a lot of time by myself at home. A friend took me to the Renaissance Court senior center in Chicago and now I feel like I’m 40 all over again” – Eileen in Illinois

Illinois Senior Center Locations

Illinois senior center locations include:Abilene, IL
Bloomington-Normal, IL
Champaign-Urbana, IL
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI
Danville, IL
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
Decatur, IL
Kankakee-Bradley, IL
Lake County-Kenosha County
Peoria, IL
Rockford, IL
St. Louis, MO-IL
Springfield, IL
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Illinois Senior Center Directory (IL)

Illinois Senior Center  

Chicago seniorsIllinois has a large number of Senior Centers, not only in the Chicago area but many of the smaller towns in Illinois. Illinois Senior Centers offer a variety of programs and services to help senior citizens maintain their independence and vitality and provide a place for seniors to have the opportunity to meet other seniors through social interaction.

Programs include activities, educational classes, counseling and support groups, volunteer opportunities, and wellness programs. Many Senior Centers in Illinois also offer meals, help with financial and medical paperwork, transportation to and from the center, shopping trips, outings, and other social services.

Illinois Adult Centers for education and activities for those 50+ are for those more active adults. Adult centers are usually part of the Parks & Recreation Departments of city and county.

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Regional Chicago Senior Centers

Major social activities include classes, trips, parties, and recreational activities. The center also serves a hot lunch daily, as part of the department's Golden Diners Program. A comprehensive fitness and wellness program is also offered. Services also include a community-based Information & Assistance Unit that can link senior citizens to benefits and services.

Central West Regional Center:
Built in 1987, the Central West Regional Center serves a diverse area that includes the 1st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 31st, 32nd, 37th, and 42nd wards. There are an estimated 100 senior clubs and groups that participate in programs at the Central West Senior Center.

Central West Center
2102 W. Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
Regional Director: Pat Stovall

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Northeast (Levy) Senior Center

Built in 1979, the Northeast (Levy) Regional Center serves the following city wards; 26th, 32nd, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th, and 50th wards. There are approximately 300 senior citizen groups and clubs that participate in programs at the Northeast Senior Center.

Northeast (Levy) Senior Center
2019 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Regional Director: Paula Basta

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Northwest (Copernicus) Senior Center

Established in 1977, the Northwest Regional Center serves a diverse area that includes the 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 35th, 36th, 38th, 39th, 41st, and 45th wards. There are more than 100 senior citizen groups and clubs that participate in programs at the Northwest Senior Center.

Northwest (Copernicus) Senior Center
3160 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Regional Director: Merrie Star

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Renaissance Court

Renaissance Court is an award-winning senior center which presents a variety of enriching and enjoyable cultural, educational, health, and fitness programs for adults age 55 and older. It offers an opportunity to renew past interests, learn new skills, and make new friends. The focus of the programming is on the arts: the visual and performing arts, literature, music, and more make up the core of the many high quality classes and events.

Renaissance Court
78 E. Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
Regional Director: Patricia O'Malley

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Southeast (Atlas) Senior Center

Established in 1980, the Southeast Atlas Regional Center is geographically located to serve the following Chicago wards; 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 33rd and 34th wards. There are approximately 175 senior clubs and groups that participate in programs at the Southeast Atlas Senior Center.

Southeast (Atlas) Center
1767 E. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60649
Regional Director: Robin Tillotson

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Southwest Senior Center

Established in 1980, the Southwest Regional Center is geographically located to serve the following Chicago wards: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 23rd wards. There are approximately 150 senior citizen groups and clubs that participate in programs at the Southwest Senior Center.

Southwest Center
6117 S. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629

Chicago Department on Aging
30 N. LaSalle Street
(312) 744-4016

Chicago Department on Aging West Town / Logan Square Senior Satellite Center
1613 W. Chicago Avenue

Chicago Department on Aging Abbot Park Senior Satellite Center
49 E. 95th St

Chicago Department on Aging Portage Park Senior Satellite Center
4100 N. Long

Chicago Department on Aging Englewood Senior Satellite Center
653-657 W. 63rd St

Chicago Department on Aging Austin Senior Satellite Center
5071 W. Congress Pkwy

Illinois Senior Center Activities

Senior Center Activities

Activities at Illinois Senior Centers include: Exercise and Fitness programs; Computer classes; Arts and Crafts; Games; various Educational classes; Recreational and Social activities; Health Screenings and services; Special Events and Guest speakers. Senior Centers also offer Dances and Dance classes, Clubs, Group Travel opportunities, and much more.

Senior Centers serve a purpose - that is to help keep seniors active both mentally and physically through a wide range of activities.
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Congregate Meals Illinois

Many Illinois Senior Centers serve congregate meals such as breakfast and a hot nutritious lunch free or for a small donation. Senior Centers usually ask that meal reservations be made one day in advance. To reserve your congregate meal breakfast or lunch contact your local senior center.

Seniors age 60 and above are eligible to receive free meals in a congregate meal setting regardless of income. These programs contribute greatly to senior nutrition and health; shown by poll responses given by seniors who participate in these programs:

63% say they enjoy the meals
61 % say they enjoy socializing and
57% say the meals are inexpensive.

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