Welcome to The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at National Louis University.  LLI offers both a learning and social community to adults 55+.  Located at the National Louis Skokie campus, members of LLI come from Chicago and many suburban communities including Evanston, Glenview, Northbrook, Wilmette, Highland Park, Deerfield, Winnetka and more.  No tests, no papers and no judgment – people come to LLI simply for the love of learning, and to meet and share friendship with other interesting and interested peers.

A hallmark of most lifelong learning institutes is that they (we) are member-driven - members do much of the work to create, run, evaluate and improve the program. LLI has a "council" elected to help shape program policy and committees (e.g., curriculum, membership, events, study group management) that are responsible for many aspects of the program.  Volunteerism is the backbone of LLI and members are encouraged to volunteer in one or more areas of our organization.

The heart of LLI is, of course, learning. We have two different types of classes – Peer Led and EdVentures.  The majority of our courses are Peer-Led by members who have a passion for a particular topic and develop, lead and guide weekly discussion in that course. We also have EdVentures which can be led by members or "experts" and typically include a more traditional "lecture" format that is always followed by questions and discussion. 

Other opportunities for learning and socializing at LLI include our Lunch & Learn programs, special events, social activities and trips.  In the past we have had local authors talk about their books and local playwrights perform their plays at our campus.  We have hosted guest speakers from organizations such as The Federal Reserve, The Chicago Botanical Garden and The Center for Wrongful Conviction. Our own members have led programs on music, film and travel.  As a group, LLI members have studied and traveled to both Argentina and Cuba and in June, film buffs attend The Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan. 

On behalf of National Louis, the LLI Council and our members, we invite you to participate in LLI and experience the joy of learning in retirement.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Beth Epstein-Rosenthal

Program Director


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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