What does Peer Learning mean?

Peer learning means that groups convene in seminar-style discussion groups, without an instructor. Peer learning allows you to learn with and from each other. Subjects for study are conceived by members who are called coordinators.

What background do coordinators need to have?

The coordinators are not required to have expertise in the subjects they suggest. Anyone with a passion for a subject can become a great coordinator. A committee of members reviews proposals from the coordinators and those that meet their criteria are included in the catalog. Coordinators create a syllabus and select the text for the study group, and they facilitate study groups, but they do not teach.

What topics are offered?

Each semester, LLI offers over 30 diverse study groups in the following disciplines and others: Literature, Creative Arts, History and Government, Philosophy and Theology, Science and Tech, and Contemporary/Sociological Issues. Most study groups range in size from 10 to 25 members.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, financial assistance is available and awards are strictly confidential. Please contact LLI Director Beth Epstein-Rosenthal at 224-233-2366 to learn more about our scholarships and to fill in an application form.

What about a Gift Membership?

Absolutely!  It’s simple, just contact the office at 224-233-2366 to purchase a gift.  A gift card will be sent notifying the individual that the gift has been made.

What about parking?

Free, covered parking is available directly outside the 5202 Old Orchard Road building.

What if I go away for the winter or travel during the semester?

Most of our members do travel and some are out of town for the winter months.  Since there are no attendance requirements, missing a class is not a problem but we do ask that you tell your coordinators ahead of time that you will be absent.  We do offer 10 and 12 week classes in both the fall and the spring sessions for flexible schedules.

Can I bring a guest?

Enthusiasm for our program is contagious and referrals are our best marketing.  We encourage every member to bring guests to classes and/or other events. 

May I visit?

We urge you to try our classes.  Just contact the Director at 224-233-2366 to arrange a visit.


    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
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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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    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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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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