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Lifelong Learning

What Does Lifelong Learning Mean to You?


The Admiral at the Lake has over 300 occupants who are well educated and intellectually curious. The Lifelong Learning program is managed by a committee of residents with a mission to help enhance knowledge and understanding among The Admiral residents. Through this mission they provide access to courses and educational lectures, both one-time and in series, at the facility. 

“Use your mind to enrich your experiences, learn about new things and more about old things.”

Toni Smith
Chair of the Lifelong Learning Committee

Always Curious


The data shows a deep interest in being connected to new information and experiences. A survey in 2017 among Americans over 65 showed the following:

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wanted to be nearby a college or university
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wanted programming with a college or university
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wanted a resident alumni base

Knowledge as a Habit


The Admiral regularly hosts speakers from a broad range of sources and backgrounds. Topics include literature and arts, science, architecture, music, history, current and world affairs and many more.

They have included the Oriental Institute, the Field Museum, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Adler Planetarium, as well as two programs on classical music with the former president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Our Great Courses program is a runaway success. Topics range from Optimizing Brain Fitness, A Skeptic’s Guide to American History, World’s Greatest Geological Wonders to German Opera History.

Together we’re inspired to continue learning and growing while we share new experiences.

Recent & Upcoming Events


Jeff Nygro
Gardens of China

Dennis McClendon
Over, Under, and Through – Chicago Transit Through the Years

Michelle Nichols from The Adler Planetarium
The Science of Climate Change

Jill Wine-Banks
“The Watergate Girl”

Ben Goluboff
“Their Eyes Were Watching God”

Stephen Kleiman
Lennon and McCartney

Jeff Nygro
Gardens of Islam

Henry Fogel – Mstislav Rostropovich
Cellist, Conductor, Human Rights Advocate

Ben Goluboff
Selected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life at The Admiral