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

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 Lincoln Park Zoo and the Adler Planetarium, as well as two programs on classical music with the former president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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


Jeff Nigro
Courses on the Medici, Gardens of the World and Women Artists

Julie Strauss
The Supreme Court (ongoing talks on American government)

Ben Goluboff
“The Bluest Eye” (ongoing American literature discussions)

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

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

Debra Shore
Climate Change and Lake Michigan

Marin Sullivan
Contemporary Sculpture

Panel discussion
Homeless in Chicago

Field Museum
Tropical Birds

Life at The Admiral