Discovery Center

Discovery Center

Life Skills
Lakeview, Chicago, Illinois
(116 Reviews)

The Discovery Center is Chicago's Lifelong Learning Center. As Chicago's large stand longest running independent adult education program, we present fun, stimulating classes by qualified independent instructors who enjoy introducing others to their subjects. Learn among friends for your own enjoyment and growth, no exams, grades or degrees. Suggestions or comments always welcome. See for yourself what lifelong learning can be!

Reviews of Discovery Center

(116 Reviews)
Turn Your Movie Idea Into a Screenplay

10/7/2019
Paul T.

Attended: Turn Your Movie Idea Into a Screenplay


Class was great. Only 2 minor issues. Chairs not comfortable at all for 8-9 hours and over slides ancient. However great class. Well worth time and money

Jump Start Your Notary Business II

10/1/2019
Eliot L.

Attended: Jump Start Your Notary Business II


The instructor was very informative down-to-earth and made many common sense points. For anyone looking to get in this Biz I highly recommend this class.

Essential Mixology Bartending

9/9/2019
My N.

Attended: Essential Mixology Bartending


The instructor was great - very knowledgable about mixology and bartending in general. One thing I think could be shorten is the fruit cutting portion of the class - I think that time could be used for other purpose.

Contract Bridge for Beginners

5/31/2019
Sandra M.

Attended: Contract Bridge for Beginners


A great intro to the exciting world and language of bridge, especially for those familiar with other trick/trump card games. Very knowledgeable, no-nonsense instructor. Highly recommend this as an intro to a new hobby!

Figure Drawing Painting

5/19/2019
Ken C.

Attended: Figure Drawing Painting


I really liked the camaraderie in the class between the instructor and students that have taken several of Sarah's classes, who was really nice. That said, I went to this class as it included this description "We will study grace and symmetry of the human form through a variety of media. By observing the figure through various poses, we will cover the basics of anatomy and proportion." We didn't really get an instruction on symmetry, proportion or anatomy. We just free drew or painted without instruction or guidance, except for looking at what other students had done. I didn't learn anything I had hoped to, but I did enjoy having a couple of hours of painting and drawing with a live model. Next time I'll save the $40 and just do it at home.

Beginners Photography

5/1/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beginners Photography


I honestly feel that watching a YouTube video about basic photography skills might've provided more clear information. Unfortunately, I found our teacher to be incredibly scattered, unstructured and unable to articulate clearly the skills he was attempting to teach. We "learned" about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, for what feels like the entire time. That should've been one class - learn what each is and play around with it on your own. Then we transitioned into editing (where only one person in the class had Photoshop) and basically watched the instructor click around for 30 minutes in the program that no one had. A waste of time frankly. I suppose I was hoping for more of a stylistic look at photography...the rule of thirds, framing, composition, etc. In the end, while using manual mode on a DSLR camera is cool, and understanding shutter speed & aperture is great, I can bet that majority of the class will resort to Auto mode and move on with their lives.

Drawing for Beginners

4/29/2019
Shannon A.

Attended: Drawing for Beginners


Sara is a fantastic teacher. She is helpful and encouraging, as well as able to see the student's blind spots. Will continue taking classes from her.

Stained Glass Workshop

3/25/2019
Leslie Y.

Attended: Stained Glass Workshop


I thought the class was fantastic! The teacher was excellent in her demonstrations and teaching method. It was so nice to do a project start to finish in one clas. Thank you

Essential Mixology Bartending

3/24/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Essential Mixology Bartending


very informative and fun. excellent instructor

Drawing for Beginners

3/24/2019
Penny A.

Attended: Drawing for Beginners


I enrolled in “Drawing for Beginners” because I wanted to learn a few tips that might help me learn to draw. Instead, we were just told to draw items. I could have saved the money and stayed home.

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2855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657
Discovery Center
Lakeview, North Side
2855 N Lincoln Ave
Btwn N Racine Ave & W George St
Chicago, Illinois 60657

Upcoming Classes at Discovery Center

Winning at Black Jack
Winning at Black Jack
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 23rd, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Handcuffing
Handcuffing
Next start date:

Thursday Oct 24th, 10am - 6pm

Architectural Chicago Kayak Tour
Architectural Chicago Kayak Tour
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Sunday Oct 27th, 10am - 1pm

S&M, An Intro Class: Bondage and Domination
S&M, An Intro Class: Bondage and Domination
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 27th, 2pm - 4:30pm

Real Estate Agent Licensing Course
Real Estate Agent Licensing Course
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Tuesday Oct 29th, 6pm - 9pm

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel
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Saturday Nov 2nd, 10am - 5pm

Essential Mixology Bartending
Essential Mixology Bartending
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Saturday Nov 2nd, 2pm - 6pm

Intro to Bookkeeping
Intro to Bookkeeping
Next start date:

Wednesday Nov 6th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Latin, Contemporary Dance
Latin, Contemporary Dance
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Wednesday Nov 6th, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

For Men: Using Sex and Love Energy for Better Health
For Men: Using Sex and Love Energy for Better Health
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Thursday Nov 7th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Unarmed Security Training Certification
Unarmed Security Training Certification
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 26th, 8am - 6pm

Astrology for Beginners - Beyond the Sun Sign
Astrology for Beginners - Beyond the Sun Sign
Next start date:

Saturday Nov 9th, 12pm - 3pm

Food, Mood and Energy
Food, Mood and Energy
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Saturday Nov 9th, 2pm - 4:30pm

Arabic Language - Beginner
Arabic Language - Beginner
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Monday Nov 11th, 6pm - 7:30pm

Practical Spanish
Practical Spanish
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Monday Nov 11th, 6pm - 7:30pm

Tap Dance - Beginning
Tap Dance - Beginning
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Monday Nov 11th, 6pm - 7pm

Beginners Photography
Beginners Photography
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Monday Nov 11th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Social Media Marketing Strategy
Social Media Marketing Strategy
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Tuesday Nov 12th, 3pm - 5pm

Spanish Intermediate
Spanish Intermediate
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Tuesday Nov 12th, 6pm - 7:30pm

Ballroom Dance
Ballroom Dance
Next start date:

Tuesday Nov 12th, 6pm - 7pm

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Teachers at Discovery Center

Ahmed Ibrahim Aidan Badinger Alan Salmi Alex & Manny Allison Moran Ami Moore Amy Puertas Andre McDearmon, Jr Andy Sokol Angelo Bosco Angelo Petropoulos Angelo Petropoulos Anna Pickett Anthony Pizano Barak Ziv Benjamin Turcotte Beverly Singleton Bob Wagner Bob Long Jr. Bob Kiser Cara Turner Carolyn Carney Charles Norvil Cory Byers Dan Ward Darrell Horwitz Dave Farrow David Dorn David Miller David Loggins David Cook & Bill Economos Debbie Tideman Debbie Roxs Denise DeSpirito Denise Da Costa Derek McNeal Diana Unger Diane Martin Don Haworth Don C. Haworth Dorena Haynes Dr. Douglas Bell Dr. Jay Stone Ed Hanna Ed Hanna, Andria Guerra Elizabeth Shake Eric Futran Eric Johnson Esperanza Vasquez Eva Tolbert Bradley Eva Tolbert Bradley Felix Rodriguez Fran Ramer Francisco Herrera Gail Prince Geanina Danis Gina Henry Graham Nelson Greg Znaida Hallie Belt Harvey R. Shoemack Holly Hedlund Isabel Badalpour Jacob Garchik Jacob Garchik James Amoreaux Janet Sewell Jennifer Tarle-Pakulski Jennifer Fulgaro Jerry Riles Jhea Fulgaro Joe Sikora Johanna Lindahl John Sencion John Michael Korpal Jose Uribe Joseph Badalpour Joseph Badalpour & Isabel Badalpour Kam Knight Kamrah Karl Krueger Ken Melvoin-Berg Kevin Darne Kevin Drew Kordt Larsen Lacey Bade LaRay Smith Lauren Hudson Lia Garcia Lilian Goegan Lucila Espedido Malia Marchello Michaud Mario Cruz Matia Matt Marton Michael Robbins Michael Lavin Miles Roothaan Ms. Clementine Hardy, RN and Dr. Janelle Lowe Ms. Clementine Hardy, RN and Dr. Janelle Lowe Nicole Zafer Olio Happy Hour Pablo Limones Jimenez Pat Hays Paulette Boyd Randall Scasny Ryan Syverson Sam Valenti Samuel Douglas Sara Lubin Sarah Sarah and Anna Pickett Sari Hurtig Serpent Libertine Shane Copland Speak Easy Nation instructors Ted Sarontos Ted Sarantos Ted Neenan Thomas Gee Victoria Schumacker Vihar Patel William Potter Wilson S.
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