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Discovery Center

The Discovery Center in Chicago is a well-established adult education program offering a variety of fun and stimulating classes taught by qualified instructors. With a focus on lifelong learning, there are no exams or grades, allowing individuals to learn at their own pace for personal enjoyment and growth.

Upcoming Classes at Discovery Center (20)

All courses are held at unless indicated.

Wednesday, July 10th
6–8pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Wednesday, July 10th
8–10pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Thursday, July 11th
6–7:30pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Thursday, July 11th
7:30–9pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Wednesday, August 21st
6–8pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Wednesday, August 21st
8–10pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Thursday, August 22nd
6–7:30pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Thursday, August 22nd
7:30–9pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Tuesday, August 27th
6–8:30pm CDT

$75

Monday, September 9th
3–5pm CDT

$75

Wednesday, October 2nd
6–8pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Wednesday, October 2nd
8–10pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Thursday, October 3rd
6–7:30pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Thursday, October 3rd
7:30–9pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Thursday, October 10th
6–8:30pm CDT

$75

Wednesday, November 13th
6–8pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Wednesday, November 13th
8–10pm CDT (4 sessions)

$139

Thursday, November 14th
6–7:30pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Thursday, November 14th
7:30–9pm CDT (6 sessions)

$139

Tuesday, December 10th
11am–1:30pm CDT

$75

Provider Description

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!

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

Reviews of Discovery Center

(4.3-star rating across 283 reviews)
  • Fun and Easy Tarot - Learn to Read Tarot

    Anonymous review on 5/23/2024
    Sara is great. We had a fun group. I wish this was a two part class so we could go more in depth.
  • Fun and Easy Tarot - Learn to Read Tarot

    Anonymous review on 4/21/2024
    We got a late start and the instructor seemed kinda frazzled the whole time. The instructional style seemed a little haphazard. We sped thru the meaning of each card and were discouraged from reading the deck books, and to instead do everything from intuition, which is hard to build from if you are randomly assigned the “grimoire deck” and every card illustration depicts something catastrophic. It was fun, but way too expensive. (There was a $12 materials fee on top of the course fee, but we didn’t get a tarot card deck so I’m unsure why.) Also the class was from 2:30 - 5:30, not 4:30. And it ran late due to disorganization.
  • Fun and Easy Tarot - Learn to Read Tarot

    Anonymous review on 2/29/2024
    I liked the class, but I was surprised at the fee. Not only was the class $59, which would've been fine, but the instructor charged an additional $12 at the class. I thought that I was going to get a tarot deck for that fee but I just got some photo copies of instructions on reading tarot. Overall, it was overpriced and I wouldn't do it again.
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Reviewed by Simon A. on 2/26/2024
    It was very good indeed. The instructor knew their stuff well, and wasn't afraid to tell us this. We all walked out with great quality stained glass pieces that we can all be proud of.
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Anonymous review on 1/29/2024
    This was a great introduction to stained glass! Isabel was a detailed and helpful instructor and provided hands-on support to all the students. You can get your piece framed with a chain for an extra cost, but it was nice to go home with a finished piece that was ready to hang up. Overall it was fun but pricier than expected.
  • Mixed Media Art

    Reviewed by Peggy A. on 10/12/2023
    I enjoyed the class but feel due to my lack of art experience I did not get as much out of it.
  • Italian Language - Beginner (Online)

    Reviewed by Leah k. on 8/18/2023
    I was the only person registered for the class so it was one on one. Though I stated I did not want to do this I said I’d give it a try. I managed to do two classes but I really did not enjoy being the only student. However the teacher was very nice and an engaging conversationalist ( in English) Both he and the director of school were personable and flexible and I believe they will allow me to take a different class in the future with my unused classes. I recommend this school for flexibility and a human touch,
  • Rafting, White Water

    Reviewed by Jekaterina B. on 8/16/2023
    Everything was very good Many thanks Greetings from Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jump Start your Notary Business

    Reviewed by Cynthia R. on 7/30/2023
    Mrs Eva Tolbert-Bradley was wonderful. I am shy when it comes to sitting in a classroom.
  • Jump Start your Notary Business

    Anonymous review on 7/3/2023
    Didn’t walk away with everything I should’ve learned for basic Notary Skills. Need more class structure, group was too large in tight space and focus more on Notary lesson only.
  • Intro to Crochet

    Anonymous review on 7/3/2023
    Instructor was awesome and very hands on. We learned one basic knot. Didn’t care for picture illustrations, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. But, realistically this one day 2 hours is not enough. Thank goodness it was only myself and one other student. This needs to be taught in a series of classes. This really was a waste of money and time.
  • How to Start Your Own Business

    Reviewed by Denise B. on 6/18/2023
    Very knowledgeable instructor. Provided networking with professionals needed for business startups.
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Reviewed by Rebecca S. on 6/12/2023
    Class size was waaaayy too big. I felt like I didn’t get the interaction I paid for because there was too many people. Otherwise- no complaints! Loved the course, great instructor, felt like I learned a lot.
  • Jump Start your Notary Business

    Anonymous review on 6/10/2023
    I knew nothing of the notarial process, Eva provided me with stepping stones to begin my business. I look forward to my next class to further my knowledge and skills in my notary public entrepreneurship.
  • Kink 201: Intensive for Impact & Bondage

    Anonymous review on 5/22/2023
    Excellent class with immersive interaction. Very informative as well.
  • Jump Start your Notary Business

    Reviewed by KyiAutumn O. on 5/15/2023
    This class was very informative The teacher was very knowledgeable in her field of work She made the class fun to learn about notary If you are looking to get into this line of work take this class You will be happy you did
  • Jump Start your Notary Business

    Reviewed by Darryl S. on 5/13/2023
    The teacher was informative and worth every penny.
  • Jump Start your Notary Business

    Anonymous review on 5/8/2023
    Class was too big. I also used a promo code to save $10, but I was still charged the full cost. Will likely not participate in any further courses here.
  • Intro to Bookkeeping

    Anonymous review on 5/4/2023
    Waiting on part 2. The small setting helped with comprehending the material.
  • Stained Glass Workshop

    Reviewed by Katlyn T. on 4/24/2023
    First, if you're interested in doing your own design in this class, it's not going to happen. The description says you can but it would take up too much class time and this is just an intro class. HOWEVER, the pattern they do provide you is really pretty and the choice of glass they provide to make your masterpiece is awesome. The instructor I had, Isabel, was super knowledgeable and she was really approachable. Some teachers are intimidating and you're too scared of them to ask questions but Isabel was really sweet and kind. Last thing: you pay for the class up front and you pay for the materials day-of. If you want your stained glass creation framed and hung by a chain, it'll cost extra. That's not a complaint, it's just good to know if you're looking at the price of the class/creation.
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students generally appreciate the Discovery Center for its flexibility and personalized approach to learning. While one student, lacking art experience, praised the school for its accommodating nature. Another student, despite initially being the only one in the class, acknowledged the teacher's friendliness and engaging teaching style. Mrs. Eva Tolbert-Bradley received high praise for her notarial process class, with a shy student commending her for providing essential networking opportunities for business startups. The student expressed gratitude for the stepping stones provided to initiate their notary public entrepreneurship. The overall sentiment is positive, emphasizing the human touch, flexibility, and practical knowledge gained from classes at the Discovery Center. Quotes: "I recommend this school for flexibility and a human touch." "Mrs. Eva Tolbert-Bradley was wonderful. Very knowledgeable instructor. Provided networking with professionals needed for business startups." "If you are looking to get into [a new] line of work, take this class. You will be happy you did."

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