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Lifelong Learners Enjoy Member-Only Benefits All Year Long

Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is an experiential and discussion learning program for mature adults. It offers you fresh, relevant and fun courses in a seminar format. That means no exams or homework – just spirited discussions, hands-on activities and new connections with lifelong learners just like you.

Learn in intimate groups led by distinguished Harper College facutly and experts in a variety of professional fields. Program leaders create engaging and innovative programs specifically for lifelong learners. Choose from a new group of featured seminar topics each semester. Courses are offered in areas such as: art, books and literature, current eventsgenealogy, health and wellness, history, music, travel and writing.

Your Exclusive Membership Benefits

By becoming a Member, you’re saying you are committed to lifelong learning and are an official program supporter. Membership is optional. Non-members may not enroll in Member-only courses and they don’t receive select course discounts.

  • 50% discounts on selected courses
  • Exclusive members-only, limited seating course access
  • Advance notice of new course offerings.
  • Access to a full catalog of offerings each semester


Browse the 2018 LLI Catalog to get inspired.

View Courses Still Available this Fall. 


Our Members Say It Best…

"I've enjoyed making time for Harper's Lifelong Learning Institute for several years now. As all retirees know, our days are filled with lots to do, and Harper gives us the added advantage of new ideas, programs, lectures and an opportunity to meet like-minded people. I consider the membership fee that the Institute charges one of the best investments I've made."

"I'm a member of Harper's LLI because I have always loved to learn new things in many different areas, especially history, music of all types, painting, sculpture and current events. LLI offers reasonably priced classes in these areas taught by interesting experts. It's a productive and fulfilling way to spend my time."

"Harper's Lifelong Learning program has been a great place to learn more about the things I'm interested in, to broaden my horizons, and to make new friends. I have really enjoyed the variety of courses. Now, if we only had a course about how to make more time in one's day!"


$50 annual membership. Enroll now to take advantage of Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 membership benefits. Enroll online or call 847.925.6300 (during business hours).


What types of courses and activities does LLI offer?
LLI offers a mix of lectures, short-term courses, and seminars presented in media-equipped classrooms at Harper College and in some cases at partner sites across the Harper College District.

Are there homework assignments, tests, grades and other requirements?
LLI courses require no prerequisites, grades or exams. Some instructors may suggest reading certain texts and other materials for participants to gain full benefit from the class experience.

What do classes cost?
LLI course fees are designed to cover the direct costs of running classes, while being low enough to make it possible for fixed-income students and others to attend. Fees are listed after each course description in the catalog. Some courses carry the same fee for both LLI members and nonmembers, while most others are available to members at a discounted fee.

Where do LLI classes meet?
LLI courses are held at the Harper College main campus (1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067) and at LLI partner sites. Free parking is available at all LLI course locations.

Are classes or events ever cancelled?
Every effort is made to hold all LLI classes scheduled. However, a minimum enrollment is set for most classes, and a course will be cancelled if the minimum enrollment is not met.