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    Lincoln Center Registration & Recreation Offices
    935 Maple Avenue
    Downers Grove, IL 60515-4930
    Voice & TDD: (630) 963-1300
    Fax: (630) 963-5884
    Parkline (24-hour taped update):
    (630) 963-0575


    Directions

    Registration Office Hours
    Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Saturday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday Closed

    Facility Hours of Operation
    Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


    Holiday Closings
    1/1-1/2, 4/14-4/16, 5/29, 7/4,
    9/4, 11/23-11/24, 12/24-12/25

    Active Adult Center
    Located at Lincoln Center - 3rd Floor
    (630) 963-1314


    Preschool

    Located at Lincoln Center
    (630) 963-1300


    Hotline numbers

    Youth Sports: (331) 777-4371
    Adult Sports: (331) 777-4370

    lincoln center elevator closed dec. 18 - Jan. 14

    The elevator at the Lincoln Center will be closed from Dec. 18 to Jan. 14 for improvements.

    Originally installed in 1976, the current elevator has required a lot of maintenance over recent years. To improve the safety, reliability, functionality and aesthetics of the elevator, the Downers Grove Park District has contracted with Colley Elevator, Inc. to begin the renovation and installation of a new elevator on Dec. 18.

    Once installed, the updated elevator will feature an interior renovation of the elevator car and visitors will enjoy a faster, smoother ride.

    The anticipated reopening date for the Lincoln Center elevator is Jan. 15, 2018. Check our website for updates.

    about the lincoln center

    Once the historic Lincoln School from 1867 - 1974, the building was purchased by the Park District and renovated to what is now the Lincoln Community Center. Located on the south side of Maple Avenue between Washington Street and Main Street, this six level, multi-use building is home to the District's Lincoln Learning Center Preschool, The Link Before and After School Program and Adult Center. The convenient downtown location makes it the perfect place for business meetings, seminars and group gatherings.

    The building contains the registration office, meeting rooms, art and ceramic rooms, a small gymnasium, various classrooms, an auditorium, and newly remodeled kitchen facilities. Most spaces are available for rental on a seasonal basis.

    THE LINK

    Connecting kids with fun, active activities before and after school!

    The Link is a new program from the Downers Grove Park District that provides students fun and engaging enrichment activities including nature, fitness, arts and crafts, science and cultural arts. Children in grades K-6 will enjoy supervised age-based activities before and/or after school in addition to daily homework time and a healthy snack.

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    AUDITIONS

    Looking to audition for the Park District? Click the link below to see what auditions are coming up!
  • AUDITIONS

    Looking to audition for the Park District? Click the link below to see what auditions are coming up!



    Cultural Arts

    Come and learn new skills from drawing and painting, to dance, to acting, to playing the drums or piano. The Lincoln Center's classrooms are equipped for a variety of cultural arts programs with spaces dedicated to dance, art, and theater.


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    Create a distinctive masterpiece in one of our art classes. Our art classroom includes craft areas, pottery wheels and our own pottery kiln for firing handcrafted clay pieces. Programs include crafting with various materials, painting, drawing, and sculpting with clay.


    Music

    The cultural arts program has music teachers with many years of experience teaching and performing. Improve your musical talent by enrolling in piano, guitar, drums, and voice lessons at the Lincoln Center. Music lessons are held in our music rooms on the fifth floor.
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    danceclassroomDANCE

    Dance lessons hosted at the Lincoln Center include adult line dancing lessons held in the ground floor gymnasium, and a range of youth and tot lessons held in one of our two dedicated dance studios on the third floor.

    DRAMA

    The Lincoln Center theater is the perfect space for practicing your acting skills. A variety of classes work on aspects of Broadway musical performance including singing, dancing, and acting. Classes with Marla of Shining Star Productions work on aspects of dramatic and comedic performance including acting, improv, character awareness, and imagination. The Lincoln Center's auditorium features a stage for theater productions.

  • Adult Center

    The Adult Center, on the third floor of the Lincoln Center, is designed for adults 55 years and older. Many Adult programs and offered on a free, drop-in basis.

    Become a Member

    Members of the Adult Center receive numerous benefits including discounts on a wide variety of classes, parties, day trips and clubs.

    Membership Benefits

    • Membership ID card
    • Seasonal Connections newsletter (non-members will be charged $5 per year)
    • Free admission to monthly brown bag bingo program
    • Annual membership appreciation luncheon
    • Discounts on various programs and trips

    How to Join

    Visit the Lincoln Center registration office to join. Annual Fee: $25 Residents, $30 Non-Resident

    View Upcoming Programs & Events


    Week At A Glance

    Activity Day(s) Time Fee Participation
    Dominoes Monday 12:30 - 3:30 pm Free Drop In
    Rules of the Road Mondays - Varied Schedule 1:30 - 3:30 pm Free Registration
    Chess Club Monday 1:00 - 4:00 pm Free Drop in
    Scrabble First and Last Monday of the Month 12:30 - 3:30 pm Free Drop in
    Canasta 3rd Tuesday of the Month 1:00 - 3:00 pm Free Drop in
    Craft Club Tuesday, thru December 9:00 - 11:00 am Free Drop in
    Pinochle Tuesday 12:15 - 3:30 pm Free Drop in
    Progressive Bridge Tuesday 1:00 - 4:00 pm Free Drop in
    Pokeno 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month 11:00 am - 12:00 pm $1/$2 Drop In
    Red Hats Book Club 2nd Tuesday of the Month 9:30 - 10:30 am Free Club Members
    Red Hat Club Meeting 3rd Monday of the Month 12:00-3:00 pm Dues Registration
    Tax Preparation Tue & Thu, Feb-Apr 12:00-4:00pm Free Registration
    Bingo last Wednesday of the Month 11:30 am - 2:00 pm $1 Drop in
    Bunco 2nd Thursday of the Month 10:00 - 11:00 am Free Drop in
    Friendly Poker Wednesday & Friday 12:00 - 2:30 pm Free Drop in
    Men's Group 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month 11:00 - 1:00 pm Free Drop in
    Party Bridge Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Free Drop in
    Competitive Poker Thursday 11:30 - 3:30 pm Free Drop in
    Popcorn Matinee 2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month 1:00 - 3:00 pm Free/$1 Drop in
    Duplicate Bridge Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm $2 Drop in
    Competitive Poker Friday 10:30 am - 2:30 pm Free Drop in

    Services and Benefits

    • Golf (Discounted Rate)
    • Income Tax Assistance
    • (AARP)Legal Assistance (Prairie State)
    • Indoor Track (Discounted Rate)

    Dial-A-Ride

    Dial-A-Ride is a service sponsored by Downers Grove Township. Township residents 65 or better, or who have a disability, may travel anywhere within the township, to Good Samaritan Hospital and to Suburban Hospital, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Riders must have an RTA pass, which can be applied for at the Township office. Rides must be reserved at least two days in advance by calling the Downers Grove Township office at (630) 968-6408. The fare is $5.00 for each one-way trip.


    Groups & Clubs

    Scarlett Bloomers Red Hat Chapter
    Ladies! Join the red-hatted revolution! From monthly themed luncheons and slumber-less overnight parties to weekly game clubs and luncheon trips, the Downers Grove Park District Scarlett Bloomers does it all. To join the Scarlett Bloomers Red Hat Chapter, contact the Active Adult Center at 630.963.1314.

    Active Adult Center Volunteers
    Volunteers are vital to the Active Adults Center. Volunteerism is one of the easiest and best ways to become involved and the primary way many services are provided. Volunteers enjoy the many benefits of volunteering, including meeting new people, learning new skills, accomplishing projects and assisting behind the scenes with monthly parties and special events.

    Craft Club
    Let your creative juices flow. Help make fun and creative projects and decorations for Active Adult Center parties in this weekly social group. Refreshments are served weekly.

  • Preschool & Totschool

    Downers Grove Park District Preschool and Totschool is held at the Lincoln Center in six bright, colorful and well-equipped classrooms. preschool children enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, and parents enjoy a convenient curbside drop-off and pick-up program.

    Visit our Preschool page

  • Lincoln Center Rentals

    Lincoln Center
    935 Maple Avenue
    (630) 963-1300

    This conveniently located community center offers room rentals for groups of 10 to 120 people. Perfect for business meetings, seminars or group gatherings. Amenities at this facility include an auditorium, gymnasium and newly renovated kitchen.

    Fees & Charges

    Listed below are room rates applicable for rentals conducted within *Lincoln Center's Hours of Operation, room capacities and various equipment available for rent at Lincoln Center. Room capacities and styles listed are most requested.

    *A $40 per hour charge applies for all rentals conducted outside of the facilities established Hours of Operation.

    Area Capacity Room Hourly Rate
    Gym Determined by program 104 $40
    Auditorium Theater/180
    Banquet/120
    304 $60
    Gym/Room 105 Combo Determined by program 104, 105 $55
    Multi-Purpose Room Theater/50
    Classroom/27
    105 $30
    Auditorium/Kitchen Combo 302, 304 $75
    Multi-Purpose Room Theater/40
    Classroom/16
    506 $30
    Multi-Purpose Room Theater/48
    Classroom/18
    307 $30
    Multi-Purpose Room
    Includes Mini-Kitchen
    Theater/70
    Classroom/30
    503 $40
    Kitchen 15 / class use 302 $30
    Dance Room 15 / class use 401, 403, 404 $30
    Room 503, 506 Combo Determined by program 503, 506 $55

    Facility Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Security Deposit

    A security deposit is required for each room rented. Deposit amount will be determined by room size and amenities offered.

    Equipment Rental

    The following equipment is available for rental in conjunction with facility rentals and is based on availability. A separate deposit may be required.

    Audio/Visual Equipment - $15 per item

    • TV/VCR/DVD
    • Overhead Projector
    • Podium
    • Microphones/Sound Equipment
    • Video Screen

    Gymnasium Equipment - $25 per item

    • Volleyball net & standards

    *For pitching machine & electronic scoreboard rentals a staff operator is available for $15 per hour.

    Audio/Visual Equipment - $25 per item

    • LCD projector

    Setup Diagrams

    Click on each setup style below to get an idea for your specific event needs.

    Theater Banquet
    Classroom Seminar
    U-Shape Birthday

    Online Rental Availability

    To view online availability, click on REC Connect. Once on the REC Connect home page, select your desired facility type located under the 'Facility by Type' options at the bottom of the page. Fill in the required information questions. If you would like to narrow your search options, expand the 'Show Search Criteria' for more options. Click 'Search' to view availability. If you have any questions, please call the Lincoln Center at (630) 963-1300 or the Recreation Center (630) 960-7250.

    To reserve online, a Username and Password is required. If you already have a Username and Password, click here to log-in and reserve your space. If you require a Username and Password, click on REC Connect then click on 'Need an account?' If you have forgotten your password click here.

    Please note: Rental requests less than 3 days in advance cannot be processed online. Please call our registration office at 630-963-1300 and staff will try to accommodate your request.