gorton community center

Gorton Community Center is committed to being a safe environment for everyone who enters our doors. We are in a unique and unprecedented time as the world comes together to combat COVID-19 (coronavirus). The entire arts community is struggling to adjust our schedules and staffing as the recommendations continue to change. We continue to do our best for what is best for our patrons, and as such we have decided it is prudent to cancel or postpone the following events and classes. If you are registered for or hold a ticket to one of these classes or events, you will be notified directly with further information. If you are interested in joining a program for its postponed date, please watch the website. We will keep all updates together on this page. Here is a full list of postponements and cancellations at this time:

Postponed classes and events:

  • March 14: Iron Five: The Story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers
  • March 18 and April 15:The first two Kellogg Greater Good programs (This program will begin May 13, with rescheduled sessions in June, July-new info will be emailed directly)
  • March 21: Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping
  • April 2 and May 6: First Thursdays Film Series
  • April 3: Read Between the Ravines moved to a date in June/July to be announced ASAP
  • April 4: Birds of Chicago concert reschedule for Friday November 6th
  • April 5: Fly Fishing Film Festival
  • April 16: Breaking Their Silence film
  • April 21: Community Film Forum
  • April 19: Dennis Watkins: Magic Parlour Show moved to June 28th
  • April 25: Truth Be Told Storytelling moved to July 11th
  • April 26: 20 in the 20s: Silent Film with Live Score 
  • April 28: Kartemquin Presents Eating Up Easter
  • May 2: Alyssa Allgood Jazz will be rescheduled-date to be announced ASAP

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unprecedented need for blood, we are working hard to move our Blood Drive, originally scheduled on May 4th, up to March or April.  Please watch your email for new date!  This is a chance for anyone able to donate to help in a tremendous time of need.   The American Red Cross follows the strictest CDC guidelines for safe conditions during its blood drives.

These classes will have a later start date:

  • Fencing Spring Session
  • Traditional African Drumming

These classes will be canceled during this time:

  • Salsarobics
  • Tai Chi
  • Morning Yoga
  • Evening Yoga
  • Power Meditation
  • Cooking at Froggy’s
  • PASTA’s Fantastic Mr. Fox performance
  • NIA
  • Sewing Spring Break Workshop
  • ACT Power Classes
  • Palettes & Pours (April and May classes)
  • Kids Art Class – Mixed Media Bunny
  • Active Improv Adult Jams
  • Latin Dance with Esther & Walt
  • On Camera Acting
  • Adult Sewing Workshop
  • Camera Phone Photography
  • Active Improv Adult Class
  • Mahjong
  • Cooking with Marina – Empanadas and Italian Cooking
  • Make Cannoli
  • Etiquette Workshops
  • Project Selfy
  • Spring Cleaning: Holistic Detox
  • Tween Mind/Body
  • Kids Art Class – Comic Book Artists
  • Active Improv Student Workshop Spring Session

These classes ended prematurely:

  • Fashion Sewing Techniques
  • Advanced Fashion Sewing Techniques

Canceled classes and events:

Anyone holding registration or a ticket to a canceled event will be contacted. We depend greatly on ticket sales to cover our costs and are truly moved by the generosity of so many of our patrons. We sincerely hope you might consider transferring your ticket or registration to a donation or you may of course receive a refund. We look forward to speaking with you. Thank you for your understanding.

The Children’s Drop-in Learning Center follows Lake Forest School District 67 for closures and will continue to do so. This means the DILC will be closed from March 16 through April 3. Gorton’s building will be closed to the public and staff working remotely starting March 20 for an indefinite amount of time.

Please remember us and your other local nonprofits, small businesses, artisans and others who are being adversely affected by this situation and support us when you can! Gift certificates can be purchased for future classes and events, and since we are a nonprofit we can accept your generous donations. We are in this together. Let’s stay healthy as a community so we can continue to learn and grow as we hope to see the end of this virus as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions, please contact our office at (847) 234-6060. Thank you for your support of Gorton Community Center!