Thanks to the Skokie Park District and our Evanston Chess Club volunteers, players who are 55 or older can sign up for a low-cost membership and play chess at the Oakton Community Center on Tuesday evenings. 

Here's the essential info:

  • Who: chess players 55 and older
  • When: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m., starting July 13, 2021
  • Where: Oakton Community Center Lounge, 4701 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076. This is just east of Skokie Boulevard. There is ample free parking, and it is walking distance from the Skokie Swift.
  • Cost: 55-and-up people purchase an annual membership at the Oakton Community Center front desk. Cost is $25 per year for Skokie residents, and $31 per year for non-residents. The membership also includes other benefits for people 60 and over.
  • Equipment: Sets are provided. We will have a few clocks, but bring one if you like to play using a clock (there are clock apps available for smartphones).

Note this program is ONLY open to 55 and older, because it's being held in space dedicated to that age group. Starting August 11, 2021, we will be restarting an 18-and-up chess club at the Levy Center in Evanston. Complete information on is here. Other questions? See the "about us" page for contact information.

Wednesdays in Evanston at Levy Center starting 8/11!

Evanston Chess Club will re-start August 11! We will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Levy Activity Center.

City of Evanston policies changed, and the best way to keep the club going was to become a City of Evanston program: There’s now an annual membership fee of $65 for Evanston residents, and $85 for non-residents, good for a full year from the time you sign up. No, it’s not free, but it’s cheap for a weekly activity! Sign up at the Levy Center (300 Dodge Ave., Evanston), or call 847-448-8250.

The club is open to anyone 18 and older. Evanston Chess volunteers will continue to run the club. Sets (and some clocks) will be supplied. And yes, an optional round-robin blitz tournament will be held the third Wednesday of every month, with inconsequential (usually edible) prizes.


New! 55-and-up Chess in Skokie

Thanks to the Skokie Park District and our Evanston Chess Club volunteers, players who are 55 or older can sign up for a low-cost membership and play chess at the Oakton Community Center on Tuesday evenings. See this link for complete information.

Tournaments coming 9/18 and 11/13!

I have scheduled two tournaments at the Levy Center: one tournament in September and one in November.

Complete info for the September 18 tournament will be posted on our events pages in mid-August. Expect changes in terms of capacity, skittles space, spectators and other tournament parameters due to the pandemic.


Maret Thorpe, US Chess National Tournament Director, FIDE National Arbiter
Evanston Chess Club

NM Todd Freitag vs. Nathan Yamaguchi
Evanston Three x Threel, November 11, 2017, Round 2, Board 1
Photo: Hiro Higuchi


Evanston Chess offers rated play at our Saturday tournaments, and unrated play for adults 18 and over at Wednesday night chess, where beginners are welcome for slow or fast games as they prefer. Our focus is on enjoying chess, not on prize money. Our club includes ages 18 to over 70, and players from beginners to masters.

Evanston Chess, USCF Affiliate A6027684

Tournament History
Active Players

We meet at (map)
Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202



Open chess every Wednesday from 6:30-9:00 p.m. for players 18 and older. Visit to see if our club is right for you, then sign up for a year membership at $65 for Evanston residents and $85 for non-residents (the entire fee goes to the City of Evanston to pay for our club space). Boards and sets are supplied. The third Wednesday of each month we have a blitz chess round robin for those who want to participate.

We meet at: Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202.