Illinois State Senior Spelling Bee
2017 Senior Spelling Bee is underway and looking for participants to demonstrate their skills!
The Illinois Senior Spelling Bee program provides Illinois adults, age 50 and older, the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and to celebrate years of experience through their spelling abilities. Join in on the fun, or cheer on the spellers as they compete in the Senior Spelling Bee.
If you have a talent for spelling, then here’s a fun, brain-healthy activity for you!
Local, Regional and State Final Competition Levels
Local competitions are held between March and May in senior citizen organizations throughout Illinois. Winners will advance to the regional competition. There is no cost for this event, registration is required. Suburban Chicago locations and contact information are listed below.
Regional competitions are held in June and July in senior organizations throughout Illinois. This level consists of the champions and runners-up from local competitions. Winners of regional levels will advance to the state final competition. There is no cost for this event, registration is required. Suburban Chicago location and contact information is listed below.
State Final competition will be held at the Illinois State Fair on Senior Day, August 14, 2017 inside the Illinois Building Auditorium at 1:00PM. The top seniors will compete for the state championship as part of Senior Citizen’s Day celebrations at the state fair.
For more information, competition rules, resources and tips for spellers, download the Illinois Association of Senior Centers Spelling Bee Participants Handbook. Click on the following link for a list of the 2016 practice words.
This statewide program is free of charge and open to everyone over the age of 50. Registration is required. For more information and registration, contact the participating competition centers listed below by phone or the website provided.
Morton Grove Public Library
6140 Lincoln Ave
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Wednesday, March 22 at 10:00am
Josephine Argento Senior Center
1700 Memorial Dr
Calumet City, IL 60409
Friday, April 13 at 10:30am
Eisenhower Public Library
4613 N. Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
Friday, April 28 at 10:00am
Evanston Public Library
Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, April 22 at 1:00pm
Note to local competition winners:
Transportation and all expenses for those who advance to the regional and state spelling competition levels
are the responsibility of the winners.
300 Dodge Ave
Evanston, IL 60202
Friday, June 16 at 1:30 pm
Note to regional competition winners:
Transportation and all expenses for those who advance to the state spelling competition level are the
responsibility of the winners.
The top regional spellers will compete for the state championship as part of Senior Citizen’s Day celebrations
at the Illinois State Fair on Monday, August 14, 2017, inside the Illinois Building Auditorium at 1:00pm.
Click here to see all the Illinois State Spelling Champions