Activities for Seniors in the Chicago Area for August 2017

Summer isn’t over yet! August is on its way, and there are still lots of things to do and see in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs that seniors and folks of all ages can enjoy in the great outdoors. Here are just a few of the activities that seniors can enjoy this month in Chicago and in the Chicago suburbs!


Downtown Chicago is known for its famous architecture. Sure, you can explore those magnificent buildings on foot. But you can also sit back, relax, and check them out via the comfort of a guided cruise on the Chicago river! The Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts such tours every day aboard Chicago’s “First Lady Cruises.” The tour is considered to be one of the top 10 in the United States by TripAdvisor! On the cruise, you’ll experience more than 50 examples of Chicago architecture. The First Lady boats have enough room for 250 passengers and include open-air upper decks, full-service bars, air-conditioned lower cabins, and comfortable restrooms.  Prices for the 1.5 hour cruise are $46 a person for the day cruise and $49 a person for the twilight cruise. For more information, visit their website by clicking HERE.

Downers Grove

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Downers Grove Park District’s Summer Concert Series will feature the Motown sounds of the “Second Hand Soul Band.” The concert will be held in Fishel Park and is free for all ages! Food, wine and beer will be on sale. For more information, click HERE!


On, Friday, August 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., The Morton Arboretum will be hosting its “Destination Asia Festival.” The festival will explore Asia’s many diverse cultures, via music, dance, food and more. More than eight countries will be represented though live performances. The arboretum also has an extensive collection of Asian trees and shrubs from China, Japan, and Korea. The festival is included free with the arboretum’s paid admission. To learn more about the festival, the food that will be on hand, and all the many performances, please click HERE.


At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 11, the Elmhurst Park District will be showing Disney’s “The Love Bug” as its “Movies in the Park.” The showing is free, and free popcorn will be available as well. Various food truck vendors will also be on site for the event. The movie will begin at dusk. For more information, click HERE!


Also on Friday, August, 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Weber Grill Restaurant in Schaumburg is hosting a “Girls Night Out” cooking course! You can sip on cocktails while testing out your grilling skills. Pull a group of your girlfriends together for this fun, hands-on class, or go alone and create new friendships! The course costs $60 per person. To learn more and to sign up, click HERE.


Did you know that the city of Wheaton has it’s own zoo? The Cosley Zoo might very well be Wheaton’s best kept secret. Sitting on 5 acres of land, Cosley Zoo houses farm animals and native Illinois wildlife. Exhibits display the natural habitats for animals such as White-tailed Deer, Red Fox, Blanding’s Turtles, and bobcats. And those are just a few of the animals that have Cosley Zoo as their home. In August, the zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, click HERE!