Activities in the Chicago area for seniors and veterans this October

October is a time to get out and enjoy the things the Chicago area has to offer before the biting chill of winter sets in. Although students have gone back to school, it’s still a great time for family members — young and old — to get together. Here are some wonderful events you all can enjoy — and you won’t have too travel far!



Plan to be in the city on October 14–15, and make sure the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s free public festival is on your docket. You’ll have access to architecturally interesting buildings all across Chicago, in ways that you’ve never seen them before. Visit Open House Chicago website for all the information.


Fischer Farm hosts their Heritage Days in Bensenville on October 14–15. A World War I reenactment, a bluegrass band, and a petting zoo are just a few of the many things to enjoy here. For more information, you can call 630-834-3152.


If being inside is more to your liking, Barbara Deane will be at the Elmhurst Public Library on October 11 to speak about her new book On The Homefront. It’s a fascinating look at the unique and important roles women played in World War II. For more information, call 630-279-8696.


The Naper Settlement in Naperville will once again play host to their annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 6–8. Family friendly activities abound. Did someone say oompah band? For more information, call 630-420-6010.


The Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton will play host to their yearly  Fall Festival on October 8. A full equestrian parade, pony rides, educational displays, food, and numerous other activities. For information, call 630-668-6012.

The inevitable season of winter will be quickly upon us. Spending time with the entire family is priceless. Whether you head outdoors or choose an activity that doesn’t require a sweater or jacket, quality time with family is the greatest gift of all. Enjoy the fall season!