April 2018 Chicagoland activities for older adults

April will soon be upon us! In Chicagoland, spring has fully sprung, and we’re all fools for the slowly rising temperatures and the ever-so-abundant activities for all ages, including older adults.

Here are just a few of the things happening in Chicago and Chicago’s surrounding suburbs that seniors can enjoy!


For years, the Museum of Science and Industry has been a place of wonder for generations of Chicagoans. Current exhibits feature the old standbys, such as Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle dollhouse full of exquisite miniature furniture and the U-505 German submarine from World War II. But there are other exhibits you might not be as familiar with, such as the 1934 Zephyr train that reinvented both train design and travel, or the exhibit on the Doomsday Clock — one of the most provocative symbols of the 20th century. Plus, United States military active-duty personnel and veterans, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) receive free entry to the Museum by showing a valid occupational/military status I.D. when purchasing tickets onsite. For more information, click HERE to head over to the Museum’s website.

Highland Park

The much-beloved Rivinia Festival in Highland Park kicks off the season at Bennett Gordon Hall on Saturday, April 7 with a performance by the Chicago Harp Quartet. The Chicago Harp Quartet is comprised of artists who have been heard within many of Chicago’s ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera and Civic Orchestras, and the Chicago Philharmonic, as well as appearing on the stages of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; the performance itself starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $11; a dining package is also available for $50 a person. There are no lawn tickets for this performance. For more information, click HERE to visit the Rivinia website.


You can have a great time by going back in time at Medieval Times in Schaumburg! And this time… a woman is in charge! For the first time in the company’s 34-year history, a queen is sitting on the throne. The new storyline means new dazzling costumes, new armor, new fight scenes, and a new musical score. Long live the Queen! Enjoy gnawing on a chicken leg as the knights battle it out before you on magnificent stallions. There are three separate ticket packages to choose from, and free parking is available. Medieval Times also salutes the men and women of our country’s armed forces and their families by providing them with discounted tickets. Click HERE to go to the Medieval Times website and learn more!


If you like trains, especially model trains, the Great Midwest Train Show in Wheaton is the place to be on Sunday, April 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Great Midwest Train Show was first held in 1972 and includes an average of 180 exhibitors from more than 10 different states at each monthly show. Trains of all scales and gauges are featured. New and used products for sale include: HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel, O Scale, G Scale, American Flyer, Standard gauge, hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, railroadiana, slides, T-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, and photos. It’s suggested that visitors arrive before noon as to have enough time to see it all! Parking is free, and admission is $7 for adults and free for children under the age of 12. To learn more, click HERE to go to the show’s website.

Don’t let April go by without getting out and enjoying all the Chicagoland area has to offer!