It’s summertime, and the living is easy! No need to spend all your time at home — no matter one’s age, now is truly the time to get out and about. Chicagoland is always full of activities, events, and venues that everyone, including seniors, can enjoy, and this August is no different. As we like to do every month, Care & Comfort at Home presents just a few of the August 2019 Chicagoland activities for older adults!
Did someone say “ketchup”? Not on a Chicago hot dog! If you love your hot dogs Chicago-style and ketchup-free, you’ll want to visit the Chicago Hot Dog Fest! On Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11 at the intersection of Stockton and LaSalle Drive, you can enjoy the city’s largest picnic, hosted by the Chicago History Museum, for a suggested donation of $5. There will be Vienna Beef hot dogs prepared in various styles by some of the city’s top hot dog vendors, as well as live music, games for the kids, and presentations on the history of the hot dog…. but don’t bet on there being any ketchup. For more information, including hours and directions, please click HERE.
If you enjoy fine art, a Walk in the Park might be in order! This aptly named event, held on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., is a juried art fair that takes place in Arlington Park’s North School Park. Free to the public, the show features a variety of artistic expressions, including painting, sculpture, photography, and ceramics. Click HERE to learn more!
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Woodstock — the famous music festival — was held in August 1969. Museum Maker Monday: The Music of Woodstock is a chance to celebrate and explore Woodstock’s history and its music on Monday, Aug. 12, at the Elmhurst History Museum, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, click HERE.
Every Monday in August from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. is an opportunity to walk and shop the Hinsdale Farmers Market. Since 1977, the Hinsdale Farmers Market (located in Burlington Park) has made available the freshly grown food of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin farmers. You’ll find fruits and vegetables, of course, but also eggs, honey, cider, cheese, meat, jams/jellies, baked goods, handmade soaps, and flowers as well. For more information, click HERE.
Get in touch with nature and its critters with a visit to the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest. Established in 1931 inside a historic 1876 mansion, Trailside was the first public nature education facility for the Cook County Forest Preserves. Open every day in August except Fridays, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the nature museum features indoor exhibits on local wildlife, as well as outdoor walking trails and a 1.5-acre pond that can be fished. There are special exhibits on different animals — including moths, hawks, and bats — throughout the month of August. To learn more about the museum and its events, click HERE.