August 2021 Chicagoland Activities for Older Adults

White crane at the Naperville Riverwalk

by Patricia LaCroix, Contributing Writer

For those who are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — better known as the CDC — has come out saying that older adults can start doing many things that they had put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE to check out what the CDC considers to be “safer activities” that can experienced two weeks after a person is fully vaccinated. CLICK HERE to read more recommendations regarding COVID-19 for older adults from the CDC.

With this in mind, we’ve gathered ideas regarding events, activities, and venues that can be once again enjoyed by fully vaccinated seniors in the Chicagoland area during the month of August 2021. Check out what we’ve found below!


Love fried chicken and fish? You might want to try out Parson’s Chicken & Fish, located at 2952 W Armitage Ave., in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood on the city’s northwest side. The restaurant has the feel of a large BBQ party, as it boasts a huge outdoor patio. Menu items include, of course, all sorts of chicken and fish (not all fried), as well as shrimp baskets, burgers, and vegetarian meals. For more information, including hours of service and other locations in the city, check out their website by CLICKING HERE.


On Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon, you can help make a difference in your local environment by participating in Great Western Prairie Volunteer Day. The Elmhurst Great Western Prairie located within the Wild Meadows Trace, just north of the Prairie Path between Spring Road and Salt Creek. Volunteers will work on Elmhurst’s six-acre strip of the prairie. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves. To learn more, please CLICK HERE.


Enjoy the “Crown Jewel” of Naperville this August! The Naperville Riverwalk, created in 1981, is situated along the West Branch of the DuPage River. Along its 1.75 miles brick-paved paths, you’ll discover all sorts of wildlife, along with beautiful bridges, fountains, sculptures, and memorials. Take a stroll and take in the tranquility! You can learn more about the Riverwalk by CLICKING HERE.

Schaumburg (Online)

Do you have an iPhone but have no idea how to use it? You’ll want to check out informative ONLINE program for seniors, titled “Senior iPhone/iPad 1,” being held by by Schaumburg Township District Library. Learn how to use the internet and the apps on your device. This program will take place online on Zoom. To register and learn more about this and other informative online classes for adults via the library, please CLICK HERE.


On Sunday, Aug. 8, enjoy the sounds of both Abba and Motown greats at Wheaton’s Memorial Park. The concert is part of Memorial Park’s summer-long entertainment series. Motown Nation, featuring the sounds of many of the Motown hits we enjoyed in the ’60s and ’70s, kicks things off as the opener at 1 p.m. Then, at 3 p.m., headline band Dancing Queen hits the stage with all of the great Abba songs we remember. For more information, CLICK HERE.