January 2020 Chicagoland Activities for Older Adults


How quickly time flies! Not only is a new year beginning, but so is a new decade! However, some things never change, and that includes the abundance of fun activities, events, and venues that the Chicagoland area has to offer.

Each month, we here at Care & Comfort at Home like to highlight the ones that are particularly enjoyable to seniors. This winter, Chicago and the surrounding Chicago suburbs have been blessed with extremely mild temperatures, so getting out and about is as easy as it could be for this time of year. That’s all the more reason to check out our following list of January 2020 Chicagoland activities for older adults.


Get in out of the cold and explore the creatures that live under the sea! The Shedd Aquarium first opened on May 30, 1930 and has been delighting visitors ever since. Daily exhibits in January include the belugas and the sea lions, sharks in the wild reef, and penguins in the polar play zone. A special exhibit, titled “Underwater Beauty,” is now on display as well. This exhibit features all the beautiful colors, patterns, and rhythms that can be found within Earth’s oceans and seas. A visit to the Shedd is always a great way to spend the day! Senior citizens (65 years and older) receive a $3 onsite discount on their general admission every day except on Illinois Resident Free Days. That’s because, on Illinois Resident Free Days (in January 2020, specifically the 16th through 20th), admission for all visitors who live in Illinois is FREE! To learn more about the Shedd Aquarium and to plan your visit, click HERE.


Looking for a great way to start your day? How about brunch! No need to wait for a special occasion. Villa Olivia features a spectacular brunch buffet every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. You’ll enjoy freshly made omelets, a carving station, and soup du jour, just for starters. The grand finale is the formidable sweet table. To see the entire menu, click HERE. Also, be sure to call 630-289-1000 make reservations, as they are recommended.


Classical music is so beautiful and soothing… and even more so, when the composer is the brilliant prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On Sunday, Jan. 26, starting at 3 p.m., the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra presents some of his outstanding arrangements at their concert “Mozart Magic.” It includes Serenade in C minor, Serenade for Winds, in E-Flat Major, and Divertimento in F Major. The concert will take place at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. For more information regarding the concert, click HERE.

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If you enjoyed the Disney movie, you’ll most likely love the Broadway musical version of “Mary Poppins,” now playing until Sunday, Jan. 19 at Drury Lane Theatre. Based as much on the writings of author P.L. Travers as it is the Disney film version, this adaptation is a whimsical adventure for its audience. You’ll see Mary Poppin fly above the stage in this memorable musical that received the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography as well as seven Tony Award nominations. To learn more and purchase tickets, just click HERE.


Do you find the North Woods more exciting than Florida or Arizona? Then you’ll want to check out the annual Lake Home & Cabin Show to help reignite your passion without leaving the state of Illinois. The event, now in its 16th year, is being held at the Schaumburg Convention Center from Friday, Jan. 10 until Sunday, Jan. 12. Times are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. At the event, you’ll find rustic furniture and woodsy decor, sporting gear and equipment, and products and accessories specifically for lake homes and cabins. There will also be a number of seminars and demonstrations on hand. Adult tickets are $12 a person. Come and feel of the warmth of being up north! For more information, click HERE!