May 2018 Chicagoland activities for older adults


In typical fashion for Chicago spring weather, it took its own long, sweet time showing up. But now, after a few April snowfalls that prolonged its arrival by a few weeks, it looks like spring and spring-like temperatures have finally arrived in the Chicagoland area. And along with spring comes a number of May activities that older adults can enjoy!


Do April snow showers also bring May flowers? They do, if you count Garfield Park Conservatory’s annual Spring Flower Show, titled “Hashtag No Filter” for 2018. Running from now until Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day), the flower show features an “unfiltered” display of the wonders of natures via the dazzling colors and mesmerizing fragrances of the flowers. Admission to the Garfield Park Conservatory is free, but donations are accepted. To learn more about the venue and the event, click HERE.


Saturday, May 20 is also Museum Day in Elmhurst! Come out from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on this special day to celebrate and appreciate the importance that museums lend to the culture of our communities, as they enrichment of our knowledge and our lives. You can take the “Explore Elmhurst” trolley to visit all three of the Elmhurst museums. Admission to the museums is free, and there is limited complimentary parking available at each museum location. To learn more about what you can see and explore on the Elmhurst Museum Day, click HERE.

Lake Bluff

If you enjoy quilting, you might want to check out the “Quilts: Stitches in Time” talk at the Lake Bluff public library from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. There, quilt expert Marge Edwards will discuss the historic traditions tied to the craft of quilting. Quilts will also be on display. To find out more, click HERE.


If you are looking for produce that is truly fresh and direct from the farm, give thePalatine Farmer’s Market a try. From May to October, the market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Saturday, and is held in the parking lot of the Palatine Train Station. All sorts of fruits and vegetables, along with fresh flowers and baked goods, are available for purchase. For more information, click HERE.


If you like animals — all kinds of animals — you’ll love the “All Animal Expo,” coming to the DuPage County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and also Saturday, May 20. You’ll see and experience all sorts of critters, including reptiles, birds, exotic mammals, small livestock, and insects. Animals — plus their food and shelters — are all available for purchase at the expo. Admission is $5. To learn more, click HERE to go to the DuPage County Fairgrounds website.

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for — the snow has finally melted, and spring has arrived. Celebrate by getting out and doing one of these fun activities in May!