May 2019 Chicagoland activities for older adults

Breakfast at Lou Mitchell's in Chicago

With all the April snow we’ve had this year in Chicagoland, it might be hard to believe that spring is really here… But it is! And the month of May will help you remember that spring has finally sprung. May also presents us with a number of Chicagoland events and activities that older adults can enjoy, both inside and outside. So let’s explore some of the options!





For a special (and tasty) treat, take a trip downtown one sunny May morning to visit the city’s iconic breakfast joint, Lou Mitchell’s. Located on historic Route 66, Lou’s place has been in his family since 1923 and offers up breakfast, brunch, and lunch. In 1958, the restaurant started to hand out complimentary donut holes to those waiting in line for breakfast. All guests receive a free box of Milk Duds as well! Critics all agree that it’s a “must see” place. To learn more about Lou Mitchell’s and hot to get there, click HERE to visit the restaurant’s website!


If you love art, you’ll want to visit the 23rd Annual Art in Wilder Park event on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. This free event also features food, music, and activities for the kids. Art on display will include paintings, photography, sculpture, and glass, as well as jewelry and ceramics. To learn more about the art show, please click HERE!


Here she comes… Mrs. Illinois! The Mrs. Illinois-America pageant, which is the precursor to the nationwide Mrs. America pageant, will be held on Friday, May 31, starting at 7 p.m., at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Unlike the Miss Illinois/Miss America competitions, “Mrs”. competition is only for currently married women. You can be on hand to see the next winner get crowned and move on to the national competition! Judging will be based on the following categories: personal interview, swimwear, and evening wear. There is also a “state costume” parade and a stage appearance of all husbands who are supporting their wives as the contestants. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, please click HERE.

Oak Brook

Oak Brook’s hidden gem that you’ll want to see soon is Mayslake Peabody Estate. The Tudor Revival-style mansion on the estate, today known as “Mayslake Hall,” was designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in 1919. Today, Mayslake Hall is as part of the DuPage Forest Preserve District. Visitors can tour the mansion and explore its historical beauty and splendor via the Restoration-in-Progress Tours that take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Keep in mind that the tour can last from 75 to 90 minutes, and it does include stairs. The tour costs $8 a person. For more information, including tour hours, you can call 630-206-9588 or just click HERE.

St. Charles

May is National Preservation Month — a time when people across America celebrate this country’s history, culture, and places. As such, the St. Charles Public Library is kicking off the month with a special event, titled “This Old House.” Presented by Dr. Steve Smunt, the event takes place from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. Dr. Smunt will cover the preservation of old homes, and speak on topics such as why we love old houses, the process of obtaining landmark status for a building, and the historic preservation movement taking place within St. Charles. To learn more and to register for the presentation, please click HERE.

May brings more than just flowers! Come out and check out all the Chicago area activities that the month of May has to offer to older adults!