November 2018 Chicagoland activities for older adults

Randolph Street Holiday Market

By Lauren Banas, Contributing Writer

The chilly bite in the air is proof that the holidays are quickly approaching. But these local activities show that it isn’t winter just yet! Take advantage of these opportunities to get out of the house before the snow arrives to seal us indoors for the winter.


Want to get a jump on your holiday shopping? Stop by the Randolph Street Holiday Market on the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18 to purchase a variety of unique wares from 125 vendors. This market offers vintage and modern décor, housewares, fashion for all members of the family, artwork, and much more! Also enjoy the market bar along with local restaurants while browsing for that perfect gift in the Plumbers Hall building! For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.


It isn’t the holiday season until the first Christmas tree is lit. Join the fun at the Winter Lights Aurora event in downtown Aurora on Friday, Nov. 16. From pop-up shops and food trucks to Santa & Mrs. Claus with their live reindeer, this event offers all things that make the holidays the most wonderful time of the year! Be sure to dress for the weather and come prepared to make some memories. For more information, click HERE or call 630-256-3370.


Looking for a way to honor our veterans this November? Check out the extensive Remembering Our Veterans display at the Little White School Museum between Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 11. This display features rarely-seen military artifacts including items used during the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A Wall of Honor will feature photographs of over 200 Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force personnel from the Oswego area and a special exhibit honors those killed in action from the Civil War to Vietnam. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association, people of all ages are welcome, and admission is free! For more information, click HERE.


If you are a resident of Schaumburg or the surrounding area, be sure to check out the Village of Schaumburg’s The Barn Senior Program! This program is committed to good nutrition for the mind, body and soul, while offering various special events that educate and enlighten seniors on current topics. Fun activities include bingo, zumba, bake sales, and crochet and book club meetings. The Barn also offers nutritious, affordable meals (with a suggested donation of $3.25 to $3.50), as well as an open and inviting environment for you to learn and meet new people in your community. For more information, click HERE.

Villa Park

Still struggling to find that perfect gift? Try searching at the Autumn Festival – An Arts & Crafts Affair at The Odeum on Thursday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 18. Each of these shows will be full of handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for you and your loved ones. Entertainment is also present, as well as food and drink. Parking is free, adult tickets are $9, senior tickets are $8, and children under 10 get in for free! For more information, click HERE, and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

Winter is surely making its way to Chicagoland, but that doesn’t mean we should batten down the hatches just yet. Get out and enjoy these activities while the weather permits!