November 2019 Chicagoland Activities for Older Adults

South Elgin waterfall

As a caregiver for an older love one, you might be searching for new ideas for activities you can do with him or her outside of the home. We here at Care & Comfort at Home can appreciate that! So once a month, we search for places to go and things you can do — together — right here in Chicagoland. And then, we share the best of what we find with you. All the activities, events, and venues we list are ones we believe most seniors can and will enjoy, even if they might have some physical difficulties. As we enter November, the weather will start to turn, and it will get more difficult for seniors to leave their home. If you both have been itching to get out — now is the time! So without further adieu, here is our list of November 2019 Chicagoland activities for older adults!


For fans of murder mystery stories, the play “Whose Body” at Chicago’s Lifetime Theatre delivers a fun and funny whodunit! A dead body turns up in a bathtub! Is it a prank gone too far? Or is it more evil than that? The Chicago Tribune calls the production “… a silly, clever murder mystery that you may or may not be able to figure out before the ending is revealed.” See if you can guess who the murderer is! The play runs from now until Sunday, Nov. 10. For more information, including times and tickets, click HERE.


Are you — or is someone you love — still driving over the age of 55? It never hurts brush up on those driving skills and be as safe as possible behind the wheel! The Abbey, a social service program for seniors in Elmhurst, offers an AARP Smart Driver Course for all current drivers age 55 and older. The eight-hour course is held at the Abbey over two days — Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 12 and 13 — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Students must attend both days. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. For more information and to pre-register, click HERE.


The unique Halim Time & Glass Museum is a place where time becomes an art form. On display are vintage clocks — many up to 300 years old — along with beautiful examples of stained glass — some up to 25 feet tall. Eight rooms house the clocks and watches. Four rooms house the stained glass collection. You could easily spend hours in the museum being fascinated by the beauty of this unexpected yet complementary pairing of expert craftsmanship. For more information, click HERE to visit the museum’s website.


November is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! On Friday, November 1, 8000 Miles, a Chinese/Japanese cuisine restaurant in Roselle, is offering the “Pink Lady Roll” to help the cause. This tasty dish consists of spicy crab, smoked salmon, avocado, daikon sprout and asparagus — all wrapped up in pink soy paper and served with a side of spicy sriracha chili sauce. Twenty percent of Pink Lady Roll sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support its fight against breast cancer. Enjoy eating out for an evening while you support a worthy cause! For more information, click HERE.

South Elgin

Did you know that there’s a waterfall in South Elgin? Not many people are aware of it (even folks who have lived in this area all of their lives), but now the secret is out! Known as the “Blackhawk Waterfall,” it is the only natural waterfall in Northeast Illinois! The small but mesmerizing waterfall can be found via an easy walk through the fall foliage of the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve in Kane County, located on Route 31, one mile north of McLean Boulevard. A small bridge over the waterfall’s creek gives visitors a safe vantage point to view this beautiful wonder of nature. Click HERE to learn more about the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve.