November 2021 Chicagoland Activities For Older Adults

Open sign made out of red and white neon lights

By Patricia LaCroix, Contributing Writer

For those who are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — better known as the CDC — has said that older adults can start doing many things that they had put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE to check out what the CDC considers to be “safer activities” that can experienced two weeks after a person is fully vaccinated and to read more recommendations from the CDC regarding COVID-19 for older adults.

With this in mind, we’ve gathered ideas regarding events, activities, programs, and venues that can be once again enjoyed by fully vaccinated seniors in the Chicagoland area during the month of November 2021. Check out what we’ve found below!

Please note: At this time, as the level of vaccination builds nationwide, the CDC recommends masking indoors in public places to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Everyone who is able, including fully vaccinated people, should wear masks in public indoor places in areas of substantial or high transmission.


Looking for something new and different to do in the city? Chicago’s recently debuted a new “pop-up” experience: the Neon and Light Museum. Open from now until Nov. 30, the display explores the unique phenomenon of electrically charged neon gas. Popular through the middle of the 20th century, neon defined a time when highways and road trips via car were the choice for travel. Come see amazing sculptures and interactive light exhibits, all featuring neon. Price for admission is $25 a person; VIP experiences are $50 a person for the upgrade and $75 a person for the deluxe version (which includes a personal tour by the show’s director/curator). CLICK HERE to get specific times and directions, and also to buy your tickets.


On Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., the Elmhurst Public Library will present an evening with Douglas Tallamy. Tallamy, author of  Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard, will be speaking on the decline of both plants and animals, the dangers associated with those declines, and how to help solve the issue by starting in your own backyard. This is a “hybrid” event: the presenter will be virtual, but you can attend the event either in person or via Zoom on your computer. To learn more about the presentation and to register, CLICK HERE.


On Friday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., head over to Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theatre to hear the clever and humorous exploration of American history, courtesy of best-selling author Sarah Vowel. Also well known as the voice of Violet of Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” Vowel applies her deadpan style to the examination of historical events. CLICK HERE to learn more and purchase tickets for the performance.


Now in its 35th year, Salt Creek Ballet will be presenting their version of the ballet The Nutcracker on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., as well as on Sunday, November 28 at 1 p.m. This beautiful holiday production for the whole family will be performed at Hinsdale Central High School. The cast includes 80 dancers, including 10 internationally acclaimed guest performers (with five specifically from The Joffrey Ballet company). For more information, CLICK HERE.


On Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m., come experience the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. This annual holiday TV favorite will be presented live on stage at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. All the beloved Peanuts gang characters will be there — Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and more — to help us all learn the true meaning of Christmas. Includes the memorable jazz of Vince Guaraldi, along with a concert of holiday carols. To learn more and buy tickets, just CLICK HERE.