September 2021 Chicagoland Activities for Older Adults

Brookfield Zoo employee bottle feeding a wallaby joey

by Patricia LaCroix, Contributing Writer

For those who are fully vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — better known as the CDC — has come out saying 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 regarding COVID-19 for older adults from the CDC.

With this in mind, we’ve gathered ideas regarding events, activities, and venues that can be once again enjoyed by fully vaccinated seniors in the Chicagoland area during the month of September 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 stop transmission and stop the pandemic. Everyone who is able, including fully vaccinated people, should wear masks in public indoor places in areas of substantial or high transmission.


If you enjoy both writing and reading — and if you admire the writing of others — you’ll want to check out this unique venue: The American Writers Museum. Its many exhibits celebrate American writing in all its different forms — poetry, speeches, music lyrics, fiction/nonfiction, and journalism, just to name a few — along with its authors. Exhibits are both in-person and online, and all are meant to present the significance of American written works. To check out the current exhibits, click HERE. For information about the museum in general, click HERE. Keep in mind that the museum is CLOSED on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


A great way to enjoy the outdoors is to visit the zoo! The Brookfield Zoo, of the Chicago Zoological Society, has so much to see and do. The fun and informative dolphin show, “Dolphins in Action,” is currently back up and running, and there are new wallaby joeys out and about as well! To see the entire zoo in a comfortable way, you can hop aboard the Motor Safari — a tram that takes you around the entire zoo and delivers a narrated tour along the way.  For more information about the zoo, including prices for entrance tickets and various attractions, as well as times and directions, just click HERE.


For activities on a regular basis for seniors, you’ll want to explore the senior programs presented by the Elmhurst Park District. Currently meeting at the Wilder Mansion, with the plan to eventually move the programming to Centennial Recreation Center, these programs include information about adult social subjects such as income tax preparation and driver safety programs, as well as events that promote socialization,  such as parties, day trips, and clubs. To learn more, click HERE.


Glencoe’s Chicago Botanic Garden always has much to see and do, but this fall, you can specifically enjoy the fall migration and plumage of birds via its several “Bird Walks.”  These opportunities for “birdie” take place at the same time — 8 to 9:30 a.m — on the following dates in September: Saturday, Sept. 11 and 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 14. Early migration in September might feature warblers, vireos, and flycatchers. Be sure to dress for the fall weather and bring binoculars. Click HERE to learn more about the events, as well as prices, directions, and other important information about the garden.


If you enjoy the music and sounds of Elton John and want to feel like you just took a time machine to the 1970s, you’ll want to experience Elton Rohn, a tribute to the singer and pianist. This tribute has appeared in over 300 shows across the U.S. and Canada, including the Elton John fan convention in Las Vegas. The event is part of Rosemont’s “Rockin’ in the Park” music series and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2.