Spring Activities for Seniors to Enjoy in ChicagoMarch 31, 2023
After several long months of spending most of our time indoors, spring is a welcome reprieve. Just like the flowers and greenery bursting from the grass, the city of Chicago comes back to life in the spring. With the warming weather comes a variety of sights and events that make the city such a destination this time of year. Fun in the city isn’t limited to the younger generations. There are plenty of spring activities for seniors to enjoy in Chicago all season long. With both ticketed and free events, there is something for everyone to take part in.
Attend a spring flower show at one of Chicago’s conservatories
Chicago is home to two large, beautiful conservatories: Garfield Park and Lincoln Park. On top of their year-round gorgeous displays of plant life, both of them offer seasonal shows—and their spring shows are some of their most popular displays. This is a fantastic option for seniors who want to get out on one of those chilly and rainy spring days.
These shows have already begun, so start your season right as you wander through dozens of gorgeous varieties of blooms. Both conservatories are completely free, though donations are encouraged. Just remember that, in order to attend, you have to make reservations ahead of time.
Catch a spring baseball game
The start of spring has an additional layer of fun for sports fans: it is also the beginning of baseball season! Chicago is a fantastic location for fans of the sport, as it is home to two major teams, the Cubs and the White Sox. No matter where your allegiance lies, having game tickets in hand is bound to raise excitement.
For a Cubs game, visit Wrigley Field or one of the many nearby rooftop bars to watch. For a Sox game, go to the Guaranteed Rate field for tailgating and fireworks.
Take a river cruise
While river cruises run year-round, there isn’t a better time to enjoy them than in the spring. No matter what it is you’re interested in, there is likely a riverboat tour tailored to your interests. From dining, to shoreline sightseeing, to architecture cruises, and everything in between, you could try a different cruise every weekend if you wanted to!
Enjoy some music at the Chi-Town Blues Festival
There is little music more quintessentially American than blues. If you’re a fan of blues and love an outdoor music festival, purchase tickets for the Annual Chi-Town Blues Festival. Though the event is technically in Indiana, it is still within the metropolitan Chicago area. Five fantastic artists will take to the stage in a celebration of this fantastic genre of music on April 8. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to ensure a spot.
See the tulips and cherry blossoms downtown
Every year, the city of Chicago plants thousands of tulip bulbs around down Michigan Avenue, blossoming the streets into a rainbow. Make a trip downtown to walk along the Magnificent Mile and take in the beautiful array of flowers. While you’re there, make a stop to see a museum, get some shopping in, or just walk along Lake Michigan.
For lovers of cherry blossom trees, Jackson Park is one of the best spots in the city. To make more of a day of it, visit the Japanese Garden or the Museum of Science and Industry.
Attend the One of a Kind Spring Show to refresh your home
One of a Kind is a bi-annual event in River North for avid shoppers. Each year, thousands of small businesses and creators gather at The Mart to display and sell their handmade goods. Whether you are looking to add pieces to your home, to find new jewelry, or to pick up a toy for a grandchild, there is something for you. It is a great way to find one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones.
Visit a farmers’ market
With a collection of locally grown goods and handmade crafts, farmers’ markets bring together the entire community in one location. Starting in April, they come back to Chicago (though you’ll find more options for attending in May) in droves. There are dozens of options across the city and surrounding suburbs, so you can certainly find one near you.
Make an afternoon out of it by browsing the vendors, then stopping at a nearby park for a picnic with your goodies. It’s the perfect way to take advantage of the season.
Get the help of an at-home caregiver this spring
There is no shortage of spring activities for seniors to enjoy in Chicago. Engaging in these activities not only promotes physical health, but also provides a sense of community and social connection. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these activities may not always be possible without assistance. This is where an at-home caregiver can come in handy.
With the support of an at-home caregiver, you can continue to participate in the things you love and live a full in the comfort of your own home. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of at-home care, please contact us at 773-274-9262.
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