One of the best things about retiring in Chicago is the plethora of social options in the city. There are simple and social options like bingo at area senior centers, options that speak to your dramatic side like theater or dance classes, adventurous group travel options, and even a happening senior singles scene to keep you busy.
Sometimes, chatting with friends and playing a fun card or board game is just what you’re looking for. Many of the Chicago area senior centers offer weekly games like bridge, dominoes, or bingo. Check out the Copernicus Center for weekly bingo games with proceeds that support area non-profits, or senior centers like the Southeast Atlas Regional Senior Center (also known as the 79th Street Seniors) for weekly Bridge tournaments.
The Discovery Center in Chicago is devoted to lifelong learning and welcomes seniors to any of their classes. They feature lessons in a variety of areas including art, music, computers, language, photography, water aerobics, and more. The Art Institute of Chicago is also well-known for offering non-credit classes to adults who are looking to get creative and expand your art horizons. There are discounts available for seniors interested in the programs.
The YMCA of Metro Chicago offers discounted memberships to seniors.Their facilities host programs that are senior-friendly, including water aerobics, yoga, and the popular Silver Sneakers Programs. The Satellite Senior Centers throughout the city also offer health and wellness services to seniors in the area, including personal training, massages, and on-site staff to answer fitness or nutrition questions.
Dancers can grab a partner and join Big City Swing on the first Friday of the month of a beginner-friendly dance lesson followed by live jazz music and an evening of swinging fun. The Second City is known for comedy, and they offer an Improv course for adults and seniors. The eight-week course will help you find your funny, and get comfortable presenting your own brand of humor on stage. In 2016, Senior Theater is coming to Chicago. The organization helps senior performing groups across the country launch successful programs, and will be holding planning session and workshops in the area.
Outside of the new friends you’ll make at the area senior centers, classes, or while you’re dancing the night away, there are ways to meet people with similar interests through the Meetup groups online. When you check out the listings, you’ll see opportunities for everything from senior meet ups including activities for couples and singles, volunteering, traveling, naturists, and more.
Seeing new places and experiencing new things is always exciting, and if you’re thinking something more like the Emerald Isles and less like your local community center, there are senior-friendly options to choose from in your area. For ladies, Women Traveling Together is a great international traveling resource that programs safe and fun trips for women both in the US and abroad. Seniors looking for even more adventure can consider small group travel opportunities through groups like Elder Treks or Row Adventures where you’ll have a chance to do things like paddle down the Nile River or take an archeological adventure tour through ancient Grecian ruins.
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