Mar 13, 2024 |

Top Senior Activities in Chicago

Montgomery Place shares top senior activities near Chicago

Chicago is a great place to live. With legendary attractions like Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, and the Magnificent Mile, the Windy City draws thousands of tourists each year. Many attractions in Chicago offer free admission all year long or discounts for seniors on certain days.

These are some of the activities seniors can enjoy around Chicago, as well as activities offered at Montgomery Place: Senior Living Community in Chicago.

Activities Around the Chicago Area

Chicago is filled with interesting things to do and see. Activities that seniors can enjoy include:


Chicago has some of the greatest museums in the nation. Many offer free admission to everyone all year long, and some feature free days for citizens of Illinois.

Chicago museums with free admission include:

  • Hyde Park Art Center

  • Museum of Contemporary Photography

  • Smart Museum of Art

  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

  • Chicago Cultural Center

  • National Veterans Art Museum

  • Loyola University Museum of Art

  • National Cambodian Heritage Museum

Public transportation from Hyde Park where Montgomery Place is located is provided by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Metra.


Animal lovers have access to two great attractions in Chicago. The Lincoln Park Zoo is always free and open 365 days a year. Featuring massive waterscapes that house marine mammals, brightly colored fish, octopuses, sharks, and other water creatures, the Shedd Aquarium provides a glimpse into the wonders of the aquatic animal world.

The Great Outdoors

Chicago is home to lakeside beaches and some of the best public parks in the world. Chicago Botanic Garden encompasses 365 acres of nature and beauty and offers free admission days.


Chicago's Magnificent Mile includes more than 450 retailers, all within walking distance of Downtown Chicago. Chicago Premium Outlets offer discount shopping right outside the city.


Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue hosts the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the World Music Festival. Visitors can also enjoy shows, talks, exhibits, movie screenings, and more.

Activities You Can Find at Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place offers a wide range of enriching and entertaining activities and community amenities for residents to enjoy. Examples of popular events include:

  • Chess Club: Chess tournaments with other residents and student volunteers are held in the game room

  • Tai Chi: Instructor-led classes are available to all

  • Film Committee Movie: The film committee selects English-language movies that can be watched in residents' apartments or in the lounge where popcorn is included

  • Yoga: Instructor-led classes for everyone

  • Hewson Swift Concerts: Residents select music from their own collections

  • Friday Night Speakers: The speaker's committee selects individuals to speak on a variety of topics

Senior living activities at Montgomery Place focus on residents' physical, spiritual, and social well-being.

See Why People are Coming to Chicago in Their Retirement Years

One of the reasons Chicago is a prime location for retirement is that there is so much to do here. Those who want to remain active in their retirement years have access to outdoor activities, museums, world-class restaurants, a vibrant art scene, excellent public transportation, and so much more.

Chicago also offers seniors a variety of incentives, including:

  • Good Healthcare

  • Retirement Income Tax Exemption

  • A Four-Season Climate

  • Central Location

  • Wonderful Neighborhoods

For those who enjoy city life, Chicago is one of the most exciting locations in the country.

See What Chicago Has to Offer

If you're looking for a place to retire, or your loved one needs help with relocation, Chicago has a lot to offer. Montgomery Park is a not-for-profit organization with a 5-star CMS rating, recognized for short-term stay rehab and skilled nursing care.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour.

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