A Cultured Day Out for Seniors in Illinois

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Everyone enjoys getting dressed up and heading out and about from time to time, and seniors are no exception. There’s just something magical about putting on your Sunday best and going out on the town, and there’s absolutely no reason your elderly loved ones can’t join the fun too.

If you find that a senior in your life is feeling down in the dumps and you think they may be suffering from depression, the first thing to do is try lifting their spirits. What better way to do that than to put on something nice and get out of the house for a while?

There are a number of activities available to seniors in the Chicago area. In fact, many places even encourage the participation of the 55+ crowd by offering them discounts. Discounts are always appreciated, so we have made sure to include a few of those places on the agenda for a cultured day out in Chicago, which is listed below. 


The first stop on our cultured day out is a museum. Museums are an amazing way to get out and about, learn something new, and get in some exercise. Museums are the ideal place to take elderly loved ones, because they can be taken at whatever pace you see fit, with plenty of breaks between exhibits.

That said, museums do require some walking in order to be enjoyed, so if your family member or friend cannot walk for extended periods of time, be sure to bring a wheelchair along in order to ensure they have a fun and safe trip. 

Some of the best museums in the Chicago area to offer senior discounts include the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and The Art Institute of Chicago. However, this list is far from complete, and we encourage you to do some research before deciding which museum you will visit.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is the perfect mid-day rest to keep you going until the end of your adventure. If you are looking for an amazing afternoon tea experience, you needn’t look any further than The Drake Hotel. The tea served up by The Palm Court restaurant located in the hotel has all the elegance of the royal tea parties of history, and is an experience you won’t soon forget. 

The tea at this location is a bit pricey, but it is definitely worth every penny of the $45 price tag, and will leave you and your party feeling very special.

Live Theater

To wrap up your wonderful day of culture, why not see a live theater production? Chicago always has a wide variety of shows to choose from, so you are sure to find something to suit your fancy. 

If you are on a budget, be sure to watch for senior discounts. These are offered on a regular basis and can be found listed on the Broadway in Chicago website. Currently there are offers for a couple of different shows listed there, and the ticket prices look absolutely fantastic!

Head Home

After an exciting day like this one, your party is sure to be completely exhausted. However, your senior loved one can still take advantage of one more senior discount by riding the “L” train or Chicago Transit Authority buses home.

However, in order to use this discount, all seniors must apply for a permit in advance. Still, if you and the senior in your life plan to get out on a regular basis, this is a worthwhile thing to do in order to save 50% on fare. 


Clearly, there is plenty of entertainment in Chicago for everyone, whatever their age. Keep an eye out for more fun events and activities, and make sure to help the elderly people in your life remain active for their mental and physical well-being.

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