Summertime activities abound for seniors who want to enjoy the attractions, sights and events offered in the Chicago area – and in many cases, with a senior discount! Here, we share 5 destinations that are popular with Lexington Square residents.
The Art Institute of Chicago
Located on Michigan Ave. walking- distance from the famous Cloud Gate Sculpture, a.k.a. the Bean, the AIC is one of the world’s best museums. Through August 7th, you can browse “Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print” which examines the history of the portrait print through 140 works. Through September 18, you can experience “America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s” which depicts irrevocable changes to the American dream and includes Grant Wood’s American Gothic. When weather permits, be sure to visit the South Garden which features a magnificent sculptural fountain. The museum is open daily and offers free admission to Illinois residents on Thursdays from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Seniors 65 + are eligible for discounted admission along with an Illinois resident price break. A ticket to this magnificent museum could end up costing just $14.
Paddlewheel Riverboats Sightseeing Cruises, St. Charles
Enjoy travel from the era of Mark Twain via an afternoon trip up the Fox River from Pottawatomie Park. Each trip lasts about 50 minutes and includes commentary about sights along the way with interesting local history. Parking is free when you arrive shortly before your departure. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the cruise. No reservations are needed for public cruises. Cruises are weekdays at 3:30, Saturdays and Sundays at 2, 3, and 4:00pm with an additional cruise on Sundays at 5:00pm. Adults: $7.50 Children: $6.00.
The Morton Arboretum
Located in Lisle, The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. A tranquil, enriching experience, the Arboretum offers a guided tram tour – a perfect way to enjoy the lush, majestic greenery. From July 8-31, enjoy “Nature: A Walking Play” which lets you follow along (literally!) as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau explore nature’s power and beauty. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays at 6:00 p.m, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Play tickets are $25 for adults and includes admission to the Arboretum.
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
Sports and history come together in this beautifully arranged collection of priceless artifacts such as Mario Andretti’s Indy 500 racecar, Rocky Marciano’s first heavyweight championship belt and one of Olympic figure skater Linda Fratianne’s costumes. The NIASHF is located on W. Taylor Street in Chicago with an open rooftop that offers one of the best city skyline views anywhere. Well worth the $4 (Senior) admission. Pair the nostalgic experience with lunch at a nearby restaurant and you’ve got a lovely summer outing.
Drury Lane Theater
Year-round, Drury Lane in Oakbrook offers a full-range of stage productions. Through August 14th, you can catch a performance of “Deathtrap” a murder mystery with a dark comedic edge. “Deathtrap” is such a popular play that Drury management has respectfully requested that theater-goers not share the show’s exciting secrets so as not to spoil the experience for 1st timers. Seniors enjoy special discounts for Wednesday & Thursday Matinee performances. Tickets: $40.00 Theatre/Luncheon Package: $55.00
See more photos from some of the trips taken at Lexington Square here!