By Nancy Cummings, Executive Director, La Grange Business Association
Spring is the perfect time for seniors to get out and discover the refreshing social opportunities that are easily accessible in our community. Staying socially engaged is important for all of us, but it’s even more important for seniors who can be susceptible to social isolation. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of attractions just a short stroll away.
La Grange has an easily walkable downtown dating back to the 1890s with sidewalks that are lined with specialty boutiques, coffee shops and a wide range of dining options just waiting to be discovered. Here are a few fun suggestions to get out and get connected this spring.
Meet a Friendly Farmer.
Fresh, delicious and local are heading your way on May 11 when the La Grange Farmers Market opens next to Village Hall. It’s the perfect time to meet the people who make your food! Want to try a new veggie? Sample a new artisan food item? Understand food lingo? These passionate producers know what goes into your food and they’ll have the answers to your questions that you can’t get from a grocery store. And while you get to know your farmers, you’ll also get to know your neighbor – this farmers market is a gathering spot for people of all ages.
Grab a friend. Go for a walk.
Taking a stroll can be difficult when temperatures drop, but now’s a great time to be outside. Gather some friends to window shop, stop for coffee, or grab a bite at an outdoor cafe. Lots of restaurants will be participating in the La Grange “Snack & Stroll” on Saturday, June 24 featuring delicious bites-to-go for you to enjoy while exploring the annual summer art project in La Grange. This year’s theme, called “Happy Together,” features 30 hand-painted friendship benches that are designed by local artists and displayed in front of local businesses.
Get a dog.
Your new furry friend might be waiting to meet you at the Hinsdale Humane Society! Having a pet helps you get out of the house, exercise and meet new people – as well as reduce stress and lower blood pressure! Volunteers are always needed as dog walkers or cat socializers. Check out their upcoming Volunteer Open House.
Take an art class.
At Bottle & Bottega La Grange by Painting with a Twist, you can learn how to paint a specific piece of artwork or pop in to paint a freestyle piece during studio open hours. And this just in, the studio now offers candle making! You might also want to head to the La Grange Art League, where you can take classes in photo editing, portrait drawing, watercolor and more. Or visit their Gallery to find something one-of-a-kind to take home or give as a gift.
Step back in time.
The La Grange Area Historical Society has been organizing events, exhibits and walking tours that explore the history of La Grange and La Grange Park. Their 2023 Summer Exhibit, called Once Upon a Childhood, opens May 6. You’ll enjoy stepping back in time and seeing the world through the eyes of a child. View the fun games, toys, books and events that have delighted children through the decades, plus hands-on activities and the classic penny candy shop!
Relax in a Cave.
Yes, there’s an actual cave in La Grange where you’ll be surrounded by literally tons of Pink Himalayan Salt. While you relax in Primal Oceans Salt Cave, you’ll be breathing in the salt particles that are known to be a natural benefit to the upper respiratory system. You’ll be covered in a warm Sherpa blanket as soft music plays and the stars guide you to a place of comfort.
Take in a movie.
Treat yourself to the latest release at Classic Cinemas La Grange and admire the special touches to this vintage theater, built in 1925. You’ll love the heated reclining seats, free refills on popcorn and soft drinks and $5 admission on Tuesdays – every Tuesday for every movie! So, bring a friend, put up your feet and enjoy the show.
Shop for antiques.
The two-story Jackson Square Mall is filled to the brim with antique furniture, jewelry, mirrors, lamps, collectibles and more. You’ll be browsing the aisles for hours as you discover refurbished, vintage and antique collections from 40 vendors, some that may bring back warm and wonderful memories.
Maintaining social connections is the key to living life to its fullest. We hope you’ll be inspired by some of these ideas to get up, get out and get moving!