Fun Things for Seniors to Do in Prospect Heights, IL

The Chicago suburb of Prospect Heights is a short drive away from the big city and offers senior residents lots of enjoyable activities, restaurants and nature-filled spaces. 

For seniors in the area, the following are some ways seniors can enjoy their time in Prospect Heights.

1. Visit a Park

Prospect Heights is home to 15 parks, with a variety of amenities, including picnic shelters and pickleball courts. In the Prospect Heights area, parks include:

  • Claire Lane Park: Includes a handicap accessible playground, an open area, pickleball and tennis courts, a picnic area and shelter, and a playground
  • Country Gardens Park: Includes a basketball court, a handicap accessible playground, an open area, pickleball and tennis courts, a picnic area and shelter, and a soccer field
  • Izaak Walton Park: Includes an open area and a picnic area and shelter
  • Jaycee Park: Includes an open area, a picnic area and shelter, and a playground
  • John Muir Park: Includes an open area, a soccer field and a softball/baseball field
  • Kiwanis Park: Includes a basketball court, an open area, a picnic area and shelter, and a playground
  • Lions Park: Includes a handicap accessible playground, an open area, pickleball courts, a picnic area and shelter, a playground, a softball/baseball field and tennis courts
  • McDonald Field: Includes an open area
  • Rosemary Roth Park: Includes an open area
  • School Street Park: Includes an open area, a picnic area and shelter, a playground and a zipline
  • Somerset Park: Includes an open area
  • Tully Park: Includes an open area
  • Walnut Woods: Includes an open area
  • Wedgewood Park: Includes a basketball court and a playground

There are even more parks in the nearby Arlington Heights Park District, located less than a 10-minute drive away from Prospect Heights. When you want to head outside in nature, there are lots of places to do so in the Prospect Heights area.

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2. Head to the Gary Morava Recreation Center

The Gary Morava Recreation Center is an affordable place to participate in various fitness activities. The recreation center includes:

  • A baseball field
  • A dance room
  • A gym with a full-size basketball court
  • An exercise room
  • An indoor walking track
  • A picnic shelter
  • A racquetball court
  • A seasonal outdoor swimming pool
  • A softball field
  • Locker rooms with saunas
  • Meeting rooms with full-size kitchens
  • Outdoor tennis and pickleball courts

The recreation center also hosts special events, like pancake breakfasts and family holiday events.

3. Golf or Eat at the Public Old Orchard Country Club

The Old Orchard Country Club has been open since 1928 and provides a country club experience to the general public. The 18-hole golf course has a variety of water hazards and sand traps to challenge any skill level of golfer. The club also has a restaurant Serving classic American dishes.

4. Register for an Active Adults Trip or Event

Active Adults on the Go! is a Prospect Heights program that provides low-cost entertainment and outings for adults, including out-of-state and overnight trips. The program provides at-home pickup for participants who aren’t able to meet at the starting point. A sample of the available events and activities includes:

  • Bingo
  • Bunco
  • Casino outings
  • Coffee meet and greets
  • Dance classes
  • Food tours
  • Museum visits
  • Theater plays
  • Workshops on senior scams and fraud

There are several local and out-of-town adult events going on every week. Check the calendar to see what matches your interests and to meet other active adults in the community.

5. Gamble or Dine at the Grand Victoria Casino

The Grand Victoria Casino in nearby Elgin is a riverboat casino that offers a variety of adult entertainment. Visitors can participate in activities like:

  • Classic Vegas-style table games
  • Gaming promotions and giveaways
  • Slot machine gaming
  • Sports betting

The casino also features restaurants including Buckinghams Steakhouse, Buckinghams Bistro and The Slice Pizzeria & Pasta.

6. Travel to Chicago

The big city of Chicago is less than 30 miles away from Prospect Heights. It’s a great big city to take day and weekend trips into, with attractions like:

  • Museum of Science and Industry: The Museum of Science and Industry is the top Chicago museum with exhibits related to subjects including chemistry, design, engineering, energy, environmental science, health, history, innovation, life sciences, manufacturing, math, physics, space, technology and transportation. View exhibits, watch films, attend performances and more at the museum.
  • Professional sports: Chicago has several major league sports teams, in sports including basketball, football, ice hockey, baseball and soccer.
  • River tours: The Chicago River consists of a series of rivers and canals that span more than 150 miles throughout the city of Chicago. For seniors who enjoy being on the water, a river tour that includes info about the city’s architectural history can be an interesting way to spend the day.

There are many more world-class museums, restaurants, landmarks and attractions in the country’s third-largest city. Seniors can head into the city in less than an hour from Prospect Heights to check out the action.

7. Eat at a Local Restaurant

Prospect Heights has a variety of local restaurants with eclectic cuisines. Some of the top options include:

  • Player’s Pub & Grill: Serving American comfort food in a sports bar atmosphere with more than 50 TVs, with 20 craft draft beers and events like karaoke, trivia and DJ nights
  • Union Ale House: Serving pizza, wings, tacos, sandwiches, burgers and Italian specialties
  • Fry the Coop: Serving fried chicken sandwiches, fries, mac n’ cheese, chicken and waffles, and other fast food dishes
  • Chicago Hot Breads: Serving Indo-Chinese dishes and offering cakes to order
  • Monica’s Mexican Restaurant: Serving classic Mexican dishes, like burritos, tostadas and tacos
  • Nacho’s Pizza: Serving pizzas, salads, barbecue, Italian dishes, wings, Mexican food, burgers and more

This is just a sampling of the diverse tastes you can explore in Prospect Heights and beyond, in Chicago and other nearby cities.

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More Things to Do at Aspired Living of Prospect Heights

Seniors who live at Aspired Living of Prospect Heights have more amenities and entertainment to enjoy right at their residence, which offers assisted living, memory care and short-term care services. Each day, there’s a full calendar of programming for residents, with activities like:

  • Art classes
  • Bingo
  • Card games
  • Exercise classes
  • Gardening
  • Happy hours
  • Movie showings
  • Puzzles
  • Salon and spa services
  • Trivia
  • Wellness programs

Residents have all the things they need, including restaurant-style dining, right at home, and they can pursue whatever hobbies or new interests they want to learn more about.

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