It’s winter again in Chicago, but life doesn’t stop when the temperature drops. Here are five exciting activities you can do with your loved one with dementia this winter.
Attend a symphonic concert
During the holidays, there are few better places to be than the Symphony Center, listening to one of the world’s greatest orchestras. In February, the CSO brings one of the greatest movies of all time, Casablanca to life in the form of a concert. When visiting the Symphony Center, you’ll need proof of vaccination or a negative test upon entry, as well as a face mask. More details here.
Enjoy an afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel
Enjoy an afternoon tea amid the warm and inviting ambiance of the regal Palm Court at the Drake Hotel. Your afternoon tea begins with a peruse of the Palais de Thés menu, which features 17 unique tea blends. You can also expect a three-tier tea tower with an array of decadent sweet and savory bites. Or you can also enjoy your afternoon tea at the Club International, adjacent to Palm Court. More details here.
Go museum hopping
Chicago has many exciting museums with always something new to discover, even if you’ve lived here your whole life. A museum visit is a great way to spend some meaningful time together with your loved one while also getting some relief from the cold temperatures.
For everything nature and science, head to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where exhibitions explore Chicago’s prairie and river ecosystems as well as the biology of Ice Age mammals and Midwestern birds.
The Chicago History Museum brings the city’s history to life through over 22 million artifacts, exhibitions, and interactive programming.
The Field Museum is a revered Chicago institution and one of the world’s great museums of natural history. Their immersive exhibits explore everything from ancient cultures to the latest scientific discoveries, drawing from an impressive collection of more than 24 million objects. Here you can also see a gigantic titanosaur skeleton named Máximo guarding the lobby.
At the Art Institute of Chicago, you’ll find thousands of paintings, sculptures, photos and drawings displayed throughout a sprawling complex of galleries and halls.
And last but not least, to see piranhas, snakes, rays, turtles, sharks, adorable penguins and marine mammals like sea lions and otters, head to the Shedd Aquarium.
Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden
While a walk around the Botanic Garden may not sound so tempting at first when it’s freezing outside, note that the Chicago Botanic Garden is open year-round, and has indoor spaces that can give you a warm break from winter. The garden’s greenhouses can transport you to a semitropical, tropical, or desert environment in the blink of an eye. Admiring gorgeous fragrant flowering plants, rare plants, edible plants, utilitarian plants, seasonal plants, and houseplants from around the world can be a nice and relaxing thing to do together. More details here.
Watch a play at Drury Lane Theater
Watching a play at the Drury Lane Theater can be a nice and special thing to do together with your loved one with dementia. This winter season you can see Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn that follows retired song-and-dance man Jim’s efforts to bring entertainment to his small Connecticut town; Evita, based on Eva Perón’s rags-to-riches life; or a true classic, the King and I. More details here.