We Are The Village Chicago
Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles
To inspire connection, purpose, and well-being for older adults and their families through the power of community.
An inclusive world where people of all ages and abilities are respected and valued.
- Recognize and engage each person based on their unique strengths.
- Build a collaborative community where all can share their life experience.
- Never forget that everyone has something to teach and something to learn.
- Provide a sense of belonging through community.
The Village Chicago (Lincoln Park Village Inc) is a 501(c)3 organization. Charitable donations are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Our Tax ID number is: 33-1195665.
The Village Chicago is a dynamic community network of friendship, engagement, and services for people over 50. We strengthen wellbeing through social engagement, an extensive services and referral network, lifelong learning, health and fitness, intergenerational relationships, work, and purpose. We believe that older adults are a vital part of a cohesive, collaborative society where everyone can thrive.
An active social life and good times are always available through a full calendar of over 400 events throughout the year, including discussion groups, movie groups, dining, theater, dancing, Trivia, and compelling speakers.
The Village is the “always there if you need it” resource members rely on for rides to medical appointments, tech assistance, and referrals from a trusted resource network ranging from home health aides to pet sitters to repair experts. Members receive personal attention from our professional staff, and can tap into the experience and knowledge of the entire community.
Health, Fitness, and Wellbeing
Village programs support all aspects of wellbeing — social, emotional, and physical— within a trusted, caring, network. We provide the information and tools to make healthcare decisions with clarity and confidence. Our comprehensive Brain Health and Memory Loss program gives individualized support to family caregivers, care partners, and adult children. We enjoy staying fit together with exercise classes (some on Zoom), walking, and other outdoor recreation.
An Intergenerational Community
The Village’s Bridging Generations Board expands social networks by bringing people of all ages together at dinners, parties, book discussions, and community volunteer projects. Sharing lived experiences provides guidance and support for career transitions, life planning, and practical support for adult children of aging parents. It also fosters more inclusive, connected communities where older and younger people can engage in meaningful (and fun) experiences and exchange.
For the curious who love exploring and new ideas, Village events range from the practical (planning for life transitions), to the thoughtful (Great Books, Great Conversations) to the just plain fun (wine tastings, Trivia nights).
Work and Purpose
While many in the Village community are working full or part time, others seek new ways to find purpose and companionship post-retirement. We focus on exploring how people want to live, work, and spend their time in later life. Whether it’s building new social networks, caring for aging parents, volunteering as direct support or leading programs, the Village community will share our “lessons learned” and lend our support.
Founded by three couples in 2009 as a non-profit multi-generational organization, the Village is now more than 450+ members strong. Crain’s Chicago Business described The Village Chicago as “at the forefront of the nationwide Village movement” – a movement that is now international, inventing a new future for older adults everywhere.