The Village Chicago is a dynamic community network of friendship, engagement, and services for people over 50. We improve the quality of life through social engagement, an extensive services and referral network, lifelong learning, health and wellness, intergenerational relationships, and work and purpose. We believe that older adults are a vital part of a cohesive, collaborative society where everyone can thrive.
New social connections and good times are always available from an appealing menu of things to do together: play readings, cooking classes, discussion groups, volunteering, expert speakers, movie groups and dining in and out — 300+ events every year.
The “always there if you need it” resource members rely on: individualized attention by professional staff who evaluate member requests and provide the appropriate referral or support.
Health, Fitness and Well-Being
Many ways to stay fit together plus the support, knowledge and resources to confidently mange physical, social and emotional health. Our Brain Health and Memory Loss program offers care partner support, referrals to best practice resources, community programs, education, and help for adult children and spouses navigating memory care programs for family members.
A Multi-Generational Community
The Village’s Bridging Generations Professional Board brings people of all ages together at dinners, parties, book discussions and community volunteer projects. Shared experiences among members of all ages provide support to adult children of aging parents.
For the curious who love exploring and new ideas, Village events range from the practical (MAC Tutor), to the thoughtful (Great Books, Great Conversations) to the just plain fun (wine tastings, Trivia nights).
Work and Purpose
Nearly one-third of Village members are working or seeking employment. In partnership with Chicago Innovation, we established Ageless Innovators — Chicago’s first multi-generational co-mentoring program and also conduct monthly Future of Work events to explore career transitions. Members also find purpose through active volunteering — helping one another as well as Chicago’s nonprofits and civic institutions.
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.
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.