About

The Village Chicago is a social network of friendship, engagement and services for people over 50. We support all aspects of well-being through social engagement, an extensive services and referral network, health and fitness, intergenerational relationships, work and purpose.

Social Life

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.

Services

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.

Lifelong Learning

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

Mission

The mission of The Village Chicago is to enhance the quality of life and the well-being of individuals as we live longer, so that we remain integral, vibrant and contributing members of our communities.

Vision

The vision of The Village Chicago is to be a leader in enriching the experience of aging in our communities and a model for the nation.

Guiding Principles

  • Inclusiveness
  • Compassion
  • Interdependence through mutual support
  • Multi-generational
  • Sustainable growth and fiscal discipline

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