Life at The Clare


At The Clare, we go a step beyond activities and programming. We believe in a holistic philosophy of life enrichment to provide the highest level of engagement, fun and vitality for residents. When you become a Clare resident, you’ll find numerous social and learning opportunities that benefit every area of your life. Music, art, theater, architecture, wine tastings – opportunities abound. Our unique location makes it easy to broaden your horizons and experience all the city has to offer.

Here are a few sample events residents enjoy:

Leadership From The North Pole

John Huston on his way to the North Pole. The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole. ©

This winter, The Clare hosted professional polar explorer and veteran of the first American unsupported expedition to the North Pole, John Huston. John shared his “Positive Principles for Success” and stories from the harrowing expedition that challenged him physically and mentally. Breath-taking imagery and personal accounts of endurance, through extreme conditions, complemented John’s achievement and left residents energized and inspired. John’s expedition illustrates the importance of maintaining a positive outlook, working hard, and relying on teamwork to reach your goals, especially when facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Events and Performances

Clare-PerformanceFrom watching the Cubs World Series victory to taking a day trip to Lake Geneva, there is never a shortage of events happening at The Clare. Clare residents are also invited to local cultural performances and special presentation including a recent pre-concert reception and performance of “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” at the Auditorium Theatre.  The outing was organized by the Center for Life & Learning of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which are “Friends and Neighbors” partners of The Clare.

Clare University

Dan Buettner, researcher and author of The Blue Zones, found that worldwide, people that live the longest, healthiest lives have in common a defined sense of purpose. The Clare is a vibrant community of residents that live out their sense of purpose through continued careers and hobbies. Clare University is a resident lecture series to highlight residents’ stories and insights about their careers, hobbies and expertise.

Travel Groups

Clare-Lake-OutingThe Clare’s new Travel Group has finalized plans for its first trip: 8 days, 7 nights in Jekyll Island, Savannah, Hilton Head, and Charleston. A group of residents is set to go on April 13, 2017. The Travel Group will now turn its attention to planning a trip in late summer/early autumn. One potential idea is a tour of the National Parks. It was the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service in 2016 so this would launch its second century! Another possibility is a trip to Stratford for the Shakespeare Festival.

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