Life at The Clare

At The Clare, we go a step beyond your typical 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 – there’s no shortage of things to do and experience. Plus, our unique location makes it easy to broaden your horizons and experience all the city has to offer.

Social Clubs

Do you consider yourself a bookworm? Are you multilingual or have you ever wanted to learn another language? Do you like to learn and participate in group discussions? At The Clare, residents continue to explore their passions every day, and you can, too. Various book clubs offer a chance to delve into literature in a social setting, and French and Spanish conversation groups allow for consistent language practice in a welcoming environment. Meanwhile, the Great Decisions foreign policy discussion program serves as an outlet for critical assessment of the biggest global issues facing America today. No matter your interests, you’re sure to find a group in which to participate at The Clare!

Performances, Lectures & Panel Discussions

Residents have access to a number of musical performances, expert lectures and panel discussions within the community, just as they do in the city at large! We love to invite local ensembles, opera singers, pianists, vocalists and jazz musicians to perform for our residents at The Clare, along with professors and researchers from surrounding universities to present on history, science, current events and more. Sometimes, our very own residents take center stage and offer their expertise as part of a program! The opportunities for you to discover new topics and experience a range of musical stylings are endless.

Outings and Classes

Take advantage of the vibrancy of the city alongside your fellow residents! We plan a variety of outings, tours and other adventures for residents of The Clare. If you’re a fan of surprises, then our Mystery Trips may intrigue you – residents sign up without knowing where they’re going until they arrive! In the past, we’ve taken Mystery Trips to the National Museum of Mexican Art for a Day of the Dead exhibit and to Mindy’s Hot Chocolate for a taste-test of Chicago’s famous hot chocolate, among other unique locales. Otherwise, our residents venture out for docent-led tours at several area museums, Chicago Symphony Orchestra shows and Broadway in Chicago performances.

What’s more, we work closely with Northwestern University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Center for Life and Learning at Fourth Presbyterian Church to ensure continuing education opportunities for our residents. If you’re interested in art, we have you covered, too. The Clare offers creative exploration classes in our newly renovated studio, which can range from working with watercolors to jewelry beading. The Studio is always open, and resident artwork is consistently on display in our very own gallery.

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