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:

Vertical Block Parties

We gave the block party concept a new spin with our Vertical Block Parties! This wasn’t your average block party with immediate neighbors. A fun way to meet new people or socialize with familiar friends, Vertical Block Parties brought together people living in the same unit styles on different floors. One recent party involved an extravagant popcorn bar! That’s not the only way we promote social connections – we also recently hosted our annual Clare Ball with a Rhapsody in Blue Theme.

Evening Music in The Lounge

Once a month, residents enjoy evening music in our newest dining venue, The Lounge! Take advantage of nightly happy hours and small plate offerings like shrimp cocktail and deluxe burgers while listening to jazz, classical and other musical stylings. Artists like jazz pianists Tony Milano and Jo Ann Daugherty have graced us with their talents, and residents might even sing along if they recognize a tune!

Memoir Writing Workshop

Writing memoir pieces can give you a fresh perspective on your past and an opportunity to share the view with friends and family. We gave Clare residents the chance to explore their creative sides with an eight-week Memoir Writing Workshop. Each week included writing prompts to spark their memories and instruction on techniques to make writing vivid and engaging. By the end, residents had eight short memoir pieces and an understanding of how to continue on their own!

Mystery Trips

If you’re a fan of surprises, then you’d love our mystery trips! Residents who sign up have no idea where they’re going when they get on the bus. One recent trip took us on an Untouchables Tour on our own bus, and another brought us to Marge’s Still, where we had a talk with Liz Garibay about how alcohol shaped Chicago. We even went to Ignite Glass Studio for a glass blowing demonstration! Who knows where we’ll go next?

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