So Many Possibilities for
Purposeful Living

So Many Possibilities for
Purposeful Living!

Beyond Busy. A Life of Purpose

At The Admiral at the Lake, we reach beyond the typical activities for seniors that merely keep you busy. Led by the stewardship and direction of residents, we create opportunities to fill your life with purpose, fulfillment and meaning. Here, you’ll find the people, programs, amenities and spaces that open a world of enriching possibilities.

We Set the Stage for Connection

Our community has been designed to nurture exploration, curiosity, education, and creativity, outfitted with spaces dedicated to these pursuits, including:

  • Creative arts studios for classes, instruction, programs, or private studio time
  • Gathering room for clubs and organizations
  • Stage in the gathering room for drama, musical and theatrical performances
  • Woodshop outfitted with tools, machines and materials
  • Movie theater for viewing films, documentaries, presentations and more
  • Green spaces and gardens
  • Formal library

Lifelong Learning

With over 300 intellectually curious residents, the mission of our Lifelong Learning program is to help enhance knowledge and understanding by providing access to informative courses and lectures, both one-time and in series.

The Lifelong Learning committee regularly hosts distinguished speakers from some of Chicago’s most prestigious institutions. Experienced lecturers cover various interesting topics, including:

  • Literature
  • Science
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Current affairs
  • And more

Share Your Expertise

Our Lifelong Learning program also offers opportunities for residents to share their knowledge, serving as teachers and mentors. A perfect example is our commitment to the Buddy Program with the nearby William C. Goudy Technology Academy. In this program, residents serve as “reading buddies,” helping third graders from the Goudy School read and discuss new ideas. Residents and students flourish from this shared experience.

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A Mosaic of Arts and Creativity

Regardless of which artistic form you prefer, you can express yourself here. We provide programs, instructions, activities, studio time, and classes in almost every art form. Advance your skills and explore a new area of the arts. There are a variety of artistic pursuits to enjoy, including:

  • Music
  • Crafts – from paper and cards to jewelry
  • Art – from watercolor to oils
  • Woodworking
  • Sewing
  • Photography
  • Flower arranging
  • Book clubs and writing classes

Art Exhibits

We honor and celebrate the talents of residents as well as local artists throughout the year, hosting juried art shows, displaying work in our hallways, and holding a renowned Chicago artists exhibit right here in the community.

Resident Art Gallery

We are proud to display the original works of our own gifted residents.

Beautiful Music

Whether you love to sing or prefer to listen, there’s something for every music lover here. We support musicians, both residents and local Chicago musicians, through a variety of programs and activities, including:

  • Musical Instruction – Learn to play a musical instrument or advance your current talents.
  • Resident Choir – Lend your voice to our group and revel in the joy of song.
  • Live Performances – Enjoy visiting performers or participate in planned excursions to concerts, musical theater shows, and more.
  • Lifelong Musical Learning – Attend presentations and lectures focusing on music.
  • Music is the soundtrack of everyday life at The Admiral. We’re even fortunate to have residents who have made music their profession, including GRAMMY award-nominated artist Ella Jenkins.

Green Spaces for Green Thumbs

Nurture your green thumb in the variety of gardens and green spaces inside and out of our community as a member of the Garden Committee. The resident-led Garden Committee is active in the preserving our green spaces and gardens – even one that has been designated an official Certified Wildlife Habitat® site by the National Wildlife Federation.

The gardens and green spaces can be used for multiple functions, including recreational and fitness programming in addition to general socialization. Residents engage in these spaces through beekeeping, exercise and meditation, and enjoy these areas as additional outdoor living spaces where picnics, reunions and events can be hosted.

We’ve Even Got Our Own Pollinators!

On the very top of The Admiral sits our very own beehives buzzing with honeybees!

Under the careful management of Best Bees, our beehives are thriving. These busy little pollinators help keep our gardens green and growing – and they produce pure, raw honey.

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