— Federal tax reforms enacted in December 2017 are likely to affect AARP members and their families in both positive and negative ways. To help people position themselves for the current tax year, AARP Illinois is hosting a series of presentations in Springfield. The first event will be at the AARP office, 300 W. Edwards St., on Saturday, June 23, 10-11:30 a.m. The other presentations will be at the Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th St., on Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m.-noon, …

— Join AARP Chicago for an exciting WNBA game with the Chicago Sky! Come see our table at half-time and connect with us to find out how AARP helps you to discover Real Possibilities in Chicagoland! AARP members and guests discounted tickets for just $21 Chi-Town is a #SkyTown, so come see the WNBA’s Chicago Sky at Wintrust Arena and celebrate the Real Possibilities of Summer 2018 in Chicago!   Wintrust Arena 200 East Cermak Chicago, IL. 60616   Choose amongst …

— HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months. This brand new musical features hit songs from the King …

— CHICAGO- AARP Chicago is pleased to announce the AARP IL Holiday Celebration benefitting the children of local veterans thorough Veteran Women United. This toy drive and Holiday event is being held to support, honor, and respect our local Veterans and their families AARP believes that working in concert with local residents and service organizations allows us to participate in addressing critical community needs. “We all value our freedom and rights secured by military veterans who are supported by their families. …

— AARP Illinois and the Springfield Art Association invite AARP members and their guests to two informative and creative events. On Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-9:30 p.m., AARP Fraud Watch Network: Canvas and Cocktails offers a chance to paint a masterpiece while learning how to guard against scams. On Monday, Nov. 20, 6-8:30 p.m., AARP I Love Caregivers: Fall Landscapes offers an opportunity to share best practices for caregiving while applying fall colors to canvas. The events are free but registration is …

— The holidays are coming, and this could be a perfect time to learn how to capture special moments with a smartphone camera. AARP Illinois is offering a two-hour course on smartphone photography on Friday, Oct. 27, in Peoria. Participants will learn how to take and organize great pictures and safely share them with family and friends. The class begins at 10 a.m. at the Proctor Center Auditorium, 309 S. DuSable St. The event is free, but space is limited and …

— Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement Three Weeks Only! Join AARP Illinois at the Oriental Theatre and catch this limited three week engagement of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE before it sets sail for Broadway! ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more. ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” …

— Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of …

— It’s that time of year…have YOU signed up to Bike the Drive for 2017?!  AARP Illinois is a major sponsor of this year’s MB Bike the Drive and we want members, friends, and family of all ages to join us in downtown Chicago Sunday, May 28, 2017! Riders can start as early as 5:30 a.m. – race organizers encourage everyone to start by 7:00 a.m. if you want to complete the whole 30 miles!! But you can do as little …

— As a 1959 New York Times profile of AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus noted, she had a favorite bit of advice to people who dreaded retirement: DON’T.  Andrus practiced what she preached. Andrus was born in San Francisco but spent her early life in Chicago. After earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1903, Andrus began teaching. Her father, whom she once described as “a man who believed everyone should do good somewhere,” had instilled …