Highland Park Senior Center Relocates to Highland Park Country Club; Connector Bus Service Resumes
Select in-person Senior Center activities and Connector Bus service resume June 1
The City of Highland Park Senior Center is relocating to the Highland Park Country Club (1201 Park Ave. W., Highland Park) to better serve its members and allow for the safe reopening of in-person services and activities. Beginning on June 1, 2021, Senior Center members and guests will enjoy a variety of on-site activities in addition to an ongoing calendar of virtual programs. The Connector Bus will resume service on June 1, providing free and convenient transportation to numerous locations throughout Highland Park. To ensure the safety of guests and employees, especially those who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised, COVID-19 safety protocols have been implemented.
The Senior Center has offered a wide variety of virtual programming for residents and members since the suspension of in-person service in March 2020. Programs that are well-suited to a virtual environment will continue to be offered online, such as the ongoing speaker series and book discussion group. Other programs, such as fitness classes, Mah Jongg, Bridge and Canasta open play and classes, and Bingo will be held in-person at the Country Club. The Senior Center also intends to resume day excursions. For the time being, the Medical Equipment Loan Closet will continue to operate at 54 Laurel Avenue by appointment only.
The Senior Center will also launch a new online portal to facilitate membership management and account maintenance beginning June 1. Through the portal, seniors will be able to join the Senior Center or renew their membership and register and pay for activities. More information about the programs and services of the Senior Center is available at cityhpil.com/seniorcenter.
The Connector Bus will resume its route on Tuesdays and Fridays, operating from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM in response to requests to provide service later in the afternoon. The Connector Bus operates along a fixed route included below and arrives at each stop hourly before transitioning to drop-offs only at residential areas for the last route of the day. Face masks are required on the bus by all guests.
The decision to shift Senior Center in-person services and offices to the Highland Park Country Club accelerates an existing plan to transition Senior Center activities from their present location to the Country Club, which provides ample parking and abundant open, accessible spaces for programs and events. The City’s 10-year Capital Improvement Plan includes plans for enhancements to the Country Club to better serve the Senior Center members, tentatively slated for 2024.
The Highland Park Country Club will continue to be available for corporate and private rentals through Catering By Michaels. For more information about reserving the Country Club for an event, contact Catering by Michaels at 847.213.5015.
Connector Bus Route
The free Connector Bus runs on a continuous route throughout Highland Park on Tuesdays and Fridays (except on City-observed holidays) and stops at the following locations: 654 Walnut; 1695 Second St.; 400 Central; Highland Park Public Library; Sunset Foods; Sunset Woods Condos; Jewel-Osco; Sherwood Forest; CVS; Target; Brooke Estates; NorthShore Highland Park Hospital; Walgreens; Highland Park Senior Center at the Highland Park Country Club.
Riders may request stops at the Highland Park Metra Station, the Highland Park Police Department, and the Highland Park Hospital Medical Building.