Chicago is a fascinating city that offers both old-world traditions and innovation spread throughout a metropolitan area that ranks as the third most populated in the United States. It also came in 16th on the list of America’s Most Playful Cities, and there certainly is plenty for active seniors to see and do.
There are some 44 assisted living facilities in the Chicago area running an average of $4,089 per month. Though this rate is higher than the national median rate of $3,375, many would argue that the incredible array of amenities scattered throughout the city are well worth the extra investment.
This guide is designed to help you find a new home for yourself or a loved one that has everything you need to feel comfortable, happy and secure.
Autumn Green at Wright Campus
4239 N. Oak Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
It’s assisted living with a touch of luxury at Autumn Green at Wright Campus. From the gorgeous grounds, which feature a fountain and gazebo, to spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments flooded with natural light, beauty and comfort abound. Residents enjoy a wide range of events courtesy of a bustling activities calendar and state-of-the-art wellness and rehab center that helps keep everyone fit and mobile. Housekeeping and maintenance maximize resident freedom and independence, and there’s a dining team creating fresh, seasonally inspired cuisine on-site. The Wright Campus is located with a short distance of public transportation for those who want to make occasional trips into the city.
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach
5333 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
We included The Breakers at Edgewater Beach in Chicago’s top 10 because of its outside-the-box high-rise living with stunning views of the Chicago Skyline and Lake Michigan. Lincoln Park is just minutes away, but there are also plenty of activities available inside the community’s walls. The Breakers’ award-winning Wellness Everyday programs run 7 days a week, and there are fitness classes and a media room available. Residents happily take advantage of housekeeping and maintenance services, keeping chores to a minimum, and delicious dining options and an on-site beauty and barber shop only add to the appeal.
Senior Suites of Midway Village
6800 South Keating Ave.
Chicago, IL 60629
Senior Suites of Midway Village is apartment-style senior living made affordable. Residents qualify for studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments based on income, but there’s no skimping on the quality of the community itself. The living quarters and dining room are well-maintained, and there’s a lovely courtyard perfect for soaking up the sun or socializing. The staff at Senior Suites organizes social activities and provides weekly group transportation to the grocery store, and there are complimentary laundry services available in the building. Nearby points of interest include the Ford City Mall, Target and a number of theaters, universities and hospitals.
Senior Suites of Central Station
1400 S Indiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Senior Suites of Central Station combines maintenance-free living with all the hustle and bustle of city life thanks to the cozy community’s location near the heart of Chicago. There are 96 studio and one-bedroom apartments in total, all available based on income. Residents enjoy splitting their time between their spacious units, many of which have a full bath and walk-in kitchen, and social areas including lounges equipped with TVs. There are complimentary washers and dryers on each floor, a daily wellness program and a garden and patio for anyone who craves a little fresh air.
Brookdale Lake View
3121 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60657
Brookdale Lake View is a vibrant senior living community focused on choice. From happy hour in the Sheridan room to time in the arts & crafts studio and field trips to the theater, there’s always an activity on the agenda. Foodies will appreciate the chef-prepared menus; each meal features a choice of at least six entrees with selections rotating on a daily and monthly basis. Brookdale Lake View is located just a block off Lake Michigan and within a short distance of numerous shops, restaurants and parks — one park is perfect for dogs, which is ideal since Brookdale is a pet-friendly community.
Senior Suites of Kelvyn Park
2715 N Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
We featured Senior Suites of Kelvyn Park in Chicago’s top 10 due to their affordable, interesting amenities and also because the community serves as the satellite center for the Chicago Department of Senior Services. Residents have access to the center’s wellness programs and activities as well as Senior Suites events, clubs and movie nights. There’s free on-site parking for those who still want to drive as well as complimentary transportation to the grocery store. A spacious terrace and tree-lined walkway gives the outdoor area a fresh, lively feel perfect for enjoying a chat or lunch with friends.
Autumn Green of Midway Village
6700 S Keating Ave.
Chicago, IL 60629
We included Autumn Green at Midway Village because it ranked highly in terms of cleanliness, safety and staffing. The community features a bright and cheery dining room, shuttle bus service for errands and doctors’ appointments and a rehabilitation room for residents working to improve their mobility and health. Staff members are known for being pleasant and helpful, assisting residents with day-to-day activities, medication management, getting to appointments and whatever else crops up.
Senior Suites of South Shore
2355 East 67th Street
Chicago, IL 60649
Location is one of the major benefits of moving into Senior Suites of South Shore. There’s a park across the street and the community is close to the rippling waters of Lake Michigan, the South Shore Cultural Center and South Shore Golf Course. It’s easy to use public transportation to get around, and the facility provides rides to the grocery store when it’s time to restock the pantry. Apartments are charming and easy to maintain, and the all-inclusive rates make it easy to adhere to a budget without worrying about utilities or other unforeseen extras.
Senior Suites of Jefferson Park
5400 N. Northwest Hwy
Chicago, IL 60630
Senior Suites of Jefferson Park offers 81 studio and one-bedroom apartments in the midst of a busy neighborhood full of amenities. The community is just a short distance from Gladstone and Austin-Foster Parks, several churches and countless stores and restaurants. As for the accommodations themselves, visitors and residents say rooms are clean, spacious and safe. Some include kitchens for those who still enjoy cooking — there are weekly grocery shopping trips on the schedule too — but there’s also a dining room with plenty of choices.
Senior Suites of Garfield Ridge
5839 S. Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60638
Senior Suites of Garfield Ridge is a clean, updated community with caring staff. Apartments are split between studios and one-bedrooms, and although there’s a dining room, many residents choose to cook for themselves or order in from one of the many restaurants located nearby. In addition to activities, such as pizza parties and church services, Senior Suites has a vendor come in for a fun and convenient mini shopping day.
Is Chicago the Right Choice for You?
For seniors interested in retirement in a populous city thriving with activity, Chicago is a great option. Due to the great public transportation, opportunities for urban and suburban living and continuing options for independence, it’s hard to ignore the advantages of the Windy City. Whether you favor the great outdoors or hope to establish a new group of friends with which to share your favorite hobbies, you’re bound to find all that and more.