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10 Best Independent Living Communities in Chicago, IL

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Chicago’s diverse and growing senior population has an array of independent living communities designed exclusively for adults age 55+ to choose from. A Place for Mom partners with 42 independent senior living communities within a 10-mile radius of Chicago’s city center. These communities offer a range of convenient amenities to foster carefree retirement living — such as on-site maintenance, social lounges, fitness centers, and even meal services and housekeeping. The downtown location also provides residents with convenient access to the bustling city life while remaining a stone’s throw from the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.

With the help of this guide, you can browse independent living communities in the heart of Chicago. We’ve compiled information using our 20+ years of senior living experience, proprietary data on over 14,000 senior living communities across the country, and advice from local Chicago senior living experts. In addition to individualized criteria — such as pet accommodations, amenities, and social opportunities — you’ll find payment tips, Illinois independent living health and safety regulations, and other resources for Chicago seniors.

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The lady they had taking care of our loved one, [name removed] was the best. She stayed with him and provided him with amazing care. [name removed] who runs the facility was amazing too. We would recommend...
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Golden Years Retirement Home is an independent living community located in the beautiful village of Lyons, Cook County, Illinois, just 14 miles from the City of Chicago. Our vibrant community is located near the great Des Plain-es River and the historic Cream City Amusement Park both of which are...
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Since mom became a resident in [date removed] our overall experience has been a very positive one. Mom will turn [age removed] in June and lived in her house for 70 years. She, time and again tells me, "If I...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Caledonia Senior Living is a small, private home providing both assisted living and 24-hour nursing care in a beautiful, intimate setting. Our home is nestled on five wooded acres, and offers a wide range of services and activities to meet all of your needs. We are a non-profit organization,...
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Jackson Park Supportive Living is its own community within itself. The residents acts as family helping each other when possible. The staff works greatly together, providing the best services possible for...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Jackson Park Supportive Living Facility was created to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive living environment for individuals age 22-64 years old offering the highest level of service and expertise while maintaining the individual's independence.Our apartments are designed to provide...
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I picked this community, because it was near my home, the sales director at the time, [name removed]made me feel really comfortable with me leaving my aunt under her care, and the pricing was the most...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Paul House offers our assisted living program members a central Irving Park address with a vibrant, inviting community, deep historical roots and a worry-free residential community. We have three service levels and three types of private apartments: efficiency studio, studio and one bedroom, all...
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My grandmother is very comfortable in this community. It is very clean i have no complaints about it. My grandmother is known by her name, which is great that she is getting that one on one attention. They...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of Galewood community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all else, this is your life and...
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I recommend Coles Supportive Living to relatives concerned about their loved ones well being. I went there as my last resort when really it should have been my first. One of the staff members by the name of...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Coles Supportive Living has been selected by the Illinois Department of Aging as one of the few Senior Care Facilities to be included in the State of Illinois Supportive Living Program. Coles Supportive Living Facility strives to promote dignity and independence for Seniors where a state-of-the...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Maywood Supportive Living is an affordable, caring, all-inclusive assisted living community. It features the adaptive re-use of the former Baptist Retirement Homes. The Maywood community serves low-income older adults, including those on Medicaid or those who receive monthly Social Security...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Moraine Court Supportive Living supports and encourages our residents to enjoy and active-lifestyle in a safe community. Let us show you how Moraine Court can combine the best of private living and assistance with daily living needs. Our supportive Living program is designed to promote...
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We chose this facility because of the location, availability, ad we also liked their security. My mom was in memory care and they were all on one floor and there was a very good staff to patient ratio. I...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
For over 100 years, Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care has had a presence in the community that has empowered residents to live independent and full lives. As the premier post-acute and long-term care provider in Chicago with a 5 STAR CMS RATING, our mission is to provide a place of comfort and...
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Everyone At Bethany Retirement seems friendly and helpful. The room size and layout of the community is good. My likes the food. They have an outdoor courtyard for residents to use. My mom is happy there.
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Bethany Retirement is a faith-based, non-profit serving the vibrant Andersonville and Ravenswood neighborhoods in Chicago for over 126 years! We were founded in the Methodist tradition; however, we are home to a variety of faiths. We are 'Called to Care' and our desire is to provide active living...
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Everything is very nice, very clean, very beautiful. The food is perfect, always tasty, well prepared and served. The dietary staff is very helpful and accommodating.
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Selfhelp Home is an active and engaging not-for-profit senior living community designed to accommodate the needs of elderly Jewish residents throughout the Chicago area.The Selfhelp Home can be your home no matter what your individual needs. Selfhelp offers a full continium of care. We are a...
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We chose La Grange Pointe because it is more of an apartment complex facility but has special services for seniors so it doesn't feel like you are going into a nursing home. The apartment sizes are really...
Provides: Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Nestled in the heart of downtown La Grange, Illinois, LaGrange Pointe is the very best in Senior Living!LaGrange Pointe is a unique living experience geared for independent seniors who value their freedom of choice.A unique concept in senior living, LaGrange is an upscale retirement community...
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From the first visit a great experience. Friendly, knowledgeable, caring staff. The place was always spotless The food was very good My cousin received excellent care. Would recommend it to everyone...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
A gracious 55-unit assisted living residence rebuilt in a great Chicago neighborhood in 1997, Covenant Home brings a new style of assisted living to its urban Chicago neighborhood. Our building wraps a floor-to-ceiling central atrium, making the interior bright and cheerful. Studio, one- and...
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Windsor Place is a senior housing community of 55 and over residents and is located in the historic and vibrant city of La Grange, Cook County, Illinois. A drive away from luscious woods and parks, Windsor Place is the perfect setting for anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing home....
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of Roseland community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all else, this is your life and...
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I am very happy with moving back into this community. The staff is nice and the apartments are nice and I like the nice view that is peaceful for me to enjoy. I am able to for myself, but they do offer...
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Senior Suites of Autumn Green at Wright Campus is a lively pet-friendly independent living community in Chicago for seniors age 55 and over. We offer tastefully appointed studio and one-bedroom apartments for total privacy and comfort. Each of our 36 units has an easy to use emergency response...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Smith Village Continuing Care Retirement Community - Chicago, IL Smith Village, one of two Smith Senior Living communities, located in Chicago, IL, in the Beverly neighborhood, is a Continuing Care Retirement Community that’s backed by the strength and experience of Smith Senior Living.Since...
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My parents are living here and I believe my family is very happy so far. I think the staff at the facility is very attentive; they’ve had the nurses coming to the room, and have done a pretty good job with...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Norwood Crossing, a not-for-profit community located on the Northwest side of Chicago, has been serving older adults since 1896. Each day, Norwood Crossing holds true to their mission of enhancing the independence and well-being of older adults. Norwood Crossing offers several levels of service...
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Presence Resurrection Retirement Community is primarily independent living with a 36 room assisted living nestled into 16 acres of walking paths and a garden-like setting in the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. Our property is the perfect place for those looking to have the beauty of nature...
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My brother passed away. He wouldn't participate much in the activities unless we were there. They tried. Oh well, he is at peace now and our worries are over. It is a family atmosphere which we loved....
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...
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My loved one is currently a resident at The Montclare Senior Residences and everything has been great for her so far. The move in process was easy. The staff is very helpful. I would recommend this facility...
Provides: Senior Apartments
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Montclare Senior Residences would like to invite you to visit our upscale Senior Apartment community for qualified residents ages 55 or better. Located two blocks east of Oak Park Avenue and two blocks south of Fullerton/Grand Avenue in Chicago. The Montclare Senior Residences will change...
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Provides: Independent Living, Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Provides: Senior Apartments
Care types provided by this community
Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

Our methodology

How we rank order the Chicago community options above

We developed a proprietary recommendation system that orders Chicago community options based on factors we know are important to seniors and their families:

  • Proximity to your search location
  • Availability of recent, high-quality reviews
  • The amount of detailed community information available

Where we source our information

14,000+ communities

We collect proprietary data from our network of 14,000+ senior living communities in the U.S., with regular refreshes of data and information

350,000+ reviews

We have 387,000+ reviews from senior living residents and family members that provide first-hand accounts about senior living communities

Read our full methodology

Costs of independent living in the Chicago area

The cost of an independent living community within 10 miles of the Chicago city center averaged $3,203 per month in 2022, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. This figure includes rent as well as any add-on fees that the community offers. Chicago independent living costs can vary based on floor plans, amenities and add-ons, and location. North of downtown Chicago tends to have a higher cost of living, whereas south of downtown often has lower costs. The following figures represent baseline Chicago area independent living rental costs, not including add-on fees.

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Chicago, IL vs. nearby cities

Chicago, IL
$6,101/mo
$6,079/mo
$5,991/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Chicago, IL vs. the state and national average

Chicago, IL
$6,101/mo
U.S. national average
$3,980/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Chicago vs. other types of senior living

$5,723/mo
Independent Living
$6,101/mo

Median monthly costs of Independent Living in Chicago, IL by room type

Semi-Private
$9,118/mo
Studio
$4,598/mo
1 Bedroom
$4,602/mo
2 Bedroom
$6,603/mo

Average cost of Independent Living in Chicago over time

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What families are saying about independent living in Chicago

Recent reviews for independent living in Chicago

Cantata Adult Life Services a CCRC in Brookfield, IL

4.8
I recommend Cantata because they have a robust rehab gym staffed with professionals in physical therapy, occupational therapy, balance, speech/memory therapy. It is located on a quiet tree lined landscaped campus with onsite Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Independent Living. The staff ...
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Arbor Terrace Glenview

4.1
My main issues relate to money. They assessed my mother at a low level of care but then raised that within a month - even though her condition did not change. At the beginning of the calendar year, the rate for each care level increased. Then at her one year anniversary, the rent portion went ...
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Ascension Living Bethlehem Woods Village in La Grange Park, IL

4.4
They have completely renovated our loved ones apartment so it is brand new and is quite nice. All of the staff members and the residents are very friendly and the home health care has really worked out great. The meals and dining service always looks very good, and she is enjoying the activities ...
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How people pay for independent living in Chicago

Independent living community costs are not covered by public sources like Medicare or Medicaid, though in-home care services may be covered for medically qualifying seniors. However, there are many private ways to pay for independent living. Veteran Affairs (also known as VA) pensions and benefits may also help to offset costs of independent living for eligible senior veterans and their spouses.

Private pay methods for independent living in Chicago
  • Income: Even if you are no longer bringing in a paycheck, you may still have income in the form of Social Security benefits, savings, pensions, or investments.
  • Proceeds from the sale of a house: Many seniors transitioning to independent living are looking to downsize so as not to worry about home ownership and maintenance in retirement. Selling a home can not only free up such responsibilities, but it can also provide some equity to cover the cost of rent at an independent living community.
  • Reverse mortgage: If selling your home isn’t feasible, a reverse mortgage can enable you to take a loan from the home’s current equity.
  • Life insurance: Some life insurance policies can be sold to a third party or surrendered for cash, which can then be used to cover senior living during your retirement. Talk to your insurance provider to see what your options are.
  • Long-term care insurance: Long-term care insurance does not cover the cost of rent at an independent living community. However, it can be used for in-home care services for medical conditions. Some seniors choose in-home care rather than moving to an assisted living community. Policies do vary though, so plan ahead and check with your policy provider to see what is covered in terms of future care needs.

Housing support for independent living in Chicago

Housing support for independent living in Chicago

Unlike support-focused senior living communities such as assisted living and memory care, independent living community costs are not not covered by Medicaid or Medicare.

Some independent living communities accept HUD 202 waivers, which are a form of housing assistance offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Supplemental Security Income (also commonly called Social Security or SSI) may also aid you in paying for independent living, depending on the community and your eligibility.

In-home care resources in Chicago

Chicago resident Medicaid resources

Supportive Living Program fact sheet. Illinois’ Supportive Living Program is intended as an alternative to nursing care. It is offered to lower-income individuals 65 and older or individuals age 22+ with disabilities. Take a look at Supportive Living eligibility requirements, available service options, payment methods, and more.

About Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled. Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled, or AABD Cash, is a program offered by the Illinois Department of Human Services. AABD Cash was created to grant financial support to Illinois residents who are elderly, blind, or disabled and need help paying for care services. Explore eligibility as well as how to apply.

Illinois Application for Benefits Eligibility. Illinois offers several benefit programs to help lower-income residents afford food, health care, child care, Medicare premiums, and other costs of living. Understand and manage your Illinois benefits, including Medicaid; Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD Cash); Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and more.

Contact the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Illinois Department of Human Services, or IDHS, offers many support services to Illinois residents who are not able to be financially independent. These resources can help you find Illinois Department of Human Services offices or get in contact with the right department for your needs.

Illinois Healthcare Portal for Seniors. This portal can help you find information on health care assistance for Illinois senior residents.

Chicago benefits check service. Here you can find out your eligibility for over 70 state and federal benefits programs.

Additional Chicago Medicaid contacts

Chicago Senior Services
Chicago Senior Services hotline: 312-744-4016
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Email: Aging@CityofChicago.org
Facebook.com/ChiSeniorServices

Chicago resident Medicare resources

Social Security Administration. Find out about Medicare benefit options offered by the U.S. Social Security Administration, like medical care coverage.

Online Medicare application. From this page you can apply for Medicare through the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. This program offers Illinois seniors advocacy to protect their rights and improve their quality of life, especially in long-term care facilities. If you or your loved one are being mistreated or receiving poor care in a senior living community, the ombudsman program can help you receive the proper support.

Illinois Department on Aging Long-Term Care. Explore information on long-term care insurance and other resources to assist in covering the costs of Illinois senior care.

Chicago veterans benefit resources

Veterans and their surviving spouses can use their Veterans Affairs (VA) pension toward rent in an independent living community. If the veteran or their spouse is disabled, they may also qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, which is an additional pension stipend that can be used to cover the cost of any service meant to improve a senior’s quality of life. To qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, a veteran must qualify for a VA pension and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have limited eyesight
  • Require assistance from a caregiver to perform activities of daily living
  • Spend much of each day in bed due to illness
  • Live in a nursing home due to physical or mental disability

Disabled, housebound seniors in need of home care services may be eligible to receive the Housebound allowance to help cover the costs of these services. Note that you cannot receive both the Aid and Attendance benefit and the Housebound allowance at the same time.

For more information, you can visit the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Services/Benefits page, where you will find information on local programs to aid veterans and their families with education, employment, senior care, and more.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs also provides Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) for benefits assistance. Veteran Service Officers can help you get the most out of the VA benefits available to you and your family. Explore the VSO Directory to find the local VSO office in your county. Once a senior is enrolled in their VA health care benefits and receiving support services, VA patient advocates at VA Chicago health care can help VA patients navigate their care services.

Related: Visit our complete guide to VA benefits

60159

Number of Chicago veterans

Percentage of Chicago veterans age 75+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Additional Chicago VA contacts

2122 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
Phone: 800-827-1000

Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC)
1141 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612-9998
Phone: 312-569-5750
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 312-569-7959

Chicago Vet Center
3348 W. 87th St., Suite 2
Chicago, IL 60652-3767
Phone: 773-962-3740
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Evanston Vet Center
1901 Howard St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-332-1019
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Understand Illinois laws and regulations for independent living communities

Illinois independent living communities are required to enforce a 55 year age minimum per the Illinois Administrative Code.[02] While families and children of seniors may be able to live in independent living depending on the community, residents will need to verify that at least one member of their household is 55 or over.

While Illinois does not have many requirements specific to independent living, these buildings must comply with the legal standards of any type of housing. While building codes vary across the state of Illinois, Chicago living spaces are required to maintain standards such as:

  • Fire retardant building materials [03]
  • Minimum square foot requirements for specific numbers of people
  • Bathrooms accessible to each bedroom without requiring passage through another bedroom
  • Proper and accessible building exits

To report a building code violation in Chicago, you can call 3-1-1 or fill out an online service request.

All living spaces are also required to be ADA compliant, which means that reasonable accommodations and modifications are made for individuals with disabilities. Under federal law, owners of housing facilities cannot deny tenancy to individuals with disabilities.

Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to rules or policies so that tenants with disabilities are not left out of the activities or benefits offered to other tenants. Property managers may provide accommodations, such as the following:

  • convenient parking
  • acceptance of rent payment on a date that corresponds to tenant’s disability payments
  • enabling tenants with disabilities to have equal access to the complex’s shared spaces or activities

Modifications involve making changes to the apartment complex and unit to make it more accessible to those with disabilities. This can mean adding a wheelchair ramp or hands-free entrance or simply installing handrails in bathrooms. The costs of these modifications are to be covered by the owner of the rental property rather than by the tenant with the disability.[04]

Find contact information and resources for tenant rights’ advocacy, housing discrimination, housing-related legal aid, eviction assistance, and more through Illinois’ Tenant Rights, Laws and Regulations website.

Additional Chicago Department of Health resources

Illinois Department of Public Health — Chicago headquarters offices

122 S. Michigan Ave., 7th and 20th Floors
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-814-2793

69 W. Washington St., 35th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-814-5278

COVID-19 regulations for Chicago independent living communities

There are currently no COVID-19 regulations in place for Chicago independent living communities.

Features of independent living communities in Chicago

Chicago independent senior living communities typically offer private apartments or condos. Floor plans often include living areas, fully equipped kitchens, and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms with hand rails. Check out some other features common to Chicago independent living communities:

  • Balconies or patios
  • High-speed internet access
  • Storage units
  • On-site maintenance and management staff
  • Wheelchair-accessible units and common areas

Some communities even offer the following types of on-site services for additional fees:

  • Laundry and housekeeping
  • Meal services
  • Emergency staff on call
  • Transportation services
  • Concierge services
  • Third-party care services

Resident-only clubhouses are also common to Chicago independent living communities. These clubhouses promote socialization among residents and give them access to even more shared amenities, such as the following:

  • Social lounges and game rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Libraries and media rooms
  • Business centers
  • Fitness centers
  • Pools
  • BBQ areas
  • Social calendars

Chicago independent living communities provide the active senior with an exciting urban locale that has convenient access to entertainment, shopping, dining, and the sparkling Lake Michigan shoreline. On-site storage and maintenance foster a more relaxing environment than home ownership. Some independent living communities even offer an aging-in-place option for an even more worry-free living experience.

Aging-in-place services

Chicago’s independent living communities with aging-in-place options are typically part of a larger senior living facility that includes multiple care types and accommodations on one campus, such as assisted living and memory care. Communities that offer these add-on care services are ideal for the senior who may need more assistance down the line. If a senior’s care needs ever evolve past the care offered in the independent living community, they can just add on the care services they need without having to relocate to a new community. Aging-in-place features provide security in the event of surgery, illness, or other medical events. A Place for Mom has 17 partnered communities in Chicago that offer aging-in-place services, with access to home care agencies, memory care, and skilled nursing services on site.

Chicago independent living services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Chicago independent living communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Chicago, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Chicago independent living

Independent living communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Chicago partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Chicago, ILNational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
19.4%
19.6%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
20.6%
32.7%
No sugar
No sugar
19.4%
30.2%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
20.6%
31.9%
Pureed meals
Pureed meals
3.9%
7.4%
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Availability of select dining options in Chicago independent living

Our independent living communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Chicago communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Chicago, ILNational
Professional chef
Professional chef
19.4%
34.8%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
23.9%
41.7%
Room service
Room service
18.1%
35.3%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
5.8%
16.5%
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Availability of select programs and activities in Chicago independent living

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered independent living communities in Chicago offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Chicago, ILNational
Activity director
Activity director
27.7%
43.5%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
17.4%
27.1%
Community service programs
Community service programs
22.6%
31.4%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
41.3%
47.3%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
30.3%
48.1%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
47.7%
53%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
20%
41.3%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
20.6%
36.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
26.5%
40%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
29%
45.8%
Live performances
Live performances
27.1%
45.4%
Dances
Dances
20.6%
30.9%
Fitness center
Fitness center
21.9%
38.5%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
28.4%
45.3%
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Unfamiliar with Chicago? Highlights for seniors

342400

Number of Chicago seniors age 65+, according to U.S. Census Bureau

12%

Percent of Chicago residents age 65+

66000

Number of veterans in Chicago

72%

Percentage of Chicago’s older adults who self-report being in overall good health, according to Center for Community Health Equity

Health care for seniors in Chicago

Chicago residents have many innovative and highly rated medical centers to choose from. Several of Chicago’s medical facilities also offer specialty geriatric care.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the highest ranking hospital in the state of Illinois, according to U.S. News and World Report. It’s nationally ranked in 10 adult specialties, and it partners with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to foster world-class patient care and medical innovation.

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Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center is ranked No. 2 out of all Chicago hospitals, according to U.S. News and World Report. Rush is known for outstanding patient care, education, and medical research, with roots going back nearly 200 years.

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University of Chicago Medical Center

University of Chicago Medical Center is the third-highest ranked hospital in Chicago and in the state of Illinois, according to U.S. News and World Report. Known for exceptional geriatric care services, University of Chicago Medical Center is a nonprofit academic hospital established in 1927.

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NorthShore University Health System

NorthShore University Health System is the fourth-highest ranking Chicago hospital, according to U.S. News and World Report. The NorthShore system includes six hospitals and over 140 medical centers all over the Illinois area.

Transportation for seniors in Chicago

While driving in the city is an option, heavy traffic and limited parking can make it a challenge. Fourteen of A Place for Mom’s partnered independent living communities in Chicago offer transportation services at an additional cost. For those without transportation, many Chicago residents count on public transportation. The most convenient and cost effective way to get around is the Chicago Transit Authority “L” train. The Chicago Transit Authority also has over 100 bus routes.

While Chicago is relatively walkable, it’s quite big, so it can be helpful to know what other options are available. For the active individual, Chicago’s Divvy bike-share system can be a fun way to get around, and the Metra Rail train is great for commuting to the Chicago suburbs. Chicago also provides AC Med Tran transportation services specifically for seniors, veterans, and individuals who require a wheelchair or mobility assistance.

Compiled from data about Chicago’s population, public transportation, walking and bike routes, and more, the Windy City has received the following WalkScore ratings, [08] each out of 100:

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77

Walk Score

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72

Bike Score

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65

Transit Score

A senior couple sharing a pair of binoculars while outdoors

Senior activities in Chicago

As the most populous city in the Midwest, Chicago always has something exciting to offer. Whether you’re looking for great food, fine arts, exciting sports, or exhilarating shopping, you’ll find it in Chicago. The striking architecture of the city contrasted against the glistening Lake Michigan shoreline creates an idyllic backdrop for your golden years.

The closer to the city center, the more social opportunities seniors have with others who are in the same stage of life. The Norwood Park Senior Center sits just outside the city center’s 10-mile radius. It features a state-of-the-art fitness center, a library, and a reading room. Additionally, lunch is served Monday through Friday. Chicago seniors can make new connections as they partake in games, Zumba and yoga classes, seasonal water aerobics, music appreciation, and educational classes.

Chicago’s lovers of the arts can explore the offerings of the Belmont Theater District, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few local art centers.

When the family comes to visit, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park Bird Sanctuary offer free admission daily, or you can take advantage of the Children’s Museum senior discounts. Chicago residents can also visit the wonders of the ocean for a reduced rate at Shedd Aquarium.

When the grandkids go back home, take a trip to nearby Elgin for a scenic evening at Grand Victoria Casino on the river. Or, stay local and dine, sample locally crafted wines, and enjoy entertainment at City Winery — Riverwalk Winegarden in the spring and the City Winery — West Loop all year round.

The following are just a few Chicago attractions with senior discounts and specials:

Frequently Asked Questions

Brookdale Northbrook, Brookdale Glen Ellyn and Mercy Circle Senior Living are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Chicago, IL. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in Chicago is $6,101 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101): Chicago [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  2. Illinois General Assembly. Health Facilities and Regulation (210 ILCS 9/) Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act.

  3. International Code Council. (2019, December 1). 2019 Chicago building code with revised April 2022 supplement.

  4. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2022). Reasonable accommodations and modifications.

  5. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  6. U.S. Census Bureau. (2021, July 21). Chicago city, Illinois. QuickFacts.

  7. Laflamme, E., Harper-Jemison, D., Jorgensen, E., Reina, M., Rushovich, T., Weaver, K., Prachand, N., Shah, R., Lange-Maia, B., & De Maio, F. (2019, August). Healthy Chicago databook: Older adult health. Center for Community Health Equity.

  8. Walk Score. (2022). Living in Chicago.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101): Chicago [Data set]. American Community Survey.

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International Code Council. (2019, December 1). 2019 Chicago building code with revised April 2022 supplement.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2022). Reasonable accommodations and modifications.

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A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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U.S. Census Bureau. (2021, July 21). Chicago city, Illinois. QuickFacts.

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Laflamme, E., Harper-Jemison, D., Jorgensen, E., Reina, M., Rushovich, T., Weaver, K., Prachand, N., Shah, R., Lange-Maia, B., & De Maio, F. (2019, August). Healthy Chicago databook: Older adult health. Center for Community Health Equity.

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Walk Score. (2022). Living in Chicago.