Nursing Homes in Illinois

When families search for senior living, Illinois is often at the top of the list — and for good reason.

People often say Illinois is a small version of the United States as a whole, meaning the state has a little bit of everything the country has to offer. With mostly moderate weather, plus plenty of farmland and rural towns to go along with its mid-size industrial cities and Chicago — the third-largest city in the U.S. — Illinois is a uniquely desirable retirement destination. It’s the quintessential Midwestern state, bordering the Mississippi River in the west, the Ohio River in the east, and Lake Michigan in the north. The “Land of Lincoln” also has a rich political history: Other than Honest Abe, several other U.S. presidents have called Illinois home, including Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama.

There are more than 240 nursing homes in Illinois. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Illinois to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.

In Illinois, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home is about $6,800, according to Genworth.

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Illinois Nursing Home Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.

Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Illinois.

In Illinois, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Illinois is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 96
  • Groceries: 94
  • Housing: 87
  • Utilities: 101
  • Transportation: 101


About 13% of the Illinois population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Illinois leaned liberal.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 56% voted Democratic
  • 39% voted Republican
  • 5% voted third party or abstained


  • Median age: 38
  • Over the age of 55: 29%
  • 2018 population: 12,741,080
  • 2020 population: 12,651,325
  • Estimated 2025 population: 12,429,694


  • 34% regularly attend a religious service
  • 39% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • Across the state there are a total of 12,453 congregations
  • There are 518 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Illinois' climate is mainly divided into two sections, with the northern half of the state classified as humid continental, and the southern half classified as humid subtropical. This means the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold winters, and the northern areas near Lake Michigan often experience more extreme temperatures and higher amounts of precipitation.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 71%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (May)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 38 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 55 in May (Moderate)

Moderate air quality rating means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 52°F
  • Average summer temperature: 73°F
  • Typical summer high: 91°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 53°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 28°F
  • Typical winter high: 49°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 10°F (January)

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