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If you’re an active, independent older adult looking for senior housing in Chicago, senior citizen apartments in Chicago might be the right fit. Apartments for seniors typically don’t include personal care services, but may offer amenities, activities, and maintenance for a stress-free, social lifestyle.
A Place for Mom can help older adults navigate how to apply for senior housing in Chicago and consider their options. With 47 senior rentals in Chicago, IL, we can help you find the right apartment for your budget and lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for upscale Chicago 55-plus apartments or low-income senior apartments for rent in Chicago, A Place for Mom can simplify your search.
We are also serving Senior Apartments facilities in surrounding neighborhoods like Park Manor, South Shore and North Park.
You may also consider nearby communities such as Cicero, Evanston or Stickney.
Types of care available in Chicago, IL
1501 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Seniors age 55 and better enjoy a vibrant lifestyle at Renaissance Saint Luke.Our convenient Lincoln, Belmont, Ashland location is just across the street from the huge new Whole Foods store, and serviced by Belmont/Ashland bus lines. We're close to all of the attractions of West Lakeview, an...
The building my brother is in is very clean and the people are friendly here. The staff helps if he needs it he is in the independent living side. He's meeting friends and is at ease. It is well landscaped...
3251 East 92nd Street, Chicago, IL 60617
Dedicated to Good LivingOur longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of South Chicago 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...
I would rate the first 1 as a 5 the second as a 4 and the last ones as a 5. I would definitely recommend them to a friend. They were very attentive and if ever I had an issue ( which wasn't too often) they...
1800 River Woods Drive, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Dedicated to Good LivingOur longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of River Woods 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...
They were so accommodating and helped us get in here fast. My friend is getting great care and attention from the staff. He raves about the food, it is a posted a menu each week. The assistant director [name...
2928 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608
1818 S. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60608
2021 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60608
1504 W Van Buren St # 112, Chicago, IL 60607
Van Buren Place Apartments is a senior citizen independent living community where seniors can experience an enjoyable lifestyle in a convenient, secure, and pleasant setting.
My mom was a resident in this lovely senior community for four years and she loved it. The residents were kind, caring and looked out for one another. The West Loop location can't be beat. She'd often walked...
5429 S Bishop Street, Chicago, IL 60609
2631 S Indiana Ave, Chciago, IL 60616
4201 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60653
400 E. 41st Street, Chicago, IL 60653
1251 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
5011 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60638
This is a nice place to live. It is secure. I like my apartment. I enjoy the security of the building. The staff is nice to deal with. There are a lot of activities for the residents to choose...
3859 South Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653
1154 North Campbell, Chicago, IL 60622
4930 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60615
5330 South Harper, Chicago, IL 60615
Located in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Hyde Park Apartments is a senior apartment situated in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The state of the art building is surrounded by magnificent views such as Lake Michigan. A lot of amenities surround the apartments such as the Promontory and Harold...
1450 West 69th Street, Chicago, IL 60636
Wheeler HouseWheeler House is a 55 and older senior apartment located in the exciting and picturesque city of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Our warm and friendly community is situated within convenient transit stops, making it easy for loving friends and family to visit. This resident is a...
8 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611
Upside is truly an exclusive opportunity to live independently on your own terms. We offer luxury living options with over 2,500+ apartments in our network across the country alongside a dedicated and experienced personal concierge support system. Upside is a uniquely designed senior...
171 W Oak St, Chicago, IL 60610
150 West Maple, Chicago, IL 60610
At Maple Pointe Apartments, life begins at 55! Chances are, if you are age 55 or over, you are ready for more freedom and more fun! Maple Pointe is within walking distance to a variety of restaurants and shopping to your hearts content, located in the “Gold Coast” neighborhood of Chicago. Each...
I have been a resident of Maple Pointe Apts for 9 years...happily. The new (2/2016) management company has allowed the onsite Property Mgr. and her staff to respond quickly to resident concerns where at...
1734 N Paulina, Chicago, IL 60622
Distinguished Affordable Active Adult Living Walsh Park is a senior citizen independent living community where you can experience an enjoyable lifestyle in a convenient and pleasant setting. You will be able to entertain old friends and relatives and make new friends through participation...
435 S. Humphrey Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
114 S. Humphrey, Oak Park, IL 60302
199 W. North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185
Within minutes of Wood Glen are a large variety of restaurants, shopping to fill all your needs and a wide assortment of entertainment options. Wood Glen has only 97 apartments making it an intimate community where you really get to know your new neighbor. Wood Glen has on-site management by New...
My loved one lives in these apartments, and everything that I've seen of it has been very nice! They always keep it very clean, and the staff have always been very friendly and maintain the building well....
Senior apartments are often a more budget-friendly form of independent living. Chicago senior apartments typically average $1,065 per month, including rent and any add-ons, according to A Place for Mom’s 2021-2022 proprietary data. However, senior apartment costs differ the farther one moves from the city center. The northern end of the city tends to have a higher cost of living, while the southern end has a lower cost.
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Rent on senior apartments is not covered by public support options like Medicare and Medicaid, though in-home care services may be. Seniors typically pay rent for senior apartments using personal funds or assets, unless they qualify for low-income housing programs.
Some public insurance benefits may also help to relieve financial burdens associated with home health care costs, if care services are ever needed in the senior’s home.
When considering ways to pay for a senior apartment in Chicago think about the following options:
According to the Illinois Administrative Code, Illinois senior apartments are required to enforce a 55 year age minimum. Families and children of seniors are able to live in senior apartments, but residents will need to verify that at least one member of their household is 55 or over.
While Illinois does not have many requirements unique to senior apartments, these living spaces need to uphold the legal standards of any type of housing. Building codes vary across the state of Illinois, but Chicago living spaces are required to maintain standards such as the following:
Living spaces also must adhere to ADA requirements, which means that reasonable accommodations and modifications must be made for individuals with disabilities. Federal law prohibits owners of housing facilities to deny residency to individuals who have disabilities.
Reasonable accommodations are defined as adjustments to rules or policies so that tenants with disabilities are not excluded from the activities or benefits offered to the rest of the tenants. Accommodations may require property managers to do the following:
Modifications involve construction changes to the complex and unit that make it more accessible to those with disabilities, such as 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 homeowner, rather than the tenant with the disability.
Department of Health contact information and other resources
To report a building code violation in Chicago, you can call 3-1-1 or fill out an online service request.
Seniors can find resources and contact information for tenant rights advocacy, eviction assistance, housing-related legal aid, housing discrimination, and more by reading Tenant Rights, Laws and Regulations: Illinois.
Illinois Department of Public Health — Chicago headquarters offices
122 S. Michigan Ave., 7th and 20th Floors
Chicago, IL 60603
69 W. Washington St., 35th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
There are currently no COVID-19 regulations in place for senior apartments in Chicago.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Chicago senior apartments are typically a more affordable senior living option than an independent living or assisted living community, and the amenities are often more basic in order to offer convenience while keeping costs comparatively low. Common Chicago senior apartment on-site amenities include the following:
Chicago senior apartments offer the active senior a convenient locale where they can get right near the action in terms of entertainment, dining, parks, and lake shore access. Maintenance services foster a more worry-free environment than home ownership. Senior apartments also enable seniors more social opportunities, as they’re surrounded by empty-nesters like themselves.
There are a number of senior apartment options available outside the Chicago city center, extending into the surrounding suburbs. While costs can vary, north of downtown is typically more expensive than south of downtown.
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Percentage of seniors 65+ currently living in Chicago
Percentage of older adults who report being in overall good health in Chicago, according to the Center for Community Health Equity
Chicago residents have many high-ranking and innovative medical centers within reach, many of which offer specialty geriatric care.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the highest-ranking hospital in the state of Illinois, according to U.S. News and World Report. Nationally ranked in 10 adult specialties, the hospital partners with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to foster world-class medical innovation and patient care.
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 almost 200 years.
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. As a nonprofit academic hospital established in 1927, it’s also known for exceptional geriatric care services.
NorthShore University Health System is the fourth-highest ranking Chicago hospital, according to U.S. News and World Report. NorthShore includes six hospitals and over 140 medical centers all over the Illinois area.
While driving in Chicago is always an option, many residents choose to primarily use public transportation due to the city’s heavy traffic and limited parking. The Chicago Transit Authority “L” train is the most convenient and cost effective mode of transportation in the city. For seniors and individuals who require a wheelchair or special assistance, the AC Med Tran provides affordable transportation options to those with special needs.
For the active individual, Chicago’s Divvy bike-share system can be a fun way to get around. Chicago also has over 100 bus routes, as well as the Metra Rail train for commuting to the Chicago suburbs.
Some Chicago neighborhoods are pretty walkable. In fact, based on Chicago’s population, transportation options, walking paths, biking trails, and other city data, Chicago has received the following WalkScore ratings, each out of a total of 100:
Senior apartments near the city center of Chicago put residents right at the core of the city’s arts, entertainment, dining, and leisure. Seniors can take in a show at the Chicago Theatre, spend an evening with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or enjoy a scenic stroll along Chicago’s Lakefront Trail or the Chicago Riverwalk. Chicago’s cultural diversity makes it an excellent city for foodies, with restaurants for any type of culinary experience and, of course, famous Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.
After a day of shopping at North Bridge or golfing at Robert A. Black, venture out to Elgin to try your luck at the gorgeous Grand Victoria Casino on the Fox River. Many of Chicago’s attractions also offer senior discounts and free-admission days, so you can enjoy the best of the city without breaking the bank.
Chicago attractions with senior discounts and specials:
Liberty Village, Arden Active Living and Emerald Village are the top-rated Senior Apartments facilities near Chicago, IL. These Senior Apartments facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.
The average cost of Senior Apartments in Chicago is 1,072 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
United States Census Bureau. (2021). Veteran status (S2101): Chicago [Data set]. American Community Survey.
Public Buildings, Facilities, & Real Property, 71 IL Admin Code § 2300.35 (2008 & rev. 2022).
International Code Council. (2019, December 1). 2019 Chicago building code with revised April 2022 supplement.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2022). Reasonable accommodations and modifications.
A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.
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.
Walk Score. (2022). Living in Chicago.
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