Oak Park Arms


408 S Oak Park Ave. , Oak Park, IL 60302

(855) 840-7257

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Oak Park Arms is a dated building. It was originally a high-end hotel and apartment complex. It has a lot of amenities that elders would appreciate. They have a ballroom with a stage, dancing, and exercises, they teach art classes, they have an art studio, a woodworking shop in the basement, and doctors' facilities in-house. The foyer had 1920s mirrors around the elevators. It's still like a hotel, but it's real nice. The rooms were dated; there were probably 20 layers of paint and wallpaper in the rooms, but they were nice. I have no complaints. Everybody I met was real nice.

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I like Oak Park, but it's much too small. They're lovely people, but the rooms were too small, with no doors except one to get out. The staff member was very lovely and showed me three units, but I got claustrophobic. The facility was pretty old and didn't have air conditioning, but it's beautifully done and well-kept. We're elders, but we're not to be left like in a prison.

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I went to Oak Park Arms. I liked the person who showed me around. She was very knowledgeable, I had no problem with her, and she was great at what she did. However, when I walked in, as a very lucid intelligent adult, I was confused about where I was supposed to go. There was very poor signage. It's like anybody could wander off the street and just go anywhere. There was no division and no secure entry. There were people wandering around and it was like the saddest, most depressing place I've ever been. It was dark, dreary, and kind of musty smelling. My first impression was negative. It's a much older building with much fewer amenities and it is certainly not state-of-the-art or new. I would not put anybody I cared for in there.

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Thank you for your observations and comments. You are correct, the Oak Park Arms is an old building. In fact, it’s a historical building - Oak Park’s elegant hotel from 1921, and it is beloved by Oak Park residents. Our amenities are top-notch as are our apartments. We are the most vibrant community in the western suburbs as we host hundreds of activities and events monthly. We have an Academy for Seniors with the specific focus on embracing new knowledge to sharpen cognitive processes. We are always looking to improve and will consider your comments as we are continually updating our community. Thank you for bringing these items to our attention. We invite you to visit again.

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I Visited This Facility

I've toured three places and Oak Park Arms was my least favorite because it looked like an old hotel. It had some good features, but it just didn't do anything for me. They have meals, entertainment, transportation, and concierge services. It's all pretty typical.

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I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident

Oak Park Arms was very nice, and they took care of my father's needs for the entire weekend. Everything is good and met all of his needs. It was clean, and my dad likes baseball, so he was able to watch that there. His room was great, nice, and clean.

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Be careful before signing the lease. The management has you sign an addendum about medical care. If it is so important, put it in the lease. They conveniently left it out of the docs they copied for me, so I was operating without all the pertinent documents for six months. If you or your loved one have a medical emergency that requires you to leave Oak Park Arms, they will charge you for two more months of rent. It doesn't matter that they can't provide adequate care, or if you have three medical professionals and all the 24/7 caregivers they required, who say the facility is not adequate for needed care. They even had the audacity to say that if my mother had died, they wouldn't have required the two extra months rent. I would have been better off under the lease, if my mother had DIED, in other words. Furthermore, they will keep your security deposit without giving any itemized receipts of damage caused. They refused to return the deposit based on their guestimates of damage, and refused to work with the renter's insurance agent. Lastly, they were unjustly enriched, because they rented the apartment while collecting rent from my mother. They are nothing but moneygrubbers, always looking out for ways to get more from the tenants. They now require renters to do an automatic account withdrawal to get their rent more quickly and without the renter having control. This review is about the management staff, not the people who actually do the work. They were very nice, sensitive people.

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I Visited This Community

Formerly a hotel, this facility has a lot of charm including an art deco ballroom and a barber shop with a reputable barber. It's on the Pace bus line and in the heart of Oak Park which has lots of restaurants and stores as well as Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Active senior community. Interesting community events are held including seminars on classical music. Lots of social events are held.

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Costs for Oak Park Arms

Independent Living Starting Cost per Month:

$ 1,190

Assisted Living Starting Cost per Month:

$ 3,510

Medicaid/Medicare Not Accepted

Amenities at Oak Park Arms

Property Info

Resident Capacity: 60

State License #: 5100984


Small pets allowed

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Description of Oak Park Arms

The Oak Park Arms is a senior independent living and assisted living rental retirement community located in historic Oak Park, Illinois, just minutes from downtown Chicago.

No other senior living retirement community in the Oak Park, River Forest or Forest Park area can match the outstanding value, convenience and vibrant lifestyle at the Oak Park Arms. Residents enjoy a myriad of social events and activities, flexible restaurant dining with a menu of abundant choices, and welcoming and comfortable living accommodations.

The Oak Park Arms affords its residents as full a life as they wish. A resident can create a day as exciting – or as relaxing – as he or she wishes. The word “choices” applies to just about everything, and at the Arms, there is an abundance of appealing options.

Events and activities abound. From listening to a jazz concert to taking a tap dance class, from a current events lecture to an art exhibit, there are things to do. If you don’t want to partake in the plethora of events, that’s fine, too. A day reading the paper and napping can be as pleasurable as seeing a radio reenactment performed, sound effects and all.

The point is … Your life at the Arms is custom made – by you!

The Oak Park Arms retirement community was once a famous luxury hotel. In the mid-1970′s, the Arms was purchased by two friends who wanted to create active retirement living in a community that would be full of life, service and spirit. That vision and the two friends’ in-depth experience created The Arms of today.

Now with more than 35 years of experience, the Oak Park Arms has been the leader of senior living and the model in developing other senior communities combining exceptional senior care in an ideal setting.

The Arms has been able to share space with the Oak Park Township Senior Services, the Lifelong Learning Center (the local Senior Center) and provide office space for over 10 other providers of senior-centered care. Winner of awards, the Oak Park Arms has maintained its original charm and vision of being an affable and affordable home for older adults and a great resource to Oak Park and surrounding towns such as River Forest, Forest Park, Berwyn, Cicero, Riverside, Elmwood Park, Maywood and Chicago. The Oak Park Arms’ events and activities draw people of all ages. The large scale ballroom is frequently alive with “the sound of music” at monthly ballroom dances for residents and the public. The Oak Park Arms, an industry leader, provides unsurpassed services, amenities and programs.

The original vision continues to this day as the Oak Park Arms is still owned and operated by the same two men who created it. They remain involved and committed to excellence. Their strong support to the management staff ensures that the Arms continues its legacy of distinction.

Oak Park Arms Mission Statement:

To provide the highest degree of service in an environment for living where each resident can celebrate life and pursue areas of personal, social and recreational interest.