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Chicago Independent Living

There are 60 independent living communities in Chicago, IL and 30 independent living communities nearby. The average cost of independent living in Chicago, IL is $999 per month.

Autumn Green at Wright Campus

4239 N. Oak Park Ave.
Chicago, IL

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5 Reviews
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Autumn Green at Wright Campus offers Chicago-area seniors the convenience of living in a bustling neighborhood while providing all the comforts of a home.

Autumn Green at Midway Village

6700 S. Keating
Chicago, IL

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Located in vibrant Chicago, Autumn Green at Midway Village offers seniors a lifestyle of independent and assisted living in a friendly, amenity-filled community.

Senior Suites of Garfield Ridge

5839 S. Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL

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4 Reviews
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4 Reviews
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Senior Suites of Garfield Ridge in Chicago offers 87 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well

Brookdale Lake View

3121 North Sheridan
Chicago, IL

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3 Reviews

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Brookdale Lake View, in exclusive residential Chicago, offers easy access to the best of the city, a sophisticated environment, and an exceptional active senior lifestyle.

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive

2960 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL

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3 Reviews

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3 Reviews

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive is an elegant Chicago community on Lake Shore Drive with first-class amenities, superlative care, and an exceptional lifestyle for active and assisted living seniors.

Senior Suites of Midway Village

6800 South Keating Ave.
Chicago, IL

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3 Reviews
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3 Reviews
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Senior Suites of Midway Village in Chicago offers affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities.

Senior Suites of South Shore

2355 East 67th Street
Chicago, IL

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3 Reviews
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3 Reviews
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Senior Suites of South Shore in Chicago offers 96 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities.

Senior Suites of Jefferson Park

5400 N. Northwest Hwy
Chicago, IL

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2 Reviews
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Senior Suites of Jefferson Park offers 81 affordable senior apartment homes and array of amenities that rival features of many market rate communities in the area. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities

Victory Centre of Galewood

2370 North Newcastle Ave
Chicago, IL

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1 Review

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1 Reviews

Situated close to area parks and convenient shopping, Victory Centre of Galewood provides area seniors with an excellent option for supportive living.

Senior Suites of Chatham

8300 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Chatham in Chicago offers 90 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes. Our senior housing community is also the site of the Chicago's Department of Senior Services' satellite senior center.

Victory Centre of South Chicago

3251 East 92nd Street
Chicago, IL

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1 Reviews

Nestled on a quiet street near the shores of Lake Michigan, Victory Center of South Chicago is residential community that provides supportive living services for seniors.

Senior Suites of Autumn Green at Wright Campus

4255 N. Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL

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1 Review
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1 Reviews
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Our residents enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well-appointed community areas designed for opportunities for social engagement and camaraderie,

Senior Suites of Ravenswood Manor

2800 W. Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL

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1 Reviews
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Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well appointed community areas designed for opportunities for social engagement and camaraderie as well as Wellness Everyday programs throughout the mo

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Senior Suites of Belmont Cragin

6045 West Grand Ave
Chicago, IL

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1 Reviews
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Senior Suites of Belmont Cragin in Chicago offers 85 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities.

Senior Suites of West Humboldt Park

3656 West Huron Street
Chicago, IL

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1 Reviews
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Senior Suites of West Humboldt Park in Chicago offers 88 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious,

Senior Suites of Central Station

1400 S. Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL

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1 Reviews
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Senior Suites of Central Station in Chicago offers affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities and well-appointed community areas designed for opportunities for social engagement and camaraderie.

Senior Suites of Austin

335 N. Menard Avenue
Chicago, IL

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1 Reviews
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enior Suites of Austin in Chicago offers 84 affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well-appointed community areas desig

Senior Suites of Rainbow Beach

2804 E. 77th Place
Chicago, IL

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1 Reviews
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Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well appointed community areas designed for opportunities for social engagement and camaraderie as well as Wellness Everyday programs throughout the mon

Senior Suites of Kelvyn Park

2715 N. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Kelvyn Park in Chicago offers 85 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartments. ur senior housing community is also the site of the Chicago's Department of Senior Services' satellite senior center.

Senior Suites of Auburn Gresham

1050 West 79th Street
Chicago, IL

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Joining Senior Suites of Auburn Gresham in Chicago means you have the unique opportunity to participate many programs and events, enjoy living in upscale surroundings surrounded by active seniors such as yourself.

Senior Suites of Marquette Village

7430 S. Rockwell Street
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Marquette Village in Chicago offers 93 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities.

The Selfhelp Home

908 W Argyle
Chicago, IL

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___________________________ We invite our residents to enjoy an inviting environment, a vibrant atmosphere, and come to enjoy friendly people with similar likes and interests. Here at Selfhelp we offer assisted living and independent living. Featured Amenities We offer our residents…

Senior Suites of Norwood Park

5700 N. Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Norwood Park offers affordable and comfortable senior living apartments for active Chicagoland seniors.

Victory Centre of Roseland

10450 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL

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Centrally located near Chicago State University, Victory Centre of Roseland is a supportive living community for seniors near the heart of Chicago.

Mercy Circle

3659 West 99Th Street
Chicago, IL

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Mercy Circle offers independent living with dining options, Assisted living with care services, a specialized memory care Program, and high quality rehabilitation and skilled nursing Care-all based on the unique needs and preferences of the Individual resident.

Senior Suites of Bridgeport

2825 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Bridgeport in Chicago offers 85 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well-app

Senior Suites of Washington Heights

848 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Washington Heights in Chicago offers 85 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious,

Senior Suites of New City

4845 S. Western Blvd
Chicago, IL

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enior Suites of New City in Chicago offers 110 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well appoi

The Breakers at Edgewater Beach

5333 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL

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The Breakers at Edgewater Beach offers independent living in Chicago for seniors who are able and inclined to live independently, but crave the comfort, security and social opportunity a retirement community offers. On-call assistance and maintenance-free living means you never…

Senior Suites of Gage Park

3244 West 59th Street
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Gage Park in Chicago offers 86 studio and one bedroom affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities. Income qualified residents, 62 years old and better, enjoy complimentary laundry facilities, spacious, well-appo

Senior Suites of Hegewisch

13550 S. Avenue O.
Chicago, IL

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Senior Suites of Hegewisch in Chicago offers affordable senior apartment homes with an array of desirable amenities and well-appointed community areas designed for opportunities for social engagement and camaraderie.

Montgomery Place

5550 South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL

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Wheeler House

1450 W 69th Street
Chicago, IL

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Wheeler House offers a lifestyle that allows you to maintain your independence and enjoy the fabric of community living. Our residents benefit from help de...

Montclare Senior Residences of Galewood

6650 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL

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Renaissance Saint Luke

1501 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL

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Wrightwood Senior Developments

2815 West 79th Street
Chicago, IL

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Presence Resurrection Retirement Community

7262 West Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL

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Are you looking for affordable retirement living in a beautiful setting? Presence Resurrection Retirement Community is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in northwest Chicago, with easy access to expressways and public transportation. Walk through our doors and experience carefree…

Park Plaza, A Jewish Senior Living Community

6840 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL

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The Suites Of Autumn Green At Wright Campus

4255 N Oak Park Ave
Chicago, IL

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The Senior Suites of Autumn Green at Wright Campus is located in western Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States. The metropolis is home to a host of unique attractions that appeal to all ages, including the…

Grace Street Towers

635 W Grace St
Chicago, IL

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Quality and Affordability on the Lake Settled in one of Chicago's finest locations, Grace Street Towers is a close walk to Lake Michigan, Wrigley Field and all of the amenities of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Mature adults will find the…

Pullman Suites Senior Apartments

17-29 E 112th Pl
Chicago, IL

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Welcome to Pullman Suites Senior Apartments! Pullman Suites Senior Apartments is a new senior building offering safe and affordable housing for seniors 55 years and better. Units come with brand new appliances, carpet, individually controlled heat, and an air conditioning…

Matthew Manor

271 N Albany Ave
Chicago, IL

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Welcome to Matthew Manor Affordable Retirement Housing Sponsored by Catholic Charities. Matthew Manor is an elevator building for senior citizens located on the west side of Chicago. The Manor consists of 60 one bedroom units. All apartments have a medical…

St. Ailbe Faith Apartments

1244 E 93rd St
Chicago, IL

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Welcome to St. Ailbe Faith Apartments Affordable Retirement Housing Sponsored by Catholic Charities. St. Ailbe Faith Apartments is a senior citizen housing facility located on the south side of Chicago. St. Ailbe Faith Apartments consist of 77 one-bedroom units with…

Tolton Manor

6345 S Stewart Ave
Chicago, IL

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Welcome to Tolton Manor Affordable Retirement Housing Sponsored by Catholic Charities Tolton Manor is an elevator building for senior citizens located in the Englewood section of Chicago. The Manor consists of 80 one bedroom units. All apartments have a medical…

St. Sabina Elders Village

1222 W 79th St
Chicago, IL

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Welcome to St. Sabina Elders Village Affordable Retirement Housing Sponsored by Catholic Charities St. Sabina Elders Village is a senior citizen housing facility located on the south side of Chicago. St. Sabina Elders Village consists of 80 one-bedroom units. The…

Woodlawn Residences I

808 E 61st St
Chicago, IL

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Greencastle of Woodlawn I consists of 58 apartments and is located in south Chicago, approximately 15-minutes from the downtown district.

Woodlawn Residences II

6033 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL

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Greencastle of Woodlawn II consists of 60 apartments and is located in south Chicago, approximately 15-minutes from the downtown district. The community is located to the south of Washington Park, a public park with community events and walking trails. Local…

Villa Guadalupe Senior Services, Inc.

3201 E 91st St
Chicago, IL

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For more than twenty years, Villa Guadalupe has served as a model of excellence in senior living, providing a comprehensive array of life enhancing services to South Chicago seniors including quality apartments, bilingual social and health services and other enriching…

The Salvation Army Booth Manor

1500 W Madison St
Chicago, IL

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The Salvation Army is committed to providing older adults with the finest care and the comfortable living arrangements they deserve. To meet the growing need for safe, affordable housing for the low-income seniors in our community, we built and maintain…

The Linden House at St. Elizabeth's

2315 W le Moyne St
Chicago, IL

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Roseland Manor

11717 S State St
Chicago, IL

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Housing Services provides dignified, safe and affordable housing for individuals and families across the lifespan. It includes four congregate emergency shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing in the scattered site model, (21) senior residences, one supportive living residence, two residences…

Orchard Place of Englewood

6344 S Sangamon St
Chicago, IL

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Orchard Place of Englewood consists of 39 apartments and is located in south Chicago approximately 20-minutes from the downtown district. The community is located five blocks from Ogden Park and a grocery store, pharmacy, community center and medical care facilities…

Orchard Place of Morgan Park/Beverly

11230 S Vincennes Ave
Chicago, IL

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The community has a large community room for resident activities, including games, potlucks and holiday parties. Local grocery store, pharmacy, churches and other business are nearby. Handicap accessible public transportation is available for residents.

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North Orchard Place

1600 N Orchard St
Chicago, IL

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Greencastle of Englewood

6344 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL

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Jugan Terrace Apartments

2300 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL

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Jugan Terrace – Independent Living Apartments: Named in honor of St. Jeanne Jugan, the Terrace accommodates needy elderly who are able to maintain an independent lifestyle. Our 50-unit apartment building provides generous space for these Residents including a bedroom, separate…

Hollywood House & Club

5700 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL

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Hollywood House, a midcentury high rise located in the vibrant Edgewater neighborhood, offers its senior residents bright, modern apartments with expansive views. Ideally located for public transit, Hollywood House residents also enjoy building amenities including a solarium, library, fitness room,…

Paul G. Stewart Center

400 E. 41st Street,
Chicago, IL

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The Martha Washington

2324 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL

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Symphony Residences of Lincoln Park

2437 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL

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Chicago Independent Living Communities Cost

The median cost of independent living in Chicago for a single-occupancy apartment is $999/month (SeniorHomes.com - 2015). This monthly cost typically includes rent, utilities, dining, housekeeping and transportation.

Cost of Independent Living Communities
Community Starting Price
Autumn Green at Midway Village XXXX
Autumn Green at Wright Campus XXXX
Mercy Circle XXXX
Senior Suites of Auburn Gresham XXXX
Senior Suites of Austin XXXX
Senior Suites of Autumn Green at Wright Campus XXXX
Senior Suites of Belmont Cragin XXXX
Senior Suites of Bridgeport XXXX
Senior Suites of Central Station XXXX
Senior Suites of Chatham XXXX
Senior Suites of Gage Park XXXX
Senior Suites of Garfield Ridge XXXX
Senior Suites of Hegewisch XXXX
Senior Suites of Jefferson Park XXXX
Senior Suites of Kelvyn Park XXXX
Senior Suites of Marquette Village XXXX
Senior Suites of Midway Village XXXX
Senior Suites of New City XXXX
Senior Suites of Norwood Park XXXX
Senior Suites of Rainbow Beach XXXX
Senior Suites of Ravenswood Manor XXXX
Senior Suites of South Shore XXXX
Senior Suites of Washington Heights XXXX
Senior Suites of West Humboldt Park XXXX
The Breakers at Edgewater Beach XXXX
The Selfhelp Home XXXX
Cost of Nearby Independent Living Communities
Community City Starting Price
Bridgeway of Bensenville Bensenville XXXX
Cordia Senior Residence Westmont XXXX
David Webb Jr. Senior Living Complex Markham XXXX
Elevate Saint Andrew Living Community Niles XXXX
Elevate South Holland South Holland XXXX
Embark at Niles Niles XXXX
LaGrange Pointe La Grange XXXX
Park Place of Elmhurst Elmhurst XXXX
Prairie Green at Dixie Crossing Chicago Heights XXXX
Senior Suites of Bellwood Bellwood XXXX
Senior Suites of Fay's Point Blue Island XXXX
The Carrington at Lincolnwood Lincolnwood XXXX
The Merion Evanston XXXX
Waterford Estates Senior Living Hazel Crest XXXX
Cost data provided by senior living communities and compiled by SeniorHomes.com is subject to change without notice. This data is for informational purposes only and may contain inaccuracies. Your actual senior living costs may vary depending on your personal situation.

Reviews of Chicago Independent Living Communities

Brookdale Lake View

Review by Local Professional | Expert

This is an excellent independent or assisted living facility for seniors who prefer living close to the hustle and bustle of downtown. Located in Lakeview, only a block from the lake—with restaurants and activities of every kind nearby. The facility is exceptionally clean, and decorated in an elegant manner. Group o...

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Brookdale Lake View

Review by William | Consumer

Brookdale Lake View was very attractive. What made me decide not to move in was the cost. The facilities were marvelous. The staff was great, and the food was very good. I have a friend who moved in there. They had an area with athletic equipment that you could use. They had beautiful lounges and areas for parties if y...

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Brookdale Lake View

Review by Larry | Consumer

Brookdale Lake View would not be good for my mother because she tends to wander. They didn't have a swimming pool, but they were nice. They offered me lunch and everything else was clean, comfortable, and all that good stuff. The staff who showed me around was good. They had enough activities to keep you busy. The menu...

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Brookdale Lake Shore Drive

Review by LisaLaDiDa | Consumer

When searching for a facility for a friend the staff was very friendly and very helpful. Got the feeling they did want what was best for our friend and also for all the residents. The facility if very well maintained and has a lot of sitting areas for socialization and comfort. Our friend just moved in last week and...

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Brookdale Lake Shore Drive

Review by Local Professional | Expert

This independent and assisted living facility does not fit in most senior’s budget, but if it is something that you and your family can afford—the quality of care is exceptional. The apartments are spacious, and even if an apartment does not face the lake—there are plenty of areas throughout the building to enjoy the ...

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Brookdale Lake Shore Drive

Review by Darlene | Consumer

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive looked lovely and very beautiful. There was absolutely no problem with it at all. Everything looked good. However, I discovered that some of the information was not totally accurate. When I got a follow-up call, we were able to clarify some things with them.

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Map of Chicago Independent Living Communities

Information About Independent Living Communities in Chicago

Located on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan is Chicago, Illinois, a world-class city of almost three million residents. As the third most populated city in America, Chicago, or The Windy City as it is often known, offers all the delights associated with big city living along with the warmth of its Midwestern roots. Since its humble beginnings as a Potawatomi Indian village, Chicago has demonstrated the ability to evolve into a successful city. When the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed 18,000 buildings, the city was quickly rebuilt using better building materials and the advice of the world’s best architects. It is no wonder then that the world’s first skyscraper was built here in 1884. Today, this globally recognized leader in finance, transportation and industry offers residents of a Chicago independent living community the opportunity to enjoy a modern and sophisticated city.

Attractions

With more than 7,000 restaurants in the city, residents of a Chicago independent living community will never become bored with the available dining options. From elegant fine dining and ethnic cuisine to the much-loved Chicago-style hot dog (a beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun loaded with toppings), there is a choice for every taste preference. After enjoying a satisfying meal, seniors make want to attend a live performance at The Second City or the Victory Gardens theaters. Alternatively, the musical offerings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Civic Opera House are sure to please as well. Dance lovers can attend performances by the Joffrey Ballet while sports lovers will definitely want to cheer on the Chicago Cubs at famous Wrigley Field, the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Blackhawks or the Chicago Bulls. The list of things to do in Chicago never seems to end. To name only a few more attractions, there are the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium in Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Navy Pier and the Willis Tower Skydeck.

Senior Activities

The city of Chicago operates the Senior Services Area Agency on Aging to meet the needs of the city’s senior population. Six Regional Senior Centers provide fitness and recreation programs as well as assessment and information services. Residents of a Chicago independent living community can obtain a photo identification card that will let them attend any of the six Senior Centers; some programs are offered for a small fee and some are free. Once a member of the centers, residents can use the state-of-the-art fitness equipment or attend classes in strength training, yoga, tai chi, balance and zumba. The Golden Diners Program offers seniors the opportunity to socialize and make new friends while sharing a hot and nutritious lunch.

Medical Facilities

Residents of a Chicago independent living community can be reassured that their health needs, whatever they may be, will be met in this city. The University of Chicago Medicine offers a geriatric medicine program geared to the special needs of individuals sixty-five years of age and older. The program includes the health management of senior cancer patients and survivors, frailty issues and a dedicated memory center. All care is managed through a patient’s own geriatrician, thus offering the stability and familiarity of a primary care doctor while also taking advantage of the expertise of specialists. The Geriatrics Division at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, along with the Northwestern University’s Buehler Center on Aging, offers evaluation and treatment for older adults. The hospital’s Geriatric Health Ministry offers health counseling, assessment and educational programs through local clergy and church members.

Transportation

Public transit is run by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). It is the second largest system of public transportation in the country and basically consists of two types of service: buses and the ‘L’, a subway line that takes its name from when the system began and was “elevated.” Lines are designated by color and the red and blue lines operate 24 hours a day. Both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport can be accessed by the CTA. Residents of a Chicago independent living community can take advantage of a reduced fare program for seniors.

The appeal of Chicago is impressive. Offering a vast selection of attractions, restaurants, sports teams, cultural events, a beautiful waterfront, as well as easy transportation and specialized medical care, Chicago is clearly an excellent place to call home.

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