Cities with 55 Plus Living Communities in Illinois

American House Cedarlake

  14804 S. Van Dyke Road
Plainfield, IL 60544



  800 Audubon Way
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Monarch Landing

  2255 Monarch Drive
Naperville, IL 60563

The Oaks at Bartlett

  825 Carillon Drive
Bartlett, IL 60103

Brookdale Lisle

  1700 Robin Lane
Lisle, IL 60532

Lincolnwood Place

  7000 North McCormick Blvd.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712


  200 Wyndemere Circle
Wheaton, IL 60187

Lexington Square - Lombard

  555 Foxworth Boulevard
Lombard, IL 60148

StoryPoint Naperville

  504 North River Road
Naperville, IL 60563

Decatur Primrose

  1145 West Arbor Drive
Decatur, IL 62526

Brookdale Lake View

  3121 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60657

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive

  2960 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657

Brookdale Northbrook

  4501 Concord Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062

Brookdale Des Plaines

  800 S. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Lake Barrington Woods

  22320 Classic Court
Lake Barrington, IL 60010

Autumn Green at Wright Campus

  4239 North Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

Autumn Green at Midway Village

  6700 South Keating Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629

StoryPoint Libertyville

  901 Florsheim Dr
Libertyville, IL 60048

Randall Residence of McHenry

  3300 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes

  10 E. Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Brookdale Oak Park

  1111 Ontario Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Brookdale Glen Ellyn

  60 N. Nicoll Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Montvale Estates

  2601 Montvale Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

The Atrium of Belleville

  201 S. Belt West
Belleville, IL 62220

Curtis Creek

  823 S 36th Street
Quincy, IL 62301

Blair House

  1200 E College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Independence Village

  1201 West Northmoor Road
Peoria, IL 61614

Randall Residence of Decatur

  1415 West Mound Road
Decatur, IL 62526

The Breakers at Edgewater Beach

  5333 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640

Solstice Senior Living at Palatine

  55 S Greeley
Palatine, IL 60067

Solstice Senior Living at Joliet

  901 Essington Road
Joliet, IL 60435

The Roosevelt at Salt Creek

  400 West Butterfield Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

What are Active Adult and 55+ Communities?
Active Adult and 55+ Communities are geared towards older adults who are able to live independently and who don’t require the services that retirement, assisted living or memory care communities provide.  Many residents still work full- or part-time.  For those seniors who desire a low-maintenance lifestyle, often with resort-like amenities and organized social activities, an active adult or 55+ community may be the right option.  These communities fall into two categories:

1) Age-Restricted – For 55+ communities, in order to comply with the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995, one person must be aged 55 or older in at least 80% of the occupied housing units.  The other 20% of the homes are open to younger adults, sometimes with a minimum age that is established by the community, creating the 80/20 rule.  If the minimum age in the community is 62, then all residents must be aged 62 or older.

2) Age-targeted – These communities are marketed towards the 55+ population, with amenities that promote an active adult lifestyle, but there are no age restrictions.

The types of homes in an active adult neighborhood vary from community to community, as do the range of services and amenities provided.  From small apartments to two- or three-bedroom single-family homes with attached garages, there’s a broad range of housing options available, with many communities offering multiple home styles.  Communities can offer luxurious, resort-like features with multiple, daily planned activities, or be lower-engagement with more simple amenities.  The term “active” adult does not necessarily mean physically active, although these communities often have facilities that help foster a more physically active lifestyle.  Events and outings that encourage social activity are common, and opportunities for mental stimulation, through cultural excursions and enrichment classes, may also be scheduled.  Amenities may include:

Tennis and pickleball courts
Walking trails
Fitness centers and exercise classes
Gathering spaces such as a clubhouse or lounge
Planned social activities
Classes and lectures
Clubs and interest groups

There are many benefits to living in an Active Adult or 55+ Community.  These benefits include:

Location – these communities are often located near shopping, parks, restaurants, office buildings and local attractions
Low-maintenance living – exterior home maintenance and lawn care are usually provided
Neighbors of similar age – being in close proximity to people in the same stage of life makes it easier to form new friendships
Amenities – facilities and programs that promote better health, strengthen social bonds and improve or maintain mental sharpness will help keep seniors vibrant and happy

When searching for an Active Adult Community, be sure to keep in mind which amenities are best suited to your lifestyle, choose a location that provides access to what is important to you and take any rules or fees into account.

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