While it may be home to the University of Illinois campus, Champaign has something to offer residents of all ages. In fact, this central Illinois city made the top 30 of Livability's list of the 100 best places to live. With its abundance of arts and culture, award-winning food scene and extensive parks system, Champaign offers a friendly environment where seniors can enjoy all the perks of a large urban city combined with the comforts of a small, midwestern town.
The city is home to a number of cultural attractions for seniors to enjoy, including a world-class library, the Krannert Art Museum, Virginia Theater and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. It also plays host to a variety of concerts, events and festivals throughout the year. Downtown Champaign is a vibrant destination featuring charming boutiques, historic storefronts and many notable restaurants. Active seniors have ample opportunities to get out and enjoy nature at the city's many local parks, hiking trails, nature preserves and 160-acre Arboretum.
Like many other cities across the state, the cost of living in Champaign falls below the U.S. national average, making it a very affordable option for seniors on a budget. Assisted living services are also very affordable, costing an average of $4,163 per month compared to the statewide median of $4,575 per month.
Here's a look at the top 10 assisted living facilities in Champaign.
1701 Congressional Way
Champaign, IL 61822
Carriage Crossing Champaign offers access to a full spectrum of senior care services in a comfortable, homelike environment. Tucked away in the city's peaceful Liberty on the Lake subdivision, residents are just minutes from the renowned dining, shopping and entertainment of downtown Champaign. The campus features state-of-the-art apartments and a host of upscale amenities, such as a cafe and soda shop, games room, library, outdoor walking paths and fishing ponds. It's also pet-friendly so residents can enjoy the company of their furry friends. Personal laundry and housekeeping services give residents the freedom to enjoy the community's full calendar of engaging on-site activities and social events.
1002 S Staley Road
Champaign, IL 61822
We've included Bickford of Champaign in this list for its dedication to addressing the core needs of its senior residents necessary for happy and healthy aging. The community offers five different levels of care, and trained staff members are on-site 24 hours a day to provide personalized support. Each resident receives a personal pendant so they can request assistance at any time. Through the Bread Basket Scratch Kitchen dining program, nutritious, homestyle meals are served in the restaurant-style dining with fresh bread made daily. The community offers a full range of social and recreational programs, including daily activities, local outings, community involvement projects, theme days and family gatherings.
4114 West Springfield
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Evergreen Place Assisted Living is known for its upscale amenities and vibrant atmosphere, offering daily opportunities for seniors to strengthen their minds and bodies and participate in fun activities such as book clubs, cooking classes and gardening. Residents can spend time outdoors in the landscaped courtyards which feature a shuffleboard court, putting green, lounge area and fishing pond. A range of dining options is available, from fresh daily meals served in the Traditions dining room to light snacks in the bistro and in-apartment dining. There is also a private dining room for special events and family gatherings.
1505 Patton Drive
Mahomet, IL 61853
Set in the charming town of Mahomet, IL, The Waterford at Bridle Brook is considered one of the area's top senior living communities for its efforts to create an environment that's physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally stimulating. Three home-cooked meals are served each day in the elegant, restaurant-style dining room, or seniors can opt to dine on the outdoor patio in the warmth of the fireplace. Daily recreational activities keep residents active and engaged, and the community hosts regular entertainment programming throughout the year. Residents can take advantage of the community's scheduled courtesy transportation to visit nearby shops, restaurants and attractions.
1706 E Amber Lane
Urbana, IL 61802
Brookdale Urbana earns a spot on this list for its efforts to deliver an active and engaging senior living experience. The community calendar is packed with daily activities, special events and ongoing cultural enrichment programs to serve seniors of a variety of interests. Some of the offerings include movie matinees, games, painting classes, group exercises and ice cream socials. The community also hosts frequent off-site outings to local attractions. Residents can choose from a number of different floor plans, all of which feature working kitchens and are pet-friendly. Housekeeping, laundry and linens are taken care of so seniors can enjoy a maintenance-free retirement.
68 E Airport Road
Savoy, IL 61874
At Savoy Villas of Holly Brook, seniors can enjoy carefree retirement living with cooking, cleaning and laundry taken care of. The community is designed to be safe and comfortable, and its convenient location makes it easy for family members to visit. Personalized care plans allow seniors to enjoy the highest level of freedom and independence possible while receiving the daily support they need. Care plans are reviewed regularly and updated as a resident's health or needs change. A full calendar of activities are offered to support residents' social, spiritual and physical health, including fitness classes, faith-based programming, movie nights and off-site shopping trips.
1709 S Division Street
Mahomet, IL 61853
The Glenwood Assisted Living of Mahomet is listed as a top assisted living facility for its caring staff, delicious meals and robust calendar of activities and entertainment. Residents can choose from one- and two-bedroom apartments, complete with kitchenettes, spacious closets, walk-in showers and private patios. Three delicious home-cooked meals are served each day with unlimited snacks available at the 24-hour coffee bar. The community offers daily opportunities for fitness and fun with activities such as exercise classes, bingo, movie nights, painting parties and group outings. There's also an on-site beauty salon, fitness room, theater and walking paths for residents' convenience.
65 E Airport Road
Savoy, IL 61874
At Autumn Fields Savoy, seniors can enjoy an active, independent retirement in a welcoming, homelike environment. Daily meals, laundry and housekeeping are provided so residents can focus on filling their days with the things they love. The community features graciously appointed common areas and a variety of amenities for residents' comfort and convenience. Residents can enjoy a movie in the on-site theater, challenge friends to a game of pool, get pampered at the full-service salon or get cozy by one of the four stone fireplaces. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with a spacious patio area, gardens and walking paths.
1905 Prairie Winds Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
We've included Prairie Winds of Urbana in this list for its robust offering of services and amenities that promote healthy and active living. The community is staffed by certified nursing assistants who are on-site 24 hours a day to provide assistance with everyday tasks, as well as medication management and reminders. Residents enjoy the comfort of one - and two-bedroom apartments equipped with kitchenettes, private baths and emergency response systems. A variety of common living areas are available throughout the community for socializing and activities, including a lounge, craft studio, games room and outdoor patio.
401 Burwash Avenue
Savoy, Illinois 61874
Since 1988, Windsor of Savoy has been providing a luxurious environment where seniors have access to quality care services. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature a large pond and fountain that residents can enjoy views of from the outdoor gazebo or one of the six community lounges. Residents live in spacious private apartments, enjoy daily chef-prepared meals and have access to a plethora of resort-style amenities. Housekeeping and linen services are provided along with chauffeured transportation to appointments. To keep help residents stay active and engaged, the community offers a well-rounded calendar of activities and events, including fitness classes six days a week.