Located less than 10 miles from downtown Chicago, the suburb of Oak Park provides a quiet suburban lifestyle for seniors who want to retire near the city. The city is known for its coffee shops, restaurants and parks, giving seniors plenty of things to do without traveling into the city. Nearby public transit options make the city quite accessible, which adds to the appeal of retiring in Oak Park.
Oak Park is a highly diverse community, and it is home to several hospitals including a branch of the Rush hospital network and the West Suburban Medical Center. Seniors have many art and cultural attractions to explore, as well as areas of historic interest. Several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the architect's personal home, are located in Oak Park.
For seniors who need a little help with activities of daily living, Oak Park has an average cost of assisted living care of $4,950 according to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is significantly higher than the average cost in the state of $3,750 and the average national cost of $4,300.
Note: Information for Oak Park was not available, so data from the nearest city, Chicago, was used.
Finding the right assisted living community is sometimes challenging, but this guide will show the top options in the Oak Park area.
1111 Ontario Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
Brookdale Oak Park is ideally located next to a grocery store and Austin Gardens not far from downtown Chicago, providing shopping and recreation options for its residents. Here, residents reside in one- and two-bedroom apartments with a caring team of staff members ready to help. The community provides plenty to do with a computer room and party space on campus. There’s also a party space and garden for resident use. The skyline view restaurant on the top floor of the building serves as the community dining space providing breathtaking views along with tasty food.
1035 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
With Rush hospital building across the street and both grocery and drug stores close at hand, Belmont Village Oak Park is a convenient option for seniors looking to settle near Chicago. Each of the apartment homes has its own kitchenette, giving residents the freedom to make their own snacks and meals when they don’t want to dine in the community dining room. It also has its own barber shop and beauty parlor on-site for personal grooming needs. Residents have their choice of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.
408 S Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Oak Park Arms is just minutes from downtown Chicago as well as the Loyola University Medical Center. This assisted living community is known for its many social events and activities, providing residents with many things to do with their day. Restaurant-style dining provides a number of menu options to ensure residents can enjoy a variety of meal options. When they need to head into the city, a transportation service on site makes it easy to get to medical appointments or shopping options. Wi-Fi connectivity is available throughout the community, and residents can take advantage of the computer room for tech needs.
3121 North Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60657
Brookdale Lake View has some of the best views in the area in a location within walking distance of Lincoln Park. Located on the lakefront across from Lake Shore Drive and the AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital, this Chicago assisted living community puts seniors near the best of the city. Here caring staff manages medication and assists with activities of daily living, while also providing activities to keep residents active and engaged. The concierge makes sure residents can be involved in Chicago activities and events.
6700 South Keating
Chicago, IL 60629
Tucked away next to Michael Madigan Sr. Park, Autumn Green at Midway Village provides assisted living care just off of South Cicero Avenue near Chicago’s Midway Airport. This community provides its seniors with private apartment homes and the benefit of personalized care plans to help with daily living needs and healthcare. The Brain Health University program helps keep cognition strong and engage the mind, while the Wellness Everyday program, available daily, provides social and physical fitness activities.
2960 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
Brookdale Lake Shore Drive is adjacent to Saint Joseph Hospital and directly on North Lake Shore Drive. This means Lincoln Park and the lake itself. The community takes advantage of this location with a high-rise building, so many rooms have views of the water or the Chicago skyline. Resort-style amenities keep residents entertained and engaged when they call this community home. While all of the amenities and attractions of Chicago are close at hand, the community has everything residents need within its walls. A fitness room hosts yoga and tai chi classes, and a TV room is a great place for movie nights. There’s even a coffee shop for resident use.
4239 North Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634
With a location close to a shopping area, residential homes and the Ridgemoor Country Club, Autumn Green at Wright Campus embraces convenient Chicago living. Residents enter this community through an open-spaced lobby, which also serves as a gathering place and location for activities. Meals take place in a community dining room, and the restaurant-style service ensures something tasty for every meal. Each resident receives a personalized care plan complete with laundry and housekeeping service, so they can live as independently as they want.
2710 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
With the heart of Chicago’s North Side surrounding it, including shopping and dining options close at hand, Sunrise of Lincoln Park provides a comfortable lifestyle for area seniors. Here, residents dine in an elegant community dining room while watching the busy city outside, as shoppers travel back and forth enjoying the Windy City. The Live With Purpose program at this community focuses on cognitive and physical fitness, while also encouraging residents to remain socially active.
1050 South Euclid Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Elmhurst is considered one of the most retirement-friendly communities in the Chicago area, and Park Place of Elmhurst takes full advantage of this. The community encourages residents to enjoy as much independence as possible, while always having a helping hand available to help when they need it. Each resident has their own 24-hour emergency call system, so they can summon assistance quickly. Life-enriching activities are built into each day, and staff takes the time to get to know residents and their personalities and interests to help guide them to appropriate activities.
6016 North Nina Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631
The mature trees of Norwoods Crossing and its location near Centennial Park give this community a welcoming feel. Here, residents have a variety of programs and clubs to participate in, including scrapbooking clubs, drum circle, an art studio and even a Spanish club. The Metra train is within walking distance, which puts the amenities of Chicago close at hand. To help with medical and therapy needs, a nurse is on staff and physical therapy is offered at this location.