In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Chicago area, our team of researchers sorted through 424 communities using our unique methodology. Our team:
- Spent over 43 hours researching assisted living communities in Chicago
- Interviewed 21 facility staff members
- Read more than 230 reviews left by residents and their family members
After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 29 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Chicago is $4,794, which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,030 and the national average of $4,000.
Christina Drumm-BoydCertified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-BoydCertified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.
Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Chicago, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 424 communities in the Chicago area.
Assisted Living Research Institute Trusted Communities
The Assisted Living Research Institute spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Chicago area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.
Arbour Health Care Center
Residents’ families love the caring environment and fun activities ,stating in one online review- “We liked the atmosphere at the Arbour Health Care facility right away. We were impressed with the variety of activities, such as the lounge, entertainment like movies, special parties, ice cream socials and table games.”
Artis Senior Living Of Lakeview
There aren’t any reviews left online yet for this relatively new facility.
Autumn Green At Midway Village
Residents enjoy the apartments with large spaces and windows, and the affordable luxury offered by the Midway Village. In one review, a resident states- “Such a beautiful, warm and inviting community. The apartments are beautiful, spacious and bright. Great amenities and price point.”
Autumn Green At Wright Campus
Satisfied reviewers online have expressed enthusiasm for the caring staff and clean facility, as well as its variety of opportunities for residents to engage. One reviewer states- “There are activities every day that range from meetings with Veterans to poker, bingo, basically whatever you want get involved in. The opportunity is there to do the activities and they make an effort to make sure that everyone knows what’s going on day-to-day.”
Barton Senior Residences of Chicago
Dr. Joseph writes, “I wanted to write and commend the staff of Barton Senior Residences of Chicago for the efficient and excellent way they have handled the care of my mother.”
Belmont Village Oak Park
“The staff at Belmont have provided her such excellent care, she does quite a few things that are pleasantly surprising. I can honestly say she is thriving! I don't know how the Belmont does it but my Mom, who LOVES the food, is still in good shape! The cooking & menus are balanced & healthy!” enthuses one online reviewer.
Bishop Edwin Conway Residence
No review data is available at this time.
“I visited many facilities and found that they were inadequate. I chose Buckingham because they made the best list in Illinois. The staff, nurses, and therapists are professional, and caring. Buckingham is family owned, and on a small scale. I don't think that my friend would have lasted this long somewhere else.” - Alice, Facebook Reviewer
Central Baptist Village
Residents and doctors alike agree this facility is top notch. As one doctor reviewer states, “I have worked in the industry for 30+ years, and I can tell you this is one of the best places around.” A review left by a resident mirrors this sentiment, stating this group is “Very clean with a super friendly staff..who always cared for residents and made them feel at home.”
Coles Supported Living
“Coles is a nice place. I have lived here a while.. I also love getting my hair done in the salon every month.” enthuses one resident, while another states “Coles have excellent activities... I like the field trips that we go on. I have made a lot of friends.”
Colfax Manor Assisted Living
People trust this facility to provide direct support to their aging parents. As one reviewer puts it, “It's a small place, and it's really a home.. One of the biggest things is the caring attitude because they get more of one-to-one care. The director is always accessible.”
Covenant Home Of Chicago
Family members love this residence for their grandparents- as one reviewer states online, “My grandmother and grandfather love this place! They have a lot of activities and everyone here is very nice... If you are looking for a home that is nurturing and supportive, please consider them. You will not be disappointed.”
Eden Supportive Living
Reviewers online all agree that the community experience and amenities here are top notch. In one Facebook review, a resident lists her favorite amenities- “Physical Therapy, a gym with trainers.. People helping you eat better, a room for crafting, and a room to get your nails done for free, and a person that can help do my hair.”
Glen St. Andrew Living Community
A resident who left a review online is very happy with the comfortable home, and friendly staff. He writes- “..they are all good people. They make me smile every day. The place has a beautiful patio, and a tent out there for when it is raining.”
Residents here enjoy the various activities, one stating online “I think, on average, it is better than most. We have movies every night after our dinner and we have a little board where they always post what movie will be shown that day or evening..We have what they call Greenview games where there is some athletic game.”
The reviews online are impressed with the staff here, one noting, “All of the residents and staff could not be more welcoming and understanding to the family. The entire property and buildings are amazing!”
New City Supportive Living
Social workers with clients living here say online “New City Supportive Living has a great facility located on the lower end of the south side. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The seniors I work with had the pleasure of being invited to numerous fun activities hosted here at New City.”
“Thank you very much for your kind attention, care and concern for my mother during her 14 years at Norwood Crossing. She was very happy there, and I never voiced a complaint or concern during my visits.. I found the staff and employees to be genuine, kind, caring, efficient, pleasant and knowledgeable.” - John (Jack) Heafey
Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
Those with family members living at Oak Park Arms have peace of mind when it comes to their loved ones. As one reviewer states, “My family is well cared for and safe. The Arms allows them the independence and dignity to live their own lives on their own terms while providing the assistance they both need.”
“This place is AWESOME, My Dad just recently moved in and the staff here is extremely nice and very helpful, I’m so pleased to leave my Dad here knowing that he will be treated with kindness and LOVE” raves one online reviewer, pleased with the community her dad enjoys at Pioneer Gardens.
Silverado Orchard Park
This facility is noted for its fun lifestyle, with residents enjoying live performances by one group who left this review online- “(We’ve) has been providing this awesome facility with entertainment since 2013. The residents are clean, busy, loved, well fed and extremely happy here! Everyone is like a HUGE family!”
Residents love the expertise of the care staff and the clean, spacious environment provided at Smith Village. According to the daughter of one resident at Smith Village, “My mother lived here for 2 years in Assisted Living and she absolutely loved it. She regretted not moving in earlier so she could enjoy more years here… the rehab process here is amazing, also thanks to the people that make up the rehab team… They are very, very caring, compassionate and very knowledgeable in the work they do.”
St Paul's House & Health Center
Family members of residents who leave reviews online say about their relatives, “He was able to enjoy the companionship of men and women his age and to attend religious services every weekend as well as participate in the various exercise sessions and social activities...the care he received was outstanding.”
St. Joseph Village of Chicago
People who live at the Franciscan who leave reviews online are happiest with the friendly, home-like atmosphere. A long term resident states “I enjoy that I don’t have to eat alone and being around the people here. We always have a good laugh or two at dinner and the waiters are very pleasant. ”
Sunrise Of Lincoln Park
Visitors of this facility love the gorgeous surroundings, fun activities, and friendly staff. As one reviewer writes, “I loved Sunrise of Lincoln Park very much. The feel was good..the workers knew the residents by name..The dining area was set-up beautifully..I was very pleased with the cleanliness, and the apartment.”
Symphony Residences Of Lincoln Park
Neal, a resident at the Symphony, loves the residence for it’s caring staff and active lifestyle, he stated in his review- “I like the privacy and the comfort of the rooms, I feel safe here. The staff and residents are very friendly.. The Activities are very good and well coordinated.”
The Admiral at the Lake
“Lots of light and very pretty facility. It had just about everything with the other facility, but the other facility's location was better for us. The food was very good, and there were plenty of activities. The residents all seemed very happy, and the staff seemed very professional, friendly, and competent,” states one online reviewer.
The Carrington At Lincolnwood
“Lovely place and they have great regular entertainment.” enthuses one current resident on Facebook. Another Facebooker says this residence is a “Beautiful place filled with wonderful loving people!”
The Selfhelp Home
Reviewers online claim this is “One of the best senior living communities. Everyone at The SelfHelp Home cares deeply for the residents. Quality of life is high, great cultural programming, community events and food. They go the extra mile and people who volunteer here actually move in later in life.”
At the Assisted Living Research Institute, our goal is to tackle the challenges that come with aging by combining real-world expertise with data-driven metrics and the latest research methodologies. To accomplish this, our team of industry experts and in-house researchers joined forces to develop a methodology that uncovers the best assisted living communities in a given location. We search for facilities that use science-backed best practices and the latest therapies in caring for their residents, and those that have the most amenities and opportunities for residents to live an active, independent lifestyle.
Facility Features (40%)
Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc
Facility Amenities Graded on the available
Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.
Residential Quality (40%)
Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.
Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.
Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.
Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older adults, air quality, climate.
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