5 Great Gated 55+ Communities in Illinois

Lake Barrington Shores is a welcoming, gated community in Illinois.

Illinois is home to a wide variety of communities for active adults. Among the most popular varieties are gated communities. Gated communities have long been a desired amenity among active adults due to their controlled access points and the fact that they offer privacy and security. Traditionally considered more expensive than other communities, that’s not always the case these days. Check out these popular gated communities in Illinois.

Lake Barrington ShoresBarrington, IL

High $100s – High $500s

View of the fairways at Lake Barrington Shores Golf Course with lush trees in the background.
Golfers will love living at Lake Barrington Shores.

Lake Barrington Shores is an active adult community in Lake County outside of Chicago. This community features over 1,300 attached homes for resale only. Floor plans range from 933 to 4,600 square feet and feature up to four bedrooms and bathrooms.

The Lodge at the Shores is the community clubhouse, which hosts a 24-hour fitness center, space for community events, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. Outside, there are running trails, volleyball courts, and tennis courts. Lake Barrington Shores Country Club is a nearby golf course where residents are offered discounted memberships.

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CarillonPlainfield, IL

High $100s – High $300s

View of the shuffleboard courts at Carillon with the golf course in the background.
Carillon offers a variety of options for recreation. 

Carillon is a 55+ community in Plainfield, located southwest of Chicago. Carillon features over 30 different floor plans in home styles like condos, coach homes, single-family, and attached homes. This community has a wealth of amenities to keep residents active and entertained.

The recently renovated Club Carillon is a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse. The clubhouse includes an indoor pool and whirlpool spa as well as a fitness center with an aerobics and dance studio. There is a ballroom that hosts community events, parties, and theatrical productions. The Links at Carillon is a 27-hole public golf course that runs through the community.

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Lago VistaLockport, IL

Mid $200s – High $300s

View of the Lago Club at Lago Vista on a partly cloudy day with a pond in the foreground.
Lago Vista features several distinct home models for sale. 

Lago Vista is an active adult community located about 40 minutes southwest of Chicago. Hartz Homes began construction in 2004 and the community will feature 832 homes upon completion. There are five single-family models and three townhome models for active adults. All single-family models have one floor while some feature a basement. Both attached and single-family homes feature a two-car garage, lawn care, snow removal, and driveway seal coating.

Club Lago is the community clubhouse that features a sports lounge with billiards and card tables, whirlpool spa, and arts and crafts rooms. The clubhouse also features a fitness center with an indoor pool.

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EdgewaterElgin, IL

Mid $200s – High $400s

View of the indoor pool at Edgewater.
Residents can enjoy swimming year-round at Edgewater.

Edgewater is a 55+ community in Elgin, a popular suburb of Illinois. Construction of this community was completed in 2015 by Del Webb with plans for 1,040 single-family homes upon completion. Edgewater has 22 ranch-style models ranging from 1,197 to over 3,100 square feet.

Creekside Lodge is a clubhouse at the center of the amenities available at Edgewater. The Lodge features a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool and whirlpool spa, ballroom, and a library. Outdoors, there are miles of walking and biking trails as well as scenic lakes and ponds.

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Carillon LakesCrest Hill, IL

High $100s – Mid $300s

View of the clubhouse at Carillon Lakes with the outdoor pool and patio in the background.
Homeowners of Carillon Lakes live a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Carillon Lakes is a 55+ community in Crest Hill, about 45 minutes outside of Chicago. This gated community was constructed by Cambridge Homes and features over 1,000 homes. Carillon Lakes has eight different single-family home models ranging from 1,500 to over 2,300 square feet. Attached townhomes are also available.

The community boasts an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse. The clubhouse features a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool spa, ballroom, and aerobics studios. Outdoors, there is a large veranda featuring decks overlooking lakes in the community. There are also tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and horseshoe pits.

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