For those who follow trends in active adult community real estate, it comes as no surprise that the 55 Best 55+ Active Adult Communities of 2021 features many Del Webb communities from across the country. However, active adult homebuyers in Northern Illinois don’t need to leave the Chicagoland area to find several acclaimed Del Webb communities to choose from.
In Northern Illinois, the fourteen Del Webb communities offer the resort-style amenities, active lifestyles, and low-maintenance homes that many retirees seek in their next communities. Additionally, all of these age-restricted communities put residents within one hour of Downtown Chicago and provide access to one of the city’s two major international airports.
Active adults in Illinois looking to downsize from their family homes or surround themselves with an amenity-rich environment can find plenty of options at the Del Webb communities in Illinois. Take a closer look at each one below.
High $100s - High $400s
Of all the active adult communities in Northern Illinois, the renowned Sun City Huntley in Huntley stands out for several reasons. This 55+ community is the largest in the Prairie State with 5,489 single-family, attached, and condominium homes across more than 2,300 acres. The development also boasts the largest clubhouse and one of the most extensive selections of resort-style amenities not only in the state but in the Midwest.
Sun City Huntley provides an abundance of floor plans and home styles to choose from depending on homebuyers’ needs and preferences. Condominium homes range from 1,059 to 1,900 square feet, the attached homes range from 1,014 to 1,599 square feet, and the spacious single-family homes range from 1,197 to 3,204 square feet. In addition to ranch-style floor plans designed for first-floor living, residents of the attached and condominium homes enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.
The world-class amenities include the 94,000-square-foot Prairie Lodge, the 20,000-square-foot Meadowview Lodge, and the 4,800-square-foot woodworking shop. More excellent amenities include state-of-the-art fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, an indoor walking track, a performing arts theater, and an 18-hole golf course. Sun City Huntley is one of the best places to retire if you have family in Chicago.
Low $300s - High $600s
As Del Webb’s first 55+ community in Lake County, Grand Dominion offers an amenity-rich lifestyle within easy reach of some of the best outdoor recreation, entertainment options, and cultural attractions that Chicago has to offer. The location in Mundelein puts residents within one hour of downtown Chicago, within 35 minutes of O’Hare International Airport, and within 25 minutes of the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline.
Built between 2006 and 2014, the Grand Dominion community consists of 725 single-family homes across five home series. The ranch-style homes range from 1,197 to 2,833 square feet with one to four bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. The homeowners’ association (HOA) takes care of all landscaping, lawn care, snow removal, and common area maintenance, which gives residents a low-maintenance lifestyle and much more free time.
The amenities center around the 17,500-square-foot Lakeside Lodge, which is home to a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, and plenty of multipurpose gathering spaces that host activities, clubs, and classes. Just a few of the activities offered by the community include arts and crafts classes, wine club, photography, games and cards, pickleball, and golf club.
High $200s - Low $300s
At Grand Haven, active adults can find low-maintenance homes for sale within a gated 55+ community. Built between 2002 and 2004 by both Del Webb and Lakewood Homes, this age-restricted development consists of 677 ranch-style single-family and attached homes. While Lakewood Homes built the attached homes and some single-family homes, Del Webb built many of the single-family homes.
Residents of Grand Haven have access to a community clubhouse with 15,000 square feet of amenities, which include a fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, a ballroom, arts and crafts studios, game rooms, a salon, and a pub. Outdoors, the community features a pool, a patio, walking and biking trails, and a fishing lake. There are also athletic facilities for tennis, shuffleboard, bocce, basketball, and horseshoes.
A full-time activities director coordinates the activities, clubs, and classes at Grand Haven. The full social calendar features gardening, fishing, golf club, poker, book club, and arts and crafts classes.
Mid $200s - High $400s
Edgewater is often compared to Sun City Huntley since its location in Elgin puts these two Illinois Del Webb communities within 15 minutes of each other. However, Edgewater stands on its own with a desirable selection of resort-style amenities in a more tight-knit community with 1,040 single-family homes.
The ranch-style single-family homes at Edgewater come in four collections with sought-after floor plans with Del Webb's signature touch. The homes range from 1,190 to 2,833 square feet with one to four bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. Many homes feature open-concept floor plans, spacious owner’s suites with walk-in closets, dens, and covered patios. Some homes offer finished basements for bonus space, storage, and guest bedrooms.
With an HOA that takes care of all landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal, residents can have more free time to enjoy the community amenities and lifestyle. The 23,000-square-foot Creekside Lodge is home to a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom, and arts and crafts studios. At the clubhouse, residents gather for activities such as book club, card club, watercolors, travel club, and line dancing.
Mid $200s - Low $400s
With low-maintenance homes, sought-after amenities, and an abundance of social activities, Shorewood Glen in Shorewood provides active adults with the desirable features and lifestyles found at many Del Webb communities. This gated 55+ community, built between 2004 and 2015, consists of 765 low-maintenance single-family and attached homes. The single-family homes range from 1,222 to 2,450 square feet, and the two attached floor plans offer 1,285 or 1,547 square feet.
The location of Shorewood Glen in the southwest suburbs of Chicago puts residents near the cities of Joliet, Naperville, and Aurora. Within 45 minutes, residents can drive to Chicago as well as Midway International Airport. The convenient access to Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 means that residents can travel throughout the Chicagoland area with ease.
The 17,000-square-foot Lakeview Lodge houses many of the community amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, a ballroom, a catering kitchen, and a billiards room. The outdoor amenities feature a pool, a sundeck, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, walking and biking trails, and an 18-acre fishing lake.
High $300s - Low $500s
Liberty Green is a 55+ community in Bolingbrook that broke ground in 2019 and will consist of 155 single-family homes upon completion. The homeowners’ association will maintain all home exteriors, which will allow residents to enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle. Designed for first-floor living, the single-family homes will range from 1,683 to 1,963 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and two- to three-car garages with options for golf cart storage.
Golf cart storage may be a good idea because new residents will also receive a social membership to the adjacent Bolingbrook Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course complex with an abundance of amenities. The Club features a 76,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, restaurant, and meeting rooms. In addition to the amenities at Bolingbrook Golf Club, residents will be able to enjoy activities like holiday parties within their own neighborhood.
Low $400s - Low $600s
Located in Naperville about 35 miles west of Chicago, Ashwood Crossing offers residents the feeling of a small-town community within close proximity to bustling metropolitan areas. Homeowners enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to the HOA, which takes care of lawn care and snow removal, and residents can take advantage of amenities including tranquil park-like natural areas and walking trails.
Ashwood Crossing completed construction in 2020 and now consists of 103 single-family and attached homes. Historic Naperville is just 15 minutes away, offering local attractions, shopping, restaurants, and an abundance of conveniences for residents to explore.
High $200s - Low $300s
In 2021, construction of Briargate began in Lindenhurst, a brand-new 55+ community that will include 228 contemporary single-family homes when completed. Interested buyers at Briargate can choose from three open-concept floor plans that range from 1,683 to 1,963 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages, as well as features such as dens, patios, and optional second-story lofts.
The amenities of Briargate will include a clubhouse with a gathering room and a veranda. Residents will also be able to meet up with friends and neighbors to play bocce ball and pickleball on one of the community’s courts. Lindenhurst is located 50 miles north of Downtown Chicago, maintaining access to the city while also providing nearby attractions and conveniences.
Low $400s - Mid $500s
With multiple nearby lakes, parks, and golf clubs, the town of Hawthorn Woods offers an ideal location for homeowners who enjoy spending time outdoors. The active lifestyle community of Hawthorn Hills Ranches is located about 40 miles north of Downtown Chicago and residents have quick access to both world-class attractions and everyday conveniences. Residents also find themselves within 15 miles of the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan as well as Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve.
Hawthorn Hills Ranches consists of 221 energy-efficient single-family homes with open layouts. Some homes also feature second-story bonus rooms and finished basements. While the HOA takes care of lawn care and common area maintenance, residents have more time to enjoy the outdoor amphitheater and 40 acres of natural spaces and walking trails that surround the community.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Active adults searching for affordable Del Webb communities near Chicago should also take a look at The Enclave of Carrington Reserve in West Dundee. With only 87 single-family homes total, residents of this exclusive active lifestyle community enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to the HOA, which covers all lawn care and snow removal.
The comfortable single-family homes at The Enclave of Carrington Reserve range from 1,704 to 2,565 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. In addition to spacious living rooms and updated kitchens, homeowners can find extra storage in their homes’ basement.
Low $400s - Mid $900s
Located within the master-planned development called The Glen, Regency at the Glen consists of 149 attached homes and provides residents with access to private neighborhood amenities as well as those found throughout the larger community. Residents have access to the 165,000-square-foot Park Center, the Park Center Health and Fitness Center, the Lakeview Room ballroom, an aquatic center, and an 18-hole golf course.
Residents of Regency at the Glen do not have to travel too far to find entertainment and conveniences. The nearby Glen Town Center provides a hub of retail shopping, several restaurants, spas and wellness centers, and everyday conveniences. For residents who want to explore outside of the community, Chicago is less than 20 miles away.
High $800s - Low $1Ms
With just 52 luxury single-family homes, Savoy Club is a Del Webb community with desirable floor plans, top-of-the-line amenities, and a convenient location in Burr Ridge, about 20 miles away from Downtown Chicago. The community offers close proximity to the Burr Ridge Village Center, a high-end shopping and entertainment center.
The community is designed to give residents a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city by implementing scenic ponds, natural spaces, and walking trails for residents to explore. The luxury homes come in several floor plans—he most spacious being 3,353 square feet—with features such as home offices, patios, breakfast nooks, and second-story bedrooms and bonus rooms.
Trillium Farm is an up-and-coming age-restricted community that Del Webb started in 2020 to bring the builder’s high standards of active adult living 20 minutes north of Naperville in Winfield, IL. The 55 single-family homes will range from 1,683 to 1,963 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.
The location of Trillium Farm will put residents less than one hour from Chicago and everything the world-class city has to offer. From high-end dining to major sporting events to some of the best cultural attractions in the country, residents can drive to the UP-W Metra Station within five minutes for a leisurely ride into the city any day of the week.
Low $500s - Mid $600s
Atwater Ranches, an active lifestyle community built between 2016 and 2018, features 60 single-family homes total. Located in the tight-knit town of Naperville, residents find themselves within easy reach of attractions and shopping. The four single-story floor plans include two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Atwater Ranches pays special attention to maintaining natural spaces within the neighborhood, as 50% of the community’s acreage is dedicated to natural spaces and parks. The community also features a 3.8-mile loop for walking and biking around the neighborhood that weaves around the neighborhood.