Buildings on either side of the river in Aurora, Illinois

Active adults looking to retire in Illinois should consider these communities in Aurora.

The Northern Illinois suburb of Aurora offers much more than meets the eye. Spanning DuPage and Kane Counties, Aurora is actually the second-most populated city in Illinois. Located approximately 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago, or just over an hour via the BNSF Metra line, the suburb offers close proximity to the world-class Windy City.

Even though residents can enjoy all of the top-notch entertainment, sports, and dining that Chicago has to offer, the Aurora area has plenty of its own attractions. Downtown Aurora offers plenty of boutique shopping and farm-to-table eateries, and it even hosts events such as Blues on the Fox Music Festival, Two Brothers Summer Festival, a summer concert series, and the Aurora Farmer’s Market.

When residents desire entertainment options, they can visit Paramount Theater, which runs a full line-up of shows and programs throughout the year. Nearby attractions also include Hollywood Casino Aurora, Chicago Premium Outlets, and Fox Valley Mall.

When residents want to spend time outdoors, the options range from water recreation and fishing on the Fox River to hiking, biking, and birdwatching throughout the many parks and reserves. Some of the most popular outdoor attractions include Phillips Park Zoo, Blackberry Farm, and Aurora West Forest Preserve.

If it sounds like Aurora might fit your lifestyle for a Northern Illinois retirement, the area has four active adult communities for you to explore. From largest to smallest, keep reading for more information about these communities with homes for sale in Aurora, Illinois.

Lincoln Valley on the Fox - North Aurora, IL

Mid $200s - High $300s

For active adults looking for brand new homes for sale in Aurora, they can find a variety of options at Lincoln Valley on the Fox. Upon completion, this 55+ community from D. R. Horton will include 374 single-family, attached, and condominium homes. With so many home types available, interested homebuyers can customize their home to best suit their needs and preferences.

As an added bonus, the homeowners’ association will take care of all exterior home maintenance, allowing residents to live a more low-maintenance lifestyle. Without having to worry about exterior upkeep, residents can spend more time enjoying their hobbies and exploring the surrounding area.

The community will also offer amenities such as a clubhouse with multipurpose gathering spaces, an outdoor pool, and a patio. The grounds will offer walking and biking trails that weave through scenic ponds and greenspaces.

Learn more information about Lincoln Valley on The Fox here.

Carillon at Stonegate - Aurora, IL

Mid $200s - High $300s

Carillon at Stonegate is a 55+ community in Aurora that's close to Naperville, giving residents easy access to all that both cities have to offer. This age-restricted community includes 336 single-family homes and nine floor plans that range from 1,402 to 2,322 square feet with two to four bedrooms with dens, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

Many of the one-level homes offer features such as open floor plans, spacious family rooms, sunrooms, and finished basements. The homeowners’ association takes care of lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal, which means that residents can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.

The community even has several positive reviews from current residents. Carol M. wrote in her review: “I moved here last August. I absolutely love it here. The homes are well built and it is so peaceful to take walks. Everyone waves. Very nice community.

Learn more information about Carillon at Stonegate here.

Stonegate West - Aurora, IL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

As an active lifestyle neighborhood, Stonegate West offers amenities and lifestyle activities to its residents. The clubs, activities, and classes include bridge, canasta, pinochle, book club, and bible study. Regular community events include pool parties, summer meetups, holiday parties, and an annual garage sale.

Many of the clubs meet at the clubhouse, which offers plenty of gathering space and houses many of the community’s amenities including an exercise room, multipurpose rooms, a card room, and a catering kitchen. The outdoor amenities feature a pool, a patio, a gazebo, and walking and biking trails.

With 336 single-family and attached homes, Stonegate West has a lot for potential homebuyers to choose from. The attached homes range from 1,256 to 1,990 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two- or two-and-a-half car garages. The single-family homes range from 1,466 to 2,527 square feet with two to four bedrooms with dens, two to three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.

 Learn more information about Stonegate West here.

Chatham Grove - Aurora, IL

Low $200s - Mid $200s 

The tight-knit 55+ community Chatham Grove consists of just 96 attached townhomes, which range from 1,268 to 1,591 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Many homes include luxury features such as first-floor master suites, flex spaces, and finished basements with wet bars.

The amenities center around a clubhouse with a party room that's ideal for neighborhood gatherings or private parties. The outdoor patio overlooks a scenic pond surrounded by a walking trail that spans the neighborhood.

Not only do residents of Chatham Grove have convenient access to Downtown Aurora, but the surrounding area boasts an abundance of daily conveniences. In the immediate area, residents can access Sam’s Club, the Rush Copley Healthplex, Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Fox Bend Golf Course, and Phillips Park Zoo.

Learn more information about Chatham Grove here.