Interior view of the woodworking shop at Carillon in Plainfield, Illinois

Active adults who enjoy working with their hands should consider these 55+ communities in Northern Illinois.

Some of the most sought-after lifestyle activities in active adult communities include travel clubs, health groups, athletic clubs, cards and games, and arts and crafts, according to the 2019 55places National Housing Survey. In addition to arts and crafts classes, another skillful hands-on activity with a considerable following is woodworking.

At 55+ communities with woodworking shops, novices and experts alike can pursue a new hobby, hone their skills, and collaborate with like-minded neighbors. With a full range of equipment and materials, the shops allow residents to enjoy wood carving, furniture making, and restoration projects.

In Northern Illinois, three of the most popular 55+ communities feature woodworking shops. Keep reading to learn more about these communities.

Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s 

Active adults can find one of the most well-equipped woodworking shops in Northern Illinois at Sun City Huntley. At the 4,800-square-foot Millgrove Woodworking Shop, hobbyist woodworkers and members of the Woodchucks club can gather to work on individual and community projects.

As a Del Webb 55+ community and the largest active adult community in Northern Illinois, Sun City Huntley provides an abundance of amenities designed to support a variety of activities, clubs, and classes. The amenities also feature the 94,000-square-foot Prairie Lodge and the 20,000-square-foot Meadow View Lodge.

At the clubhouses, residents can enjoy state-of-the-art fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, hobby and game rooms, a restaurant, and billiards halls. The outdoor amenities include an 18-hole golf course, a 19-acre fishing lake, a softball stadium, gardening plots, and walking and biking trails. 

With 5,489 single-family, attached, and condominium homes, this 55+ community offers a variety of homes for sale designed with active adults in mind. Ideal for downsizing and snowbirding, the maintenance-free condo homes range from 1,200 to 1,900 square feet, while the low-maintenance attached homes range from 1,014 to 1,599 square feet. The spacious single-family homes range from 1,130 to 3,204 square feet. 

Learn more information about Sun City Huntley here.

Carillon - Plainfield, IL

Mid $100s - High $300s 

Located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago between Naperville and Joliet, the gated 55+ community Carillon boasts an extensive lineup of amenities at the 32,000-square-foot Club Carillon. The clubhouse features a woodworking shop, an arts and crafts studio, a ceramics studio, and a hobby and game room so residents can pursue a variety of creative pursuits.

The clubhouse also includes a grand ballroom, a fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, card and poker rooms, a library, and a computer station. Outside, residents can enjoy a 27-hole golf course, two pools, a fishing lake, athletic courts, and walking and biking trails.

With a full social calendar of activities and clubs, active adults can participate in line dancing, theater guild, fishing club, golf league, or painting club. Additional offerings include movie nights, health fairs, and craft shows.

Carillon consists of 2,097 single-family, attached, and condominium homes. The variety of home models provides interested homebuyers with a range of floor plans to choose from. The low-maintenance attached homes have a homeowners’ association that takes care of exterior home maintenance, lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal. 

Learn more information about Carillon here.

Leisure Village - Fox Lake, IL

Below $100k - Low $100s

At Leisure Village, a gated 55+ community located near Fox Lake, residents can enjoy a variety of amenities and lifestyle activities alongside some of the most affordable homes for sale in Northern Illinois. The convenient location allows active adults to enjoy close proximity to downtown Chicago as well as the outdoor recreation opportunities near Chain O’Lakes.

With 360 attached homes, the floor plans range from 755 to 1,705 square feet with one or two bedrooms with dens, one to two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Many of the one-story homes feature open floor plans, master suites with en-suite bathrooms, covered patios, and kitchens with updated appliances and breakfast nooks.

At the Leisure Hall Recreation Center, residents can enjoy amenities like a 250-seat lecture hall, a woodworking shop, a game room, and studios for arts and crafts and ceramics. The outdoor amenities include an Olympic-sized pool, a 9-hole golf course, two private fishing lakes, athletic courts, and walking and biking trails.

The recreation center hosts many of the clubs, classes, and activities, such as woodshop, bingo, poker, shuffleboard, and exercise classes. The neighborhood also hosts annual events, such as holiday parties, movie nights, and potluck dinners.

Learn more information about Leisure Village here.