Sun City Huntley is a popular Del Webb community approximately 1 hour west of downtown Chicago.

While some retirees turn to coastal regions like Florida or California, many active adults prefer the thriving communities found throughout the Chicago area. This popular area features a blend of exciting urban attractions, like Millennium Park and the Chicago Botanic Garden, with the scenic beauty of Chicago’s picturesque suburbs.


Active adults who like to experience all four seasons will likely enjoy the changing weather in the Chicago area. Summers are warm with daytime temperatures that climb to over 90 degrees, while winters are cold and snowy. Spring and autumn months are generally mild with sunny skies and low humidity. Chicago’s location alongside Lake Michigan offers water lovers many opportunities for boating, fishing and other outdoor recreations.


Navy Pier is a famous lakeside attraction which features a variety of museums, restaurants, shops and exhibition centers, as well as a 150-foot tall ferris wheel. Shoppers love visiting the city’s Magnificent Mile, music lovers enjoy a diverse mix of venues, and theater-goers will find plenty to love about Chicago’s Broadway-style theater district. Sports-enthusiasts particularly love rooting for Chicago’s local teams. When it comes to baseball, the city is home to both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Football fans can cheer for the Chicago Bears and basketball lovers can lend their support to the Chicago Bulls. Other city sports teams include the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) and the Chicago Fire (MLS).


Carillon at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove, IL is another fantastic option for 55+ living in Illinois. 

Known collectively as Chicagoland, the city’s surrounding suburbs offer attractions that appeal to just about any interest. Located in Schaumburg, Legoland Discovery Center is a great place to take visiting grandkids. Nature lovers can enjoy popular destinations like the Morton Arboretum and the Brookfield Zoo. Just a few of the historic attractions include the Ernest Hemingway Museum and Birthplace, and the Frances Willard House Museum. Active adults who choose to relocate to the Chicago area will have no trouble finding an appealing community. The region has something for everyone.

Active Adult Communities in Illinois

There are active adult communities with age restrictions and those that are open to all ages. There are sprawling resort-style developments, like Sun City Huntley, and intimate developments, like Regency at the Woods of South Barrington, which has less than 200 homes. Attractive mid-sized communities are found in many Chicago suburbs. In Elgin, homebuyers will find developments like Edgewater and Regency at Bowes Creek Country Club. Southwest of the city, active adults may like Carillon or Shorewood Glen, while Grand Dominion is a popular community found in a far northwestern suburb. Once active adults discover the area’s impressive communities and exciting attractions, they may find that Chicagoland offers their own ideal retirement destination.