Close-up of hands working on a clay pot in a ceramics studio.

There are several exciting active adult communities in Northern Illinois with ceramics studios. 

With over four dozen active adult communities in the Chicago suburbs, Northern Illinois retirees have ample opportunities to find a community with the homes, amenities, and lifestyle activities that best suit their needs and preferences. Whether active adults want to live in a community with a large clubhouse, golf course, or ceramics studio, several communities are sure to meet your requirements and exceed your expectations.

In particular, active adult communities with ceramics studios allow residents to enjoy ceramics with their neighbors without having to travel far from home. These studios come equipped with all of the necessary tools and materials to produce pottery, sculptures, and ceramic crafts. Keep reading to discover the seven active adult communities in Northern Illinois with ceramics studios.

Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

At Sun City Huntley in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, active adults can find a ceramics studio and so much more. The amenities include several arts and crafts studios as well as the 94,000-square-foot Prairie Lodge, 20,000-square-foot Meadow View Lodge, and 4,800-square-foot Millgrove Woodworking Shop, where plenty of activities, clubs, and classes take place.

In addition to abundant indoor amenities that include modern fitness centers, indoor pools, an indoor walking track, a restaurant, and ballroom, residents can enjoy an extensive lineup of outdoor amenities. These amenities feature an 18-hole golf course, 19-acre fishing lake, softball stadium, lighted tennis courts, and walking and biking trails.

Learn more information about Sun City Huntley here.

Carillon - Plainfield, IL

Mid $100s - High $300s

With 2,097 single-family, attached, and condominium homes, Carillon in Plainfield is the second-largest active adult community in Northern Illinois. The amenity-rich community boasts the 32,000-square-foot Club Carillon, which features a grand ballroom, fitness center, and an indoor pool and spa as well as studios for arts and crafts, ceramics, and woodworking.

As a gated 55+ golf course community, the 27-hole public golf course The Links at Carillon winds throughout the development. Some of the homes for sale feature scenic views of the course. Across nearly 30 floor plans, the homes range from 835 to 2,525 square feet with one to three bedrooms with dens and one to two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Learn more information about Carillon here.

Carillon at Cambridge Lakes - Pingree Grove, IL

High $100s - Mid $300s

For those who want to live in a mid-size community with less than 1,000 homes, Carillon at Cambridge Lakes consists of 943 single-family and attached homes. As a gated 55+ community within a larger master-planned development, this neighborhood provides an age-restricted lifestyle with private amenities.

The 18,000-square-foot clubhouse consists of a state-of-the-art fitness center, ballroom, indoor pool and spa, and studios for arts and crafts, ceramics, cards, and billiards. Some of the lifestyle activities offered at the clubhouse include drawing, health club, photography, book club, poker, and water aerobics. The clubhouse also hosts regular events, such as movie nights, morning coffee meetups, breakfasts, and holiday parties.

Learn more information about Carillon at Cambridge Lakes here.

Lago Vista - Lockport, IL

Low $200s - Low $300s

Located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago near Joliet, the gated 55+ community Lago Vista plans to include 832 single-family and attached homes upon completion. Still under construction, interested homebuyers can find both new and resale homes for sale that provide a low-maintenance lifestyle with access to high-end amenities, including studios for ceramics and arts and crafts.

The ranch-style attached homes range from 1,300 to 1,550 square feet, and the homeowners’ association (HOA) takes care of landscaping, lawn care, irrigation, snow removal, and driveway and roof care. The single-family homes range from 1,500 to 2,196 square feet, and the HOA takes care of lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal.

Learn more information about Lago Vista here.

Carillon Club - Naperville, IL

High $200s - Mid $500s

Carillon Club in Naperville represents another gated 55+ community located in the southwest suburbs that offers residents an amenity-rich active lifestyle. The community consists of 778 single-family, attached, and condominium homes and provides access to a full lineup of amenities and social activities.

The amenities at the 18,000-square-foot clubhouse include an updated fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, arts and crafts studios, a ceramics studio, and card and poker rooms. The clubhouse hosts several activities, clubs, and regular events such as cocktail hours, breakfast clubs, wine tastings, and luncheons.

Ideal for downsizing, the condo homes range from 960 to 1,370 square feet, while the attached homes range from 1,370 to 2,608 square feet. The more spacious single-family homes range from 1,475 to 2,575 square feet.

Learn more information about Carillon Club here.

Grand Haven - Romeoville, IL

Low $200s - Low $300s

Built by Del Webb and Lakewood Homes, Grand Haven provides plentiful amenities, a full-time activities director, and resale homes for sale in Romeoville. This gated 55+ community consists of 677 single-family and attached homes, and the attached homes come with a low-maintenance lifestyle.

The full social calendar includes activities, clubs, and classes such as crafting, gardening, fishing, poker, tennis, and volunteering. Residents can also participate in ballroom dance, trip and travel club, book group, swim club, and the community theatre company.

Many of the activities take place at the 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, which has amenities like a fitness center, indoor pool and spa, arts and crafts studio, ceramics studio, sports pub, salon, and ballroom. 

Learn more information about Grand Haven here.

Leisure Village - Fox Lake, IL

Below $100k - Low $100s

Active adults looking for affordable homes in Fox Lake, Illinois should take a closer look at Leisure Village. This well-established and gated 55+ community offers some of the most affordable attached homes for sale in Northern Illinois as well as an age-restricted lifestyle and engaging amenities.

The ranch-style attached homes range from 755 to 1,705 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. The 100-acre development includes 360 homes and a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities.

The amenities feature a recreation center with a 250-seat lecture hall, exercise room, arts and crafts studios, ceramics studio, woodworking shop, and game room. The outdoor amenities include an Olympic-size pool, 9-hole golf course, two fishing lakes, athletic courts, and walking and biking trails.

Learn more information about Leisure Village here.