Some of the most popular amenities in active adult communities include fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and walking trails, and some of the most desirable lifestyle activities include arts and crafts, cards and games, and travel clubs. But one amenity that’s often associated with a luxury lifestyle and a high level of convenience is an on-site restaurant.
For active adults planning on a Northern Illinois retirement, a 55+ community with its own restaurant means that there’s always a great meal nearby. By having a familiar neighborhood restaurant in a convenient location, residents always have a place to gather with friends and family without needing to travel far from home.
These five Northern Illinois communities with their own restaurants each feature unique dining options as well as world-class amenities, abundant lifestyle activities, and low-maintenance homes for sale. If this sounds ideal, keep reading to explore active adult communities with their own restaurants in Northern Illinois.
Mid $100s - Mid $400s
As a best-selling active adult community, the lifestyle at Sun City Huntley centers around the resort-style amenities, which include the largest clubhouse of any active adult community in Illinois. With 5,489 single-family, attached, and condominium homes across over 2,300 acres, this expansive 55+ community boasts amenities to suit almost any need and preference.
Residents of Sun City Huntley enjoy two on-site dining options. At the 94,000-square-foot Prairie Lodge clubhouse, Jameson’s Restaurant provides an upscale steakhouse that specializes in steaks and seafood. With seating for over 200 guests, the restaurant has luxury features such as a stone fireplace, outdoor patio seating, a sports pub, and views of the 18-hole Whisper Creek Golf Course. The course also offers a cafe where residents can find drinks and snacks.
At the clubhouse, the world-class amenities continue with a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor walking track, and a performing arts theater. The community includes an additional 20,000-square-foot clubhouse as well as a 4,800-square-foot woodworking shop. In addition to these amenities, residents can participate in clubs, activities, and classes such as bridge, canasta, swimming club, genealogy, softball league, and even RV travelers for snowbirds.
Mid $100s - High $300s
The gated 55+ community Carillon consists of 2,097 single-family, attached, and condominium homes as well as plenty of amenities and lifestyle activities. And when residents want to enjoy dinner with friends and family, they can visit a popular restaurant right within their community.
At The Links at Carillon, a 27-hole public golf course that winds throughout the development, active adults can find a fully stocked pro shop as well as The Links Bar & Grille. This spacious restaurant seats 300 guests and serves both lunch and dinner. The menu features an extensive drinks list with wine, beer, and cocktails as well as seasonal dishes.
This golf course community also boasts a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse, which includes a grand ballroom, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, and several studios for arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, and more. The grounds feature athletic courts, walking and biking trails, and a fishing lake.
With a full social calendar of activities, clubs, and classes, active adults have plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded neighbors and pursue new hobbies. Some of the regular events include craft shows, health fairs, movie nights, dance parties, and association meetings.
Low $200s - Low $300s
Located about 35 miles southwest of Chicago, Grand Haven is a gated 55+ community with 677 single-family and attached homes. This age-restricted community developed by Del Webb and Lakewood Homes offers a full-time activities director to ensure that residents can make the most of the social activities and available amenities.
Amenities at Grand Haven include a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, and walking and biking trails. The grounds feature athletic courts for tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard as well as a barbecue area and fishing lakes. Some of the popular activities at the clubhouse include games, travel club, poker, theatre company, swim club, and bridge.
Thanks to the community’s location adjacent to Mistwood Golf Club, residents can easily enjoy two top-notch dining options within walking distance of the neighborhood. McWethy’s Tavern offers a Scottish-inspired menu with American classics made from locally sourced ingredients. At the more intimate McWethy’s Sports Bar, active adults can find an extensive drinks menu as well as classic bar food favorites.
For active adults who want to retire in an active adult community with a restaurant and a low-maintenance lifestyle, the attached homes at Grand Haven are an affordable option. The attached homes range from 1,350 to 1,730 square feet, and the homeowners’ association (HOA) takes care of exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal. The more spacious single-family homes range from 1,300 to 2,200 square feet.
Mid $200s - Mid $400s
The age-restricted country club lifestyle at Regency at Bowes Creek Country Club centers around an 18-hole championship golf course, private amenities, and an on-site social director. This gated 55+ neighborhood within the larger Bowes Creek Country Club development consists of 351 single-family and attached homes.
As a golf course community, active adults can choose between daily rates and seasonal memberships to Bowes Creek Country Club, which offers an 18-hole championship golf course, locker rooms, a pro shop, banquet facilities, and Porter’s Pub. Open to the public, this English-style restaurant boasts an extensive menu with specials such as half-price burger nights, a weekly fish fry, and penny wine nights.
Active adults also enjoy access to a private 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, hobby and game rooms, and multipurpose gathering spaces. The outdoor amenities include a pool, tennis court, bocce ball courts, and a putting green. The activities, clubs, and classes include regular events such as residents nights out, cookie exchanges, and holiday parties.
The attached homes range from 1,492 to 1,989 square feet with two or three bedrooms with dens, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The luxury single-family homes range from 1,690 to 2,590 square feet with two or three bedrooms with dens, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
High $200s - Mid $400s
Liberty Green is an up-and-coming 55+ community from Pulte Homes that will include 155 ranch-style single-family homes upon completion. Located about 35 miles southwest of Chicago, residents will enjoy a suburban lifestyle that still gives them access to the world-class entertainment, shopping, and sporting events of The Windy City.
Residents of Liberty Green will have memberships to the adjacent Bolingbrook Golf Club, which will offer a variety of amenities. The luxury 76,000-square-foot clubhouse will include a fitness center, meeting rooms, golf academy, driving range, and an 18-hole championship golf course as well as an on-site restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Nest Bar & Grill is an ideal option for a convenient meal close to home. Active adults can enjoy fun weekly meals such as Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays, Thursday margarita nights, and Prime Rib specials on Saturdays.
Active adults looking for brand new low-maintenance single-family homes for sale in Bolingbrook will find several options at Liberty Green. The floor plans range from 1,683 to 2,770 square feet with two bedrooms with dens, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Luxury features will include designated golf cart garage parking, first-floor master suites, and sunrooms. The HOA will take care of exterior home maintenance.