Sun City Huntley is the state's largest, and one of its most affordable, 55+ communities.

The state of Illinois offers a number of incentives for retirees. Filled to the brim with Midwestern charm, Illinois offers world-class attractions and destinations to explore, including the city of Chicago, as well as a number of scenic natural sights like Starved Rock State Park. Thankfully, the state is the site of several affordable active adult communities. Read on to learn about some of the most affordable communities in Illinois.

Sun City Huntley - Huntley

Mid $100s - High $400s

Sun City Huntley is a Del Webb 55+ community located in Huntley. A massive community of over 5,400 homes, potential homebuyers can choose between nearly 55 different floor plans, with styles including attached ranch townhomes, condos, and single-family residences.

Although the homes are designed to differentiate in terms of style and look, each residence is constructed to be low-maintenance, meaning residents can spend more of their time enjoying the community and all that it has to offer.

Sitting at the heart of the community is Prairie Lodge, a 94,000 square-foot clubhouse. Here, residents can come together and enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness facility, multipurpose rooms for hosting events and parties, a dance studio, and an indoor spa.

Besides Prairie Lodge, the community also features Meadow View Lodge, a 20,000 square-foot facility which includes its own fitness center, dance and aerobics studio, and an outdoor pool.

Though there’s much to see in the clubhouses, outside features even more to see. One-third of Sun City Huntley’s land is protected open space and nature preserves. One of the highlights is Wildflower Park. This area provides hundreds of acres of space that includes a 19-acre fishing lake, miles of biking and walking trails, a softball field, volleyball courts, and more.

Bradford Place Clubs - Round Lake

Below $100k - Low $100s

Located in Round Lake, Bradford Place Clubs is an intimate 55+ community of just 79 homes. Enjoying a quiet location that sits adjacent to a scenic park, Bradford Place Clubs is comprised of attached homes that range from 1,168 to 1,554 square feet. Most homes include two bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Additional features include private patios and yards. Also, thanks to the homeowners' association (HOA), residents will never have to worry about lawn care or snow removal as it is handled by the association.

In terms of amenities, residents can explore the three-acre park, which features a paved trail that is ideal for brisk walks or jogs. Along the path, residents will be greeted with scenic views of the ponds that sit nearby as well as the wildlife that reside nearby. The community’s gazebo is another popular spot and serves as a great hangout for residents so sit back and relax while conversing with friends and neighbors.

Stonegate West - Aurora

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

Stonegate West is an active lifestyle community in Aurora. Featuring 336 resale homes, Stonegate West was originally started by Kensington Homes in 2006.

The builder constructed a total of 138 attached townhomes and 104 single-family homes, but the community was later completed by Ryan Homes, which later acquired the community and built an additional 94 single-family detached residences. Homebuyers can choose between either attached or single-family residences.

In terms of Kensington Homes-developed residences, homebuyers will find the Carriage Homes collection, which is set in six-unit buildings and arranged in a horseshoe configuration. These models include two single-level ranch models and one two-story model.

Kensington Homes also developed four single-family home models with features like spacious great rooms, basements, and upscale architectural designs. Meanwhile, Ryan Homes offers seven ranch-style floor plans with three bedrooms and two or two-and-a-half bathrooms. All floor plans have attached garages, full basements, and partial brick fronts.

Stonegate West residents can mostly be found at the community clubhouse. Here, they can enjoy the sparkling outdoor swimming pool, host events in any of the several multipurpose rooms, or get a workout in at the fitness area. The grounds also include bocce courts as well as biking and walking trails. Also, when grandkids come to visit, a playground lies nearby, making this a community fit for everyone.

Shorewood Glen - Shorewood

Low $200s - Mid $300s

Located in Shorewood, one of Chicago’s southwest suburbs, Shorewood Glen is an active 55+ community of 765 homes. First opened in 2004, Shorewood Glen is made up of single-family homes and duplexes that range from 1,269 to 2,450 square feet. These homes each offer anywhere from 1,269 to 2,450 square feet and include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

At the heart of the community is the 17,000 square-foot clubhouse, Lakeview Lodge. Inside, residents find a fitness center, an Olympic-size lap pool, and an indoor spa. Outside of the facility, residents will be able to sit out with friends and family by the sundeck and outdoor pool, all while enjoying the pleasant weather.

A nearby 18-acre fishing lake is especially popular during the hot summer months. Surrounding the lake are miles of walking and biking trails, as well as bocce and tennis courts.

For day trips, downtown Chicago is located just 45 miles away. One of the most popular cities in the world, Chicago is a haven of culture and history. Whether it’s enjoying a Cubs game at Wrigley Field or shopping around Michigan Avenue, Chicago is a city with so much to see and do that retirees will never be bored.

Prairie Park - Wheeling

Low $200s - High $400s

Rounding out the list is Prairie Park, a collection of condominiums distributed across five mid-rise buildings in Wheeling. Prairie Park features 12 home models to choose from, all of which range from 1,289 to 2,277 square feet. There is the option for one to three bedrooms units, along with one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Each unit comes with a private terrace which comes with a gas line, meaning residents can enjoy some great outdoor grilling. Kitchens, meanwhile, come with top-notch cabinets and countertops and include modern fixtures and appliances.

The community offers a clubhouse with a party room and lounge, hobby and games rooms, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. During the summer months, residents can partake in everything from barbecue outings to games of bocce, or simply relaxing on the terrace while enjoying the views of the nearby lake.