Sun City Huntley clubhouse

Sun City Huntley isn't just one of the most popular 55+ communities in Illinois, but also in the country.

Illinois is home to over 70 communities for active adults to call home, with all of these generally located in Chicagoland. Communities just outside of Chicago maintain a small town Midwestern feel while the bright lights of the city are still accessible. Below is a list of the most popular communities in Illinois based on views on from January 1st.

If you're wondering what communities your peers are checking out, these are the ones.

1. Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Mid $100s - High $400s

Sun City Huntley is a 55+ community in Huntley, just outside of Chicago. Construction of this community was completed by De Webb in 2013 with 5,489 homes of the single-family, attached and condo variety. There are nearly 55 different floor plans to choose from among the different styles of homes. The community spans 2,300 acres and is the largest 55+ community in the Midwest.

Sun City Huntley features world-class amenities. Prairie Lodge is the centerpiece. The clubhouse is a massive 94,000 square feet and features a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor pool, a ballroom, and several multi-purpose rooms to join in hobbies. Meadow View Lodge is another clubhouse featuring a fitness center, meeting rooms, and aerobic studios. Golf fans also love the Whisper Creek Golf Course, which is located in the community.

2. Carillon Lakes - Crest Hill, IL

Mid $100s - Low $300s

Carillon Lakes is a 55+ community in Crest Hill, about 45 minutes outside of Chicago. This gated community was constructed by Cambridge Homes and features over 1,000 single-family and attached homes. Carillon Lakes features eight different single-family home models ranging from 1,500 to over 2,300 square feet.

The community boast an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse. The clubhouse features a fitness center, indoor pool and spa, ballroom, and aerobics studios. Outdoors, there is a large veranda featuring decks overlooking lakes in the community. There are also tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and horseshoe pits.

3. Saddlebrook Farms - Grayslake, IL

Below $100k - High $200s

Saddlebrook Farms is an active adult community about an hour drive outside of Chicago. The community was constructed by Hometown America Communities and will feature 2,000 single-family homes upon completion. All homes are ranch style and there are over 20 different floor plans on offer.

Saddlebrook Farms features over 100 acres of lakes making it a beautiful place to call home. The clubhouse is a historic cabin featuring large vaulted ceilings with timber beams. The clubhouse features several rooms for crafts, cards, and aerobics. Miles of walking and biking trails accentuate the scenic open spaces outdoors. There are also horseshoe pits and a bocce ball court for residents looking for recreation.

4. Carillon - Plainfield, IL

Mid $100s - High $300s

Carillon is a 55+ community in Plainfield and located near popular suburbs like Naperville and Bolingbrook. Construction began in 1989 and was completed in 2001. Carillon features over 30 different floor plans between condos, coach homes, single family, and attached homes.

This community has a wealth of amenities to keep residents active and entertained. The recently renovated Club Carillon is a 32,000 square-foot clubhouse that includes an indoor pool and spa as well as a fitness center with an aerobics and dance studio. There is also a  ballroom that hosts community events, parties, and theatrical productions. The Links at Carillon is a 27 hole public golf course that runs through the community.

5. Edgewater - Elgin, IL

Low $200s - Mid $400s

Edgewater is a 55+ community in Elgin, just northwest of Chicago. Construction of this community was completed in 2015 by Del Webb. This gated community features 1,040 single-family homes coming in 22 ranch style models ranging in size from 1,197 to over 3,100 square feet.

Creekside Lodge is a clubhouse at the center of the activities at Edgewater. The Creekside Lodge features a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool and spa, ballroom, and library. Outdoors, there are miles of walking and biking trails as well as scenic lakes and ponds.