With more than 70 communities in Northern Illinois, active adults can find age-restricted and active lifestyle communities throughout the Chicagoland area. One of the more unique regions worth exploring is the area along the Illinois-Wisconsin state lines, where there are six Northern Illinois communities within roughly 10 miles of the Wisconsin border.
Located in northern Lake and McHenry County, these active adult communities still provide access to downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport, but they offer lower taxes, a more affordable cost of living, and less traffic than Cook County. These communities also put residents close to the outdoor recreation opportunities found near Chain O’Lakes, Lake Michigan, and Southern Wisconsin. Active adults can also easily drive to Wisconsin cities such as Kenosha, Madison, and Milwaukee, all while living in Illinois.
If these Northern Illinois locations and lifestyle options pique your interest, keep reading for a detailed look at six Northern Illinois communities near the Wisconsin border.
Below $100k - Low $100s
One of the northernmost 55+ communities near the Wisconsin border also has some of the most affordable homes for sale in Northern Illinois. Leisure Village, a gated age-restricted community with 360 attached homes, is located just 4.2 miles from the border and less than 2 miles from Grass Lake, which is part of the Chain O’Lakes system.
At Leisure Village, residents have a variety of floor plans as well as an abundance of amenities. The well-maintained attached homes range from 755 to 1,705 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. With options ideal for snowbirds and those who want to downsize, features in some homes include open floor plans, covered patios, dens, and master suites with en-suite bathrooms.
The amenities include a recreation center with an exercise room, a 250-seat lecture hall, a woodworking shop, an arts and crafts room, a ceramics studio, and multipurpose gathering spaces where residents participate in activities, clubs, and classes. Outside, residents can enjoy an Olympic-size pool, a nine-hole golf course, two private boating lakes, community gardens, athletic courts, and walking and biking trails.
Low $100s - Mid $200s
Carillon at Heatherstone is also just 4.2 miles from the Wisconsin border, surrounding residents with an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. In addition to easy access to America’s Dairyland, active adults can reach the shores of Lake Michigan as well as the 4,160-acre Illinois Beach State Park, where residents can hike, fish, boat, and swim.
Built from 2003 to 2007, the gated 55+ community Carillon at Heatherstone consists of 173 low-maintenance single-family and attached homes within the master-planned Heatherstone development. The attached homes range from 1,107 to 1,332 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The ranch-style single-family homes range from 1,530 to 1,951 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
At the heart of the community, a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse provides amenities such as an exercise room, a ballroom, and rooms for billiards and cards. The outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, a patio, a tennis court, a walking trail, and a scenic pond.
Mid $100s - Low $300s
With 361 single-family and attached homes, Carillon North is a gated 55+ community that offers a low-maintenance lifestyle, resort-style amenities, and a full social calendar of clubs, classes, and activities. The location of Carillon North also puts residents 7.9 miles south of the Wisconsin border and adjacent to the Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve.
The attached homes offer the most low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to a homeowners’ association that takes care of all exterior home maintenance, landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal. These ranch-style homes range from 1,268 to 1,694 square feet. The single-family homes, which range from 1,680 to 2,322 square feet, provide low-maintenance living that covers lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal.
With a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, and a nine-hole, par-3 golf course, residents have ample opportunities to enjoy the amenities throughout the seasons. At the clubhouse, neighbors gather for social activities that include bingo, painting, jewelry making, poker, computer club, and art class. Some of the regular social events include happy hours, live theater, Friday morning coffee meetups, and planned outings.
Low $300s - High $300s
Active adults looking for brand-new, low-maintenance single-family homes in Northern Illinois have plenty of options at Wentworth. Builder D.R. Horton began construction on this active lifestyle community in 2016 with plans for just 73 single-family homes. It's a scenic neighborhood with amenities such as walking trails, a picnic area, parks, natural spaces, and a pond.
This exclusive new development is located in Gurnee, a suburb just 9.6 miles from the Wisconsin border that offers plenty of things to do close to home. Some of the local attractions include Gurnee Mills Mall, Six Flags Great America, Merit Golf Club, and Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee. Residents are also 30 miles away from O’Hare International Airport and 45 miles away from downtown Chicago.
With a homeowners’ association that takes care of lawn care and snow removal, residents have more free time to explore the surrounding area and visit family. The homes range from 1,664 to 2,162 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Features in many homes include open layouts, gourmet kitchens, spacious master suites, flex spaces, and optional second-floor bonus rooms or basements.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
Builder Lennar Homes began construction of Andaré at Remington Pointe North in 2017 with plans for just 89 single-family homes total. At this exclusive 55+ community, interested homebuyers can find low-maintenance single-family homes for sale in an age-restricted community located 10.4 miles from Wisconsin.
Across seven floor plans, the ranch-style homes range from 1,224 to 2,171 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. In addition to customizable open layouts, the homes include smart home automation technology with voice control. The homeowners’ association takes care of outdoor chores such as lawn care and snow removal, giving residents more leisure time to enjoy.
The amenities at Andaré at Remington Pointe North include a clubhouse with a fitness center, a community kitchen, and multipurpose gathering spaces. Outside, residents can make use of a patio, a fire pit, parks, walking and biking trails, and athletic courts for pickleball, bocce ball, and shuffleboard. When active adults want to explore the surrounding area, they can visit nearby attractions such as Volo Bog State Natural Area, Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort, and Stonewall Orchard Golf Club.
High $100s - High $200s
Located 10.4 miles from Wisconsin, 45 miles from O’Hare International Airport, and 64 miles from downtown Chicago, Maples at the Sonatas connects residents to an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, lifestyle options, and daily conveniences. With plans for 126 single-family and attached homes within the master-planned Sonatas development, this active lifestyle community offers both new and resale homes for sale.
The clubhouse at the heart of the neighborhood provides 3,000 square feet of amenities, including an exercise room, a catering kitchen, a fireplace TV lounge, a game and billiards room, and multipurpose spaces. At the clubhouse, neighbors gather for social activities such as book clubs, holiday parties, game and card clubs, football viewing parties, and more. Outside, there’s a heated swimming pool to enjoy.
With several highly customizable floor plans, the European Country-inspired attached homes range from 1,325 to 1,926 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The ranch-style single-family homes range from 1,516 to 2,873 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and spacious two-and-a-half-car garages. Luxury features include four season verandas, private patios, and open concept living spaces with high ceilings.