Interior view of the ballroom at Sun City Huntley in Huntley, Illinois

A theater is an underrated amenity, and these Northern Illinois communities allow residents to enjoy a show with neighbors.

From state-of-the-art fitness centers to woodworking shops, many of the active adult communities in Northern Illinois offer a range of sought-after amenities designed to support an active physical and social lifestyle. And one of the more rare amenities is a theater.

Active adult communities with theaters can host regular events, live performances, and lectures, providing residents with diverse opportunities to put on shows with neighbors or enjoy some alternative entertainment. For active adults who want to retire in Northern Illinois, these three communities have theaters (and many other amenities).

Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

One of the most popular and well-known active adult communities in Illinois is Sun City Huntley. This Del Webb 55+ community consists of 5,489 single-family, attached, and condominium homes. Not only can residents enjoy living in the largest 55+ community in the state, but they can enjoy a world-class lineup of amenities and activities to match.

The 94,000-square-foot Prairie Lodge, one of the largest clubhouses in Northern Illinois, features a performing arts theatre called the Drendel Ballroom. The expansive ballroom hosts activities such as symposiums, theater shows, jazz concerts, choir shows, dances, and concert band performances, which showcase the talents of residents as well as local groups.

Residents who enjoy playing and performing music can participate in activities and clubs such as Sun City music, theatre company, concert band, prairie singers, chime choir, and string orchestra. These groups regularly host performances in the Drendel Ballroom, which means members have the opportunity to perform and their neighbors can enjoy the show.

More amenities can be found at the 20,000-square-foot Meadow View Lodge and the 4,800-square-foot Millgrove Woodworking Shop. Throughout the community, residents can enjoy state-of-the-art fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, an indoor walking track, a restaurant, hobby and game rooms, and arts and crafts studios.

Learn more information about Sun City Huntley here. 

Leisure Village - Fox Lake, IL

Below $100k - Low $100s 

At Leisure Village in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, active adults will find a tight-knit 55+ community in a secure gated neighborhood with access to amenities. With just 360 attached homes, this well-established community provides affordable homes for sale.

The Leisure Village Recreation Center features a spacious 250-seat lecture hall, which offers plenty of space for community gatherings and events. The clubhouse also includes an exercise room, a woodworking shop, a catering kitchen,a game room, a ceramics room, a library, a computer lab, and arts and crafts studios. The multipurpose gathering spaces create ample opportunities for residents to gather with neighbors and enjoy activities.

Designed to make the most of the warmer months, the outdoor amenities feature an Olympic-size pool, a 9-hole golf course, and two fishing and boating lakes. Residents can also enjoy walking and biking trails, a community vegetable garden, and athletic courts for tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, and shuffleboard.

The attached homes at Leisure Village come in 13 floor plans ranging from 755 to 1,705 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Many of the ranch-style homes feature open-concept layouts, master suites with en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets, sunrooms, dens, and covered patios.

Learn more information about Leisure Village here.

Villas at Southbury - Oswego, IL

Mid $200s - High $300s 

For Northern Illinois active adults who want to live in a community with an amenity-rich lifestyle, Villas at Southbury is a desirable option. Located within the master-planned Southbury development in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, this active lifestyle community consists of just 107 single-family homes

Built from 2012 to 2017, the ranch-style single-family homes range from 1,477 to 1,933 square feet with two or three bedrooms with dens, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Thanks to a homeowners’ association that handles of lawn care, driveway maintenance, and snow removal, residents can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle with more leisure time.

The community clubhouse consists of 7,332 square feet of amenities, including a theater room where residents can gather to watch television shows, movies, and live sporting events. Additional amenities include a great room with a fireplace, a catering kitchen, a library, a craft room, a fitness center, and an aerobics studio. 

Outside, residents can enjoy two pools, a patio, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, walking and biking trails, and scenic lakes. When residents want to visit Chicago or travel around the country, they can reach downtown Chicago or Midway International Airport within an hour's drive.

Learn more information about Villas at Southbury here.