Illinois is home to a number of affordable and sought-after 55+ communities that feature plenty of clubs, groups, and activities ideal for retirees who want to make lasting relationships. With social gatherings designed to create a sense of community and bring like-minded people together, 55+ communities can help residents connect and bond with new neighbors.
Many active adult communities boast a welcoming and inclusive environment for singles. These four 55+ communities might be some of the best for single active adults looking for homes for sale in Northern Illinois.
Sun City Huntley
As the largest 55+ community in Illinois, Sun City Huntley in Huntley certainly offers ample opportunities for single residents to join many friend groups. In addition to the Sun City Singles group, there are many popular activities where residents can meet people with similar interests. Just some of the many groups and clubs include creative writing, music, support groups, bingo, cultural clubs, and theatre.
Most of the social activities take place at the community’s two clubhouses. The 94,000 square-foot Prairie Lodge features a performing arts theater, ballroom, arts and crafts studios, and a restaurant. The 20,000 square-foot Meadow View Lodge includes hobby and game rooms, a card room, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
This Del Webb 55+ community consists of 5,489 single-family, attached, and condominium homes. The resale residences range from 1,014 to 3,070 square feet, which means that residents can find a home that best suits their needs and lifestyle.
Carillon - Plainfield
Residents of Carillon in Plainfield have no shortage of activities, classes, and clubs to participate in, including a singles club. Social events designed for residents to meet new people include movie nights, health fairs, craft shows, and community meetings. Active adults can also join hobby groups such as travel club, civic committee, book club, ping pong, and fishing club.
Club Carillon, the 32,000 square-foot clubhouse, serves as the center of activity in the community. In addition to a grand ballroom with a stage and dance floor, it includes art studios, a woodworking shop, cards and poker rooms, a fitness center, and an indoor pool and spa.
Outdoors, residents can meet friends at the two outdoor pools, horseshoe pits, and courts for tennis, bocce, pickleball, and shuffleboard. Golf pros and novices alike can practice their game on the 27-hole public golf course with its own pro shop and restaurant.
This gated 55+ community earns the distinction as the first age-restricted community in Illinois. It appeals to a variety of homebuyers by offering affordable homes for sale that include single-family, attached, and condominium homes across over 30 different floor plans.
Shorewood Glen - Shorewood
Active adults who want to live near Joliet can appreciate the location and value of Shorewood Glen. Located less than a 20-minute drive from Joliet in Shorewood, residents can enjoy a convenient location near attractions like the Chicagoland Speedway and Rialto Square Theatre.
As one resident wrote, “Shorewood Glen is the best option for 55+ living in the southwest suburbs. The homes were built in the 2000s, so the floor plans are open, spacious, and have large great rooms. The clubhouse is fantastic and everyone loves living here! This community is definitely the best value.”
Built from 2004 to 2015 by Del Webb, the community consists of 765 single-family and attached homes with many luxury Del Webb floor plans to choose from. Residents also enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to a homeowners’ association that covers exterior home maintenance, landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal.
The singles club creates an ideal place to meet like-minded active adults, and there are plenty of other social activities to enjoy. Some of the community’s offerings include genealogy club, card sharks, fisherman’s group, game groups, and service clubs.
Grand Dominion - Mundelein
With a setting along a 13-acre lake, Grand Dominion in Mundelein offers tranquil surroundings with an amenity-rich lifestyle. The 17,500-square-foot Lakeside Lodge combines these two features and boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center with an indoor pool and spa, arts and crafts rooms, a ballroom, and more.
The Singles Thrill Seekers Adventure club encourages camaraderie among the community’s single active adults and plans several meetings and events to attend. There are many additional opportunities to meet people in clubs such as jetsetters travel, painting, photography, drama, and current events. Some of the unique offerings include boating, skiing, aviation, and classic cars club.
The single-family homes come in nearly two dozen floor plans, which means that homebuyers have a good chance of finding their next dream home. The floor plans range from 1,197 to 2,833 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.