The Best-Reviewed Communities in Illinois

These active adult communities in Illinois come highly recommended by their current residents.

With more than six dozen active adult communities in Northern Illinois, homeowners have an abundance of options when searching for their next home in an active adult community in the Prairie State. Recommendations and word-of-mouth from current residents can help narrow down the list, and the resident reviews on 55places can accomplish just that.

Each of these active adult communities in Illinois received at least three five-star reviews by resident homeowners, along with an average rating of five out of five stars, making them some of the top-rated in the state. Keep reading to discover what residents have to say about the best-reviewed active adult communities in Illinois.

1. Regency at The Woods of South BarringtonSouth Barrington, IL

Mid $500s – Mid $800s

Warped rail of wooden fence along pastureland by abandoned outbuildings on onetime equestrian estate
This gated 55+ community with 156 luxury homes tops the list of the best-reviewed communities in Illinois.

Regency at The Woods of South Barrington is one of the highest-rated active adult communities in Illinois as well as the entire country. This gated 55+ community with 156 luxury homes tops the list of the best-reviewed communities in Illinois and ranks second among the 25 Best-Reviewed Communities on

As one homeowner remarked:

“This was the best decision we ever made . . . We made the right choice and there is nothing we would have changed. Great neighbors, great community, a wonderful place to stay young forever.”

The exclusive age-restricted community consists of 156 single-family homes that range from 2,000 to 2,843 square feet. In addition to spacious floor plans, residents enjoy resort-style amenities that feature a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, a ballroom, and several athletic courts.

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2. Carillon at StonegateAurora, IL

Mid $200s – High $300s

A gazebo beside a picturesque pond at Carillon at Stonegate in Aurora, Illinois
Residents of this 55+ community have plenty of amenities close to home.

Located in Aurora just 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago, Carillon at Stonegate connects active adults to some of the best entertainment options and cultural attractions in the Windy City. However, residents of this 55+ community with 336 single-family homes can also find plenty of amenities and lifestyle activities close to home.

The social events and amenities at Carillon at Stonegate connect residents to an active physical and social lifestyle. As one resident shared:

“My home in this community is such a blessing! And, the activities and other residents really make living here fun. I love the work out room!”

The amenities feature an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, a ballroom, and multipurpose gathering spaces that host a variety of activities, clubs, and classes. Some of the popular offerings on the social calendar include book club, movie nights, art classes, and card games.

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3. Shorewood GlenShorewood, IL

Mid $200s – High $300s

The outdoor pool and patio at Shorewood Glen in Shorewood, Illinois
Shorewood Glen offers world-class amenities across all four seasons.

With a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, and several fishing lakes, Shorewood Glen in the southwest suburbs of Chicago offers world-class amenities across all four seasons. The location within one hour of downtown Chicago, along with the resort-style amenities, make the gated 55+ community with 765 single-family and attached homes popular among active adults.

One resident recently raved:

“Shorewood Glen is the best option for 55+ living in the southwest suburbs . . . The clubhouse is fantastic and everyone loves living here! This community is definitely the best value.”

The Lakeview Lodge, one of the largest clubhouses in Illinois, hosts a full social calendar of activities, clubs, and classes where residents can meet like-minded neighbors and pursue new hobbies. Some of the clubs and classes include arts and crafts, line dancing, and cooking club. The community also hosts regular social events, such as movie nights, poker tournaments, and bingo.

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4. Villas at SouthburyOswego, IL

Mid $200s – High $300s

A picnic table beside the Fox River in Oswego, Illinois during the fall
Villas at Southbury offers a low-maintenance lifestyle in a tight-knit neighborhood.

Built between 2012 and 2017 within the master-planned Southbury development, Villas at Southbury consists of 107 single-family homes that range from 1,477 to 1,933 square feet. As one of the top-rated active lifestyle communities in Illinois, Villas at Southbury offers a low-maintenance lifestyle in a tight-knit neighborhood where residents feel that they “really love [their] new home and community.” 

At Villas at Southbury, the amenities feature a 7,332-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, two outdoor pools, walking trails, and athletic courts. The active social life among residents includes events and gatherings such as book club, chili cook-offs, holiday parties, and block parties. And thanks to a homeowners’ association (HOA) that takes care of all lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal, residents enjoy more leisure time to make the most of these activities.

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