With its world-class museums, excellent health care options, robust transportation system and rich art and culture scene, Chicago is a popular place for many active seniors to retire. With 2.7 million residents, Chicago is one of the largest cities in the nation, and around 12% of those residents are age 65 and older. The city is well-known for its diversity, and seniors from many walks of life will find neighborhoods and communities to feel comfortable in when they settle in this city. It also has several nationally ranked hospital systems to benefit its aging population. 

For those who need a little extra help day-to-day, Chicago’s assisted living communities can provide it. The city has an average assisted living cost of $4,825 a month. This is just about $300 higher than the state’s average of $4,488, as well as the national average of $4,500.

This guide introduces assisted living costs and options in Chicago. Learn more about assisted living as well as some of the perks and drawbacks of retiring in Chicago, along with free resources to help the city’s seniors. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Chicago, IL

2015

Brookdale Lake View

3121 North Sheridan, Chicago, IL, 60657

I toured Brookdale Lake View for my mom. It was a little gloomy in there. They seemed friendly and it seemed pretty nice; I wouldn’t give it a low score. It just seemed kind of dark because the lighti … (read more)
I toured Brookdale Lake View for my mom. It was a little gloomy in there. They seemed friendly and it seemed pretty nice; I wouldn’t give it a low score. It just seemed kind of dark because the lighti … (read more)

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive

2960 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60657

My father stayed at Brookdale Lake Shore Drive, and it is very nice and mostly for people who are independent and needing little assistance, but my father needed so much more. The place was beautiful, … (read more)
My father stayed at Brookdale Lake Shore Drive, and it is very nice and mostly for people who are independent and needing little assistance, but my father needed so much more. The place was beautiful, … (read more)

Sunrise of Lincoln Park

2710 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 60614

Located in Chicago, Illinois, Sunrise of Lincoln Park is less than a mile from the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Residents and their loved ones agree that this fac … (read more)
Located in Chicago, Illinois, Sunrise of Lincoln Park is less than a mile from the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Residents and their loved ones agree that this fac … (read more)

2012

St. Joseph Village of Chicago

4021 West Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL, 60641

St. Joseph Village of Chicago was very homey and very clean. The people there were generally friendly. It’s very homey and meets our needs. It’s older, but it’s clean and appears to be well-maintained … (read more)
St. Joseph Village of Chicago was very homey and very clean. The people there were generally friendly. It’s very homey and meets our needs. It’s older, but it’s clean and appears to be well-maintained … (read more)

2016

Victory Centre of South Chicago

3251 East 92nd Street, Chicago, IL, 60617

Victory Centre of South Chicago was a lively place. The staff and the rooms were very nice. It almost had a hotel feel to it. The young lady took me around and showed me their activities and they have … (read more)
Victory Centre of South Chicago was a lively place. The staff and the rooms were very nice. It almost had a hotel feel to it. The young lady took me around and showed me their activities and they have … (read more)

Colfax Manor Assisted Living

8200 South Colfax Ave, Chicago, IL, 60617

Colfax Manor Assisted Living is fine. They do coloring because the place focuses on dementia and Alzheimer’s. It’s a small place, and it’s really a home. They go out, go to movies, put shows on the te … (read more)
Colfax Manor Assisted Living is fine. They do coloring because the place focuses on dementia and Alzheimer’s. It’s a small place, and it’s really a home. They go out, go to movies, put shows on the te … (read more)

Belmont Village Lincoln Park

700 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60614

I would say that Belmont Village Senior Living Lincoln Park was the one that we felt most highly about. My relative would likely go there, but it is expensive or he felt it was expensive. We looked at … (read more)
I would say that Belmont Village Senior Living Lincoln Park was the one that we felt most highly about. My relative would likely go there, but it is expensive or he felt it was expensive. We looked at … (read more)

Amazing Grace Senior Living

7432 West Talcott Ave , Chicago, IL, 60631

The Amazing Grace Senior Living seemed like a nice place to take care of the medical needs that my mother-in-law would need. It’s assisted living and there are nurses there 24/7. It’s close to home an … (read more)
The Amazing Grace Senior Living seemed like a nice place to take care of the medical needs that my mother-in-law would need. It’s assisted living and there are nurses there 24/7. It’s close to home an … (read more)

Norwood Crossing

6016 N. Nina Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60631

Norwood Crossing is located in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, near Presence Resurrection Medical Center and the Roden Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Visitors compliment the … (read more)
Norwood Crossing is located in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, near Presence Resurrection Medical Center and the Roden Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Visitors compliment the … (read more)

2013

The Selfhelp Home

908 W Argyle, Chicago, IL, 60640

Founded by holocaust survivors, Selfhelp Home is one of the better-known nonprofit Jewish assisted living/retirement communities in Chicago. The food is kosher, the residents are almost all Jewish and … (read more)
Founded by holocaust survivors, Selfhelp Home is one of the better-known nonprofit Jewish assisted living/retirement communities in Chicago. The food is kosher, the residents are almost all Jewish and … (read more)

Churchview Supportive Living Community

2626 West 63rd Street, Chicago, IL, 60629

Safety was my number one concern at Churchview Supportive Living. They had a serious safety issue there because the fire alarm went off and nobody was in a hurry to get the people out. If they had to … (read more)
Safety was my number one concern at Churchview Supportive Living. They had a serious safety issue there because the fire alarm went off and nobody was in a hurry to get the people out. If they had to … (read more)

Victory Centre of Galewood

2370 North Newcastle Ave, Chicago, IL, 60707

Victory Centre of Galewood is located eight miles southeast of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, minutes from Oak Park Country Club and shopping at The Brickyard. Visitors mention the … (read more)
Victory Centre of Galewood is located eight miles southeast of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, minutes from Oak Park Country Club and shopping at The Brickyard. Visitors mention the … (read more)

Heritage Woods of Chicago

2800 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL, 60612

My brother have been living at Herritage Woods for over two years. He is very happy, safe and content to live there. He has his own apartment which they furnished because he had nothing when he move … (read more)
My brother have been living at Herritage Woods for over two years. He is very happy, safe and content to live there. He has his own apartment which they furnished because he had nothing when he move … (read more)

Victory Centre of Roseland

10450 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60628

Victory Centre of Roseland is located in the Roseland section of the South Side of Chicago, steps away from a CTA bus stop and Rose Ridge Foods. Residents and loved ones describe this community’s apar … (read more)
Victory Centre of Roseland is located in the Roseland section of the South Side of Chicago, steps away from a CTA bus stop and Rose Ridge Foods. Residents and loved ones describe this community’s apar … (read more)

Covenant Home of Chicago

2720 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL, 60625

My boss’ mother-in-law has been a resident for a few months. My boss and I are friends so I decided to accompany her on this visit after brunch one weekend. We got there and as soon as we arrived, o … (read more)
My boss’ mother-in-law has been a resident for a few months. My boss and I are friends so I decided to accompany her on this visit after brunch one weekend. We got there and as soon as we arrived, o … (read more)

Mercy Circle

3659 West 99Th Street, Chicago, IL, 60655


Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care

2833 N Nordica Ave, Chicago, IL, 60634



2015, 2016

Autumn Green at Midway Village

6700 S. Keating, Chicago, IL, 60629

My mom was in Autumn Green at Midway Village. She was in a suite that had another person in a separate bedroom, it was very nice, and it was well kept. The staff was nice and she liked the place. Some … (read more)
My mom was in Autumn Green at Midway Village. She was in a suite that had another person in a separate bedroom, it was very nice, and it was well kept. The staff was nice and she liked the place. Some … (read more)

2016

Autumn Green at Wright Campus

4239 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL, 60634

Autumn Green at Wright Campus is located in a peaceful area of Chicago, Illinois, a few minutes away from Edgebrook Golf Course, Harlem Irving Plaza and the Kennedy Expressway. Residents note the frie … (read more)
Autumn Green at Wright Campus is located in a peaceful area of Chicago, Illinois, a few minutes away from Edgebrook Golf Course, Harlem Irving Plaza and the Kennedy Expressway. Residents note the frie … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Chicago

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Illinois. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What To Consider About Assisted Living in Chicago

The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of assisted living communities in the entire state, including Chicago. The IDPH licenses assisted living facilities and regularly inspects them to ensure they’re following the rules and regulations outlined in the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Establishment Code.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Chicago

  • Chicago’s public transit systems, including the Metra Rail system and the Chicago Transit Authority, make it possible to live in the city without needing to drive. CTA bus routes stop every few blocks throughout the city, and the Chicago Department of Family & Support Service operates a Transportation Program that helps seniors get around town at little to no cost.
  • The brutal winter weather in Chicago can be a drawback for some seniors. Because of the city’s location along Lake Michigan, it can get severe ice and snowstorms. The average winter temperature is just 26 degrees. Summer weather can be comfortable, though, providing many opportunities to enjoy the lakefront.
  • Chicago is home to several world-class medical centers, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This hospital is No. 8 in the nation for senior care, according to U.S. News & World Report. It’s also home to Rush University Medical Center, ranked 16th in the nation for senior care.
  • Active seniors will find plenty to do in Chicago. The city’s museums, theaters and cultural centers mean there’s always something interesting to do. World-famous museums, like the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, await exploration. The city has many art galleries and dining options as well.
  • U.S News & World Report ranks Chicago among the top 100 places to retire. Though it doesn’t earn high marks for affordability, the many things to do make it one of the top options in the country.

Paying for Assisted Living in Chicago

Based on the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, the average cost for assisted living in Chicago is $4,825 a month, which is about $300 higher than the Illinois state average of $4,488. It’s also higher than the national average of $4,500 a month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Compared to other cities in Illinois, Chicago is in the middle of the road. Chicago’s average assisted living cost is $4,825, while just to the south in Kankakee, seniors pay an average of $4,623 a month. Carbondale in the south of the state has the lowest monthly average at $3,525. To the northwest of Chicago in Rockford, which has the state’s highest average, seniors pay $5,250 a month. In Decatur, in central Illinois, the average drops to $4,382 a month. 

$4825

Chicago

$4575

Illinois

$4300

The United States

$3525

Carbondale

$4382

Decatur

$4623

Kankakee

$5250

Rockford

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The most affordable senior care option in Chicago is adult day health care, which averages $1,842 a month. Seniors who want to remain in their homes but need assistance with housekeeping can pay for homemaker services, which averages $5,672, or home health aide care, which adds simple health care services, for $5,720 a month. The most costly option is nursing home care, which gives around-the-clock attention and averages $6,996 for a semiprivate room or $8,060 for a private room.

$5672

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$1842

Adult Day Health Care

$6996

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8060

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Chicago

Eligible seniors who reside in Chicago can apply for Supplemental Security Income – Category G (SSI-G) to receive financial assistance for covering the cost of assisted living.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Illinois page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Illinois

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Illinois page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Chicago

The city of Chicago has a robust list of senior services. These, in combination with the services offered on a state-wide level, help seniors take full advantage of their retirement years. Through these programs and organizations, seniors and their families can get everything from healthcare and insurance counseling to legal advice.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(312) 738-9200

Many attorneys throughout the city of Chicago have partnered with the city and CARPLS to assist seniors with legal concerns. These attorneys provide free assistance with Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Guardianship and other senior-specific legal issues that seniors and their caregivers face. Seniors can call the free legal hotline to get started getting legal assistance.

(800) 252-8966

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman works with assisted living facilities and with seniors and their families to ensure all residents of long-term care communities receive quality care. Seniors or family members can call the ombudsman to discuss instances of abuse or neglect and to get advocacy help to protect their loved ones.

(312) 603-6423

The VA benefits process can be complex and confusing. The Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs office helps connect senior veterans with the benefits they deserve to receive. This includes monetary benefits as well as discounts in the local community. Seniors who served the country can reach out to the VA to get guidance to ensure they are receiving all of their benefits.

(312) 744-4016

Chicago has six main senior centers and many satellite centers that provide a connection point for seniors in the city to get access to services, enjoy a meal with friends or take part in classes and events. These serve as a social outlet for many of the city’s seniors. Seniors can call the Chicago Senior Services Hotline to find their local senior center.

(312) 663-4357

Through the Chicago Senior Transportation Program, seniors can receive emergency medical transportation or door-to-door service. IF their assisted living facilities do not offer transportation, these programs provide an option to navigate the city at a minimal cost.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Chicago

Chicagos-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Illinois are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Illinois page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Illinois