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Best Assisted Living Chicago, Illinois

The Senior List® set out to find the best assisted living facilities in Chicago, Illinois.  We compiled reviews from top senior housing review websites to pull together our “Best of” list.  Click here to read about our methods, and interpreting the List.  All ratings are based on 5 stars.

Best Assisted Living Chicago, Illinois – Who makes the list?

Chicago is, to put it simply, an amazing city. While not for everyone – you’ve got to want that big-time urban experience – here is a list of compelling, world-class attractions:

  • An efficient transportation network including the El, buses, Amtrak, and several airports. (You don’t have to use O’Hare if you don’t want to. For example, Southwest Airlines operates out of Midway Airport.)
  • Field Museum of Natural History, one of the finest in the world. Two separate museums dedicated to Mexican art and African-American art. The Chicago Art Institute, and so much more
  • Aquariums and planetariums
  • A city rich in the diversity of its populace and overall culture
  • Some of the best food and wine in the world
    The Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field (need I say more?)
  • The Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s largest and oldest theatre, with a worldwide reputation for innovation and
  • quality, and the crowning jewel in a glittering array of venues feasting drama, dance, music
  • A mighty city in a glorious, natural setting
  • Lake Michigan, providing magnificent views
  • A confluence of rivers, including the Chicago River, with boating opportunities aplenty
  • An array of parks, public art, and open spaces
  • For those who love to shop (you know who you are), there’s Michigan Avenue, also known as the Magnificent Mile, which has the best shopping in all of Chicago, and that’s saying something
  • This list barely scratches the surface. If any of this appeals to you, research a bit more and see what you discover.
The top rated assisted living communities as found on the web.
Chicago downtown skyline- © Can Stock Photo / rudi1976

List of the Top Assisted Living  Chicago, Illinois

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The Admiral at the Lake – Chicago, IL 60640

The Admiral at the Lake offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing and Rehab.

Caring – 9 Reviews, Average Rating 4.9
SeniorAdvisor – No Reviews
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.67

What they liked: Very upscale, new, crisp and clean, truly remarkable, continuing care facility, staff professional and pleasant and competent, friendly, kind, staff seemed to be enjoying themselves, tremendous staff, well-maintained facility, very pretty, very pleasant atmosphere, nice group of residents, immediate access to Lake Michigan lakefront, like a lovely hotel, lots of light, outings, facility bus used for outings, shopping, opera, symphony, art museums, book events, lots of entertainment, board games, gorgeous and spacious rooms, lots of activities, vegetarian entrees, great location, amenities unbelievable, rooms and apartments equipped with latest technology yet homey, spacious lay-out, five-star food in dining room, onsite health and wellness program seem first rate

What they didn’t like: Expensive, have to pay a huge deposit plus monthly costs

Autumn Green at Midway Village – Chicago, IL 60629

Autumn Green at Midway Village offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring – 24 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor – 20 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 2 Review, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – 25 Reviews, Average Rating 4.85

What they liked: Staff very involved with residents, hard-working staff, staff goes extra mile, urging social interaction, cheerful staff, understanding management, staff and management very accommodating, very clean, service really great, diligent and respectful, helpful, takes good care of residents, happy residents, assisted living options, ideal for those who want to maintain active lifestyle, controlled entry and plenty of security cameras, joyful atmosphere, skilled physical therapy, nice-sized rooms, lovely apartments, comfortable rooms, clean, bright, neat, organized, nice grounds and outdoor seating, fresh air, excellent for seniors living independently but wanting to lighten load, modern facility, doesn’t look like a senior home, calendar of events, group outings, transportation, shopping, accommodation rooms for visitors, social activities, exercise facility, movies, laundry, housekeeping, daily check-ins, above-average food, great food, locally-sourced food, healthy snacks, activities, arts and crafts, Bingo, card tables, pool tables, reasonable price, good location, close to hospitals, on-site medical personnel and equipment

What they didn’t like: Not suited for seniors who are not active, food rather bland, not good for seniors with advanced conditions, billing issues, not clean, didn’t like looks of place, didn’t like people there, noisy, very congested area, physical appearance of facility not great, should be more indoor activities because of climate, wasn’t clean

Bethany Retirement Community – Chicago, IL 60640

Bethany Retirement Community offers Assisted Living, Support Services, and Memory Care.

Caring – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 25 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4.19

What they liked: Polite and informative staff, very nice, attentive and caring, friendly, kind, happy staff, great house and kitchen staff, neighborhood is great, lovely community for good people, like having your own slice of green here in the city, happy residents, smaller community with tight-knit feeling, hospital attached to facility, green space, nice facility, older building with character, not hectic, grounds nicely landscaped, great floorplan, lots of natural light, open floorplan, bright, questions answered, staff prompt and answered questions with patience and detail, good value, one-third to one-half less expensive than other Chicago ALFs, transportation, community clean and maintained, nice variety of meals and varied, good food, food is delicious, outings, tons of activities, first floor large seating area with piano and fountain, outdoor garden, medical personnel on hand, 24/7 security personnel, residents’ rooms outdated but reasonably priced, affordable, craft room, auditorium, game room, Mental Care group meets Monday through Friday, “savvy circle” for Alzheimer’s patients, beauty salon, pleasant-but-smallish studio apartment with tiny galley kitchen, 1-bedroom apartments with several floorplans including kitchens, big bedrooms, lots of windows, complaints quickly addressed, not too big or impersonal, library with computers and fireplace and current newspapers, welcoming little coffee shop (the Beehive), lovely enclosed park next door, dining room lovely but simple, railings installed around premises for residents needing support, numerous cultural and religious activities, friendly smallish diner on first floor as well as dining room

What they didn’t like: “Lousy” food, not enough fruit or vegetables or variety, no protein with breakfast, limitations of 1953 building (“but well maintained”), very quiet, seemed to lack energy, may not be right fit for more active residents, dining room like a school cafeteria with nothing great about it, different layouts for floors but outdated, long hallways could make it hard to get around, communication an issue, understaffed, make gardens more wheelchair-accessible, bathrooms may not easily accommodate a walker, small and slow elevator

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive – Chicago, IL 60657

Brookdale Lake Shore Drive provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Health Care Services (in-home, hospice), and Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Caring – 20 Reviews, Average Rating 3.9
SeniorAdvisor – 25 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 3 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Great tours, nice view, fabulous staff, everyone friendly, answers questions, volunteers information, assisted living program is excellent, facility clean and sunny, beautiful, staff seemed to know residents, very pleasant and friendly staff, excellent care, residents looked pleasant and diverse, ethnically diverse staff, natural light, big screen TV in lobby, marble floors, nice meals, broad range of activities, activities for different mental and physical states, workout area, games, wheelchair accessible, library, apartments with good-sized bathrooms, porches, rocking chairs, outings, shopping, theater, options, good food and 3 or 4 choices, more like a hotel than care facility, valet parking, apartments with kitchens, provide good care, a facility van is available for transporting residents to events and shopping and doctors’ appointments, can arrange transportation, housekeeping once a week, laundry twice a week, effective physical and occupational therapy, social atmosphere, lobby modern and fantastic, adjacent to St. Joseph’s Hospital, allows dogs, location perfect, big rooms, plush, great looking, elegant, apartments bigger than expected, parking available for seniors or their independent caregivers, quality of care exceptional, felt staff wanted what was best for resident

What they didn’t like: Services not being provided, billing screwed up, inadequate care, caregivers need training, too expensive, very expensive, city environment may be too much, resident not shown how to participate in activities, tubs not safe for elderly, not much activity, rooms much smaller than expected, very small units, maybe too many activities and too much busyness for some, facility not good for residents with demanding personalities but good for those who are still fairly independent, very urban, could improve on activities, caters to an older population, expensive, price did not cover additional care

Brookdale Lake View – Chicago, IL 60657

Brookdale Lake View offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Health Care Services (in-home, hospice), and Continuing Care Retirement Communities.

Caring – 17 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 58 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Very clean, older building but well-maintained and laid out, very positive vibe, happy residents, nice, good tour, friendly and helpful management, updated, super friendly staff interacts well with residents and other staff, pleasant, staff very resident-oriented, highly accommodating, kind, staff explains things well, medical staff visited potential resident in her own home to get needed data and answer her questions, easy move-in, gracious and helpful concierge, computer room, games, cards, polo, learning opportunities, good food, excellent food, good portions, varied menu, flexible meal plan, easy to socialize, good neighborhood, lots of shops and restaurants, excellent location, short walk to beach or park or several bus stops, lots of activities, staff encourages residents to socialize and participate, exercise classes, trivia, outings for shopping and zoo and dinner, facility provides transportation, near transportation, homey, nice-sized rooms for residents, nice studio apartments, large one-bedroom apartments, studio apartment with one bedroom and full bathroom and small kitchen sink, refrigerator and microwave, pottery kiln onsite, onsite hair salon, onsite banking, can renew driver’s license/ID onsite, everything on one floor

What they didn’t like: Not totally wheelchair accessible, not cheerful vibe, residents seemed unhappy, not comfy enough, package deal with apartment didn’t work well, dining room menu maybe not varied enough, gym rather small, gym used as all-purpose room, view of lake less appealing than at other assisted living facilities, some activity rooms smelled of smoke, air quality stuffy, level of care declined, staff not always giving medication reminders, high turnover of staff, slow to refund money, a little expensive, resident not notified of package delivery, problem coordinating with staff, dining room staff not attentive, spider and ant issues, resident bitten by spider, staff failed to orient a resident, bathtub in assisted living hard to deal with, could use more assistance setting up utilities, bathrooms small and hard for residents with walkers, toilets should have risers for above-average-height residents, coordination between departments not always good, won’t allow residents to open windows, site way too big for residents with mobility issues, not as upscale

Covenant Home of Chicago – Chicago, IL 60625

Covenant Home of Chicago provides Customized Assisted Living.

Caring – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 3.4
SeniorAdvisor – 9 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – 12 Reviews, Average Rating 4.57

What they liked: Staff really on top of things, warm staff, friendly and cheerful, good communication, attentive to both mental and physical needs of residents, very nice and well-maintained, quite lovely, facilities good, clean, not overwhelmingly big, rooms spacious, private kitchens a little small but open, community nice and clean, everyone was kind, questions answered, smooth move-in process, good food, many activities, staff attempts to engage everyone, games, activities, various living options, options, urged to bring own possessions and furniture, onsite decorator, grounds, outside exercise area (weather permitting), lots of independence for residents who want that, room to be yourself, can eat in room or with others, a nice place to live

What they didn’t like: Strong odor, staff not paying attention to residents, poor communication, front of building very bare, sitting area right on busy street, staff not engaging in activities with residents, a report of theft, residents seemed bored, missing clothes, need more activities, understaffed

Smith Village – Chicago, IL 60643

Smith Village provides Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing.

Caring – 14 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
SeniorAdvisor – 1 Review, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – 1 Review, Average Rating 5

What they liked: Liked atmosphere, beautiful, clean, bright, modern, very clean, staff seemed to know their residents by first names, fancy, well-staffed, heartfelt and caring coordinator, staff good with all levels of health from ambulatory issues to dementia, very respectful, staff goes out of their way to make stay pleasant and fun and comfortable, place very well maintained, dining place was excellent/seemed to have a chef, menus posted for all three meals, very good food, deli area for sandwiches and soups, extremely well kept, outside seating area for barbecue/like a picnic area, constructing beauty salon, exercise room, van for outside activities, podiatrists and medical staff come to facility for residents, separate floor for dementia patients with own dining area and well-kept and clean, can make food requests, fine dining, large apartments, nice-sized room, nice shower, can have a refrigerator and sink but no cooking, physical therapy, group activities, annual spring planting, community meals, exercises, crafts, discussion groups, assisted living apartments have a living room/ bedroom and kitchen, seems very well run, compassionate community, 6 or 8 dining rooms, huge place, lots of variety in restaurants, Smith Village offers independent and assisted/ skilled care, assisted living units have 2 rooms and a full bath, meals are provided in main dining areas and also in the bistro cafeteria, cafeteria has tables for games or get-togethers, monthly support group meetings, staff can monitor your every need, both homey and like a five-star hotel, first-rate facility, protective, fashion shows, social events with volunteers and visitors

What they didn’t like: Wouldn’t accept Medicare, public transportation somewhat limited for visitors, could be more activities, staff was not great

Sunrise of Lincoln Park – Chicago, IL 60614

Sunrise of Lincoln Park provides Assisted Living, Terrace Club (transitional memory care), Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, Short-term Stays, Hospice Relationships.

Caring – 25 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor – 30 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 4 Review, Average Rating 3.1
GoldenReviews – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4.64

What they liked: Caring and helpful staff, friendly and sincere, staff is cordial and professional, personal care, care manager, nurses are competent and knowledgeable, staff engages well with residents, everyone seemed happy, happy and vital residents, urban setting, smaller facility and quiet, large friendly therapy dog onsite, pets allowed, great facility, clean, immaculate, safe and secure, very well laid-out, broad levels of care, dementia care apartment, advanced dementia care, excellent dementia care, spacious separate area for Alzheimer’s residents, a de-stress room, [facility] very active within the community, many views of the lake, spectacular views, activities room, rooms large and well-furnished, comfortable chairs, big windows, outdoor courtyard, lay-out of rooms senior-friendly, activities director, wide range of activities, many activities on – and off-site, delicious food, food cooked from scratch, snacks available, bingo, onsite piano, garden, walking distance from Lincoln Park Zoo and restaurants and shopping, friendly atmosphere, very social atmosphere, expensive but worth it, never dull, provides best care, residents encouraged to express selves, feels more like a nice hotel than a senior home, bedroom open and inviting

What they didn’t like: Grossly understaffed, staff unequipped to deal with difficult Alzheimer’s patients, staff seemed undertrained and overworked, kind of expensive, not diverse enough, should do more [shopping, etc.] trips, response time inconsistent, underpaid staff, contracts not honored, treatment provided by contractors, location is ideal for active seniors, visitor parking difficult

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