11 Independent Living Communities in Northwest Suburbs

Independent Living Communities in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago feature a relaxed atmosphere and secure environment. The Northwest Suburbs provide their residents an “urban-suburban mix” feel, with many restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The Northwest Suburbs are also close to O’Hare International Airport, giving residents easier access to transportation and commute.

Senior Living in the Northwest Suburbs is most commonly seen in two forms, which are Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s; also called Life Plan Communities) and Rental Retirement Communities. CCRC’s usually have Life Care contracts featuring a refundable Entry Fee and low, predictable monthly payments. Residents can live a carefree lifestyle, knowing that should the need arise, they have access to all of the care they need. Still have questions on CCRC’s or need further information? Click here to have your questions answered.

Rental communities don’t have a long-term commitment, and residents pay monthly rental fees. Advanced levels of care such as Assisted Living and Memory Care may also be offered at the community at an extra cost. Rental communities usually provide a variety of services and amenities that are built into residents’ monthly payments.

Below are 11 Independent Living communities in the Northwest Suburbs that represent some of the best Independent Living available in the area.

Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes 

Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes is an Independent Living and Assisted Living community that’s been serving seniors for many years. They are proud to say that their services are considered some of the best in Vernon Hills. They’re only two blocks west of Hawthorn Center Mall and within easy access to a wide variety of restaurants and local attractions.

Living at Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes allows residents to simultaneously simplify their lives while also adding life-enriching experiences and relationships. Simplicity comes from having them take care of tedious tasks like cleaning, cooking and laundry.

To learn more about Brookdale Hawthorn Lake’s pricing and availability, click here.

Aspired Living of Prospect Heights 

Aspired Living was developed, designed and built to offer seniors in the Prospect Heights, IL, area a new alternative to “typical” senior living communities. It has been custom-built and designed with the latest technologies to make living more comfortable, more convenient and more secure.

At Aspired Living of Prospect Heights, residents will revel in an exceptional style of senior living. Offering the appropriate and respectful support seniors need with the active, engaging and enjoyable lifestyle they deserve, Aspired Living welcomes residents to live the life they choose!

To learn more about Aspired Living of Prospect Heights’ pricing and availability, click here.

Church Creek 

Church Creek Senior Living is a full-service senior living community offering independent and assisted living residences, Five Star’s award-winning Bridge to Rediscovery Alzheimer’s care program, skilled nursing care, and respite/short stays. With a wide range of exceptional services and a 24-hour staff, they are committed to serving residents’ needs around the clock.

Residents enjoy three delicious meals a day, served restaurant-style, in assisted living, skilled nursing, and Bridge to Rediscovery neighborhoods; extended hours for breakfast and dinner are included in the independent living neighborhood. Other amenities include full spectrum of social and recreational programs; housekeeping and laundry services; regularly scheduled transportation; beautifully landscaped grounds; a full-service salon; a well-stocked library; and on-site massage therapy.

To learn more about Church Creek’s pricing and availability, click here.

The Garlands of Barrington 

The Garlands at Barrington is a unique community for people ages 55 and older that offers an uncompromising lifestyle with unprecedented amenities and services. The Garlands custom homes offer highest quality construction and thoughtful interior design. They feature large and open floor plans, spacious rooms, over-sized windows and finest finishes and appliances. Plus, each home comes complete with The Garlands signature services and award-winning lifestyle!

At The Garlands, you’ll have the opportunity and time to challenge yourself, play, entertain, travel, maintain your health, serve and, in short, do whatever you desire . . . all in the comfort of a beautiful home, with convenient services at the ready and surrounded by people you’ll be happy to call “neighbor.”

To learn more about The Garlands of Barrington’s pricing and availability, click here.

The Solana Deer Park 

Located just minutes from Barrington, and only two blocks from Deer Park Town Center, The Solana Deer Park offers senior living in Deer Park, Illinois. It’s a vibrant community for those who want an active lifestyle with more time for friends, family, and the pursuit of happiness.

The Solana offers spacious apartments and an abundance of modern amenities, including an indoor saltwater pool and rooftop garden, complete with a bocce ball court and putting green. Here, there are no buy-in fees or long-term leases to sign. What you will find are engaging social events, delicious dining experiences and opportunities to be active, involved, and connected every day.

To learn more about The Solana Deer Park’s pricing and availability, click here.

Clarendale of Algonquin 

Clarendale of Algonquin is an all-new senior living community offering three lifestyle choices—independent living, assisted living, and memory care—all under one roof in a residential neighborhood northwest of Chicago in The Village of Algonquin. 


Clarendale of Algonquin offers a friendly and familiar village lifestyle, where your neighbors are friends and Midwestern values are cherished. Without daily chores you’re free to spend time with family and friends, volunteer, travel, pursue familiar hobbies, and explore new adventures. It’s a down-to-earth approach to retirement living—one that makes it easy for you to continue the life you love while giving you dynamic new options.

To learn more about Clarendale of Algonquin’ pricing and availability, click here.

The Moorings of Arlington Heights 

Located on a beautifully landscaped, 45-acre campus in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs, The Mooring of Arlington Heights offers gracious, independent senior living in an exclusive country-like setting. This senior living campus combines a quiet country ambiance with a genuine small-town neighborliness while offering endless opportunities for social and intellectual engagement.

With all the latest amenities, our bright and airy residences are a blank canvas for you to express your own personal style within a dynamic and welcoming community. Located on the former site of Magnus Farm, The Moorings’ historic round barn and beautifully landscaped grounds are familiar landmarks in the Arlington Heights area.

To learn more about The Moorings of Arlington Heights’ pricing and availability, click here.

Lake Barrington Woods 

Lake Barrington Woods helps seniors live their lives to the fullest. The newly renovated community allows seniors to enjoy a modern, upscale atmosphere. Lake Barrington Woods provides top-level services for seniors living in Independent Living and Assisted Living. They invite local families and seniors to join the community, talk with the residents, and experience the best of their apartment homes.


Their Independent Living lifestyle offers a vibrant atmosphere with opportunities to pursue your passions, make social connections, and embrace interests you’ve never had time to explore. Enjoy a quality of lifestyle in warm and welcoming community. Lake Barrington Woods provides services including but not limited to: housekeeping services, 24-hour professional staff, and transportation.

To learn more about Lake Barrington Woods’ pricing and availability, click here.

The Grand at Twin Lakes

The Grand at Twin Lakes Retirement Community provides exceptional and affordable retirement living for older adults from every walk of life. Before being converted for retirement living, The Grand at Twin Lakes began its life as an upscale hotel. The community has a dedicated theater, bingo/craft room, test kitchen, card room with large screen TV, party/ballroom, swimming pool, exercise room, two restaurants, a lounge with bar and comfortable living rooms for visiting throughout.

Residents take part in a wide variety of social, educational, and recreational activities, including daily events and trips. The community’s restaurant-style dining offers a wide variety of menu options prepared daily by their chef.

To learn more about The Grand at Twin Lakes’ pricing and availability, click here.

Huntley Springs Retirement Resort

Huntley Springs is a retirement community located in Huntley, a bustling town near the outer suburbs of Chicago. Nicknamed “the friendly village with country charm,” Huntley is close to parks and nature, and close enough to Chicago to enjoy all the wonders of America’s second city.

Their all-inclusive, 55 plus senior living community is home to those who relish living a luxurious lifestyle, complete with 24/7 service, resort-style dining, and lavish accommodations. By all-inclusive, it means everything for one monthly rent with no buy-in fee or long-term lease. It means spending time doing the things you love, instead of doing chores like cooking, cleaning, or maintaining a home.

To learn more about Huntley Springs Retirement Resort’s pricing and availability, click here.

The Foundations at Crystal Lake

The Fountains at Crystal Lake, located in Crystal Lake, Illinois is a senior living retirement community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care on a large but intimate lush 30-acre campus. The community is located within a beautiful, natural setting that is just minutes from shopping, dining, entertainment and healthcare.

Residents of The Fountains at Crystal Lake enjoy services and amenities that support a carefree, fun-filled lifestyle. Their on-site amenities include outdoor nature trails, resident garden boasting 50 kinds of vegetables, well-stocked library, computer center, full-service beauty salon and barber shop, wellness center, arts and crafts room, game and entertainment room, scheduled transportation services as well as an elegant dining room with a sumptuous Sunday brunch in addition to The Pub, for Happy Hour before dinner.

To learn more about The Foundations at Crystal Lake’s pricing and availability, click here.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Explore more communities in the Chicagoland area at www.livingpath.com.

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