Meet Residents of The Clare in Chicago
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In Their Own Words: Meet the Residents of The Clare

Learn more about life at The Clare from those who know it best.


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Jim Rocks

Jim Rocks was apartment hunting a few years ago when a friend asked, “Why bother? Just go to a retirement community.” It was a light bulb moment. For Rocks, now 77, such a move made personal and financial sense. A Chicagoan since 1972 and Near North resident for many of those years, Rocks lives a … Continue reading “Jim Rocks”

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Bob Spieler

Why did Bob Spieler move to The Clare? “I got tired of my own cooking, how’s that for an answer?” the spry 87-year-old responds with a chuckle. The truth, though, is that the Chicago native was searching for a community in the area that offered life care, providing access to not only a vibrant senior … Continue reading “Bob Spieler”

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Joy Hammer & Jim Morton

Concert picnics in Millennium Park, exercise classes, lectures, babysitting grandchildren, travel, movies and parties. And amid the flurry of activity in Joy Hammer’s downtown Chicago lifestyle, she still finds time to long-distance manage the family grain farm back in Kansas. That’s a slice of the active life she leads at The Clare, the Gold Coast … Continue reading “Joy Hammer & Jim Morton”

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Elizabeth & Bill Conley

When Elizabeth and Bill Conley told their son Jeffrey that they were considering moving to a retirement community, he told them that that they were far too young. Then Elizabeth mentioned the name of the place: The Clare. “He travels a lot for work to Chicago and said, ‘Just a minute, I know that place. … Continue reading “Elizabeth & Bill Conley”

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Sally Kinnamon

Sally Kinnamon and her late husband Ron were among the first to recognize The Clare’s potential and get in on the ground floor of the continuing care retirement community. In 2009, as soon as The Clare opened its doors at Rush and Pearson streets, they left their Lincoln Park home to become one of the … Continue reading “Sally Kinnamon”

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Dorothy & Larry Pirovano

Dorothy and Larry Pirovano love the city lifestyle and independence is very important to them. Naturally, The Clare’s location in the heart of the Near North Side made the draw to live here irresistible. Chicago’s finest shops, restaurants, and entertainment are within reach at the Rush and Pearson street address, where Dorothy describes a “vibrant” … Continue reading “Dorothy & Larry Pirovano”

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David Maher

Before moving to The Clare a year ago, David Maher and his wife, Carlotta lived in a high-rise condo in Chicago’s River North area, a mere mile and a half away. When asked what motivated the Mahers to move to a retirement community, David replied, “Even though we were, and still are, in good health, … Continue reading “David Maher”

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John Clum

John Clum moved to The Clare a month ago and is already convinced that he and his husband made the right decision. “We were living in New York City and also had residences in Atlanta and London. Our first choice was New York City but there aren’t any CCRCs there. We don’t have family except … Continue reading “John Clum”

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Marie-Luce Parker

Born in a small village in southwestern France, Marie-Luce could never have imagined the adventurous and fulfilling life ahead of her. After earning her B.A. in English at the University of Toulouse, Parker was awarded a Fulbright European Scholarship to study at Cornell University. It was at Cornell that she earned an M.A. in American … Continue reading “Marie-Luce Parker”

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Nancy Lee Spilove

They call her “The Fantastic Lady.” That’s because whenever anyone at The Clare asks her how she feels, she always says, “Fantastic!” Spend a minute with Nancy and you’ll understand why. Her effervescent personality and positive attitude are utterly contagious. “How can you not feel fantastic living at The Clare,” Spilove said. “I’m happy as … Continue reading “Nancy Lee Spilove”

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