Stories

Linda Chinn
The Clare resident

“We moved here less than a year ago and have never looked back.”

Linda Chinn was raised in a town of just 3,000, but once she moved to the city she knew she belonged there. Asked why she and her husband chose The Clare, Linda replied, “We’re city people; no suburbs for us. We had friends at The Clare and another community. We visited both but one was too far away from the center of things. We were living in a downtown condo at the time and I thought, ‘I can’t ride for 40 minutes to get to my favorite shops.’ You can’t beat The Clare’s location.”

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Ken & Shirley Mullin
The Clare resident

“Living at The Clare is like having a full time job.”

“People at The Clare are not ready to slow down.” So says Shirley Mullin, who after just four months here says she and husband Ken “feel like we’re an integral part of the Community.”

 

After living in Chicago’s Old Town for 22 years, they considered retiring to Cincinnati (near their children), Michigan (near their summer home) or Chicago.

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Dorothy Pirovano
The Clare resident

“We’ve found rewarding and enriching things to do – plus things that are just fun.”

Dorothy and Larry Pirovano had no interest in sitting around and waiting. So even before Dorothy retired as CEO of Public Communications Inc. they decided to sell their 5-story Lincoln Park townhouse (with all those stairs!) in 2013 and move into The Clare. They wanted the convenience and comforts of a Continuing Care Retirement Community plus the excitement and convenience of living in the city. But most of all, they wanted to make the decision about their retirement while they were still enjoying an active life.

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Nancy Spilove
The Clare resident

“Everybody here is a one-person welcoming committee.”

The first words Nancy Spilove heard about The Clare fell on deaf ears. She was living in South Florida with her husband, who was in failing health, and there was no interest in moving.

But a year changes a lot of things. And soon after her husband passed away Nancy realized that living alone in the suburbs wasn’t stimulating enough.

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Jim Stack
The Clare resident

“Everybody at The Clare has a story worth telling.”

“Everybody at The Clare has a story worth telling.” So says Jim Stack, one of The Clare’s first residents. Jim’s own journey to the corner of Pearson and Rush began decades ago during a college trip. “I loved Chicago the minute I saw it. And I vowed to come back.”

Jim was a journalism student then and he eventually worked in public relations, community a airs and fundraising for Chicagoland hospitals, including Rush, St. Joseph and St. Francis.

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Margaret Muster The Clare resident

“We’re Northsiders through and through.”

“To say we love Chicago is an understatement.” We moved to this area in the 60’s, to Lincoln Park, but the house got to be too much and so onward and literally upward to Lakepoint Tower downtown. Condo life is funny though in that people mostly keep to themselves. It was isolating right in the middle of town! Some of our other friends started moving to senior living communities, but they were in outlying areas that held no appeal for us. We’re both retired physicians with many interests and plenty of energy for city life and realistic enough to know the years were piling up. Once I found out about this place, I said to my husband, “How perfect for us … where else is there?” I was 75 when we moved in. The symphony is a big attraction since we’re music lovers. To be honest, we don’t take advantage of as many of The Clare’s activities as we should—there’s so much to do on our own outside. But it’s all here when we need it. We love the company at dinnertime—this is a very social community made up of people with incredibly active minds. We are both very happy we’re here.