The Clare resident
“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 affairs and fundraising for Chicagoland hospitals, including Rush, St. Joseph and St. Francis. He eventually made his home in Lincoln Park. As he approached retirement he planned to stay in his urban home and receive home health care, if necessary. Part of his decision to stay in his home was driven by his tepid response to retirement communities he’d seen in the suburbs. Then a friend got an invitation from a new retirement community right in downtown Chicago called The Clare. Jim was more interested in the free breakfast that was part of the presentation than he was in The Clare. But he went anyway.
After that initial meeting, The Clare arranged for monthly get-togethers for prospective tenants and Jim began to see that “moving into a Lifecare Community just made sense. I could live the lifestyle I was used to—in an active community.” Today, Jim is a co-founder of The Clare’s men’s club, dubbed The Friars. (Partly because they meet in The Abbey on the 53rd floor). He also travels to Evanston three days a week for sculpting and drawing classes (see samples at jimstackart.weebly.com). And he volunteers to work with infants at St. Vincent’s/DePaul. He’s also a happy regular at The Clare’s Continental Breakfast, a very popular gathering spot for the close-knit community that calls this place home. “It’s a great place to live,” Jim says, “I don’t have to worry about my future health care needs. It’s in the middle of everything. And I can live an active life.” Read about all The Clare’s offerings with our free Guide to Senior Living.