Ken & Shirley Mullin

Ken & Shirley Mullin
The Clare residents

“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.

Hey chose The Clare for its prestige location, its nearness to Northwestern Medical Center and, to use Ken’s word, its verticality. “You’re a short walk and elevator ride from full service amenities,” he says. 

Of the location, Shirley says, “This neighborhood makes the difference. The Clare is central to a  very dynamic part of Chicago.” Dynamic, yes, but also safe and convenient. “It’s the perfect place for people who love Chicago,” she continues.

The location is convenient and stimulating, says architect Ken, when it’s time to walk their beloved Airedale Terrier, Zach. In no time, they’re walking the sidewalks of The Clare’s active Gold Coast, a short stroll to nearby parks and beach.

“The Clare is central to a very
dynamic part of Chicago.”

But ultimately, it is the People who transform the striking architecture, vibrant neighborhood, inventive dining, thoughtful amenities and the breathtaking views into something more.

“The Clare exceeded our expectations. There are many active neighbors — with diverse and interesting backgrounds,” Shirley says.

They are welcoming, too. After just four months Ken and Shirley have an incredibly active social life. “Living at The Clare is like having a full-time job,” Shirley says.

The powerful sense of Community is strengthened, they say, by the warmth and professionalism of the staff at The Clare as well. “The staff is enormously helpful.” Ken says, “From the Executive Director on.”

They could have easily stayed in their home but they’re glad they didn’t wait. “Should the need arise, no one else will be responsible for our care and housing. We’re so happy we moved to The Clare,” Shirley says.