Are you considering independent senior living and looking for a fulfilling and purposeful lifestyle? If big-city amenities and culture are what you desire, consider Chicago. As the third-largest city in the U.S., Chicago is the ideal city for those who want to live in an internationally renowned metropolitan area with Midwest values. Here are the top eight reasons to consider independent senior living in Chicago.
- Cultural Utopia.
Chicago is rich in culture providing a diverse and broad selection of music, theater, dance and art. There are over 250 theaters and five Tony Award-winning theater companies. No matter what musical genre you favor, from classical to blues or jazz to eclectic, you will find it in Chicago. Art abounds citywide, from public squares and parks to fine galleries and museums. If dance tops your list, you will find everything from classical ballet and tap to percussive and interpretive dance. And The Clare has strong relationships with local musicians who share their talents within the community.
- Two Waterfronts.
Living near the water has been shown to improve mental and physical health. The Clare places you near two beautiful waterfronts — the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, the fifth largest lake in the world. At the city’s Riverwalk, residents enjoy dining, shopping and scenic cruises along the Chicago River. The city’s location on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan provides 26 miles of uninterrupted lakefront with dozens of free public beaches, walking and biking trails, the Museum Campus and ten boat harbors with spaces for 6,000 boats.
- Incomparable Dining.
Chicago is the second city in the world for dining and drinking, according to the Time Out Index, a survey polled more than 34,000 people in 48 cities around the globe. Chicago is ripe with incredible mom and pop diners, tantalizing taquerias, incomparable international cuisine and some of the finest Michelin-starred chef-owned restaurants found anywhere in the world. Best of all, Chicago has greater and quicker access to fresh foods because of the plethora of Illinois farms. In our four dining venues, you will also find fine dining at The Clare with impeccably flavored cuisine developed by Executive Chef Hagop Hagopian.
- Plentiful Connections.
Chicago is a bustling city with many places and events to explore. The number of people you can create connections with is vast. Whether you are into music, museums, sports or theatre, attending these events will introduce you to people with similar tastes and interests. Lifelong learners will find plenty of opportunities to fulfill their thirst for knowledge. Volunteering is another way to connect with others while giving back to the community. The Clare is also brimming with clubs, programs and special events that offer many ways to connect with your neighbors.
- Highly Walkable.
There are a number of reasons why you may choose to walk in Chicago. According to the walkability ranking site, Walk Score, Chicago received a grade of 77 out of 100, making it the sixth most walkable city in America. Chicago has an exceptionally walkable downtown, complete with great urban parks that give you a route through the city separate from automobile traffic. When you live at The Clare you can do most anything by foot, whether it is dining out, getting a prescription filled or taking care of banking.
- Luxury Living.
At The Clare, you get all the energy and excitement of living in the Gold Coast neighborhood and the comfort of our luxury independent senior living community. The Clare’s elements of design and construction create a synergy of elegance and good taste. Beyond the beauty is a host of exceptional services, programs and amenities such as: fitness and aquatic centers, an art studio, library and business center and a calendar replete with entertainment and outings. And the entire team delivers five-star service every day.
- Top Medical Centers.
As a major metropolitan area, Chicago ranks as one of the premier medical centers in the country. One of the nation’s top-rated hospitals, Northwestern Medicine, is located less than one-half mile from The Clare and has 4,000 practicing physicians covering 40 medical specialties and sub-specialties. Rush University Medical Center holds the 17th spot among the nearly 4,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated, with 11 Rush programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report. While Chicago connects you with highly rated medical centers, The Clare is dedicated to providing residents a full range of exceptional on-site health and wellness services, all at a predictable cost.
- Peace of Mind.
Independent living communities offer security measures you often do not have in your own home such as security guards and emergency call buttons. Plus, while on vacation, you can enjoy the time away knowing that your possessions are safe and sound. The Clare is located in one of Chicago’s safest neighborhoods and The Clare’s on-site key fob-controlled access, doorman and 24-hour security affords an even greater measure of peace of mind. What’s more, all security officers at The Clare are EMT certified and available 24/7 to respond immediately to emergencies.
Explore The Clare Firsthand.
Independent senior living at The Clare places you moments away from some of the finest dining, shopping, parks, entertainment, medical, educational and cultural opportunities, making it easy for you to enjoy the independent senior living lifestyle in Chicago, Illinois you have been looking for.