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There are a total of 483 senior housing options in Illinois. Some people may refer to them as Illinois senior apartments or Illinois 55+ apartments while others may think of them as Illinois senior living communities. Costs for senior housing vary in Illinois, depending on how luxurious the apartment complex / senior community is, as well as what area the apartments are located in. Senior living complexes in Illinois may include both independent living apartments without any additional services, as well as assisted living apartments that help Illinois residents with daily living activities. There are both low-income or income based and other apartments for seniors in Illinois. Older adult apartments in Illinois may also be part of larger Illinois continuing care facilities. Many senior living apartments in Illinois are pet friendly. If you are wondering, how do I find senior apartments near me in Illinois, please use our Illinois senior housing locator above or browse by city / county below.

Illinois Senior Apartments

Illinois is one of the rare states in the U.S. considered to have it all. It is home to Chicago, one of the biggest cities in America, with great tradition and plenty of history. The state is also home to several rural communities that reflect more of the Midwest appeal and is considered a microcosm of the entire United States. Senior housing in Illinois is popular due to extremely affordable prices along with the state representing everything good about America.

Depending on whether you like crowds or not, there is a place somewhere in Illinois that is appropriate for seniors living on fixed income that want to make Illinois their home. Chicago and the rest of Cook County is where all the action is at. This is suitable for retirees that want a diverse range of shopping and dining, as well as don’t mind public transportation as it is easily the best way to get around the area. Meanwhile, the more rural settings that dominate the rest of Illinois provide more of a traditional “Midwest feel” when it comes to senior living.

55+ and 62+ Senior Housing in Illinois

While there are some bigger Illinois senior housing complexes in Chicago proper and the rest of Cook County, senior apartments for rent are more common because of the high density of the area. Expect not only more expensive senior rental units in Chicago but also smaller layouts and less storage. It is also not an easy area to navigate with your own personal vehicle and maybe not the best for older adults who have dogs or cats.

However, the communities of Joliet, Springfield, Peoria, Rockford and Naperville provide a good mixture of a good size city with more of a community aspect. Senior housing and apartments in Illinois in this region offer larger floor plans and pet-friendly facilities, with reasonable access to Chicago. Along with added security in lower crime neighborhoods, expect to enjoy other features like community laundry, fitness center, high speed internet, library room and entertainment room.

Amenities of Illinois Senior Living Apartments

While Illinois can suffer from snowy and frigid winters, most Illinois senior citizen apartments are equipped to handle cold temperatures with high quality heating systems and premium insulation. It’s definitely a good thing to double check before signing a lease with any affordable senior housing facility in Illinois.

Along with having a rich history and so many landmarks to visit with a loved one, friends and/or family, Illinois is also a fantastic transportation hub connecting retirees to the rest of the world. Chicago O’Hare International Airport has long been one of the world’s busiest and will get you anywhere in the world. The Port of Chicago also connects people through the Great Lakes and Mississippi river.

Illinois Senior Apartments for Residents on a Tight Budget

Yes, the winters can get nasty but did you know that Illinois also has beaches? The Prairie State has excellent beaches to visit during the humid summers, including 31st Street Beach, Montrose Beach and North Avenue Beach. And with Illinois senior housing that starts at just $600 and averages $1,700 per month state-wide, you would be foolish not to consider Illinois as your retirement destination. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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