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Why Seniors are Choosing to Retire in Chicago

Posted by Susan Dickman on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 6:35am.

Looking to retire in a world-class city rich with cultural activity? Chicago, Illinois, may be the perfect place for you.


Chicago ranked 86th in the top 100 retirement cities of 180 in comparisons prepared by WalletHub. The “activities ranking” placed Chicago in the #10 spot. The Windy City isn’t just a great place to retire because of cultural interest and many other activities seniors enjoy. You will have several living options for retirement in Chicago, as well.


Below, learn why cultural activities and senior living options are reasons enough to place Chicago on your short list of potential retirement cities.


Chicago Offers Many Free Cultural Experiences for Retirees

Since retirement means moving from a career with a paycheck to a life of leisure, money is a primary concern for retirees. With more time on your hands than ever, you will love having continuous opportunities to participate in beloved activities completely free of charge. The Chicago Cultural Center offers a number of things to do every week with zero cost. As a senior in Chicago, regularly feed your soul with a rich diversity of music and art without spending a dime. You can also add your story to an oral history project. Here is more about some of these gratis opportunities:


  • Chamber Music Monday. The most talented vocalists and instrumentalists in Chicago are featured in Chamber Mondays, an event that takes place year-around in Preston Bradley Hall at 12:15 every Monday. Jazz, classical, and ethnic styles are featured.

  • Classical Lunchtime. Free 45-minute concerts bring classical music to life every Wednesday at 12:15 at the Chicago Cultural Center. These Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts feature pianists, violinists, and many other emerging artists ins solo and ensemble performances of classical music.

  • Art Exhibits. Throughout the Chicago Cultural Center, galleries are home to rotating art exhibits that you can peruse to your heart’s content.

  • StoryCorps. An ongoing oral history project -- the largest of its kind-- is underway right now in Chicago, and you can participate.StoryCorps interviews individuals and records their stories as part of an overall oral history of people in Chicago in all walks of life. These personal stories are shared with listeners of NPR’s Morning Edition, and they are preserved at the Library of Congress. Simply make an appointment to add your story to the project.

  • Guided Architecture Tour. The Chicago Culture Center is a stunning historic building with magnificent architectural elements. At no charge, you can take this guided architecture tour, which lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. You’ll see colorful mosaics, the largest Tiffany stained-glass dome in the world, intricately detailed marble arches, coffered ceilings, crown molding, and more.

Chicago is Home to Other Living Options for Retirees

If buying a home in Chicago isn’t the best option for you right now, other senior living options are available to you.


Senior living communities, aka 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities, offer greater freedom for retirees. While you are enjoying your independence, you don’t have to deal with such burdensome and time-consuming chores as lawn maintenance or repair of your home exterior. Community management handles these issues. Luxury amenities typically available in senior living communities include fitness centers, swimming pools, clubhouses, and more, though they do involve additional fees.


You may have or anticipate complex needs, in which case there are several assisted living facilities in Chicago you could choose from. Staff members at assisted living facilities help with daily activities you can’t manage on your own, such as showering, taking your medication, and eating.

Connect with the Right Chicago Realtor

With a good real estate agent on your side, you can get the help you need finding a home for your retirement years in Chicago. For 30-plus years, real estate agent Susan Dickman has lived and worked in Chicago. With her local experience and dedication to her clients, you can be confident that she will work with you on the essentials and help you save time in the process of finding a range of properties that are best suited to your retirement needs. Contact Susan at Dickman Properties Inc. today by calling 773-627-8176.


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