Why you should retire near Andersonville, IL

Apr 16, 2024

Andersonville: One of the best neighborhoods in the world

According to timeout.com’s rankings of coolest neighborhoods, the Number 1 top neighborhood in the world is Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Skål, Nørrebro.

Coming in at Number 2 is our very own Andersonville. Nestled on Chicago, Illinois’s North Side, it’s a diverse enclave and home to a bustling population of young professionals, families and senior living.

With all due respect to Nørrebro, Andersonville is a lot closer, and it boasts its own Scandinavian flair.

The neighborhood dates back to the 1900s, when it was a hub of Chicago’s Swedish population. So, it’s no surprise Andersonville is home to a dazzling blend of historic landmarks. You’ll find the Swedish American Museum as well as annual events like the Midsommarfest and the St. Lucia Festival of Lights.

What makes Andersonville so cool?

Between its old-world architecture, bars and restaurants, and bustling main street, Andersonville is a charming urban neighborhood. You’ll sense the vibrant community spirit of a diverse and LGBTQ-friendly culture.

North Clark Street is the enclave’s hot spot, with countless independent shops and an array of eclectic eateries serving food and drink representing the many tastes of Andersonville.

As you shop along North Clark Street, you’ll easily find everything from antiques to artisanal gifts to authentic Swedish pastries – without tripping over a chain store.

A few things to do in Andersonville

There are too many attractions to list here. Take a walk along North Clark Street, the buzzing thoroughfare of shops, cafes and taverns, and other amusements.

  1. Relax over your morning joe. Neighborhood coffee shops abound. Try a few and choose a favorite.
  2. Dine. North Clark Street is the enclave’s hot spot, with countless independent shops and an array of eclectic eateries serving food and drink representing the many tastes of Andersonville. Skål!
  3. Do something different. Woolly Mammoth is the neighborhood’s best spot for offbeat antiques, curiosities and bona fide oddities.
  4. Take in the fresh air. While strolling along North Clark Street, stop for a beer on the patio at Hopleaf Bar.
  5. Catch a magic act. Part speakeasy, part magic act, 100% fun. Sleight of hand and inexplicable illusions abound at the Chicago Magic Lounge. Stop by for an evening show and prepare to be amazed.

Retiring in the world’s second coolest neighborhood.

Adjacent to North Clark Street, along West Foster Avenue, a diverse population of older adults extends the unique spirit of Andersonville to The Admiral at the Lake.

The Admiral is retirement living unlike any other. The lifestyle is active, and the culture is crafted by residents. In addition to Independent Living, residents live confidently knowing they have access to a full continuum of senior care on site.

Levels of care include:

From elegant common spaces and expansive apartment homes, residents experience the best of Chicagoland: bustling neighborhood streets on one side, parks and beaches on the other. And Lake Michigan is right outside the back door, providing spectacular views.

It’s a great retirement lifestyle in the second coolest neighborhood in the world!

Come sample our neighborhood and community

To learn more about The Admiral at the Lake and enjoy our unique surroundings, visit us in person. Contact us to schedule a personal community tour.

Join Our Wait & Ready List Today

The Admiral at the Lake’s Wait & Ready List is easy and obligation-free. Joining now is the best way to ensure that your preferred apartment style is secured for when you are ready to make the move, whether that’s six months or five years from now. We invite you to schedule a tour and visit our community to learn more about the exceptional lifestyle and opportunities The Admiral can offer you.

Elevated Senior Living on Chicago’s Lakefront

Welcome to The Admiral at the Lake – Chicago’s most elevated senior living community. Experience the city in all its brilliance – the stunning skyline, vibrant neighborhoods and a cultural depth that few other places in the world can offer – all waiting for you right outside your door.

Founded in 1858, The Admiral at the Lake – Chicago’s first and longest-serving not-for-profit senior living community – is one of a kind. Drawing its name from the historic hotel that once occupied its site, The Admiral has a long history of serving older adults of all faiths and nationalities. As a Life Plan Community, The Admiral offers an elevated retirement with a full continuum of health care services: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

For more information about elevated senior living on Chicago’s lakefront, please contact us at 800.653.6197.