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The Merion

1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

(800) 558-0653

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4.27

(11 reviews)

Offers Independent Living

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Reviews of The Merion in Evanston, Illinois

4.27

(11 reviews)

  • Facility

    4.6

  • Staff

    4.5

  • Food

    4.3

  • Activities

    3.0

  • Value

    3.0

Ronald

5

February 18, 2023

I visited this facility

I went to look at The Merion. It was nice, as well as the woman who showed it to me, but it was too expensive for me. The place was beautiful, it had a pool, and I liked the place where it's at. It's a beautiful neighborhood. I didn't want to pay that much money for it, and I didn't want to move to the suburbs. The staff member who gave me the tour was wonderful, she was very accommodating, she called me several times, and she's very nice. It's a gorgeous facility.

Fran

5

December 22, 2022

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

If I had to move today, it would be The Merion. If I had to move a year from now, it would be The Merion. lf you need a caregiver, they will find someone for you. The staff was so friendly and so cheerful. I love the energy there. The residents were getting ready for a play and getting ready for lunch, so people were kind of walking around, talking, and laughing. My husband and I've been to the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and they play there on a Friday and it's always crowded. The people there are alert as one can be. One particular room was exactly what my husband and I will have. When we walked in, we knew that it was a great room. It was a two-bedroom, almost full kitchen, a little dining room, and a living room, but it was on the second floor. The dining area was large and lovely. We just stood at the door and they showed us the menu. It was well lit and well illuminated. It looked friendly and accepting. They are on a city block, so they take up the whole area where they are. There are some trees here and there, and large sidewalks. They have a nice terrace where you can sit out, and there are pretty plants, a lot of planters, and things, but I haven't gone to the back of the building. There's minimal greenery because it's a city. They have a library, a workout room, and a little pool. They have happy hour. They have people who actually perform. They have a daily bus and you make reservations where you need to go. The only thing is that parking your car is about a block and a half down. It's a good-sized block down and you have to cross another street. I have all positives to say about The Merion. We definitely intend to move there when the time is right. My husband knows two people over there, or at least one person, and I met another one that we know through church and they rave about the food. They have daily cleaning if you prefer, or they have once a week cleaning and that's all part of your rental. The facility was well kept, very bright, and cheerful. I understand that they're going to start changing some furniture in the reception hall. The owner is kept up-to-date and informed, and he comes over and checks things out. Caroline, the sales counselor, introduced us and took us around twice, and she's fantastic. She's very honest and sincere. We liked being with her.

Stephen

5

March 12, 2022

I visited this facility

I liked the tour at The Merion. They were very professional. My concern is maybe it's more expensive than I could afford, but the facility seems fine. It seemed like they had everything, which is good. They have a gym and a library of some sort. The rooms I saw were on the small side, but for me it was fine. They charge a lot, and I think they're expensive. I didn't shop around other facilities so I can't compare. You get a stipend, and you could use it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I've tried the food, and it was pretty good. The staff that I met all seemed professional and decent.

Tracy Jackson

3

July 28, 2019

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

I would first like to say The Merion is a beautiful building. Some of the residents are wonderful and some need not to be there for it to be a independent living community. However, most of the staff is nice, pleasant, and kind. The manager should pay more attention to the residents needs as well as those who shouldn't be in this particular setting. The staff I met in the Wellness Center, let's just say a few are wonderful and kind to my loved one but the supervisor and a few others have really unpleasant mannerisms. They have a tendency to treat my aunt with intimidation when my family or myself isn't around but we are aware. If I recall that's a form of abuse because she shouldn't have to be afraid to leave her apartment because the staff has to find her for things. This is suppose to be her home and she should feel safe at all times without feeling frightened and intimidated. If it continues and nothing gets resolved, we have no choice but to take further action with these employees. Otherwise and overall, the food is fabulous and for the wonderful, kind, compassionate, and caring staff thank you for your kindness and being there for my aunt. Tracy

Provider Response

Tracy, we hold the people who work here to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and any allegation of mistreatment is taken very seriously. Our community is a safe, welcoming place for all residents, guests and team members, and any such behavior that doesn't support this environment is not tolerated. Please give Vicki Botefuhr, our General Manager, a call immediately so we can address your concerns appropriately.

Philip

4

July 30, 2018

I visited this facility

The Merion was at the top of my list. I met the sales person. He was very friendly, very open, and answered all of my questions. He was not a hard sell at all. The apartments were a little disappointing, though. The older building was less expensive but you're also paying for a furnished apartment. The new section was very modern, which I really liked, but it was a little bit more expensive. For the meals, they surpassed the other community. The food was excellent. Also you can eat at any of one of their restaurants, which all serve something different. They have a piano or a bar lounge, which is open to the public. They allow them to come in and enjoy meals, drinks, and music. It is more open, so it's a big plus.

Provider Response

We appreciate you coming to see us, Philip, and hope your visit has only strengthened your impression of our community. Evanston is home to so many wonderful businesses and people, and we're so proud to be right in the heart of it. We're glad you got a taste of our diverse dining options and lively social opportunities at our Emerald Lounge. If you have any questions from your tour, or want more information on what might be the perfect apartment for you, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

irv412852

4

January 6, 2017

I visited this facility

The Merion was a nice, newer, open, and newer building with elevators. The staff was friendly. The dining area was fine. I liked that I can eat with some people. It looked very clean and fresh.

Provider Response

Thank you for visiting us! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time at The Merion, and got to meet a few of the friendly faces at our community. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. David Sherman, Director of Operations, The Merion

Selma3

5

May 11, 2016

I visited this facility

The Merion was lovely and very nice. It was the one I liked the best. It was an old hotel that they changed to a senior place. The dining area was very nice, and the food looked very good. They're constructing a new building right next to it that will have a pool. They had a gym with exercise equipment and a lot of music activities. They had one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

Kirby1

4

November 22, 2015

I visited this facility

The Merion was very beautiful with everything brand new. The pricing seems good, but it felt like there wasn’t a lot of continuing care or wouldn't be enough care for what we needed. It’s good for someone who is very independent. The staff was very nice and upfront and said they have activities throughout the day as well as excursions. It’s a very lovely place.

Caring83303050

5

April 30, 2014

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My brother-in-law is now at The North Shore Retirement Hotel. This is a refurbished old hotel. This facility offers full service. They have a variety of things, including a nursing service if you need it. It is a 24-hour service. There is so much around there that he can go out to and go for walks. It is not so far from medical facilities; if need be if he will use the service. This facility has a certain advantage of having things close. They have all kinds of special things for the people. They keep them busy. They have exercise, and they have a facility if they're into computers. They serve three meals a day.

Lovely Daughter1

3

September 19, 2013

I visited this facility

The North Shore Retirement Hotel is a very nice facility. They have plenty of activities for their residents. With regards to accommodations, because it was literally a hotel back then, they have many different sized rooms to choose from. My dad was about to sign on moving into this place, but then they started doing all this construction and remodelling, so he changed his mind. Plus, they have just raised their rates.

iwassatisfied

4

November 17, 2011

I visited this facility

My grandfather was a resident at this facility for a short period of time before my grandmother took him to Jamaica to be cared for at her home there. 4 months to be exact. I visited him frequently enough to see that the people that cared for him during his stay genuinely loved their jobs and cared about the residents they came incounter with daily. He had a massive stroke and lost total use of the right side of his body and the side effects of the stroke was violent mood swings, speech impairment and some crippling making him a very difficult person to deal with but thankfully the caregivers that were assigned to my grandfather were in the nursing field for some time so they were very experienced and very patient when caring for him as well as some other difficult residents I have encountered there. A very loving environment.

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Costs for The Merion in Evanston, Illinois

Independent Living

Independent Living is for those who desire the feel of a private residence with the amenities and activities available in a planned community, such as fitness classes, game nights, and group excursions. Services such as cleaning and groundskeeping are often available.

$3,950

Starting Price

Services and Amenities of The Merion in Evanston, Illinois

Costs

  • All Inclusive Rent

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We offer companion suites

General

  • Resident Capacity: 165
  • Pets Allowed: Small pets allowed

About The Merion in Evanston, Illinois

RETIREMENT LIVING. REDEFINED.

Sitting proudly in the heart of downtown Evanston, The Merion has set the stage and new expectations for a luxury independent senior living community in the world of residence rentals. Recently transformed from the former North Shore Retirement Hotel, The Merion welcomes you to see for yourself…

The Merion residences all come finely appointed with stylish furnishings boasting current design and style trends. Just bring your wardrobe and unique personal touches and call it home.

All of our kitchens are equipped with stainless steel appliances, shaker maple cabinetry and granite counter tops. Whether your desire is a walk-in shower or tub, bathrooms at The Merion feature the latest in variety, style and convenience.

The Merion has raised the bar for dining in retirement communities by introducing a completely reinvented dining program. With a resolute and unparalleled emphasis on fresh food ingredients provided by local purveyors, custom made-to-order meals, impeccable service and fine attention to detail, The Merion is redefining and reshaping dining expectations in retirement living communities.

We understand that food provides a fundamental link with health, wellness and human interaction and impacts our lives far beyond basic nourishment. At The Merion, it is all about creating memorable dining experiences and improving our residents’ lives, one meal at a time. Whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, our diverse menu has offerings for all palettes and needs.

Residents may choose to dine in our elegant and spacious dining room, our casual bistro, or simply enjoy our in-room dining services.

Residents at The Merion are presented with many opportunities to stay active and healthy, due to our proximity to downtown Evanston, Lake Michigan beaches and lush parks. On-site, The Merion also offers a home health care agency, library, yoga classes, and much, much more to enjoy.

In conjunction with Accurate Care Home Health Services and Accurate Private Care, The Merion provides residents and their families comfort in knowing that they are cared for when needed. Our residents receive a continuum of care including periodic wellness checks and annual health evaluations from our Wellness Center staff at no additional cost and have access to a multitude of cost-effective services. Medicare and third-party insurance is accepted.

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