About 2.75 million residents call Chicago home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those residents, more than 12 percent are 65 years old or older. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia impact some individuals in this age group, and Chicago seniors are no exception. Between 2014 and 2018, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths in the city rose by 3.26%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, there were 1,321 Alzheimer’s-related deaths, and this number rose to 1,364 in 2018. This death rate outpaced the death rate of 2.03% for all conditions in Chicago, indicating that the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is growing.

Fortunately, memory care communities can help Chicago seniors find support, care and comfort as they manage an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. These facilities offer 24-hour care for memory care residents who require additional support and services. Learn more about Chicago’s memory care facilities, their costs and resources for families and caregivers in this guide.

Memory Care Facilities in Chicago, IL

Sunrise of Lincoln Park

2710 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 60614

Located in Chicago, Illinois, Sunrise of Lincoln Park is less than a mile from the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Residents and their loved ones agree that this fac … (read more)
Located in Chicago, Illinois, Sunrise of Lincoln Park is less than a mile from the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Residents and their loved ones agree that this fac … (read more)

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St. Joseph Village of Chicago

4021 West Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL, 60641

I went to St. Joseph Village of Chicago. The staff was very good. The only drawback of that facility is that they don’t have long-term memory care. It’s only short-term for memory care. From there, th … (read more)
I went to St. Joseph Village of Chicago. The staff was very good. The only drawback of that facility is that they don’t have long-term memory care. It’s only short-term for memory care. From there, th … (read more)

Belmont Village Lincoln Park

700 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60614


Hartwell Place

5520 N. Paulina St, Chicago, IL, 60640

I went to visit Hartwell Place. Patients can’t get out of the building. They need to have a pass or something, so it’s secure. The people there were very nice. Some of them were speaking Spanish, whic … (read more)
I went to visit Hartwell Place. Patients can’t get out of the building. They need to have a pass or something, so it’s secure. The people there were very nice. Some of them were speaking Spanish, whic … (read more)

Amazing Grace Senior Living

7432 West Talcott Ave , Chicago, IL, 60631


Norwood Crossing

6016 N. Nina Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60631

Norwood Crossing is located in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, near Presence Resurrection Medical Center and the Roden Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Visitors compliment the … (read more)
Norwood Crossing is located in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, near Presence Resurrection Medical Center and the Roden Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Visitors compliment the … (read more)

Mercy Circle

3659 West 99Th Street, Chicago, IL, 60655


The Clare

55 East Pearson St., Chicago, IL, 60611


Artis Senior Living Of Lakeview Now Open

3535 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL, 60657

A friend and I visit for dinner with a friend who is in memory care. The food is wonderful and you can tell that the manager (chef) takes care and pride in what is served to the patient community. The … (read more)
A friend and I visit for dinner with a friend who is in memory care. The food is wonderful and you can tell that the manager (chef) takes care and pride in what is served to the patient community. The … (read more)

Paul House & Health Care Center

3800 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60618


Bethesda Home & Retirement Center

2833 NORTH NORDICA AVENUE, Chicago, IL, 60634

Everything at Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care seemed to be very clean and very organized. I saw residents watching TV and they were attended to, so it looked like they interact a lot with the residen … (read more)
Everything at Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care seemed to be very clean and very organized. I saw residents watching TV and they were attended to, so it looked like they interact a lot with the residen … (read more)

Colfax Manor Assisted Living

8200 South Colfax Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60617


Belmont Village Oak Park

1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL, 60302

Located in Oak Park, Illinois, Belmont Village Oak Park is conveniently located near Rush Oak Park Hospital and the River Forest Town Center mall and many other sites in Chicago. Family members consis … (read more)
Located in Oak Park, Illinois, Belmont Village Oak Park is conveniently located near Rush Oak Park Hospital and the River Forest Town Center mall and many other sites in Chicago. Family members consis … (read more)

The Sheridan at River Forest

800 North Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL, 60305


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Chicago

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Memory Care in Illinois. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Memory Care in Chicago

The Illinois Department of Public Health oversees memory care facilities throughout the state, including those in Chicago. This department is responsible for establishing rules and regulations for these facilities and issuing facility licenses. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Chicago

  • Chicago is home to many well-regarded hospitals, giving seniors access to excellent medical care when needed. These hospitals include the nationally ranked University of Chicago Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The University of Chicago’s Memory Center provides care for patients with memory disorders and works with patients to develop a customized care plan for their health needs.
  • Chicago offers senior transportation programs, including door-to-door service provided through the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Taxi Access Program. This service allows eligible seniors to ride in taxis at reduced rates. 
  • The cost of living is high in Chicago, coming in at 23% above the national average. Despite transportation costs being particularly high, seniors can tap into reduced transportation rates through several CTA programs to help cut down on costs.
  • Illinois is a tax-friendly state for seniors. The state exempts retirement income, including Social Security benefits, from taxes, which can leave extra money in seniors’ bank accounts.
  • Seniors with respiratory problems might have trouble with Chicago’s air quality. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air report ranks the Chicago metro 15th nationally for particle pollution and 16th nationally for high ozone days.

Paying for Memory Care in Chicago

On average, memory care costs $6,031 per month in Chicago, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019. This figure was calculated based on assisted living facility costs, plus 25%. Since memory care requires additional support and services, memory care costs about 20-30% more than assisted living facilities. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

The average cost of memory care in Chicago is higher than the both the state of Illinois average of $5,610 and the national average of $5,625. Within the state, Chicago’s memory care rates are higher than the rates of some, but not all, nearby cities. While Peoria, which comes in at $5,164, and Champaign, which comes in at $5,938, offer lower monthly costs, Springfield memory care costs more at $6,388 a month.

$6031

Chicago

$5610

Illinois

$5625

The United States

$6388

Springfield

$5164

Peoria

$5938

Champaign

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

A variety of senior care services are available in Chicago, from in-home help to around-the-clock care. Adult day care service is the lowest-priced option at $1,842. In-home homemaker services and home health aides are priced comparably at $5,672 and $5,720, respectively. Assisted living costs, on average, $4,825 a month. Nursing home care is the priciest type of senior care, with a semiprivate room in Chicago averaging $6,996 a month and a private room averaging $8,060 a month.

$5672

Homemaker services

$5720

Home health aide

$1842

Adult day care service

$4825

Assisted living facility

$6996

Nursing home with semiprivate room

$8060

Nursing home with private room

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Chicago

In Chicago, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Illinois page.

More ways to pay for memory care in IL

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Illinois page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Chicago

If you have a dementia diagnosis or are a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you can tap into several local resources to help you navigate care and support. Consider contacting these Chicago organizations for help.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter serves the state's 87 counties. The organization works with families dealing with Alzheimer's disease, providing information, care consultation and supportive services.

(888) 401-8200

The Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is an advocacy program for residents of long-term care facilities throughout the state. This program provides information on residents' rights, listens to seniors' concerns and advocates for high-quality long-term care in the state.

(312) 405-6672

GoldMind Arts offers dementia care art programs for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia. These programs, which are led by professional artists, engage participants at an appropriate skill level.

(800) 252-8966

The Illinois Department on Aging offers a web-based caregiver support program that provides families with resources they need when caring for a loved one with dementia. It offers information on keeping seniors with dementia safe and finding appropriate housing for loved ones with Alzheimer's.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Chicago

Chicago Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Illinois are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Illinois page for more information about these laws.