About Montgomery Place
Community, culture and nature: they all come together at Montgomery Place in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. More than 200 older adults currently enjoy our lakeside setting, as well as a vibrant urban lifestyle that engages the heart and enriches the mind.
Our apartments overlook Lake Michigan and the Museum of Science and Industry, with the University of Chicago just minutes to the west, and the attractions and resources of downtown Chicago within easy reach via Lake Shore Drive.
A wide range of events and programs is guaranteed to meet with residents’ approval — because the residents themselves organize all such activities, earning Montgomery Place its reputation as “the cultural center of East Hyde Park.”
At Montgomery Place, you’ll find neighbors as down-to-earth as your best friends and as world-traveled as Marco Polo – a community as diverse and welcoming as Chicago itself.
At Montgomery Place, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those who choose to live here—to support each person’s social, intellectual, physical, cognitive and spiritual needs. By staying true to that mission, we have succeeded in building one of Chicago’s most diverse, inclusive communities of people who are 62 and older.
“inclusive culture and ethos”
Our Vision grounded in values and heritage
“a vibrant urban lifestyle that engages the heart and enriches the mind”
Any successful endeavor must balance the daily necessities with a clear and consistent vision. After nearly 30 years, our vision still makes it possible for Montgomery Place to proudly maintain its standing among the Chicago metropolitan area’s preeminent senior living communities.
As a not-for-profit organization, we gladly extend our expertise and talents not only to our residential neighborhood but also to the community beyond Hyde Park. Our vision is grounded in the belief that mind, body and spirit can work in harmony with the joys and wonders found in one of the world’s most vital and influential cities.
At Montgomery Place, our vision derives from five core values; they provide a guide for service and a goal we hope to meet each day.
Our commitment to integrity binds us to conduct all business — from front-desk encounters to fiscal responsibility — with transparency and candor. Our emphasis on integrity underscores the emphasis we place on the dignity with which we strive to treat everyone in the Montgomery Place family: our employees as well as our residents, their families and friends.
Those values allow us to prioritize engagement with the entire Montgomery Place community, as we collaborate, define and refine the inclusive culture and ethos of our shared home. Engagement arises from—and in turn helps nourish—the spirit of caring, which is at the root of all our efforts. And caring inspires us to perform at the highest levels of excellence in all things —a measure of the degree of quality that helps us implement our overall vision.
These values explain and ensure Montgomery Place’s continued success.
Montgomery Place grew from seeds of kindness planted more than 125 years ago, when Rev. Walter Delafield came to the aid of three elderly women in his Episcopalian parish in Hyde Park. In 1888, he learned the women needed a place to live that could accommodate caregivers when they were needed. So Rev. Delafield rented a home on South Ellis Avenue for them; others followed, and in 1915, what had become The Church Home organization constructed its first residential building, for 80 adults, at 5445 South Ingleside Avenue.
“the spirit of caring…, which is at the root of all our efforts”
In the 1980s, The Church Home purchased our current property at 5550 South Shore Drive for $3 million and began construction for a new retirement community named for the late retired Episcopal Bishop James W. Montgomery. We began welcoming residents in October 1991.
is an agency affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago that provides ministers for Montgomery Place residents and their families. These clergy are trained to serve people of all faith traditions — or no faith tradition — with home and hospital visits, grief counseling and support for caregivers. The Church Home also extends its services to people throughout northern Illinois.