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Lakefront Living for Retirement in Chicago

In Chicago, lakefront senior living has always had an enviable cachet—a distinction that certainly extends to Montgomery Place.

Barely 500 feet to the east, the natural beauty of Lake Michigan frames South Shore Drive, your express route to downtown Chicago’s cultural gems and commercial attractions. To the west lies the nearby University of Chicago, a stellar hub for the arts and sciences, where many Montgomery Place residents have deep roots, whether as alumni or emeritus faculty and staff.

The university’s campus extends to include UChicago Medicine, which includes the University of Chicago Hospital, as well as the Pritzker School of Medicine. Not incidentally, the university’s scientific breakthroughs have garnered nearly a dozen Nobel Prizes.

In addition to the University of Chicago, the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park—site of not one but two World’s Fairs—also is the proposed site for the Barack Obama Presidential Center.


But Hyde Park is more than a collection of university and medical center, museums and concerts. It is a compact and richly woven community, easy to navigate on foot or by car, with a burgeoning restaurant scene and a bevy of bookstores among its architectural mix of modernism and celebrated neo-Gothic construction.

One of Chicago’s classic neighborhoods, Hyde Park fully embraces Montgomery Place—and vice versa.

Why Seniors Prefer Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place in Chicago is a favorite for seniors because it offers lakefront living and a flexible range of activities that give the place a reputation as the “cultural center of East Hyde Park.”

In addition to the top-notch services provided inside the senior living community, Montgomery Place is right at the heart of Hyde Park. Seniors in Chicago love Montgomery Place because Hyde Park has been their home for most of their lives.

Community-wide Conveniences

Hyde Park is a compact and richly woven community well-known for its cultural gems, commercial attractions, and several community-wide conveniences within easy reach via Lake Shore Drive.

The Smart Museum of Art

This museum and its park extension are part of the University of Chicago, where many residents have deep roots as alumni, emeritus faculty, or staff. Seniors enjoy experiencing the unique exhibits showcasing classic American, European, and Asian art pieces.

The smart museum of art prides itself on its exotic collection of paintings, sculptures, and ceramic exhibits from ancient times. Hyde Park residents frequent the museums, so Montgomery Place residents get the opportunity to interact with other enthusiastic museum lovers and discuss the marvelous exhibits.

After an enjoyable and knowledgeable tour of the museum, grab a bite from the Smart Cafe, another part of the museum.

Visit Obama’s Home in Hyde Park

The 44th president of the USA, Barack Obama, stayed in Hyde Park at 5429 Harper Avenue as a community organizer after he graduated from Harvard Law School. Residents of Chicago have a strong connection to Obama because of his roots in the city.

Montgomery Place residents can pay Obama’s former apartment a visit, sit at his favorite chair, and participate in the ex-president’s favorite activities within the block.

Attend the Chicago Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers can’t miss one of the oldest Chicago lakefront music festivals. The Chicago Jazz festival has been a part of Hyde Park’s summer lineup for over 40 years.

Enjoy an incredibly diverse lineup at the free event every September. It is organized as a series of free neighborhood concerts that conclude with a grand party at the Millennium Park of Hyde Park, Chicago.

The DuSable Museum

This museum is for history lovers who want to relish the art of the 1960s. The DuSable Museum has over 15,000 memorabilia and art pieces focusing on the achievements and contributions of African-Americans from the 60s.

Seniors pay a meager $7 for admission to the cultural museum.

Bask at Promontory Point

Promontory Point is a rock beach with shallow water and a sand lake bottom during the summer. This is perfect for basking under the sun’s heat as you enjoy the scenery and even possibly catch a swim. Swimming is highly discouraged since no lifeguards are operating in the area.

Go Bird Sighting at Jackson Park

Jackson Park, on the southeastern side of Hyde Park, is a pristine location to enjoy nature and observe the over 24 bird species in the park.

The park is also home to the “Garden of the Phoenix,” a beautiful Japanese-style garden surrounded by Lake Michigan, and ‘Wooded Island,’ a 1.7-mile loop trail perfect for nature walks and bird watching.

Other nearby attractions include:

  • Court Theatre
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • The Oriental Institute
  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Connect With Chicago’s Senior Living Experts at Montgomery Place Retirement Community

Montgomery Place has passionate staff working to better the lives of the residents. Senior living experts at Montgomery work with residents to develop a curriculum that meets all their needs. The retirement community offers independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care.

Get in touch with Montgomery Place to connect with Chicago’s senior living experts and find the perfect retirement community.