Outdoor Activities for Active Adults in Chicago

Considering active adult communities in Chicago and nearby area? The city of Chicago is probably one of the most unique mixes of lake paths and big city living that you can find in the U.S. With almost 19 miles of trail that spans across the city proper, and a train system that extends to the suburbs, it’s easy to find your own active routine.


From some of the best golf courses in Chicago to explore-worthy Chicago parks and walking trails, here are just a few ways that you can stay engaged among the many active adult communities in the metro area.


Golf Courses in Chicago

There are plenty more notable golf courses in Chicago to consider, besides the famed Sydney R. Marovitz course. But none that offer such unparalleled views of the water, harbors, and skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. A challenging, nine-hole course that’s right off the lake, you’ll find plenty of options for getting around (including pull carts, two-person riding carts, and single-person surfboard carts). Pro tip—leave plenty of time post-golf for a walk on the water, especially on sunny days.


If you’re considering active adult communities in Chicago though, and love golf, you’ll want to explore some of the communities that offer easy golf course access. Trillium Farm of Winfield, for example, is centrally located in DuPage County and offers new construction homes for the 55+ buyer with easy access to a Cantigny Golf Course and park. Those looking to explore Chicago parks and walking trails will also enjoy the Blackwell Forest Preserve, which offers miles of trails.


Prefer a golf-side view? You can find that at Liberty Green of Bolingbrook—offering low-maintenance living with a variety of new construction ranch homes that are adjacent to the Bolingbrook Golf Club, some of which have golf course views.


Chicago Walking Trails and Parks

Are you more interested in long walks and taking in the majestic views of nature? You can find active adult communities in the Chicago area that offer endless opportunities for exploration. Start with Briargate — located in Lindenhurst, it offers onsite access to the 41-mile long Millennium Trail.


But you’ll find more than just walking trails at the Millennium, which was carefully designed to connect central, western, and northern Lake County. When tied with neighboring Lake County trails, such as the Fort Hill Trail, North Shore Path, Des Plaines River Trail, and the McClory Trail—it becomes part of a spectacular system linking residential areas to parks, forest preserves, schools, and business districts.


Hikers, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers can all find a space at Millennium. And horseback riding is permitted along an 11-mile section of gravel, from Lakewood north to the horse trailer parking area at Singing Hills Forest Preserve in Volo.


Perks of Active Adult Communities in the Chicago Area

While there aren’t many active adult 55+ communities directly in the city, many of the areas 55+ communities are all less than an hour from downtown Chicago, making it easy to enjoy a night out in the city. Catch a river cruise, visit Millennium Park’s famous “Bean”, grab dinner off the lake, or go for a show at the Chicago Symphony Center. There are also plenty of other music venues to consider, in addition to world-class museums and theater productions that make Chicago a dynamic place for active adults to call home.


On your search for outdoor activities in the Chicago area, explore the many active adult communities that offer older adults the opportunity to find community while enjoying some of their favorite pastimes.



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Published  11.01.21 

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