Montclare Senior Residences of Calumet Heights

Chicago, IL

Thoughtful design that enhances the community 

What was once a long-vacant plot of land, partially covered by a man-made swamp, in Chicago’s Calumet Heights neighborhood is now home to a new, seven-story apartment building for independent seniors. The mixed-income development brings 134 residences to the community, including 101 units for lower income residences and 33 market-rate apartments. This development not only eliminates an eyesore along Stony Island Avenue (the southern gateway to the future Obama Presidential Center), but also provides much needed housing for seniors of all income levels to be able to stay in the neighborhood many have called home for decades.

Ensuring senior residents can age comfortably and peacefully, WJW designed Montclare of Calumet Heights units to fit differing mobility needs. The seven-story building offers spectacular views of Downtown, Lake Michigan and across the South Side.  The site is in very close proximity to multiple bus lines and retail/grocery, making it an ideal location for seniors.

The building features abundant amenities to promote wellbeing and enjoyment, such as a fitness center and computer lab. Outdoor common areas — landscaped recreation spaces, a gazebo, a spacious patio — offer residents opportunities for connection to both neighbors and nature. Parking is available on site, increasing ease and convenience. The senior living center is one piece of a larger residential-commercial planned development in Calumet Heights that also includes a new restaurant, adding to the vitality and resources of the community at large.

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