Lake Forest Independent Living Community

Your life, even better.

The remarkable thing about Independent Senior Living at Lake Forest Place is that it’s really just an extension of the lifestyle you already have. In fact, by becoming part of this maintenance-free Independent Living community near Chicago, you can let go of some of life’s complications — and add a wealth of new opportunities that are right at your fingertips.

Lake Forest Place is a Life Plan Community that provides you guaranteed access to higher levels of care including assisted living and nursing care to suit any changing needs, with a secure monthly fee ensured by an affordable LifeCare contract. Entrance fees start at $208,600 for a one bedroom apartment.

What You Maintain at Our Lake Forest Independent Living Community:

A high quality of life.

From the fine craftsmanship and attention to detail in every part of our campus to the menu selections, program offerings, hospitality and everything in between, you’ll be surrounded by the kind of quality, excellence and intentionality you’re accustomed to.

Independence and freedom.

Many people worry about losing independence when they move into a community. They are pleasantly surprised to discover how much more freedom they have once they’ve stepped away from the burdens of homeownership. Here, your time is your own, and the burdens are ours.

Connection to the Chicago suburbs.

You’ve built a life in your community that doesn’t stop once you move into Lake Forest Place. Many residents still attend their places of worship, meet with friends, volunteer or work, visit family, and enjoy the best of both worlds.

What can you add to your lifestyle? Stimulating social connections. Opportunities to keep learning, growing, and discovering new things about yourself and the world around you. More confidence in your future because of the security of having a plan in place if your health changes, and of being able to protect your finances and your legacy.

Will your life change if you say yes to Lake Forest Place? Yes — for the better. View a sample calendar to see what programs and events are waiting for you.

Sample Calendar

Sample schedule of programs and events at Lake Forest Place

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“They offer a lifetime to people here … where you can enjoy what you want to do and be the type of person you want to be. It’s a wonderful continuation of life.”

Investing in Your Future

Lake Forest Place is a Life Plan Community, which means you can have the kind of Lake Forest independent living you want right now and put a plan for your future into place. If your health needs ever change, you’ll have access to a full continuum of high-quality on-site care. You’ll have the support you need without having to search for it elsewhere.

We offer assisted living, memory care, short- and long-term skilled nursing, and rehabilitation, all in a lovely, welcoming environment, and all at a significant savings that can protect your finances in the long-term. Being part of a Life Plan Community is a smart way to age in one place while investing in your future. Learn more about the costs and benefits of choosing a Life Plan Community with our Costs and Benefits Guide.

Costs and Benefits Guide

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Finding Your Perfect Fit

Whether you prefer a cozy haven or a welcoming space for entertaining, there’s a floor plan to fit the way you want to live.


One- and two-bedroom apartments have spacious open floor plans and are convenient to all campus amenities and common spaces. They all include a gourmet eat-in kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, large bedrooms with walk-in closets, master bathroom with walk-in shower, and full-sized washer and dryer. Private patios are available with first-floor residences. Ranging from 720 sq. ft. to 2,200 sq. ft., Lake Forest Place has 16 apartment styles to choose from. Entrance Fees start at $208,600.


1 Bedroom


2 Bedroom plus Den


2 Bedroom


These stunning cottages come in two- and three-bedroom floor plans, some with a den. Features vary by cottage, but may include cathedral ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, a sunroom with bay windows, two-car private garage, spacious private patio, yard and landscaping, and full-sized washer and dryer. The 9 cottage styles range from 1,722 sq. ft. to 2,392 sq. ft., and some even have the option to double your living space by finishing the lower level. Entrance fees starting at $545,800.


2 Bedroom

The Onwentsia

2 Bedroom plus Den


It’s an upfront sum to help cover community operating expenses and help us offer access to continuing care for life at predictable rates. It also ensures priority access to higher levels of health care in case you ever need it. Your entrance fee is based on the size of residence you choose and the number of occupants.

The independent living monthly service fees vary based on the size of your residence and the number of occupants. This comprehensive fee covers a variety of services and amenities, including your meal plan, maintenance, housekeeping, utilities, scheduled transportation, concierge services, fitness center, activities and events, and much more.

Pets are permitted in all independent living residences at Lake Forest Place. When you visit, please speak with a team member to find out more.

Continuing Care or Life Plan refers to the fact that in addition to independent living, all levels of care are available to residents on the same campus. This would include assisted living, nursing care and specialized memory care. In addition, all levels of care can be accessed directly by those living outside the retirement community.

Independent living is designed for those who can live safely without any assistance or supervision. The services provided are primarily for convenience and lifestyle benefits.
Assisted living is designed for individuals who need regular support but do not need a nurse on a daily basis. Assistance can be provided with activities such as meals, laundry, bathing, dressing and medication reminders.
Nursing care provides the necessary care for those who need a nurse or certified nursing assistant on a daily basis. Individuals might have chronic conditions that require a skilled caregiver in our nursing care center.

A number of couples living at Presbyterian Homes do not share the same good health. On an individual basis, we can create a program that may include one spouse in assisted living or nursing care, and the other in a nearby independent apartment.

No. In fact, last year more than 700 “non-residents” recuperated from surgery or benefitted from Rebab in our Health Care Center. Our rehabilitative services include physical and occupational therapy, and speech/language pathology.

Our communities offer flexible dining options. Three meals are available each day, however most residents will still cook many of their meals in their beautiful kitchens. Each resident is provided a monthly Discretionary dollar allowance to spend as they choose, for dining, salon services or in our on-site stores.

It’s surprisingly affordable. Each community has its own selection of residences with corresponding prices. Residences range in size from 500 square feet to over 4,000 square feet.
Each community offers both refundable and non-refundable entrance fee, combined with an ongoing monthly service fee. More specific information about each campus is part of the Guide to Costs and Benefits.

Some Presbyterian Homes retirement communities offer a rental option for select apartments. In addition, those who move directly into assisted living or nursing care can rent from month to month, and do not pay an entrance fee.

Not always. Many of our communities do maintain a Future Resident List. But, since the lists are residence-specific, some residences become available with nobody showing immediate interest. The key to our Future Resident Lists is to join early and use the time to plan a successful move.

What more would you like to know about Lake Forest independent living? Use the contact form on this page to reach out about scheduling an in-person or virtual visit.