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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of age-friendly Cities and Communities

Chicago is located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, and is the third most populous city in the United States.

The Chicago Area Agency on Aging serves as the Area Agency on Aging for the city of Chicago. In that capacity, they administer a variety of programs designed to address the diverse needs and interests of older Chicagoans, from those who are healthy and active, to those who are frail and homebound. DFSS/Senior Services is the lead for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to create an age friendly Chicago. A number of Age-Friendly Initiatives have been launched including: Age-Friendly Businesses; Age-Friendly Caregiver Support and the Age-Friendly Village Interdependent Collaboratives.

  1. Benefits: The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services links Chicago residents age 60 and older to more than 70 city, state and federal benefits to which they may be entitled

  2. Caregiving Assistance: The Chicago Department of Senior Services offers a variety of programs and services for families who are caring for their older loved ones.

  3. Senior Services: Senior Services is committed to serving older individuals with limited financial resources, those facing social isolation, and minority persons, in particular those with limited English proficiency.

Contacts1615 W. Chicago Ave, 5th Floor

Chicago, IL 60622-5127



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The small residential area that I live in is somewhat age friendly to me because I have neighbors who like to participate in gardening and are very friendly the transportation is flexible


Chicago is age friendly because we have a very large transit system (CTA), and many day programs, nursing homes and facilities that aid the elderly persons of our community.


Lots of areas such as grocery stores, movie theaters, restaurants in public bathrooms, are very accessible for individuals with disabilities, handicapped or who are elderly.


I think what makes this area age friendly is its close to transportation(bus and metra trains). Its a diverse area and it has a lot of community engagement. For the most part the people in the neighborhood are very friendly.

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How did Illinois earn the grade of C+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Illinois has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Illinois does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Illinois has an effective property tax rate of 2.32%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Illinois earned its state tax grade of C+.

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