Reasons to Move
One of the most significant factors of living at Montgomery Place is the multitude of interesting people who reside here. Watch the videos below to hear about many of the things that make Montgomery Place a special place to live.
More Reasons to Move to Montgomery Place, as stated by those who live here.
1. You will define your retirement here.
There’s not an activity or an organization at Montgomery Place that has not been created by and for the men and women who live here. That’s how it’s been from day one.
“All the activities have been created by the residents…so there are all kinds of things people can gravitate toward that meet their own interests.” - Ozzie B.
“We have many committees and activity groups…play readings, book discussions, a current events group—more than one person can keep up with, which is a nice problem.” - Joan B.
“I participate in the book group once a month on Tuesdays and I attend the Friday night speakers group.” - Miriam B.
“I’m part of the activities committee, which plans various tours and trips. And I’m part of the sing-along group…I go to dining committee meetings, and I’m also a member of the maintenance committee.” - Robert H.
“There is a current events group, which discusses politics; and a Friday night speaker, who speaks on a topic such as geology or music or traveling; and there is also a film discussion and a concert every week.” - Ulrike S.
“We have a lot of music concerts here, simply because we have a lot of musicians and people who are in the field who know who to invite.” - Ozzie B.
“There’s a dinner committee. People make suggestions to the chef, and he tries to accommodate them. I think that’s pretty unusual.” - Joan B.
“The residents have town meetings…the management listens.” - Robert H.
2. You can customize your apartment.
Our community-wide renovation and expansion project has created an opportunity for individuals and couples to choose an apartment that best suits their lifestyle and to personalize the finishes to suit their sense of style.
“I knew I needed a two-bedroom, and I wanted large closets because I’m a clotheshorse. This particular layout appealed to me because it has two walk-in closets.” - Ozzie B.
“When I decided to move in, they gave me a choice as to how I could have the apartment decorated, such as the countertop material, the color of the cabinets and the carpeting. They gave me that choice.” - Robert H.
“Everything was new…I got a choice of color of the cabinets. And then the layout of the carpeting. Or choice of other flooring where I wanted non-carpeting floor.” - Miriam B.
3. You’ll be intellectually and socially stimulated.
Perhaps it’s our Hyde Park location, perhaps it’s our proximity to the University of Chicago, or perhaps it’s just word of mouth. Whatever the reason, this has always been a community of extraordinarily bright and accomplished individuals.
“You learn mainly from other people. It’s a community of very bright people.” - Ulrike S.
“There is a great variety…Adlai Stevenson III came to talk recently, and we had a full house.” - Ozzie B.
“All of a sudden I had people to talk to and people to live with, and it gave me my life back…at first, I was finding it almost over-stimulating. The contrast was so great, and it was so exciting. I had to kind of simmer down a bit.” - Miriam B.
“Many of the residents here are ex-members of the faculty of the University. It’s mainly an intellectual community and that’s what drew us here.” - James and Ulrike S.
“The big thing for us was the people here. They are so very interesting, intelligent, well-read, they know what’s going on in the world. For me that’s the most important thing of all.” - Everett and Joan B.
4. You’ll love the views.
Whether you prefer to gaze straight out at the lake, see the lights on Promontory Point, or contemplate what may be going on at the Museum of Science and Industry this week, every window at Montgomery Place is a window on a world of possibilities.