Bethany Retirement Community

4950 N Ashland Ave

Chicago Illinois 60640

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Bethany Retirement Community


  • On-Site Medical Staff
  • Chef Prepared Meals
  • Dietary Accommodations
  • Transportation Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • 24-Hour Staff
  • Medication Management
  • Security
  • Planned Activities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Multiple Floor Plans
  • Private Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Activity Space
  • Theater Room
  • Beauty Salon
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Walking Paths
  • Free Wi-Fi

Living Types

  • Senior Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living
  • Memory Care
  • Nursing Home
  • At-Home Care
  • Respite Care


Bethany Retirement Community is the best kept secret for retirement living in Chicago

About Our Retirement Community

Welcome to Bethany Retirement Community

With our beautiful setting, traditional furnishings, lovely courtyard gardens and comprehensive services, many of our families have told us we are “Chicago’s best kept secret.”

Bethany Retirement Community is a faith-based, non-profit serving the vibrant Andersonville and Ravenswood neighborhoods of Chicago. Celebrating over 125 years of service, our “Called to Care” mission traces back to the Methodist church; today, we are home to a variety of faith traditions.

Bethany is licensed as a long term sheltered care facility and offers:

24-hour security and nursing presence
on-site social services
3 nutritious meals per day
A convenient location next to Methodist Hospital of Chicago, offering our residents a safety net of round-the-clock medical care when necessary.

Our Community Provides Active Living for Older Adults

Residents of our community enjoy their senior years in different ways that support their individuality and independence. We do this through a robust activities program, as well as supportive services as they are needed. Weekly activities include:

Scheduled movies
Card parties
Non-denominational worship services
Exercise classes
Guest entertainers and activity programs that offer diverse opportunities for participation
Personal fulfillment and spiritual nurture

What’s more, we offer scheduled trips to Chicago’s famous shopping and events…our residents never have to miss a thing!

Our Beautiful Heritage Garden

We also take pride in our beautiful Heritage Garden—featuring scenic landscaping, walking paths and a charming fountain. Minutes away from the stunning Lake Michigan shoreline, we hope that you’ll visit us soon and discover “Chicago’s best kept secret” in retirement living!

Our Rewarding and Supportive Services

Celebrating over 125 years of service, our non-profit community offers an active and rewarding lifestyle to older adults of all faiths, with the peace of mind of supportive services as they are needed. Our ideal location in Chicago’s thriving Andersonville/Ravenswood neighborhood is only steps away from shops, restaurants and transportation. Cherish your independence and live maintenance-free at Bethany Retirement Community!

Services and amenities include:

3 delicious meals daily (special diets accommodated)
24-hour security with security checks
Beauty & barber shop
24-hour licensed nursing care
Emergency call system in each apartment
Convenient self-serve laundry facilities
Scheduled transportation
Diverse activities & outings
Safety deposit boxes
Worship services
Shuttle service to shopping & events
Movies, card parties & bingo
Monthly socials with entertainment
Coffee shop & café
Exercise classes
Parlor with piano & organ
Outdoor park
Arts & crafts studio
Library with internet access

Responding to the Needs of Our Residents

Bethany Retirement Community has been responding to the needs of residents for more than 125 years. Those with memory impairment can fall into patterns of withdrawal and isolation, which can lead to further cognitive decline.

This is compounded when the resident encounters further limitations such as mobility and hearing impairment. Our innovative memory care programming facilitates engagement and provides the highest quality of life for residents with early to middle stage dementia-related illness.

Program Details

Our memory support program offers 2 distinct groups in order to tailor daily activities to the needs of all residents: The Savvy Circle and Memory Keepers. Both memory groups offer:

Brain-stimulating endeavors & discussions
Music therapy
Current events discussions
Art therapy
Creative movement & exercise
Pet therapy

The Social Element

Programs place a strong emphasis on the social element that has been shown to be the most effective brain exercise of all! Activities emphasize the building of supportive relationships that become even more essential as memory loss progresses.

Regularly Scheduled Activities: All memory care residents also participate in the regular daily activities enjoyed by both independent and assisted living residents. This can include: live entertainment, special classes and community events!

Highly Trained Staff: All Bethany memory care programs are led by experienced therapists with advanced training in art, music, exercise, and relational therapies. Our memory support staff communicates regularly with residents’ families, nursing and activities for optimal resident care.

Our Vibrant Apartments

Our vibrant Andersonville/Ravenswood community offers apartment homes ranging in size from luxury studio to large 1-bedroom. Each residence features:

Updated flooring
Window treatments
Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
Spacious closets
Walk-in shower or bath tub
We Cover Every Aspect of Our Residents’ Wellness

At Bethany Retirement we cover physical, social, intellectual and spiritual needs. Exercise in the fitness center, enjoy yoga and Qi-Gong, or go for a morning stroll in our beautiful Heritage Garden. You can be as busy or relaxed as you choose.

When it comes to active retirement living, our community doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why promoting individual choice is such an important factor. With your interests always in mind, we offer widespread opportunities designed just for you.

A mere sampling of the programs that Bethany Retirement Community has to offer:

Community Outings
Cultural and Educational Lectures
Fitness Classes
Card and Game Clubs
Live Musical and Theatrical Performances
Services for a Variety of Faiths
Workshops and Art Classes
Social Mixers and Themed Events

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