Our Mission

To build a vibrant community so that we may each lead full and authentic lives of purpose.

We Believe

We believe in ageless spirits and in abundant living.

We believe in the importance of inclusivity and in the power of an engaged and expansive community.

We believe in continuing the legacy of our charitable purpose by responding to the evolving needs both inside and beyond our walls.

We believe that every person has something to contribute and that we can accomplish far more together.


The Future is Engagement, Collaboration and Liberating Choices

The Admiral at the Lake — Chicago’s first and longest-serving, not-for-profit senior living community—is one-of-a-kind, and so are you.

Residents come from nearly every walk of life and hail from Chicago, the suburbs and as far away as New York, California and New Orleans. The Admiral provides a quality environment that supports an ageless spirit, promotes health and wellness, and fosters engagement, collaboration and liberating choices. Residents design and direct the recreational, intellectual, social and spiritual life of the community.

Established in 1858, The Admiral has a long history of serving older adults of all faiths and nationalities. Drawing its name from the historic hotel that once occupied the corner of Foster Avenue and Marine Drive on the border of Chicago’s Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods, The Admiral at the Lake is situated in one of the most culturally stimulating and diverse communities in the United States.

A Kendal Affiliate

In July 2009, the not-for-profit Kendal Corporation and The Admiral agreed to collaborate on the development of a new 31-story Life Care/Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) to be built on Chicago’s lakefront. This collaboration made sense because Kendal’s values resonated deeply with those held by The Admiral and its residents, staff and board.

For more than 40 years, Kendal has been known for fiscal integrity and transparency in governance. Values and Practices rooted in Quaker principles led Kendal to establish a federal-type governance system that blends autonomy with shared strengths. Each Kendal community—including The Admiral—is an independently owned and operated not-for-profit organization with its own volunteer board. Affiliates’ assets are not put at risk to undertake new growth and development. Assets remain within each local organization and under the care of each community’s board and staff.