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Who We Are

Our Mission


We are a non-profit, our Foundation has a history of serving Chicago for over 160 years. Our values connect us and define our vision.  Our core focus is to create a vibrant community so that we may each lead full and authentic lives of purpose.

We believe in ageless spirits and in abundant living.


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

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

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

A Proud Tradition


Our Story

We are guided by values, not profit. Founded in 1858, The Admiral Foundation is Chicago’s oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to senior living, using innovative and responsive solutions that address the needs of all Chicago area seniors. We have a long history of seniors 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.

We are guided by an experienced volunteer board of directors comprised of civic and professional leaders.

All profits are reinvested into the community:

  • Continuous ownership by the same organization
  • No profit motive to raise monthly fees, which lowers operating costs
  • Direction by a dedicated board of directors
  • Our foundation supports residents who outlive their financial resources.
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A Richer Life

The Admiral at the Lake is a maintenance-free senior living solution that offers residents more time and opportunities to pursue their favorite interests and explore their lives. We are a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) and a Lifecare community serving those 62 years and older.

Our 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.

A Kendal Affiliate


We are proud to be affiliated with the not-for-profit Kendal Corporation. Their values resonate deeply with those held by The Admiral 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 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.

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