7 Reasons to Consider Independent Living in Kenosha, WI

One reason to consider independent living in Kenosha, WI is the proximity of things to do on the dazzling Lake Michigan shoreline.

For many generations, people have flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Situated between the bustling cities of Milwaukee and Chicago, Kenosha is a welcome change of pace with its own excitement and intrigue. While the city has held many titles, it has always been named in reference to the flourishing pike population. In the early 20th century, it was a popular destination for skilled immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Poland, and Germany. Up until the 1980s it was a bustling center of the auto industry. Today, Kenosha is home to just under 100,000 residents who find it to be the perfect blend of lake life and big city. If you’re considering independent living in Kenosha, WI, here are just a few reasons to act fast:

  1. Housing opportunities
  2. Proximity to Lake Michigan
  3. Petrifying Springs Park
  4. Enriching museums & shows
  5. Kenosha HarborMarket
  6. Thriving local businesses & shopping
  7. Opportunities to get involved

Continue reading to learn more about the reasons to make your independent living home in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

  1. Housing opportunities

At Villa Ciera Senior Apartments and  Glenwood Senior Apartments in Kenosha, you’ll enjoy convenient on-site amenities, such as a fitness center (Villa Ciera), hair salon (Villa Ciera), business center, walk-in closets, and pet-friendly units (restrictions apply). Located in the lovely Lou DeMarco Village, these properties are five minutes away from vibrant downtown Kenosha and the dazzling shores of Lake Michigan. They can help make your transition to independent living one that’s the envy of your friends and family.

Learn more about senior housing options in Kenosha, WI here.

  1. Proximity to Lake Michigan

Lou DeMarco Village is located just minutes from downtown Kenosha’s harbor on the beautiful Lake Michigan, which boasts gorgeous sights year-round. Over 90% of Kenosha’s Lake Michigan shoreline is publicly accessible. It’s also home to HarborPark, a revitalized downtown area that hosts five museums, two lighthouses, an authentic trolley system, and the Kenosha HarborMarket. If your retirement dreams include life on the water, Kenosha WI is an accessible option to make those dreams reality. 

  1. Petrifying Springs Park

Less than a 10-minute drive from Lou DeMarco Village is Petrifying Springs Park, which seems to be anything but petrified. A hidden gem of Southeast Wisconsin, the park is home to 360-acres of trails, an 18-hole golf course, plentiful picnic areas, and well-maintained playgrounds and ball fields. Natural springs provide unlimited fresh, clean water to fill your canteens, and quiet streams offer easily accessible fishing locations. There are dog parks for both small and large dogs, and a Bier garden for social outings.

  1. Enriching museums & shows

Kenosha’s waterfront offers discovery at every turn, with a multitude of quaint and well-kept museums. The Kenosha Public Museum is a natural science and fine arts exhibition hall that offers free admission and parking, as well as group tours. Right next door, the Civil War Museum presents insight into the Midwest’s contribution to the Civil War. The entrance fee (discounted for veterans) includes access to the Veterans Memorial Gallery. The museum is renowned for its life-scale, interactive exhibits. You can also explore the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Southport Light Station Museum, and the Kenosha History Center. While the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan may make you never want to step indoors, it will take you quite a few rainy and snowy days before you run out of exhibits to visit.

In the warmer months, the grassy lawn of Kenosha Harbor hosts an abundance of free musical and festival events for locals to enjoy and explore.

  1. Kenosha HarborMarket

Kenosha’s HarborPark is home to one of the largest weekly farmers markets in the area, the Kenosha HarborMarket. It runs from 9 am to 2 pm every Saturday, all year long. If cooking is your passion, pick up some fresh vegetables, cheeses, meats, or other locally sourced ingredients and whip up a delectable spread. If you’re an art connoisseur, peruse the local crafts and wares with beautiful Lake Michigan as your backdrop. Sample the squeakiest of cheese curds or buy a bouquet. With homegrown goodness available at every stand, the Market is sure to score itself a permanent spot in your weekend routine.  

If you happen to miss the HarborMarket, there are other farmers’ markets in Kenosha just waiting to be discovered.

  1. Thriving local businesses & shopping

Downtown Kenosha is home to an impressive collection of local businesses and shopping opportunities. Check out Elsie Mae’s Bakery & Cannery, owned & operated by Kelly Deem, who uses family recipes and techniques passed down by her grandmother for baking and canning using locally-sourced ingredients. Grab some friends and visit Iron Depot Winery, which serves local wines and has board games in a comfortable atmosphere. Take the grandkids to the Jelly Belly Visitor Center and enjoy a free tour, operated 9 am to 4 pm daily. For your retail therapy, take a trip to Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, home to 95 designer and brand name stores.

  1. Opportunities to get involved

While retirement is often filled with leisure and pastime, there may be days when you’re seeking excitement and fulfilling opportunities. Kenosha is within driving distance to countless organizations just waiting for you to join. Consider getting involved at the Kenosha Senior Center, which offers regular social outings to local events as well as nearby metropolitan areas. Or, you may wish to volunteer for an organization you’re passionate about, such as the Safe Harbor Humane Society or the Shalom Center

If you’re considering independent living in Kenosha, WI, you’re sure to enjoy a community that offers plenty of senior-friendly activities and leisure opportunities. For more information about independent living properties mentioned in this post, contact us online or call 608.354.0900 to schedule a tour today.

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