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Skyline Village Chicago
PO Box 81334
Chicago, IL 60681
312-957-6060
info@skylinevillagechicago.org
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What is a Village?

The "Village Movement" started in Beacon Hill, Boston and enrolled it's first member in February, 2002.  Since then, at least 100 Villages have opened across the country and more than 120 more are in formation.  Villages are grassroots organizations that reflect their community.  Some Villages are entirely volunteer driven, others have paid staff.   All Villages work to bring people closer together to enable them to continue living and enjoying their homes and communities.

How much does it cost to become a member?

Skyline Village Chicago charges $75 for an individual and $100 for a household. Currently other villages in the Chicago area charge as much as $540 for individuals and $680-$900 for couples and provide a variety of services that our surveys indicate that people in Skyline Village Chicago don't need or want from the Village at this time.  As our Village grows, the activities and services offered will change according to what our members tell us they want and need. Our goal is to keep our costs and therefore our dues low.

How does Skyline Village Chicago differ from other "Villages" in the Chicago area?

We live in a vertical Village. Most of us live in high rises with on-site building managers and doormen.  Skyline Village Chicago does not vet or recommend service providers as they do in the other Chicago area Villages. Our members continue to tell us that the household services they require are available from their building staff.

We intend to be a repository of information and a catalyst for bringing people together.  We have also developed strategic partnerships in our neighborhood geared to benefiting our members.

What are the age guidelines?

Membership in Skyline Village Chicago is open to adults of all ages.  Most Villages have an age restriction, but others do not, and we want to be inclusive of all our neighbors.

Can my daughter who lives with me become a member of Skyline Village Chicago?

Of course she can.  If you join as a household, anyone who lives with you has Village privileges.

Why should I join Skyline Village Chicago and what are the benefits I’ll receive?

There are many reasons to join Skyline Village Chicago!  Join to meet your neighbors who have similar interests.  Find or start up a bridge game, a movie group or a theater group—whatever interests you!  Participate in Village events at no cost or at discounted rates.  Have better access to what is happening in our community.  Skyline Village Chicago is an evolving Community of adults, interested in broadening our social, education and service opportunities, always with the goal of neighbors helping neighbors to continue living full and active lives in our homes.

What can I expect when I join Skyline Village Chicago?

You will receive a Welcome Letter and a phone call from our Membership Committee. If you choose, we will mention you in our bi-monthly newsletter. You will have Log-in access to our Members-Only portal to the website.

What social groups are open to Skyline Village Members?

Sticks and strings

Book Group

Maj Jongg

Dining Clubs

ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out)

Classic Cinema


Social groups are open to all for a trial run of two sessions. After that we ask that people join Skyline to continue attending. That’s the only way we will be able to keep our dues low, and our programs viable and vibrant.

I’m interested in movies (theater, concerts, etc). How do I get a group started?

Write to us at info@skylinevillagechicago.org, outline your idea and someone will be in touch to help you get started.

What is Skyline’s Neighbor helping Neighbor volunteer program and how can I get involved?

Skyline members who volunteer to help other members have been vetted (we interview and conduct criminal background checks on all applicants at Skyline’s expense). They will go grocery shopping, pick up and deliver prescriptions, accompany members to a medical or dental appointment, help order library books on line and pick up at Water Tower Place Library and deliver, provide help with basic technology issues and just plain old fashioned visiting.


Interested in joining our dedicated corps of volunteers? Contact us at info@skylinevillagechicago.org and let us know the best time to reach you.


How do I get involved to help Skyline grow?

First, become a member and participate in activities that are interesting to you. As you become more involved, suggest a group and we’ll help you get it started. Get involved in one of our committees – we are always looking for new talents, skills and enthusiasm.

How do I express interest in joining a committee?

Just write to us at info@skylinevillagechicago.org, let us know how you want to participate and the best time to reach you.