Seniors & Veterans

Senior Centers in the 25th Ward

  • Collins Senior Home
  • Las Americas Apartments
  • Casa Maravilla

Regional Senior Centers

Major social activities include classes, trips, parties, and recreational activities. The center also serves a hot lunch daily, as part of the department’s Golden Diners Program. A comprehensive fitness and wellness program is also offered. Services also include a community-based Information & Assistance Unit that can link senior citizens to benefits and services.

The Central West Regional Center serves a diverse area that includes services to seniors in the 25 ward. There are an estimated 100 senior clubs and groups that participate in programs at the Central West Senior Center.

Central West Center

2102 W. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612

312.746.5300(voice)   /   312.746.5887(fax)

Regional Director: Shavette Lovemore,

Senior Citizen Sewer Service Charge Exemption

The Senior Citizen Sewer Exemption entitles seniors aged 65 or over, residing in their own residence with separate metered water service or a separate city water assessment for that residential unit, exemption from payment of the sewer service charge for their residence. The sewer charge is calculated at 89% of the water service charge. Therefore, this exemption provides substantial savings to seniors.  View Application Here.

Information and Assessment for Senior Services

Information and Assessment is the key element to accessing all programs and services for senior citizens, a “one stop link” to eldercare service providers in the City of Chicago and throughout the nation. By placing a call to (312) 744-4016, an older person or caregiver receives information about the services offered by the Chicago Department of Senior Services. Central Information and Assessment is located in City Hall with five community locations in each regional senior center.  Begin online process here.  View the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.  Visit the site!


To apply to receive a senior citizen reduced fare you must be of 65 years or older. If you are an Illinois resident, and are enrolled in the Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program, you are able to apply for free transit for Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace routs.

To apply you please download the following application.


The Veterans Resource Office assists United States Veterans and their family members in finding resources about available government benefits and civilian resources.  It provides an organizational structure that is flexible, agile and responsive to the emerging requirements of the veterans who rely on VRO services.  Whether you have a specific question or would simply like us to help identify programs and benefits for which you may be eligible, our Veteran Resource Officers are standing by to help.

Provided below are links to citywide Services, News, Alerts, and Supporting Information useful for veterans, and provided by departments all across the City. View the site!