About Smith Senior Living

Smith Senior Living has been a leader in residential and healthcare services for senior adults since 1924. A not-for-profit corporation, Smith Senior Living sponsors the only two Life Plan Communities in the southwest sector of Metro Chicago — Smith Village in Chicago and Smith Crossing in Orland Park.

A Rich History

The history of Smith Senior Living dates to 1917, when Englewood neighborhood resident Susie Woodman, Dr. William Gregg and a group of volunteers founded Oakhaven Old People’s Home. The community, which adopted the name “Smith” in 1929 to honor a generous gift from the estate of Emilie Smith, evolved to become Smith Senior Living.

Help Ensure Ongoing Care

It is part of our mission to care for residents of Smith Crossing and Smith Village who outlive their resources, and we spend approximately $2 million each year to cover these expenses. The majority of funding comes from Emilie’s Fund, named for Emilie Smith, whose generous estate gift has been the cornerstone of Smith Senior Living since 1929.