Mather LifeWays Moves Forward With Phase Two of The Mather

Evanston, IL. (August 20, 2009) – As new residents get ready for the October opening of The Mather, named the nation’s “Best Proposed Continuing Care Retirement Community,” Mather LifeWays is moving forward with phase two of the community.  The senior living residence in Evanston, IL will ultimately comprise two buildings, the second of which is scheduled to open in 2011 on the south side of Davis Street.  Apartment home reservations for the south building began in late June.

“Despite a challenging economy, Mather LifeWays is moving forward with phase two of The Mather,” said Mary Leary, President and CEO of Mather LifeWays.  “We are thrilled that we have secured 29 new sales contracts for the new building within the first 30 days of sales.”

Completion of phase one is on schedule, with residents moving to their new apartment homes throughout the month of October.  “New residents of The Mather will add vitality to the downtown Evanston neighborhood,” explained Leary.  “Not only will The Mather bring new residents to Evanston, we will be adding new employees as well.”

 “The Mather is a welcome addition to the downtown neighborhood as well as the entire City of Evanston,” said Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston.  “The fact that they have succeeded in the face of a tough economy is a great example of good planning and following through on their commitments.”

Last year, The Mather was named the nation’s “Best Proposed Continuing Care Retirement Community” by the National Active Retirement Association. 


Evanston Workforce to Expand

In support of The Mather, Mather LifeWays will be adding more than 100 full and part-time employees to its Evanston workforce over the next six to nine months.  These positions will include both salaried and hourly jobs ranging from building services, dining and food service, to human resources and accounting staff. 

“Mather LifeWays commitment to serving older adults is equaled only by our dedication to attracting and retaining valued employees,” said Sara McVey, Vice President and Experience Director of The Mather.  “The high level of service we will provide is what we refer to as a ‘me’ – a Mather Experience – and our employees are trained to meet that standard, each and every day.”


Reservations for South Building Now Underway 

Prospective residents of The Mather South have the opportunity to select residences from 101 apartment homes and more than 18 floor plans.  The Mather sales team is now accepting 10 percent fully-refundable deposits for the south building. 

Mather LifeWays is pursuing Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status for The Mather South.  “Mather LifeWays is committed to implementing sustainable environmental programs and practices throughout The Mather,” explained Leary.   

The Mather will feature a 10,000-square-foot fitness center complete with a 20-meter indoor lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam showers and day spa; seven dining venues and lounges, including rooftop dining with views of downtown Evanston, Lake Michigan and Chicago’s skyline; 24-hour concierge service; and “plant-your-own” garden plots as part of nearly two acres of lush gardens.  As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, The Mather will also offer onsite health care, should residents ever need it.

The Mather is the latest addition to a family of senior living residences created by Mather LifeWays that strive to offer older adults the opportunity to pursue engaged and active lifestyles.  The two buildings will be located at 425 and 450 Davis Street and will be connected by a convenient, climate-controlled underground corridor.  The Mather is one of the Chicago-area’s newest and most comprehensive retirement communities, offering a full continuum of care from independent living through skilled nursing care. 

The Mather Information and Design Centre is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, call (847) 492.7400 or visit

Those interested in learning about employment opportunities at Mather LifeWays can call the job hotline: (847) 492-7600 or review current opening on the Mather LifeWays website:




About Mather LifeWays

Based in Evanston, Illinois, Mather LifeWays enhances the lives of older adults by creating Ways to Age Well.SM Founded in 1941 by entrepreneur and humanitarian Alonzo Mather, Mather LifeWays is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a continuum of living and care; making neighborhoods better places for older adults to live, work, learn, contribute, and play; and identifying, implementing, and sharing best practices for wellness, workforce issues, memory care support, and empowering caregivers. To learn more about our senior residences, community initiatives and Institute on Aging, please call (847) 492.7500 or find your way to


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