CHICAGO SCOTS (The Illinois Saint Andrew Society) is the oldest 501(c)3 charity in Illinois. We nourish Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture.

There are many ways to get involved, and support the cultural and charitable work of the CHICAGO SCOTS

The Caledonian House

Over the last 12 months we built and opened our Caledonian House - where we provide best in class, state of the art dementia care. We have raised $4.3 million toward our $5.5 million Caledonian House goal!  Thanks to all who have donated.

If you have not yet made a gift, we ask that you consider making a contribution in any amount you are able. 

the challenge of Alzheimer's disease

America faces an unanticipated epidemic. As society ages, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia affect more and more seniors and their families. The Caledonian House is a practical response to this challenge, providing a haven of expert care deeply informed by a century of experience.

A culture of caring

The Caledonian House is a new venture of the Scottish Home. Set in five park-like acres in North Riverside, Illinois, the Scottish Home has a tradition of person-centered practice that emphasizes warm community, close bonds between residents and staff, and strong links to family and friends. Research shows that just such an environment fosters the best outcomes for people in memory care.

Home in every way

Each of the two floors in the Caledonian House will be home to 10 residents, all with private bedrooms and full bathrooms. Resident rooms open onto a great room where meaningful activities take place by the fireside. Comfortable living space is matched by an inviting dining area filled with the aromas of home cooking from the on-site kitchen. There will be no long, disorienting corridors cluttered with medical equipment, no nurses station, and the atmosphere will be that of a family residence rather than an institution.

The scottish home

where friends become family

The Scottish Home - a small, private community that provides both assisted living an nursing care services in a peaceful, quiet setting nestled on five wooded acres. Ours is the world's only Scottish Society that owns and operates a nursing home. The Scottish Home in North Riverside, Illinois was built in 1910. And every single day, for more than 100 years, the Home has provided living care, friendship, peace of mind and enrichment to countless residents and their families. Because the Scottish Home is small, a close bond develops between staff and residents. Every one of the Home's staff gets to know the needs and preferences of their friends - the residents. This is the kind of bond that you would find in your own home and this is precisely what makes the Scottish Home special.


Bequests made through wills, annuities, or living trusts play an important role in securing the future of our Scottish Society. To receive more information on planned giving, please contact Carie Lovstad, Director of Campaigns & Developments:


Support the CHICAGO SCOTS with a gift of:

  • CASH
    Gifts of cash, check, or credit card are the easiest and most immediate way to support the CHICAGO SCOTS – and they are a great way to recognize special occasions, to celebrate the life of a loved one, or to show family, friends or colleagues that you care. .

    You can increase your personal contributions to the CHICAGO SCOTS if your employer is one of the many organizations who offer a program to match charitable contributions of its employee. Contact your human resource office to see if your company participates. Matching gift revenue makes a big difference. 

    Many companies have foundations or corporate giving programs to support organizations like the CHICAGO SCOTS. Your professional or business relationships are beneficial in facilitating these types of gifts