P.O. Box 699 Highwood, Il 60040
Phone: (847) 432-0710 | Fax: (847) 433-5397

Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm | Saturday 8am-noon


homeWe design, build, and repair swimming pools, spas, and swim spas, both residential and commercial, in metropolitan Chicago and throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. We also do quite a bit of design and consultant work for well known architects involved in pool projects all over the United States. We do not build these distant projects, we only do the plans and specifications and other applicable consultant work.

Carefree Pools has existed since 1952 and has been under the ownership of John Bently since 1973. Robert Miller, our superintendant and his wife, Tracy, joined in ownership in 2016. We have included spas and water features with our pool projects to make the pools more beautiful and desirable for our clientele. In this time period, we have won more National and International Design Awards than all of our Midwest competitors combined.

Carefree Pools is a member of the AQUA 100 group, named to the list of 100 finest pool and spa builders in the US by Aqua Magazine. Carefree Pools is also a member of the US Chamber of Commerce, The National Federation of Independent Business, the American Concrete Institute, and the American Shotcrete Association.

John Bently is a "Certified Building Professional," and a "Certified Service Professional", both designations having been received after taking six hour comprehensive examinations about all aspects of running a pool business, both for construction and service. The exams cover business administration and the actual design, construction and service of all generic types of pools, spas, and fountains. These exams were given by the "Association of Pool and Spa Professionals", our national trade association, located in Alexandria, VA. The association was formerly the NSPI, or National Spa & Pool Institute, and has been renamed.

John is a former member of the National Builder's Council of the APSP and one of six contributing authors of the APSP Builders Manual, the "bible" of proper pool design, published by the APSP for use by the pool and spa industry.
John is also a graduate of the Genesis 3 Design School, a member of the Swimming Pool Subcommittee of the American Concrete Institute, a consultant to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Committee, US Government) in Bethesda, MD, and a consultant to ANSI (American National Standards Institute). He is also a member of the "Association of Professional Waterscape Designers".

specs Indoor Pools Outdoor Pools
This photo shows both the high quality of the equipment we use and the quality of our workmanship. Even though this system is for a residential spa, it includes all commercial equipment.
Indoor Pools
This lap pool features a play area and a spa. See "Indoor Pools" for more information and other pools we have done.
Outdoor Pools & Spas
This pool and spa environment is quite unusual. See "Outdoor Pools and Spas" for more details and other outdoor pools and spas we have done.
Awards of Carefree Pools, Inc.
*issued by the APSP (Association of Pool and Spa Professionals), formerly the NSPI.
GOLD 1995SILVER 1992GOLD 1989 SILVER 1989SILVER 1986GOLD 1979

GOLD 2011SILVER 2011SILVER 2010GOLD 2006GOLD 2001GOLD 1996

Here are some projects Carefree Pools has/have been involved in designing and building:
  • Hyatt Place Hotel, 28 No. Franklin, Chicago, IL, Indoor Pool
  • Langham Hotel, 330 No. Wabash, Chicago, IL, indoor pool and spa
  • Commercial pool for Brandywine Townhouse Ass'n, Villa Park, IL
  • Hydro-therapy pool for aged and infirm, Illinois Masonic Home, Sullivan, IL
  • Natatorium with special pool & spa for Michael Jordan
  • Workout lap pool, hot spa, and cold spa for Chicago Bears Training Facility
  • New hydrotherapy spa for Chicago Bears, at rebuilt Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
  • Several pools designed to help Paraplegic or Multiple Sclerosis patients.
  • Middlefork Tennis Club, Northfield, IL
  • Renaissance Hotel, 8500 W. Brynmawr, Chicago, IL, indoor pool and spa
  • Literally hundreds of pools built in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, both residential and commercial
  • Winthrop Condominiums, 1570 Elmwood, Evanston, IL, indoor pool and spa
Here are some projects Carefree Pools has/have been involved in designing around the US:
  • The actual plans and specifications for the commercial lap pool on the 14th floor of the new Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, Illinois, recently completed.

  • Health clubs for the "Brookdale Living Communities" in:
    • Austin, Texas
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Battery Park City, New York
    • Raleigh, North Carolina
    • Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    • Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
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