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Old 03-04-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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I personally wouldn't consider Evanston a true suburb (though it technically is). Many consider it part of Chicago. I believe it's part of Chicago's "gold coast" ... ritzy neighborhoods on the lake. While I'm sure it'd be fantastic to live there ... it'll be closer to city living than suburb life.

Um, NO. Many may consider Evanston similar to Chicago's nicer north side neighborhoods, but people know it's not Chicago. And how can the residential streets north of Central Av. be confused with Chicago?! The lots are too big; it looks more like Wilmette than Chicago.
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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OK. Gives you flexibility. What do you like to do recreation wise or hobby wise? What do you need to be near to be happy? Is within walking distance more important than having to use your car? Do you like rural, suburban or urban living?
I am pretty flexible. One thing that Houston doesnt have is nature. (the kind of nature Im used to growing up in northern MI)
I love the outdoors. Hiking, Biking, Beaches....of course in the winter time I love to ski (cross country). I feel like Ill have more of that in IL in general...but driving to get to that isnt a problem. Im used to driving everywhere. I also have two dogs that love the dog park but none of these are "must haves" which is why Im interested in learning what some of the main areas are like. To be quite honest, there are robberies/drugs/ and shootings often where I live now and Im quite tired of it, so I really just want somewhere that this isnt happening on a weekly basis.

Other then that I dont really have many hobbies. lol, that sounds boring. We are your normal couple that enjoys going to dinner/movies/occasional concerts & comedy clubs, maybe a piano bar here and there... Thats about it. Not big night life people. Compared to everywhere I have lived, I like suburban feel the best, but I grew up in rural so I am open to both.

Dont know if that helps at all, but I do feel less confused already based on the info Ive gotten on here. Ive been doing research for so long, getting feedback from others just confirms or rules out things for me.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Clearwater
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Um, NO. Many may consider Evanston similar to Chicago's nicer north side neighborhoods, but people know it's not Chicago. And how can the residential streets north of Central Av. be confused with Chicago?! The lots are too big; it looks more like Wilmette than Chicago.
LOL. You clearly know everything ...

FYI - I work with a large corporation that has locations all over the country ... about 50 in the Chicagoland area. Many people call my location (in the NW burbs) and say "that location in the city" or "the Chicago one" and are, in fact, refering to our Evanston location.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Um, NO. Many may consider Evanston similar to Chicago's nicer north side neighborhoods, but people know it's not Chicago. And how can the residential streets north of Central Av. be confused with Chicago?! The lots are too big; it looks more like Wilmette than Chicago.
When you get north of central street, you are almost in Wilmette. I really have no idea what streets you are talking about here because I did not see big lots anywhere in Evanston.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I think the biggest change for you will be the weather. Although the winters can be brutal I would actually prefer changing seasons, it brings flexibility and its not the same thing day after day. I honestly don't like Texas and I don't see what the big deal is, no offense. Chicago is a great city and one of my personal favorites. In terms of neighborhoods if you are looking around Schaumburg, also check into Arlington Heights, Palatine, and Hoffman Estates. If you look around Naperville also consider Bolingbrook, Plainfield, and Romeoville. If you looking around $1200 a month IMO I think you would get more for your money in the South suburbs. The nice thing is whether you live in the North suburbs or the South suburbs the drive is about 30-40 minutes to Chicago(with no traffic or weather complications of course). Just be ready for corrupt politics, barely fixed roads, and those dang Packers fans lol.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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FYI - I work with a large corporation that has locations all over the country ... about 50 in the Chicagoland area. Many people call my location (in the NW burbs) and say "that location in the city" or "the Chicago one" and are, in fact, refering to our Evanston location.
So what?

Evanston is not Chicago.

Nobody born and/or raised in Chicago considers Evanston to be in Chicago.

You and people like you will get laughed at when talking to a native.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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My family and I are moving to FL this summer. We can get a bigger, better house in a much prettier area (with much better weather!) for much less than this area. Granted we're looking to buy, but still.
Bye.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I personally wouldn't consider Evanston a true suburb (though it technically is). Many consider it part of Chicago. I believe it's part of Chicago's "gold coast" ...
No and No.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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Does your fiancé have a job lined up?
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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I think the biggest change for you will be the weather. Although the winters can be brutal I would actually prefer changing seasons, it brings flexibility and its not the same thing day after day. I honestly don't like Texas and I don't see what the big deal is, no offense. Chicago is a great city and one of my personal favorites. In terms of neighborhoods if you are looking around Schaumburg, also check into Arlington Heights, Palatine, and Hoffman Estates. If you look around Naperville also consider Bolingbrook, Plainfield, and Romeoville. If you looking around $1200 a month IMO I think you would get more for your money in the South suburbs. The nice thing is whether you live in the North suburbs or the South suburbs the drive is about 30-40 minutes to Chicago(with no traffic or weather complications of course). Just be ready for corrupt politics, barely fixed roads, and those dang Packers fans lol.
I AM A PACKER FAN! GO PACK GO! So, I will be right at home haha
Thanks! I appreciate that help. Im ready for the change in weather which really wont be a change SO much since I spent the first 19 years of my life in Northern Michigan (the UP). I actually am the only person in tx that doesnt complain when it gets 'cold' lol

What south burbs are nice? Some people scared me off from the south side of chicago so I have not explored there much.

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Does your fiancé have a job lined up?
No, but we are financially secure to not "need" jobs for 6mths to a year or longer..so we would like to find the best area for us and we will find jobs based on that and when we are ready.
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