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Old 03-11-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: South Side
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Kenwood is not really any closer to the medical campus or the downtown hospitals than Lincoln Park and Lake View are.
Lincoln Park is a ways from the Duchossois Medical Center, which is in Hyde Park, when compared to Kenwood. Also, it takes one half an hour to walk to your car in Lincoln Park.
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Lincoln Park is a ways from the Duchossois Medical Center, which is in Hyde Park, when compared to Kenwood. Also, it takes one half an hour to walk to your car in Lincoln Park.
Most people that have loads of money with houses that cost 1-2 million (like doctors) in Lincoln Park have things called garages.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Wilmette, Illinois
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I've lived in Wilmette and Kenilworth for 22 years and would strongly recommend both.

You can find a wide selectio of homes in your price range with great schools. My commute time by car to downtown Chicago (River North, just off the Ohio off-ramp) is 25-30 minutes most days, but that's leaving after 9 a.m.

Here's a
video I shot of an East Wilmette home several weeks ago, which will give you some idea of wht you can get for $1.229M.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I bought an arcade video game from a rich guy who had a nice big house in New Lennox. Nice big houses around there.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:14 PM
 
Location: USA
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There are areas with historic mansions on the near west and south sides. They are very attractive and close to downtown, but generally discounted because of their location. The neighborhoods have a reputation for being bad, but it's very much a block-by-block thing, and as a whole they have become much safer in the last decade or two.

You may also enjoy Beverly, a far south side neighborhood that is very pretty and has many large homes.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:49 PM
 
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Hi forum,
I am a Realtor in the city of Chicago and can't say enough good things about living in downtown but if looking at suburbs I would definitely look at Naperville, Elhmurst, River Forest, Hinsdale, Winnetka.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I am partial to the Village Oak Park for its large historic homes and mature trees. Oak Park has the largest collections of Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes in the world. Also, one of our regular members is a physician who is raising his family in Oak Park. It is about 8 miles out. There is ample transportation and fav stores like TJs. It is not the Garden of Eden, for no community is, but you could live in a far worse community Our member Doc will tell you the truth about the village, that's for sure. .
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:05 AM
 
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You basically have your pick. Your budget doesn't limit you in almost any way. I would also look at nice large condos in the city if you're up for that sort of thing. I know Ritz have condo homes that reach 4000 sq feet but they are very pricey.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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Default Many of the most desirable suburbs, as well as best parts of Chicago are far more pricey than some believe...

While it is probably true that with $2M to spend your could locate home with 4000 sq ft in any area, the facts is that coming to the region with unrealistic expectations of just how perfect / livable / tricked out such a home might be, how acceptable the schools are, and what sort of taxes one might incur in various area leads many people to make mistakes / false assumptions.

There are similarly rather large differences in the sorts of commute times and "lifestyle factors" that go along with the various sub- regions in Chicago and the burbs...

The OP has not clarified where they will be working, what their expectations are -- without that info the range of what makes sense is just too broad.
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