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Old 04-27-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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Between Lake Forest & Winnetka (if you've got the money for either), I would recommend Lake Forest.

Reason? There's a college there. I'm an alumni. It's not the most exciting college, but there are lots of 20-somethings on campus.

For nightlife, you can hit Highwood, visit the Wooden Nickel, Teddy O'Briens, or (if you feel like getting shiv'ed with a pool stick - I saw it happen once), the Silver Dollar.

But in all seriousness ... to answer your question about Highwood itself ... It's definitely more modest than most of the North Shore, but it's not unsafe by any stretch. The incident at the Silver Dollar was isolated, and the two guys were drunk. When I was at LFC, I regularly went to Highwood because the gas was cheaper, there were lots of good Mexican restaurants, and the bars were full of college regulars.

Hell, I graduated from LFC 7 years ago, so I don't know if those bars are even still there ...

Highwood is a quiet community filled with nice people, primarily Hispanic. It might be a good place to "test out" the North Shore and see if it's for you. I saw a starter home in Highwood listed on YoChicago.com for about $250k (a STEAL on the NS!)

Overall, that's a pretty politically conservative area, at least by Chicago standards. There are pockets of liberalism via the Lake Forest College campus ... but Lake Forest itself tends to turn its nose at the college students.

I liked my school, got a good education, and chose to stay in the Chicago area ... but personally, living in Lake Forest wouldn't be my cup of tea ... and I couldn't afford it anyway!

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Old 04-27-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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Oh yeah like the Rockerfeller Republicans in the Northeast. I could deal with that. And for homophobia, well there's always gonna be some boob using "gay" to mean stupid or broken somewhere. Usually I
'll sarcastically call them on it then move on. As long as the entire village or Wilmette won't shrivel up in disgust if someone comes out of the closet it's ok.

Oh, oh, I read something funny about Wilmette. Apparently some parts or it are called "the Wilmetto" by richer people in surrounding areas. So the people who make 200k/yr. average call 100k average hoods ghetto?
More like the 7 figure ones calling the 200K/yr people the Wilmettos. Of the 4 communities that make up the New Trier area, Wilmette is the least expensive and you can find a quote normal house there. The other 3 Glencoe, Winnetka, Kenilworth not so much.

I still don't know about Highwood. Even if Lake Forest College regulars hang out there, it sounds like you are above them age wise.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:38 PM
 
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Oh yeah like the Rockerfeller Republicans in the Northeast. I could deal with that. And for homophobia, well there's always gonna be some boob using "gay" to mean stupid or broken somewhere. Usually I
'll sarcastically call them on it then move on. As long as the entire village or Wilmette won't shrivel up in disgust if someone comes out of the closet it's ok.

Oh, oh, I read something funny about Wilmette. Apparently some parts or it are called "the Wilmetto" by richer people in surrounding areas. So the people who make 200k/yr. average call 100k average hoods ghetto?
I've only ever heard Wilmette residents use it about themselves. I think its hilarious.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:41 PM
 
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I don't recommend the North Shore to a twenty something unless you are a gold digging girl looking for a sugar daddy or two, or you are a girl or guy that dos not mind hanging out with muff and uncle biff all of the time.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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I don't recommend the North Shore to a twenty something unless you are a gold digging girl looking for a sugar daddy or two, or you are a girl or guy that dos not mind hanging out with muff and uncle biff all of the time.
Or you prefer nice surroundings, good beaches, lots of trees and parks, Quietness and do not mind driving or traveling to Chicago for real city amusement.
I lived in Skokie because rent was cheaper, lot lines wider, parking free and easy, was quieter and still close to Chicago for real city amusement. I did give up being able to walk/stumble to and from real city amusement.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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I went to school at New Trier, and a lot of people would joke about people living in Wilmetto...a bit strange but makes sense considering the upbringing the students were in.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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Jeez is it that bad? I know most burbs are as described but I thought the North Shore would be different.
No, it's very nice, but if you don't have a spouse or family you simply won't fit in on the North Shore outside of Evanston. I don't know any single people under 45 in my neighborhood, which is in Wilmette near the Evanston border.

Evanston does have a young single population, consisting mostly of students. You might like it. It is certainly one of the most physically beautiful communities in the Midwest.
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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Sadly, this is pretty much true. Skokie might be okay as well, but really the North Shore is tough if you're single & in your 20's (and especially if you're not from the area). I saw someone in NY's Westchester County lamenting the same thing about his native area in comparison to NYC. Sleepy, upscale bedroom community suburban areas are generally conducive to families, but not young single folk at least with some of these old money cities in the North (besides maybe Detroit due to necessity over there).

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No, it's very nice, but if you don't have a spouse or family you simply won't fit in on the North Shore outside of Evanston. I don't know any single people under 45 in my neighborhood, which is in Wilmette near the Evanston border.

Evanston does have a young single population, consisting mostly of students. You might like it. It is certainly one of the most physically beautiful communities in the Midwest.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Winnetka, IL
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Any 20-somethings that live in the North Shore are living with their parents. And if they are looking for nightlife and fun, they head to downtown Chicago. The North Shore suburbs are very family oriented and the schools are very important. We do have beaches, cute boutiques, and coffeehouses - but they are filled with parents and children.
Both my kids are in their 20s and both live in the city, one in Lincoln Park and the other in Streeterville. They would not consider moving back to these suburbs until they were married with children.
It's a wonderful place to live and raise a family, but I think you'll be . . . bored.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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The North Shore communities, by and large, are: uber-conservative, Christian, large majority white, very small, ultra wealthy enclaves that form some of the wealthiest suburbs in America. You are more likely to find a non-reciprocal country club than a 24-coffee shop.

While you are poking around do take a look at Oak Park. It shares its western border with Chicago, and feels more like Chicago than any other suburb as it has many of the same Chicago amenities. There is crime in every town even if it is carefully hidden. But, when crime is out of control families move. It is not the case with Oak Park. The fund managers and the monied are not fleeing. http://www.city-data.com/forum/24821605-post55.html
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