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Old 10-08-2011, 04:34 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback in response to my other post. I have another scenario and didn't know whether starting another thread is ok...hope so.

Anyway, what if my husband were working in Rosemont and I just stayed home with the children. Priorities are:

1. Charming, walkable downtown (but not necessarily large)
2. Short commute
3. Good schools/safety
4. Easy access to the city

Based on research I've done on this forum, I think I would love Oak Park but perhaps its too long of a commute in the afternoon for hubby? How long do you think it would take? Is it so much nicer/different than the other places listed below that the commute would be worth it?

It seems Park Ridge might be a good option. Des Plains is also close but I get the impression that Park ridge is more charming??

Finally, I see that Norridge and Harwood Heights are also close but the only information about them I have found is that they have good schools and low taxes.

I really appreciate your help....again:-) Thanks, I am so excited!! You have no idea how lucky you are to have so many affordable, commutable, good school disctrict options with downtown areas to boot!? Amazing.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:19 AM
 
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Park ridge is the place. Oak Park too far. Norridge and Harwood Heights not charming in my opinion, they are just extensions of the city and have no real central core. I like towns and cities that have a small or central downtown area. Be aware that many suburbs in chicago don't have that. They have no real downtown or core area.
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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Park ridge is the place. Oak Park too far. Norridge and Harwood Heights not charming in my opinion, they are just extensions of the city and have no real central core. I like towns and cities that have a small or central downtown area. Be aware that many suburbs in chicago don't have that. They have no real downtown or core area.
Fabulous. Thanks so much!
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Park Ridge has better schools than Des Plaines. Arlington Heights is also worth considering, and keeps commute within about 20-35 minutes of Rosemont.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Park Ridge has better schools than Des Plaines. Arlington Heights is also worth considering, and keeps commute within about 20-35 minutes of Rosemont.
Would Arlington Heights be a good place to live if working in Wheeling?
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Would Arlington Heights be a good place to live if working in Wheeling?
Definitely.
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