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Old 11-21-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Northern New Jersey
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I am looking for a place for me and my son to move to. Coming from a very urban place that is close is 15 mins away from NYC, I want to move into an area that has the same feel but better. By this I mean I want it to be diverse in culture, have different activities for us to do and is not a boring place to be.

My son is only 2 years old so, I would also like a place where they have some place with free or cheap early child care programs. Also, my career is a big issue. I am in the fashion field. I am a recent graduate and I do not have a concrete job or pay preference but I do not want to move to a town away from NYC that will end up being no place I can grow.

Basically, I would just like some type of info on the job types available in my field (besides basic sales associates), how the school system is in certain areas (daycare and elementary), as well the best towns or neighborhoods with diversity, culture and it is safe that is close to Chicago (30 mins max.).

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Old 11-21-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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I think if you have free day care that you should stay put. So far as I know there is no free day care in Illinois except for the stuff that is offered through head start for 3 & 4 year olds -- Illinois Head Start Association

I suppose there are some programs in Evanston and Oak Park, but without a job I don't see how you could get housing.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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You probably want to live in Evanston (immediately north of Chicago) or Oak Park (immediately west of Chicago.) You can search here for many discussion on both municipalities and Google them. They're liberal, diverse, relatively dense, kid-friendly suburbs with a wide range of rents and fast, easy access to the city via 'L' trains and commuter rail.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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Given your criteria, I'd re-post in the Chicago city section (instead of the suburbs). Given your industry and your requirements, I'd look closely at neighborhoods such as the Gold Coast, River North, West Loop, South Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park & Lakeview. Best of luck!

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I am looking for a place for me and my son to move to. Coming from a very urban place that is close is 15 mins away from NYC, I want to move into an area that has the same feel but better. By this I mean I want it to be diverse in culture, have different activities for us to do and is not a boring place to be.

My son is only 2 years old so, I would also like a place where they have some place with free or cheap early child care programs. Also, my career is a big issue. I am in the fashion field. I am a recent graduate and I do not have a concrete job or pay preference but I do not want to move to a town away from NYC that will end up being no place I can grow.

Basically, I would just like some type of info on the job types available in my field (besides basic sales associates), how the school system is in certain areas (daycare and elementary), as well the best towns or neighborhoods with diversity, culture and it is safe that is close to Chicago (30 mins max.).
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Northern New Jersey
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Currently I do not have free daycare, however the place that he goes is cheap and their are programs for 3-4 year olds that is free here as well. But I know that everywhere does not have these programs so that is what I was worried about.

Do you know what the programs in Evanston and Oak Park are like? What do they provide?
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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Evanston is a long way to the sections of Chicago that still have some employment for garment workers, and frankly if that sort of industry is your goal you would have about a 10,000% greater chance of making it in NYC than anywhere else in the country...
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