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Old 04-12-2012, 12:40 AM
 
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There really won't be any place within an hour of the loop that is rural. Sturtevant WI is a little over that by Amtrak. Not good for commuting but for the occasional trip to Chicago.
Sturtevant is a suburbs of Racine, which is practically a suburb of Milwaukee. Its not really rural.

If you want to be an hour from the loop, go south.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:27 AM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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You are correct unless you have off peak commuting times, Peotone, would be a hard commute. Monee is a little closer, but I do know that people do that commute.
Metra is in University Park - A few minutes away from Monee.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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South Urza is suggesting Monee...
Peotone is inmo rural and I do believe its over an hour to downtown from there.

Good choice because it has some rural characteristics but it's also on the fringe of suburbia.

If you go to the West of Monee you could look at Manhattan , IL
West of Chicago you would be looking at Montgomery which is really now IMO in fill with neighborhoods and housing developments pre recession.

Sandwich,IL is more than an hour away but it has some rural characteristics that you suggested.

An hour from Chicago and you will pretty much be in suburbs still or exurbs
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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If you live on the fringes of the Tri-Cities (Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles), you'll get what you're looking for.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Well over an hour to the Loop, though.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Will County
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The Northerner: You might want to consider the very southern suburb of Manhattan, IL ... the loop would be right at about an hour's drive for you, but the homes would be in the price range you seek. Manhattan is the most rural village within the Lincoln-Way High School district. It offers a wide variety of home prices, ages, styles, and more. School districts are good, both in public school and parochial. The village is growing, but still maintains a small town feel and finds rural farms to the south. Churches include protestant and Catholic. I know Manhattan well, as both my wife and I grew-up there ... my wife on a farm, me in-town. Should you wish further information or a referral for a real estate agent to help you with rental properties, please don't hesitate to write or shout out. I'll help however I can. Best of luck, no matter your final decision.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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Manhattan is the most rural village within the Lincoln-Way High School district.
Understatement.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:52 PM
 
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Manhattan would be a good choice. Not much going on in the town besides your basics(one grocery store, one drugstore, a few bars and restaurants) but it is close enough to New Lenox, Frankfort, Joliet and Orland Park, that you are always10-20 minutes from just about everything you need.

There is a Metra train that runs to and from the town a few times a day. You can always hop on that if you want to head downtown and don't want to drive. The train takes around 1hr and 15 minutes, and I would expect driving to take the same.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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What about Huntley? There are two hospitals in Elgin and you wouldn't have to deal with Chicago traffic. I have friends that live in Elgin on the outskirts of town on a couple of acres. It feels like a different town. Pingree Grove is rural and close to Elgin as well.
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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I am surprised no one has recommended Kenosha. You could probably find a house in subruban Kenosha, midway between the Freeway to Chicago and the Metra North Line. Two viable options...and driving at off times would be about an hour. The prices for rentals drop dramatically once you get into Wisconsin....so I would look into Kenosha, Pleasant Prairia or other small towns in Kenosha County Wisconsin.

The pro is that Kensoha County puts you smack dab betwen Chicago and MKE, many different attractions, modes of transport, the lake, safe living, decent schools...all for a good price. On the pther hand, semi rural south Chicagoland doesn't have nearly as much going for it as does this area.
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