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Old 04-13-2011, 05:37 PM
 
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Default Friendly confines

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many of the suburbs of chicago are quite beautiful, but sadly, the hospitality in illinois is not good. Basically, only the top notch popular/rich seem to be accepted into the community in illinois. Chicago has a lot of smog, ozone, and pollution. Very sadly, from my point of view it is very unlikely that you will fall in love with illinois, unless you are the type of person who likes to be disconnected from the community. Schools in illinois, by the way, are very bad.
this statement is so not true!!!! I've lived in many places and illinois by far has the friendliest people around. In fact, i miss that so much that we are moving back there after 7 years elsewhere. It is not a snobby community at all in chicago. Schools in illinois are top notch. The city of chicago doesn't have the best schools but any city outside of the immediate city will offer a wonderful and safe education for your child.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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If you're working in Warrenville, then Naperville would be your best option, I think. Its the best downtown area nearby, and probably is the best for all of the options that you list. Wheaton would also be a good consideration (somewhat less in the downtown and restaurant area, but good elsewhere), and Glen Ellyn. Most of the suburbs in the area would be suitable (with a few small areas to avoid) since this is all in a fairly small area (Southwestern DuPage county) and the area is fairly dense with everything that you want, with the possible exception of the nice downtown areas (Naperville, Glen Ellyn would be tops, then Downers Grove, Wheaton).. a lot of the good dininng is to the east, in Lombard/Oak Brook, but this area is compeltely car-centric.


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hi, i am a Hungarian, and i was offered a job at my company HQs in warrenville, they want me to relocate to chicago area for min 2 years. i am taking my wife with me

which sub is the best to start searching for accomodation. place i am looking for
- preferably has nice downtown area (like Naperville),
- an OK selection of restaurants and sport bars,
- well equipped fittness centre,
- should be an OK distance from warrenville.
- no children yet, so school is not a concern
- some access to train to chicago

thanks a lot
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:09 AM
 
Location: L.A.
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I'd definitely say the Northern/Northwestern burbs or the Western burbs in DuPage County.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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Dear knowledgeable Chicagoans;

My daughter who will be teaching at Notre Dame in SouthBend and her spouse working downtown Chicago can't afford the expensive suburbs but want a city/cultural life. Where can you go, be close enough to South Bend to be able to do the commute and still be safe? Really appreciate some suggestions.
Lansing is close to the Indiana line and really not that far to sbend probably around 75 miles but they could take the toll road to exit 77 nd exit.
all highway driving.

not much to do in south bend, in
it is the poster child of a decayed city
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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Hinsdale and only Hinsdale.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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Tri-City Area. Batavia, St. Charles, Geneva. Great place. Also, Wheaton is nice. As well as parts of Aurora. Naperville is great.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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to be 100% honest its all how you look at it there will always be a bad part of anytown or city you live in as long as you have a good out look on stuff youll be fine if you come looking for trouble then thats what youll get. its all on you
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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I grew up in Homer before it was Homer Glen and it was just beautiful there. It is a nice place to live.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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Default The way I see It

I grew up in Elmhurst in the Western Suburbs. I am 45 and have been to all of Chicago as a mover of household and electronics and office/industrial. If you ask someone where they live, and they say any of the following names, there will be a moment of silence that follows. These towns just don't carry a good name: Elgin, Hanover Park, Glendale Heights, Carpentersville, Maywood, Berkeley, West Chicago, Hillside, Bellwood, Northlake, Stone Park, Maywood, Franklin Park, Bensenville, Melrose Park, Bollingbrook, Waukegan, Joliet, Aurora, are some that come to mind. Anyone that knows the south burbs better can add theirs.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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I completely disagree with the comment about avoiding the west suburbs. I have lived in the western suburbs almost my entire life. I have lived in downers grove, Plainfield, woodridge, Winfield, warrenville, and Naperville. I now live further west in a small town exactly 60 miles west of Chicago. I do agree with the comment about the southern suburbs although my sister lived in Lemont in a beautiful home with excellent schools both public and private. I have two young children and can tell you that the schools in Naperville, Batavia, Geneva, and st. Charles are off the charts excellent. In fact, i believe it was better homes and gardens that last year had St. Charles as the best town to raise your children in due to schools, beautiful homes, and park districts, etc. After living here in this area my whole life my husband and I plan to move to Geneva for the beautiful town, park district, schools, homes. The northern suburbs are nice and have quaint downtowns (so do the western suburbs!) but typically thought of as pretentious. There are still beautiful open spaces in these western suburbs where you can have a beautiful home, convenient shopping, excellent schools but have a couple of acres to stretch out on. Do not discount the western suburbs.
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