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Old 11-01-2006, 06:34 PM
 
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Hello all!!

I see a lot of info here and just looking to get some for myself.

I'm a single parent of a teenager, who's an athlete. I'm looking for the best area that's affordable (generally speaking). It's VERY important to me that the area is safe, diverse, and residential with easy access to downtown Chicago, as I plan to work there.

So, I'm looking for areas with good schools, diverse people and great transportation. Also, I'm planning on buying a home.

Can you help? Thanks so much!!
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Old 11-02-2006, 06:57 AM
 
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I'm moving to Chicago area (north suburbs) in December, and one area that seems to stand out from the rest in terms of diversity is Skokie. My daughter was adopted from China, so it is important to us to live in an area with high Asian population. From what I've heard from those who live there, it's a very diverse area with people from all over the world. I've also heard the schools have a good reputation, and it is one of closer suburbs to Chicago. We'll be visiting next weekend to get a sense of what it's really like, along with neighboring area of Morton Grove, and farther out, perhaps Buffalo Grove, as well. The one drawback to Skokie is that there generally doesn't appear to be any recent construction at all, and the houses are very plain and rather drab brick ranches and split-levels. However, it seems as though many of these have been renovated or updated on the inside, so a house that looks very plain from the street might have a nice interior. I've also heard they have problems there with basements flooding or water seepage, so it's something to check out.

Good luck!
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Kenilworth, Illinois
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I live in Kenilworth, Illinois a small suburb on Chicago's affluent North Shore

Chicago is expensive anywhre you go.

Evanston is the most diverse by far it is home to Northwestern University and many residents. It serves as the Rotary International Club's Headquarters
Althought it is one of the most expensive you might find something.

Try Skokie, Northbrook, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Northfield, Deerfield.

Not Buffalo Grove it is really far out. Evanston, Skokie, Wilmette, Kenilworth, and Lincolnwood are the best.

Good Luck

Vote Tony Peraica Cook County Board
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