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Old 01-29-2015, 02:21 AM
 
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Hi-

Thank you in advance for your insights and inputs.

I am from Jersey and am currently working abroad. I met my husband overseas and we are moving back to the Midwest this summer to be close to his parents and family in Iowa and Milwaukee. I have visited Chicago and Rockford but that is the extend of my knowledge about the area.

We do not have jobs yet. But will be looking for jobs in the Chicago suburbs. Our target areas to live according to my husband is somewhere between Chicago and Rockford. I looked online, in terms of jobs, we need to be close to Kane and Mchenry county I think... I need help with 2 things:

1. Are there any places in this geographical area (Kane/McHenry) that you would recommend to live in? We might only be able to have an average combined income of $60K. We don't have kids so, school system is not an issue, I just don't want to be in an unsafe/ polluted area.

2. What are rents like in Illinois? I just need a range. I want it to have a rough budget. If the average is a bit off, its ok. Being from Jersey, I just don't know what Midwestern prices are like

3. Do you know of any apartments in the area that would rent for 1 month/short term? We need a place to stay till we rent an apartment. After we land, we don't have a place to go.

Thank you in advance for your help!
eve
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:45 AM
 
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Why Rockford? Rockford is not a nice city and its very far from Chicago. Once you leave the towns of Elburn, or St. Charles or Geneva, its a lot of farms not many apartments. Will be hard to provide advice until you know where your jobs are. Rents depending where you are can range on the low end of 1,000 a month and up.
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Old 01-29-2015, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Oswego, IL
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Rents range from $1 to $1.25 per sq. ft. in most areas. Depends on amenities and of course size. Aurora is the 2nd largest city in IL - wide range of housing stock from country club area historical mansions to Stonebridge upscale neighborhood and everything in between. Naperville has been on Money Magazines "Best Places to" list for many years in the top 10, vibrant downtown, but can be expensive for middle class with median home prices over $400K.

Metra provides train service to most towns along I-88, as well as, the Elgin/Geneva/Elburn/St. Charles area. Elgin is similar to Aurora with housing prices and options. Both have casino's.

Where to live depends on your job, budget and lifestyle and what is important to you. Opinions on whether a town is good, bad, etc. are subjective based on that person's perspective, expectations, socio-economic status, etc.

For safety concerns, contact the local police and they will be happy to give you information on level of crime and types of crime. Go to the source!

Most of the towns have long term hotels that can provide temporary housing while you relocate. Send me a direct message since I am a realtor and I can send you further information. Welcome to IL
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:31 PM
 
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I would look at North Aurora, Batavia, St. Charles, Huntley, and Marengo. You should search for jobs first before you move. You can find a job within a reasonable distance from the suburbs I mentioned. If you find one that's not near them, then you should still look closer to work.
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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There are extended stay hotels in the suburbs that you could stay in for the 1st month or 2.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:16 AM
 
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Dear knitgirl-

Thank you for your response. I went to Rockford because my husband is originally from there. I do not want to live there. Well, at least, I hope not to live there. But yes, it all depends on where we find jobs. But your responses help me plan better as I feel better informed.

Thank you!
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:19 AM
 
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Dear 4122-

Thank you for your email! I do hope to fine a job by June. Your suggestions help me plan better. I am looking for jobs in Chicago as well as the suburbs. Where we work will dictate where we live, but your suggestions still help me understand my options better.

Thank you,
ev
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:34 AM
 
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Dear dynamicbroker,

Thank you for your detailed message. Its was very informative. Yes, we do need to wait for our job situation to be resolved before we can make any kind of moves. Thank you however, for all your suggestions. As the date draws closer, I will definitely reach out to you.

Thank you,
ev
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Dear knitgirl-

Thank you for your response. I went to Rockford because my husband is originally from there. I do not want to live there. Well, at least, I hope not to live there. But yes, it all depends on where we find jobs. But your responses help me plan better as I feel better informed.

Thank you!
If that's the case, I would say, definitely don't live west of Elgin at the furthest. The type of work you do would also make a difference in where you live. There are a few industries that cluster in certain parts of the area. For example, the pharmaceutical companies are all along the North Shore. It's my experience in the mortgage industry, that most lenders have their Chicago operations around Downers Grove and Lisle. I think there's a lot of IT in the Naperville area. I'm sure some of the others here can chime in. Hopefully you'll be able to find work in places that make the commute easy for both of you!
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