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Old 04-29-2015, 08:09 PM
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I currently live in a SW suburb of Chicago, IL. I am looking to move to a small town outside Chicago land/Chicago area. My background is in Early Childhood. I am in my 30's and single. Any advice?

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Old 05-01-2015, 12:05 PM
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You have to go mid-state or farther for those types of towns. The two that I'm most familiar with are Mahomet and Monticello. Mahomet is about 15 miles from Champaign and Monticello is about 25 miles from both Champaign and Decatur. Mahomet is the pricier of the two because of its location, but professionals live in both towns because of their proximity to Champaign/Urbana. You'd probably get more responses in the Illinois forum.
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:45 AM
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I don't know how small they are but most towns outside Chicago and its suburbs are fairly small save a few. A few that I have heard of are Beardstown, IL, Princeton, IL, and Sandwich, IL.

They all seem to have nice little downtown areas with shops and Beardstown was popularized by the so called Beardstown Ladies who wrote a book about investing in the stock market and it became a best seller. Princeton and Sandwich seem to have some antique type shops so sometimes they come on the radar screen of those in the Chicago area. These places are easy to visit and I would encourage you to take a drive to them to see them.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:33 AM
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Check out Hebron, Union, Genoa, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Gilberts, Cortland, Maple Park, Elburn, Sugar Grove, Somonauk, Channahon, Peotone, Manhattan, Manteno, Mommence, Beecher, Monee, and Crete. They're all nice small towns that are still in the Chicagoland area.

Look at NW Indiana too. Not far from Chicago and it's actually still part of the Chicagoland area and it's less expensive. In NWI, look at Lowell, Lake Village, Hebron, Winfield, De Motte, and Fair Oaks.

Also, look at SE Wisconsin too. It's not far from Chicago and is cheaper than the Chicagoland area. However, it's more expensive and further from Chicago than NWI, but still worth looking into. Look at Bristol, Salem, Silver Lake, Paddock Lake, Wilmot, New Munster, Somers, and Sturtevant.

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