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Old 08-06-2020, 09:05 PM
 
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They thought Woodstock had such a picturesque downtown they filmed Groundhog Day there.
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Old 08-06-2020, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Yeah there are endless numbers of suburbs that fit the bill. Chicagoland has some of nicest collection of suburbs in the country that have a nice mix of cool downtowns, houses, and nature (especially near the lake). If you’re looking at the NW suburbs specifically, almost all of them will work depending on your exact criteria.
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Old 08-07-2020, 08:40 AM
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What about Antioch? Quaint little downtown and just over the border from many resort type areas in Wisconsin (Wilmont Mountain, Delevan Lake, Geneva Lake) and other nature areas. But still only a 15/20 minute drive from major shopping areas. Or maybe just move to a place like Lake Delevan or Lake Geneva WI and leave Illinois entirely.
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Old 08-07-2020, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I would definitely put Downer's Grove on the list. Such a nice downtown, nice housing, and still pretty accessible to the city if you want to go occasionally.
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Old 08-07-2020, 03:28 PM
 
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I love Galena- just came back last night. I don't mind the tourists as I live in Chicago and being as small as it is, it would make it feel alive. I'm considering all options. In the end, it will be a matter of price and my commute to O'Hare once a week.

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Your idea of "suburb" is quite expansive if you've included Galena on your list. Galena does in fact have a charming downtown, perhaps the most charming in all of Illinois. But be prepared to share it with mobs of tourists on any given weekend.

If you're willing to go as far out as Galena and you want to be close to Wisconsin, why not actually look around in southern Wisconsin, like maybe Burlington or Stoughton or Monroe?
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Old 08-07-2020, 03:31 PM
 
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I used to own a condo in Hickory Hills so I'm very familiar with LaGrange, it's just too pricey for me unfortunately.

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For me, the one that comes to mind is LaGrange. While small, it seems like the city and businesses have tried to promote and improve their (albeit smallish) downtown on LaGrange Road.

Burr Ridge tried to create a "downtown" feel in their new business center on the southeast corner of I-55 and County Line Road, but it has an "artificial" feel to it, likely because it was all built at the same time. Covid has screwed up being out and about in 2020, but in a previous life, I wanted to check out some of the music events they talked about having there.
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Old 08-07-2020, 03:33 PM
 
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Antioch is next on my list to explore. Lake Geneva is beautiful- I definitely would enjoy it but prices are an issue and limited inventory of townhomes. I will continue to look into it. I also checked Delevan Lake on Zillow and also not many choices. Those are places I'm considering and will be keeping them on lookout. Thank you.

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What about Antioch? Quaint little downtown and just over the border from many resort type areas in Wisconsin (Wilmont Mountain, Delevan Lake, Geneva Lake) and other nature areas. But still only a 15/20 minute drive from major shopping areas. Or maybe just move to a place like Lake Delevan or Lake Geneva WI and leave Illinois entirely.
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Old 08-07-2020, 03:34 PM
 
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Woodstock also is on my list. Next, I'm going to explore Antioch and Woodstock. They both seem quite interesting.

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They thought Woodstock had such a picturesque downtown they filmed Groundhog Day there.
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Old 08-07-2020, 06:51 PM
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Antioch is next on my list to explore. Lake Geneva is beautiful- I definitely would enjoy it but prices are an issue and limited inventory of townhomes. I will continue to look into it. I also checked Delevan Lake on Zillow and also not many choices. Those are places I'm considering and will be keeping them on lookout. Thank you.

In an earlier response you mentioned a weekly commute to O'Hare. Antioch would be a much easier commute to ORD than Galena since it is not far from I94. Or, you also could travel north to MKE on I94 in about the same amount of time to have more flight choices (assuming you are going to ORD to fly and not to work).
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Old 08-08-2020, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Franklin, IN
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Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles
My first thought (especially geneva) as well.
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