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Old 02-18-2009, 12:42 PM
 
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Default safe Chicago suburbs near downtown

Yes, I am seeking to find out which suburbs are only 30 min. from downtown and are safe to live in

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Old 02-18-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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Via what mode of transportation?

Metra - Metra System Map Pretty good start...
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:59 AM
 
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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Theres a ton to list... Skokie, Park Ridge, Niles, Norridge, Morton Grove, parts of Evanston just to name a few.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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saying "1/2-hour" leaves a lot open to interpretation. A lot of places that are 1/2-hour away at noon are about 1.5 hours away at 5pm. Will you take the train, be driving during rush hour, etc?
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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Frankly the list of unsafe suburbs would be much shorter...

Without more details about what you are looking for (families, singles, commute, entertainment, travel, education, shopping, price, et cetera) the list is very very hard to pare down.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: West Palm Beach/Chicago
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It took me 35 minutes driving to get from Clark/Lawrence to the city on rush hour LSD. If you don't take the train, your suburban 30-minute commute will be jepordized during this time. Evanston is a nice suburb, (parts of it), and it's an EL ride away. Skokie has the "swift" that connects you to the EL. You can even opt to take Metra, that would probably be fastest.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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Frankly the list of unsafe suburbs would be much shorter...

Without more details about what you are looking for (families, singles, commute, entertainment, travel, education, shopping, price, et cetera) the list is very very hard to pare down.
Chet is right. Most are safe--particuarly to the North and West. It's easier to list suburbs to avoid. And of course, there is a gradient of safety. Suburbs like Berwyn and Oak Park are safe enough for me, but definitely have crime at higher levels than, say Naperville or Downers Grove. Places like Maywood or Harvey are absolutely NOT safe.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Tri-Taylor
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Chet is right. Most are safe--particuarly to the North and West. It's easier to list suburbs to avoid. And of course, there is a gradient of safety. Suburbs like Berwyn and Oak Park are safe enough for me, but definitely have crime at higher levels than, say Naperville or Downers Grove. Places like Maywood or Harvey are absolutely NOT safe.
Berwyn will have you downtown Chicago in 15-20 minutes via the Metra (south Berwyn) and L (north Berwyn), and is affordable and safe (for an urban area as Lookout says). Oak Park, Forest Park and Riverside are more costly but fine choices as well, and equally accessable to the City via public transit.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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Some of these suburbs are quite large and diverse economically. If you live in Oak Park or Berwyn, chances are you will be very safe, except there are a few apartment complexes with some section 8 housing dwellers. Most of the suburbs are safe, with sporadic high crime areas.

Wheeling is a good example. Wheeling is very safe with decent schools, but some apartments have section 8 so ask apartment complex specific questions.
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