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Old 03-24-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Wait why does she have to go to Union Station every morning? If she lived in Lincolnwood, couldn't she drive to the Edgebrook station and park there and then catch the train to the Deerfield station?

Because he stated he wanted an established and walkable area with shops and parks, and ideally be near the lake. Lincolnwood is suburban. So yes the OP could get on at any number of stations, but probably not any in a neighborhood that they desire.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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As others have said, Metra can get you to Deerfield, but you may be stuck at the station once you get there. Also, the Metra line that runs to Deerfield doesn't have a lot of stops in the city (and certainly not in neighborhoods that fit what you're looking for).

Since you need to get to Deerfield you may want to look at neighborhoods along the Blue Line, close to 90/94 instead of along the lake. It can be a real pain just getting from the lake to 90/94. A couple neighborhoods worth checking out would be Bucktown and Old Irving Park - both have good access to 90/94 as well as good public transit.
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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I am not certain how to answer where you should live, as I live in the Northern Suburbs. My husband does work in Deerfield, but he drives there and it is just a very short commute for us. We have two kids in elementary school and did not want to deal with the whole city school thing. You will definitely have to do your homework about the local schools and magnets in the CPS system before you make that decision. The close in suburbs are not very exciting, but they are convenient and have great schools. Also, they are close enough to take advantage of all of the City's great offerings. However, living in the city could be great, too. I would like to retire there when my kids are grown .

However, since no one else answered you Lutefisk question, I will. Chicago magazine had an article about it and said that you could get it at Erikson's Delicatessen and Fish Market at 5250 North Clark St. Chicago 60640 773-561-5634. My husband is from WI and I am sure they have it up there and also in MN at many places. You will have to check out the Andersonville neighborhood, as there are lots of Scandinavian places there.
Good luck to you and your family!
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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I am not certain how to answer where you should live, as I live in the Northern Suburbs. My husband does work in Deerfield, but he drives there and it is just a very short commute for us. We have two kids in elementary school and did not want to deal with the whole city school thing. You will definitely have to do your homework about the local schools and magnets in the CPS system before you make that decision. The close in suburbs are not very exciting, but they are convenient and have great schools. Also, they are close enough to take advantage of all of the City's great offerings. However, living in the city could be great, too. I would like to retire there when my kids are grown .

However, since no one else answered you Lutefisk question, I will. Chicago magazine had an article about it and said that you could get it at Erikson's Delicatessen and Fish Market at 5250 North Clark St. Chicago 60640 773-561-5634. My husband is from WI and I am sure they have it up there and also in MN at many places. You will have to check out the Andersonville neighborhood, as there are lots of Scandinavian places there.
Good luck to you and your family!
Live in Andersonville and drive to Deerfield. It won't be a terrible commute. You can get all the lutefisk and potato sausage you could ever want, plus the Swedish American Museum! There are beautiful SF's in Lakewood Balmoral, if cost of housing is not an issue.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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Are you looking for a single family or condo/townhome? I know you mentioned budget is not a concern but it would be helpful if you mention the top end, it could possibly eliminate some neighborhoods.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:08 PM
 
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Are you looking for a single family or condo/townhome? I know you mentioned budget is not a concern but it would be helpful if you mention the top end, it could possibly eliminate some neighborhoods.
I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that someone who lived in Manhattan for several years with a family, and pays 35k for kindergarten can probably afford any area in Chicago.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:29 AM
 
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You didn't mention if you had a car or not (although I will assume if you are living in Manhattan- you do not). But if so, one option would be to drive to work on the first workday, leave your car at the Metra station on the way home, and take the train home to the city, and to work for the rest of the week, picking up your car and driving home at the end of the work week. This way you'd still be able to take the Metra to work, assuming that the Metra station is not within walking distance of your job. However, once your kids become of school age, this might pose some issues if their schools are not close by.

Also, as I'm sure you're familiar with in New York, there is really no such thing as a reverse commute in Chicago. Traffic can (and will be) backed up in both directions, coming in and out of the city.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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You didn't mention if you had a car or not (although I will assume if you are living in Manhattan- you do not). But if so, one option would be to drive to work on the first workday, leave your car at the Metra station on the way home, and take the train home to the city, and to work for the rest of the week, picking up your car and driving home at the end of the work week. This way you'd still be able to take the Metra to work, assuming that the Metra station is not within walking distance of your job. However, once your kids become of school age, this might pose some issues if their schools are not close by.

Also, as I'm sure you're familiar with in New York, there is really no such thing as a reverse commute in Chicago. Traffic can (and will be) backed up in both directions, coming in and out of the city.
Right, there really is no benefit to the reverse commute here, either. We just bought a Suburban (first car in ten years) that we use for weekends/family trips, but I don't want to commute in that thing.

I want to experience living in Chicago proper, but suspect it may be too late for that with three small children and some unattractive commuting options. May be time to just move into a house somewhere and settle down.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that someone who lived in Manhattan for several years with a family, and pays 35k for kindergarten can probably afford any area in Chicago.
We can afford one kid at that rate, but with the other two coming up the line, I can't imagine paying $100K+ per year for private school tuition. But so many people here do it. The public schools in our neighborhood are excellent, but difficult to get into--if that makes any sense--and they also have limited athletic opportunities for the kids.

We really want to get back closer to family and get more value for our hard-earned dollars.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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If you have kids that you are raising stay clear from the South Side of Chicago. Neighborhoods like Andersonville, Logan Square, UpTown, etc. are much more suitable for family environments. Not too say crime doesn't happen but at least you don't have to worry about your kids being murdered as they walk to school (something that kids that like on the south side of chicago have to deal with every day). Plus there are more attractions for a family and surroundings more amenable to what you are accustomed to in manhattan.
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