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Old 04-20-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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I will most likely be working in the North Park / Lincolnwood area. What suburb would be a good place to live? 30 minute commute or less would be nice. I would probably rent a house first. It would be me, my wife, and 2 year old daughter.
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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It really depends on your price range. Between suburb to suburb or even within suburbs could be a significant price differential. You can live in Lincolnwood, Evanston, Skokie, Glenview, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, or Morton Grove all within a 30 minute commute. What is your price range?
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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For renting a house or townhome, I am looking for $1300-$1500/month.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, and Skokie. Evanston might be out of the range and Glenview will be out of the range. Schools are better in Park Ridge than any of the other suburbs listed, but none are terrible.
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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Why not live in North Park or Lincolnwood?
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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North Park is a city neighborhood, although quite suburban in appearance, and is really nice, but..... Chicago Public Schools.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Just agreeing with chitown85, any of these are fine: Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, or Skokie.

I'd suggest Lincolnwood first, as you said you will be working there, and then Skokie or Niles. And since your daughter is only two, schools aren't a big worry, especially if you are renting first. Although, like it was said before, they all have fine schools.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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You're not going to rent a house for $1500/mo, unless you don't mind living in a neighborhood where hand-to-hand combat skills come in handy. Even a decent townhouse for that much is a bit of a stretch, at least within your 30-minute circle. But be advised that you can get a pretty spacious apartment for that kind of dough, so if space is your main concern you're not out of luck.
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