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Old 01-09-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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What are the main differences between these 3 suburbs? Do they each have downtowns and are they close to each other? Is it cheaper or more expensive in one vs the other (or is it perceived that people have more money in one than the other)? Do they feed into the same high schools? Are school seen as better/worse in one vs the other? What about crime? What about people's perceptions of each? Are taxes higher in one of these?
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:58 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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What are the main differences between these 3 suburbs? Do they each have downtowns and are they close to each other? Is it cheaper or more expensive in one vs the other (or is it perceived that people have more money in one than the other)? Do they feed into the same high schools? Are school seen as better/worse in one vs the other? What about crime? What about people's perceptions of each? Are taxes higher in one of these?
In terms of household wealth, they rank high to low River Forest > Oak Park > Forest park > Elmwood Park. Property taxes in RF and OP are significantly higher than FP and EP.

OP and RF feed to the same high school, OPRF (good school)
FP feeds to Proviso East (bad school)
EP feeds to EPHS (no idea)

None of these towns has a significant crime problem.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you are looking for the future, River Forest is the way to go.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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are they close to each other?
Of course they are close to each other, just crack open a map.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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Thank you so much JacksonPanther! THat was what I was looking for.

Sorry for the last question abt them being close, it was completely worded wrong. What I am wondering is if you live in one of these suburbs, can you walk to the downtowns of the others? OP has such a great downtown and I have never been to the other downtowns, but if I lived in RP for example, could I walk to the OP downtown?

Thank you so much!
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Thank you so much JacksonPanther! THat was what I was looking for.

Sorry for the last question abt them being close, it was completely worded wrong. What I am wondering is if you live in one of these suburbs, can you walk to the downtowns of the others? OP has such a great downtown and I have never been to the other downtowns, but if I lived in RP for example, could I walk to the OP downtown?

Thank you so much!
RF doesn't really have a real downtown. Its commercial district is basically a shopping center that abuts OP's downtown. FP's downtown is Madison St, which is about 0.5 miles or so from downtown OP at the nearest. EP's doesn't have much of a downtown. Its got a few commercial strips (North Ave and Grand Ave are the biggest). Much of RF & FP are <0.5 miles from downtown OP, the nearst EP is to downtown OP is 1.5 miles.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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OP does have the best downtown of the listed cities. FP's downtown is only really on one street, but is walkable and has some nice bars, stores and restaurants.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Oak Park
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Why are you asking?
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