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Old 06-25-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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One bonus point for Hinsdale is that it gives you excellent proximity to Midway Airport as well. Proximity to O'Hare is equidistant to many of the North Shore suburbs (ie. Deerfield, Northbrook, etc.) and arguably a quicker commute compared to the true lakeshore suburbs up north (ie. Wilmette, Winnetka, etc.).
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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The North Shore, Hinsdale, and St. Charles/Geneva all have good schools, are very safe, and have some charming and walkable areas. Hinsdale is probably the best middle ground in terms of accessibility to airports and your mom and the neighborhood character you are looking for.

Your price range will give you some options on the North Shore or in Hinsdale, but don't expect to be able to afford the largest or most updated houses. Realistically, you are probably looking at a 3 or 4br of around 2000sf, with a small but usable yard and without the latest updates.

Depending on what you are looking for (size, age, amenities), your $4k/mo will get you more in St. Charles/Geneva than in Hinsdale or Wilmette/Winnetka because they are farther from downtown Chicago. Getting to the airport from there takes longer, but if it is off peak and/or your husband gets reimbursed for a limo or taxi it shouldn't be a huge problem.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:37 AM
 
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...your $4k/mo will get you more in St. Charles/Geneva than in Hinsdale or Wilmette/Winnetka because they are farther from downtown Chicago. Getting to the airport from there takes longer, but if it is off peak and/or your husband gets reimbursed for a limo or taxi it shouldn't be a huge problem.
No dispute about the relative cost factor, but I have several friends that experienced the difference between arriving O'hare and being 20 minutes from being their to put the kids to bed and reconnect with spouse vs an hour long limo ride to hoise where all the lights are out...

Don't get me wrong, I like Geneva and St. Charles a whole lot, but if travel via airport is big part of job it can really make for challenges in home life.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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I recommend Northbrook, Oakbrook, and Darien!
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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Northbrook is considerably further north; Darien would be closer to towns to the SW, but is the kind of town with high percentage of tract developments, much of them aging... Although Oak Brook is adjacent to Hinsdale, it is generally as costly as Hinsdsle and has less of a traditional feel with many of the homes being disconnected from their neighbors both visually and in character.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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Having lived all over the Chicagoland area, here is my take.

If you are going to be visiting downtown Chicago for work or will go their to socialize more than 2 times a week you will want the North Shore/Hinsdale for they are much closer to the city, have great access to airports(esp Hinsdale). Schools are top tier as well.

I live out in the fox valley(geneva) and my personal opinion is in the burbs of Chicago, the area offers the best quality of life while being more affordable. Both St. Charles adn Geneva schools are not as highly ranked as New Trier or Hinsdale, but are very good. Also excellent park districts and the best part are all the fesitivals and charming downtowns with tons to do. The only downtowns that are more lively would probably be Naperville. If going to Chicago once a week or if you dont have to go downtown for work, I would prefer St. Charles and geneva.

If the latter, than Hinsdale. You really can't go wrong
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:09 AM
 
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Hinsdale is a good suggestion. Getting to O'Hare from the North Shore is a pain, depending on how often you have to do it.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:06 PM
 
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Thanks again for all the suggestions. Based on my MLS website rental search it seems there are a lot more rentals available (in general) in the St. Charles/Geneva area and not much available in Hinsdale. The couple in Hinsdale within our price range are in bad locations - adjacent to the 294 or busy streets. What is the most common way rentals are advertised in these areas? We used to live in Hermosa Beach, CA and hardly any properties were listed on the MLS via realtors, most people just put signs up or used an online service called "westsiderentals.com" or even craigslist. What's the best way to find a rental in these areas? Through a realtor, the local paper, or are there other services available? Thanks.
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:32 PM
 
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Welcome to Illinois! You will be pleased to know that you will find familiar stores like Trader Joe's, Whole foods, and Costco. Your Von's is our Kroger's.
There are no Krogers in Chicagoland. Shame, because I really like Kroger.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Glencoe, IL
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There are no Krogers in Chicagoland. Shame, because I really like Kroger.
Food 4 Less is Kroger, and there is some other Kroger chain outside of Chicagoland.
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