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Old 04-22-2012, 07:28 PM
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Is Matteson a nice area? Good schools, shopping, etc? How would the commute to the Museum of Science and Industry be?
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:48 PM
Location: South Chicagoland
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You don't have to live in Matteson to shop in Matteson. Good shopping though. The schools have their problems (I'm in my mid twenties and grew up in Matteson district schools). Not a bad commute at all.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:23 PM
Location: South Suburbs of Chicago
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Not that I'm partial, but there are some good schools in the area, including where I teach! Seriously, do some research on the location, because there are two elementary districts, 159 and 162, depending mostly on which side of Cicero you are on. For high school, it is in Rich Township District 227. I don't want to give in to a conflict of interest by offering my personal opinions. But do some google searches on these districts and you can see the numbers and the news (look at southtownstar.com for local stories about what is going on there). There are some private elementary schools as well. There is a limited-enrollment charter high school -- Southland College Prep -- which is run by some of the same people that run elementary district 162. And many will send their high-school-aged kids to Marion Catholic, a very reputable school in Chicago Heights.

I really want to brag about my district, but I'm going to restrain myself. So do some research, look at the numbers, and figure out which district applies where you are looking to move. Generally, all of the residential areas east of Cicero are in 162, and west of Cicero is 159, but some businesses are exceptions to this (Lincoln Mall was gerrymandered into 159, for example, for tax reasons). Some residences may have been included in that, but I'm not sure.

Good luck with your research!
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