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Old 04-25-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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I am not sure Elmhurst is surrounded by wonderful suburbs either (Bellwood?). All that said, RF is really self contained. Almost everything you need is minutes away (Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Target). You won't need to venture into Austin (in Chicago) or Maywood on a regular basis (if ever), if that's what you desire.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:47 PM
 
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Thinking that you will be guarded from crime by living a little further out can be a bit of an illusion also. Just because a suburb doesn't butt up against an area of the city doesn't mean criminals aren't going to travel a bit to do their business. Just recently there were a string of burglaries in Riverside committed by criminals traveling from the city. When the criminals were questioned by the police, they admitted to traveling there due to the affluence of the area. It goes to show that criminals are willing to travel to rich areas, as the returns are obviously worth the effort, so no place is really free from criminals... it comes down to how well prepared the police are with dealing with crime. That being said, crime in Oak Park and River Forest is still low... it's lower than Lincoln Park (one of the most desirable and affluent areas in the city), and Lincoln Park doesn't butt up against areas like Austin.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:41 AM
 
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Thanks everyone...this has been really helpful, and has cleared up a lot of misconceptions. I think we will definitely be making frequent trips to both suburbs to find out what is best suited for us. Please keep posting thoughts/advice!
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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River forest to Downers grove is a more time consuming commute though. Driving from Elmhurst to Rush on the Eisenhower would not be too bad. esp if you stay on the farthest east side of Elmhurst.

If you want to build in Elmhurst, you are looking at doing a teardown, although I was just there last week, there are plenty of nice ones for sale.
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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River forest to Downers grove is a more time consuming commute though. Driving from Elmhurst to Rush on the Eisenhower would not be too bad. esp if you stay on the farthest east side of Elmhurst.
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This is true. Are you traveling during rush hour?

If your husband is traveling off hours, then you need to be careful about yours. It could actually take you longer from River Forest, and traffic can be slow going in that direction during rush hour.

I recommend doing the drives once during the commuting hours you would have.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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definitely do a commute dry run, traffic in the Chicago area can be hellish - which is why chicagoans always tell people how LONG it will take to get somewhere instead of how many miles away it is! If your spouse is going downtown on off peak hours, it will not take very long to get there from either location.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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I would beg to differ river forest may be next to maywood but there's a fence forest between the two besides three rodes where as oak park a street is dividing the two and river forest has a great police force so it keeps rift raft out and there is no street cred whatever that means
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