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Old 04-01-2015, 01:42 PM
 
Location: NW Suburbs of Chicago
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I know I will get wildly divergent opinions but I'm looking for thoughts on the best town in the near north or west suburbs for young empty nesters - mid to late 40's. We are very active in terms of exercising and being out and about like jogging and biking with our larger dog. We would love to be within walking distance of a developed downtown area for fun dining and shopping experiences. We are open to detached or attached housing and would like to keep the housing cost under $800k.
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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With your budget you could live almost anywhere. I happen to live in Elmhurst and I think you would enjoy it here. In particular, if you were to find a house south of the metra tracks, then you wouldn't be far from the Prairie Path and could enjoy that easily. Really though, I think any town along the Prairie Path could be good. I'd probably check out the downtown areas of a few towns and see if one appeals more than the others.

I would probably focus on Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton, personally.

Illinois Prairie Path. North America's first successful rails-to-trails conversion. Founded 1963.
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:26 PM
 
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La Grange would be a top choice for me. I think there are enough recreational trails through the necklace of forest preserves, though nothing quite as long and continuous as the Prairie Path. But the town has a lot to offer and is very close to the city (about the same distance as Evanston from the Loop if you look at the radius).

Also, Evanston would be a lot of fun, and it puts you very close to the North Side of Chicago.

Oak Park would also be great, though you are a bit more hemmed in there in terms of biking long distances. The Prairie Path starts in Maywood, which isn't exactly the best spot to start a bike ride.
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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I would probably focus on Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton, personally.
All three are also on the Great Western Train, which has three non-connected segments. Elmhurst isn't technically on the trail, but it starts next door in Villa Park very close to the Prairie Path... And I think they connect up again in West Chicago. It's a great trail system.

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Old 04-01-2015, 03:16 PM
 
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With your budget you could live almost anywhere. I happen to live in Elmhurst and I think you would enjoy it here. In particular, if you were to find a house south of the metra tracks, then you wouldn't be far from the Prairie Path and could enjoy that easily. Really though, I think any town along the Prairie Path could be good. I'd probably check out the downtown areas of a few towns and see if one appeals more than the others.

I would probably focus on Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton, personally.

Illinois Prairie Path. North America's first successful rails-to-trails conversion. Founded 1963.
I wouldn't consider Glen Ellyn or Wheaton near west suburbs and Elmhurst is borderline
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Old 04-01-2015, 03:28 PM
 
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Highland Park has a great downtown and is very scenic. There are two bike paths, Skokie Valley and Mcclory bike paths. There's also a lot of great parks and best of all, Highland Park is on the shore of Lake Michigan. There's 3 beaches, Rosewood (currently under construction, but is supposed to open again this summer), Park Avenue, and Moraine (dog beach).

Libertyville also has a great downtown and great parks. Libertyville is home to Independence Grove, which is a large park with a lake where you can go kayaking, paddleboating, fishing, and swimming. There's also a path surrounding the whole park and you can bike on it. You can even rent bike paths there too along with kayaks and paddleboats. The Des Plaines River Trail goes through Libertyville and also connects to Independence Grove.

For the west suburbs, I think Wheaton is a good option. It's along the Prairie path and it has a nice downtown. Depending on where in Wheaton, it's not far from the Morton Arboretum in Lisle which is similar to Independence Grove. Wheaton also has multiple forest preserves with trails.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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If youre willing to travel a bit further west, you really should check out Naperville. A great, thriving downtown with housing prices in your range, and probably the most lively suburb there is.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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All three are also on the Great Western Train, which has three non-connected segments. Elmhurst isn't technically on the trail, but it starts next door in Villa Park very close to the Prairie Path... And I think they connect up again in West Chicago. It's a great trail system.
That map is a little confusing. It sure looks like a solid line if you don't really study it, which I will admit, I haven't.
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Old 01-06-2016, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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If youre willing to travel a bit further west, you really should check out Naperville. A great, thriving downtown with housing prices in your range, and probably the most lively suburb there is.
An associate of mine moved from Naperville, to Atlanta years back. His wife, who I knew quite well liked this area much netter.

I noticed the OP posted about Dothan Al. These places are worlds apart, socially, culturally and otherwise.
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