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View Poll Results: Which suburban area offers the most?
Northern Suburbs 44 47.83%
Western Suburbs 41 44.57%
Southern Suburbs 7 7.61%
Voters: 92. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-30-2015, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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For demarcation purposes I-90 divides the west from the north an I-55 the west from the south, but west of the Plainfield bend the line continues on its southwest alignment.
NORTH
Great America, Ravinia, Bahai Temple, Great Lakes, Allstate Arena, Rivers Casino, Schaumburg Convention Center, Botanic Garden, Arlington Park.
Four commuter rail lines, two CTA rapid transit.
WEST
Fermilab, Rosemont Theater, Stephens Convention Center, Sears Center, several casinos, Brookfield Zoo, Drury Lane, Kane County Cougars, Maywood Park.
Three commuter rail lines, four CTA rapid transit.
SOUTH
Route 66 Speedway, Music Theater, Holiday Star Theater, several casinos.
Six commuter rail lines but no CTA rapid transit.

Looks like western suburbs lead in attractions. I ignored Lake Michigan since many of the shoreline cities charge exorbitant admission or parking fees to use their beaches. But, as many of their officials will note: It's a Beach, isn't it.
Great breakdown of what all areas offer! So Schaumburg is just barely in the northern suburbs section? I do think it lies just north of I-90.

I'm not sure how plentiful the lakes are in the western suburbs, but in Lake County, there are Lakes, EVERYWHERE. I know a lot of people have houses on the lake with boats, jet skis, I've yet to visit any lakes but I'm sure some of them have man made beaches as well. Everything west of Gurnee is Lake something. Round Lake Beach, Fox Lake, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Grayslake, Lakemoor, etc.

One thing that does bother me in my area of the northern suburbs is many of the newer subdivisions and neighborhoods. Even some of the larger neighborhoods with larger homes are incredibly cookie cutter. Every house has almost the exact same shape, just different colors, or a slightly different facade. It seems many of the subdivisions here sprouted up in the last 25 years and there wasn't much imagination that went into the planning or architecture of these homes and neighborhoods. I've found the older homes around downtown Grayslake to be very charming though, mostly because they are not cookie cutter subdivisions.

I also have to wonder which suburbs are seeing the most growth and expansion? Whenever I drive west on I-88 and I-90 there is always a LOT of corporate construction around Napperville and Schaumburg.
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Old 05-30-2015, 05:22 PM
 
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The lake is kind of an over rated commodity. I like it because it is cooler in the summer but in winter it brings more lake effect snow. I've been out in Wheaton and its been balmy and driven to the lake and its chilly in summer.

Most two parent working families have little time for lounging at the lake. Unless you are super rich, you can't really even live near the lake as its far too expensive. You will have to drive there or run there. If you are working the hours we worked that left little time for the lake. When I lived there I hardly ever even went. Too busy.

Yes those lovely mansions are nice but they aren't really useful to me except for eye candy. The towns of Du page are real gems though in many cases and better than most on the north shore.

Schaumburg is considered a northwest suburb. Rosemont is not really a western suburb. Woodfield Mall while big is impressive for that but it is crass considered against the beautiful park like Oak Brook Mall. Oak Brook is an outdoor mall so bring your walking shoes, wallet and dress for the weather.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:05 PM
 
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For demarcation purposes I-90 divides the west from the north an I-55 the west from the south, but west of the Plainfield bend the line continues on its southwest alignment.
NORTH
Great America, Ravinia, Bahai Temple, Great Lakes, Allstate Arena, Rivers Casino, Schaumburg Convention Center, Botanic Garden, Arlington Park. Independence Grove, Key Lime Cove, Gurnee Mills, Woodfield, Huntley Outlet Center, Marriott Theater, Schaumburg Boomers, Lake County Fielders, Pleasant Prairie Outlets
Four commuter rail lines, two CTA rapid transit.
WEST
Fermilab, Rosemont Theater, Stephens Convention Center, Sears Center (this would be part of north imo), several casinos, Brookfield Zoo, Drury Lane, Kane County Cougars, Maywood Park. Fashion Outlets, Morton Arboteruem, Raging Waves, Paramount Theater
Three commuter rail lines, four CTA rapid transit.
SOUTH
Route 66 Speedway, Music Theater, Holiday Star Theater, several casinos. First Midwest Bank Ampitheater
Six commuter rail lines but no CTA rapid transit.

Looks like western suburbs lead in attractions. I ignored Lake Michigan since many of the shoreline cities charge exorbitant admission or parking fees to use their beaches. But, as many of their officials will note: It's a Beach, isn't it.
The North and West suburbs have way more attractions than the south suburbs.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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Tie between North and West. South is not even in the running...
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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I think Northwest needs it's own category. I would never lump Batavia in the same category as Schaumburg or Bloomingdale.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:39 PM
 
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Did someone say the lake county fielders???? Do they even exist anymore?
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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I think Northwest needs it's own category. I would never lump Batavia in the same category as Schaumburg or Bloomingdale.
100% agreed. The NW and SW suburbs both need their own category.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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Fess up ... who voted for the south side?
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Fess up ... who voted for the south side?
Idk, I felt I had to include it since it is a large suburban area..not that it had much chance in a poll. I voted West Side.
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:46 PM
 
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The lake is kind of an over rated commodity.
You talk about how great oak brook mall is and say lake michigan is over rated? I have a pretty demanding job but I still find time to take my boat out on the lake to fish or take the kids tubing/wakeboarding/skiing. I also go to the beach quite a few times on the weekends in the summer. My wife doesnt work and takes the kids to the beach and park at the beach all the time.

My kids are small but I see teenagers at the beach all the time playing football, volleyball, swimming and even sailing on the small sailboats. Plus they can work at the beach as lifeguards, clean up, help with the sail boats etc. Living in a suburb that borders the lake is a HUGE privilege and advantage because most of the suburbs on the lake restrict non residents ability to use the facilities.

I would rather have my kids at the beach working or playing then at the mall.

I would not live in a suburb that doesnt border the lake.
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