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Old 02-22-2016, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Mission District, San Francisco
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As someone who spent most of his childhood and teenhood in Oak Park and had friends in both of these towns, they're pretty similar. Berwyn might be a little higher-class in the traditional sense, albeit less so than Oak Park and certainly River Forest (which have homes on generally larger lots with higher property values, more greenery, more quiet on the streets). Berwyn's definitely similar to Cicero, both having very large Hispanic majorities and lots of running small businesses; I would agree with another poster that Forest Park is more diverse.
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Old 02-22-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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Hmm maybe I am reading your posts wrong but I think River Forest is the highest "class" if you want to term it that way, then Oak Park, then Berwyn, with Cicero down a notch or two.
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Mission District, San Francisco
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Hmm maybe I am reading your posts wrong but I think River Forest is the highest "class" if you want to term it that way, then Oak Park, then Berwyn, with Cicero down a notch or two.
I know. In this metric, RF > Oak Park >>>>>> Berwyn ~= Forest Park > Cicero. (Of course, there are plenty of disadvantages to a high ranking here, like high rent prices and not much to do.)
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:25 AM
 
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If you live in River Forest its easy to go to one of the other communities for "fun" or whatever suits your fancy.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:29 AM
 
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I guess I would say that I like the residential blocks better in Berwyn, not just in terms of the physical housing and architecture, but also in terms of safety and livability.

But Forest Park wins for access to the CTA (if that is desired), and for the wonderful strip of businesses on Madison Street, which are shared by Oak Park and River Forest residents quite a bit. I think you are definitely more part of that Oak Park/River Forest orbit in Forest Park, even though the Forest Park schools are part of the terrible Proviso Township system. I think the schools are the primary thing dragging Forest Park down, not that Berwyn offers much of an improvement in that regard.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:32 AM
 
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Its actually a hop skip and a jump going to any of these suburbs for restaurants and entertainment. No more than a ten or 15 minute drive. There are some great restaurants/food places in Berwyn, Big Guys Sausage, Autre Monde, Vesecky's bakery, Czech Plaza, Frank Thomas' place, Home Run Pizza is opening, a Brew pub is opening, a bbq place is opening, La Notte, etc. Lots of places in Oak Park and along the strip in Forest Park too.
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