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Old 03-08-2020, 08:05 PM
 
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Here is my 2 cents. I would live in Marengo, buy home gym equipment, ( might be smart depending on how the corona virus comes out.).I would drive to the social events. You probably will save money on gas, and save time Commuting . Good luck, Welcome to the United States .
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Old 03-10-2020, 12:08 AM
 
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Based on my exposure to the Algonquin area, I think there is plenty to do for younger people. There are bars and breweries along the Fox River, especially downtown Dundee. Elgin supposedly also has nightlife, the riverboat Casino with some great buffets, and the western part of Elgin is supposed to be nicer homes. Randall Rd. has plenty of gym options, and also the community rec plex may be an option. You should be about a 15-20 min. drive to several nightlife options. Both the western part of Elgin and Algonquin are also reasonable distances to I-90 which makes getting to places like Schaumburg easier (which also has plenty to do), or right to downtown Chicago if you want to go there, yet still be decently close to Marengo. I have never been to Rockford, but I have never heard anything great about it as far as being a nice place to live. Maybe I'm hearing nonsense, but even a couple co-workers don't think much of it...yet they do keep on living there.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:41 PM
 
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I live close to where your job is (and probably know the employer) and know all the areas your looking at quite well and have lived in the area my whole life and am younger. What type of entertainment exactly are you looking for? Rockford is not great for younger people, marengo is a great town but again not a lively town for the single crowd. Downtown crystal lake is decent and has rail access and is about 25 minutes away. Elgin is ok and also has rail access and is 30-40 minutes depending. Even farther out but just down the highway you have Schaumburg which is more central to most of the suburbs.

Personally I'd let us know exactly what type of scene you are looking for and how important budget is and then go from there. Losing 5-8 hours a week in a car and considerably more in the winter might not be all that great. Fyi there are 2 gyms in marengo. Neither fancy but both serviceable. If you want a local tour of the area or have detailed questions PM me.

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Old 04-02-2020, 03:28 PM
 
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Here is my 2 cents. I would live in Marengo, buy home gym equipment, ( might be smart depending on how the corona virus comes out.).I would drive to the social events. You probably will save money on gas, and save time Commuting . Good luck, Welcome to the United States .
Hear, hear. I would also choose to live close to work and commute for recreation. This is because you are expected to go to work in the most inclement weather, so you want that commute to be the shortest / easiest. It's not like you're going to go golfing in a snowstorm anyway, you can always take a "rain check" on going out for dinner or something if traffic is bad - your boss won't be that flexible.
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:50 PM
 
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My family settled in Marengo in 1899, We ALL left in 1999 after selling the family farm. For those of you that live there the western half of Coral Woods was once part of our farm. The biggest reason we left was WAAY too much Chicago influence for our tastes. More and more people i know are leaving every year. I worked in Elk Grove and commuted from Marengo for a few years and honestly all the wasted time i had in a vehicle sucked. I also worked in Marengo for a few years as a project manager for that dump of a subdivision off of 176 and North Prospect. Don't buy a house in there. The owner at the time NEVER wanted to fo things the right way and he was the biggest reason i quit. I worked in Woodstock the last few years i was there.

As far as entertainment we RARELY went to Chicago or the burbs. Maybe 2-3 times a year and only because someone begged us to go. We had our truck broken into 2X in 10 years. Once in Chicago and once in Schaumburg. If we went anywhere we typically went to Woodstock, Crystal Lake, Belvidere or Rockford to shop. Ww went to the smaller towns for entertainment and recreation, Boating in Lake Geneva, Festivals in Sandwich, or Harvard Camping in Byron, Sightseeing in Galena Ect. I wouldn't move back to the area for a million dollars now. It's not what i remember growing up and i'm glad we left. It's been 20 years last November. Spent a few years in Florida when we left and many years in Western Montana. We finally settled in Northern Wisconsin and only have to deal with Chicago types on the weekends in the summer.

All that said it sounds like you are looking for the city life we loathed. I concur with a few others about living in Marengo and commuting for "entertainment" I'll also add that rents and housing prices are much cheaper and car insurance will be cheaper in Marengo compared to Chicago or the burbs. Taxes if you buy a home will be cheaper as well although still outrageous. It's also still safer than the city although not as safe as the places i have lived for the last 20 years where you can leave your car running at the quickmart and it will be their when you come back out and many have no idea where their house keys are.

I'm guessing your likely going to work for Uni-Carriers, (formerly Nissan Barrett where my wife worked) Arnold Engineering or Thompson Linear. I wish you the best with your move. Still a lot of good folks in Marengo..........
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