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Old 01-10-2021, 09:20 AM
 
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Hello! This website has been very helpful when looking where to move. I am looking to see if you had the choice to live in park ridge or elmhurst, which would you choose abs why. We are a young family with a 15 month old, looking for a great family atmosphere, but also close enough to downtown for work. Budget 750,000. Thank you!
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Old 01-11-2021, 08:10 AM
 
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Hello! This website has been very helpful when looking where to move. I am looking to see if you had the choice to live in park ridge or elmhurst, which would you choose abs why. We are a young family with a 15 month old, looking for a great family atmosphere, but also close enough to downtown for work. Budget 750,000. Thank you!
Listings are likely sparse at the moment, but I would imagine your budget can get you a similar home in either town.

Elmhurst has a smidge larger of a downtown than Park Ridge, IMO, Park Ridge probably has slightly more airplane noise, but Elmhurst isn't exactly far from the airport, either. Schools are probably not significantly different based on data. Park Ridge is geographically connected to Chicago and technically also has a Blue Line a couple blocks from the south end of town, whereas Elmhurst is separated from Chicago by several suburbs.

I would say, where do you live now, where is your social circle and/or family, and do you foresee that proximity to that social circle/family is important? Maybe that's a deciding factor.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:04 AM
 
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Well, I had the choice between the two and we chose Park Ridge.

However, I have family in the area. Park Ridge is a great little city to live in. My wife grew up here and we came back. It seems to be common among her friends too. Most of them say that they will eventually move back to raise their families. I love it here!

Elmhurst is pretty great too though! I just feel like it's a bit less walkable. I also found the Blue Line into PR very helpful for after work events when the metra trains are only running once every hour.
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:08 AM
 
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Thank you both! No family here so it isn’t a deciding factor. My husband works downtown so being able to walk to metra is the biggest factor!
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Old 01-12-2021, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thank you both! No family here so it isn’t a deciding factor. My husband works downtown so being able to walk to metra is the biggest factor!
If family isn't a factor then I think you should take into account the following:

1) Home prices and availability of homes within your budget.
I believe Elmhurst will likely be more expensive than park ridge, but Elmhurst lots tend to be larger than many of those in Park Ridge. Both have varying degrees of older and newer homes.

2) Airplane noise
Both have Airplane noise but Park Ridge will likely be noisier. Especially in some areas that are walkable to the train like in the uptown train station. If you want to avoid the noise, then move closer to the Dee stop in Park Ridge if you do choose PR.

3) Schools
Both are equivalent in schooling too. Just make sure you aren't ending up somewhere that the schools aren't good. In Park Ridge, there really aren't any bad schools. I'm not sure about Elmhurst though. You can check school report cards (how they perform) on the Illinois State Board of Education site here: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/PublicSch...ictLookup.aspx

4) Dining and Nightlife
One thing I love about PR is that it's super close to Chicago's Edison Park neighbordhood. I love Edison Park for their restaurants. PR Has some great ones too! Elmhursts downtown is probably similar but it feels more suburban whereas PR feels city.
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Old 01-18-2021, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Elmhurst and park ridge are both nice it matters what house you can get for the better price.Elmhurst and park ridge are better than suburbs around of them.
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