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Old 08-01-2008, 03:25 PM
 
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If you had to rent in the west or northwest Chicago suburbs and wanted to be someplace where there was lots to do and lots of single people in their 30s, where would you go? Ideally, you'd want to be able to go downtown pretty easily or to other suburbs and not spend an obscene amount of money on housing. Let's say you worked around Bloomingdale and you wanted something with 2 bed/2 bath and a garage for under $1600.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Naperville, IL
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I say check out Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Oswego, Downers Grove, Montgomery, Batavia and Woodridge. They all have easy access to Chicago and are great for people in their mid 20s - early 40s. Honestly I hardly ever see any "old" people in these areas. The downtown areas have a lot of places to attract people in their 30's and are pleasant. None of them really are overpriced except maybe the "New Money" areas in Naperville, Oswego and Bolingbrook. Warrenville is also a decent place to look into. I personally suggest Oswego since the population is lower there compared to the other areas (I hate crowded areas). Best of luck to you.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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What about Schaumburg? There are lots of apartments there, not too far from Bloomingdale and the expressway is right there. You can get downtown relatively easily. Lots of restaurants and things to do in the area and plenty of "young" people. Downers Grove would also be a great place to live with an easy train commute to downtown. Downers has a nice downtown area and some great vintage apartments on Curtiss Ave. Naperville would be fun if you can find a place that is walking distance to town otherwise the drive to Bloomingdale might be a real drag. the last place I'd suggest would be Lisle. There are some cool places near the train for rent and lots of condos for sale that people are looking to rent out. Great train access to the city and close to lots of restaurants, shops, etc.... Just some suggestions.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Naperville sounds EXACTLY what youre looking for.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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Naperville would definitely be a good choice, as would parts of Bolingbrook.
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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If you want NW burbs, I'd definitely recommend Schaumburg. I'm a 30 year old single myself who lives nearby and grew up in the area. Every time I go out with my friends, we always head to Schaumburg area.

I also think you should be able to find decent living for the price you mentioned.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:15 AM
 
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Naperville does seem nice and I like its downtown area. But I think it's a bit too far west and if I had to work in the city, the commute would be pretty long (over an hour once you add parking, walking, etc.). People have told me that Schaumburg is the happening place for young singles and Naperville is more geared towards families.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:10 AM
 
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Naperville does seem nice and I like its downtown area. But I think it's a bit too far west and if I had to work in the city, the commute would be pretty long (over an hour once you add parking, walking, etc.). People have told me that Schaumburg is the happening place for young singles and Naperville is more geared towards families.
If you live close enough to either one of Naperville's Metra stations, you can walk to the train station and simply take the train and avoid the traffic and parking fees.

Schaumburg's singles scene is decent, but I still think Naperville's is way above and beyond Schaumburg's.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago
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Default Go with Naperville

I used to live out in the Schaumburg area (Itasca and Arlington Heights) and there are certainly some venues, especially places to eat in Schaumburg but they are almost all centered around Woodfield Mall.

Naperville actually has a vibrant downtown. Naperville as Steve noted is actually much closer commute-wise if you take the train, like 30 mins, vs. the metra stop at the Schaumburg flier stadium which will take like 40mins.

Naperville is just a nicer version of Schaumburg.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:16 AM
 
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I don't know. I still have my doubts about Naperville. It just seems more geared towards families. Plus, it's a major drive from the airport.
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