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Old 04-18-2007, 08:05 PM
 
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Both places are very nice and have great homes for sale. Both are known for being upscale. Oak Park is right next to Chicago and it can be accesed using the cta or Metra. Oark Park has high taxes I hear. Oak Park has lots more happening compared to riverside, but riverside is still nice. Both have good schools. I would consider Oak Park. Good Luck!
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Old 04-20-2007, 04:07 PM
 
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Grew up in OP, while one set of grandparents lived in Riverside. I live in Riverside now and still frequently visit OP. Know both towns very well for over 40 years. 2 children in Riverside schools (Dist 96). I commuted most of last 14 years to downtown Chicago - walk to train. No car on a snowy day is heaven.

Both are terrific towns with good schools. Crime (including unsolved violent crime against an immediate family member) and high real estate taxes point away from Oak Park. Neighbor of mine is in law enforcement and moved from OP to Riverside for better schools and lower crime. Schools debatable, crime not.

Riverside lacks a vibrant downtown, despite the diligent efforts of many great and interesting business owners. Brookfield Zoo is realistically walking distance from downtown Riverside (3/4 mile and walking distance from some of the rest of Riverside). My kids have been there regularly since they were babies; less frequently now, but average of about once per month. With an inexpensive family membership and free parking for members, we sometimes go there just to eat lunch and stroll.

Agree with the post about LaGrange. Consider Western Springs and Clarendon Hills also, moving west on the BNSF Metra line. If closer is better than farther. Consider South Berwyn - within walking distance of Berwyn Metra stop at Oak Park Avenue and Grove Avenue. Roughly 3300 S. Oak Park Avenue. It is right in the same immediate area as Oak Park and Riverside with a small business district (much larger than Riverside's downtown) great transit to Downtown Chicago, decent schools and less expensive housing, a small YMCA and a good sized park (Proksa) within walking distance - worth a look.
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:05 PM
 
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Homes in both Riverside and Oak Park are fairly expensive. After many years of slow growth relative to the East and West coasts, housing prices went through the roof throughout the Chicago area (probably even in Homewood -- lol) a few years ago. They seem to be stabilizing now, though.

I don't know what the property tax rates are where you live now, but they can vary widely in IL, based on the county, home price, local schools, etc. I believe the chicagotribune.com and realtor.com sites have links to school report cards. They don't tell the whole story, but they should be helpful. Good luck with your move.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Evanston
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Newsweek ranked Riverside-Brookfield High School as 2nd best in Illinois. That should do it!
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