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Old 06-26-2009, 10:12 AM
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Chicago is a city of neighborhods, and I believe the same could be said for the burbs.
Chicagoland is massive in size and in my opinion is broken down into categories of communities being in their own worlds.
1. North Shore(Wilmette, Lake Forest, etc.)
2. NorthWest(Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Shaumburg, etc.)
3. Border burbs(Lincolnwood, Park Ridge, etc)
4. City, but not city(Evanston, Oak Park)
5. Western Burbs(Elmhurst to Wheaton)
6. Fox River Valley(Geneva, St. Charles, etc.)
7 Southwestern burbs(New Lenox, Joliet,etc.)
8. South Suburbs(Harvey, South Holland, etc.)
9. Near South suburbs(Oak Lawn, Palos Hills, etc.)
10 Satellite cities(Aurora, Elgin, Waukegan, Joliet)

I am sure I am missing some, but I really believe these regions act as their own towns. I.E. people in St. Charles are going to do most of their activties in Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, wherea people in Lake Forest will stick around the north shore. There are obvious trips to Oak Brook or Schaumburg for the malls, but I really believe for the most part people stay in their areas.

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:36 AM
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There are regional groups that have data on this. The do it for road building and then have lunches and symposium. You'd be surprised how much travel there is from extreme corners of the region -- people have family in one area but can afford a home in another, their job gets switched, they marry someone that loves a certain region, etc.

DEFUNCT AGENCY: the former Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
whoops -- they've changed their name, try this: CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
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