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Old 01-20-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: California
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My family and I will be moving to the Chicago area this spring/summer. We would like to find a family-friendly suburb that meets the following criteria:

- A very safe, family-friendly neighborhood
- Excellent schools (especially pre-schools and elementary)
- A short commute to the financial district of Chicago (i.e., 30 minutes or less by public transportation)
- Parks and/or playgrounds nearby
- Good shopping opportunities nearby
- 3-4 bedroom home (rental) with a yard for $3,000/month or less (we'd initially like to rent, then hopefully buy a home later)

If any of you can provide some recommendations, I would be very grateful! Thank you very much!
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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des plaines, morton grove, skokie, evanston, oak park, oak lawn, forest park, evergreen park, brookfield.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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des plaines, morton grove, skokie, evanston, oak park, oak lawn, forest park, evergreen park, brookfield.
I don't think that commuting time would work for all of those. Look for suburbs on a train line: Metra Home.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Wilmette and Glenview are about as far north as you can go in terms of north suburbs and stay around 30 mins on an express train. Even the express trains stop quite a bit on the northern lines.

I'm not as familiar with the west suburbs, but the express BNSF trains looks a lot better. In other words, you can live farther out and still keep around a 30 min commute. I know Naperville is very popular, but parking for the train is very difficult, and the waitlist for a parking spot is ridiculously long. It'd probably be best to live walking distance to a train in that case.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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In addition to those listed: Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Prospect Heights, Mount Prospect, La Grange..
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Gurnee IL.
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Glenview would fit your needs.....
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:31 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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Naperville
Only by express train.
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
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My family and I will be moving to the Chicago area this spring/summer. We would like to find a family-friendly suburb that meets the following criteria:

- A very safe, family-friendly neighborhood
- Excellent schools (especially pre-schools and elementary)
- A short commute to the financial district of Chicago (i.e., 30 minutes or less by public transportation)
- Parks and/or playgrounds nearby
- Good shopping opportunities nearby
- 3-4 bedroom home (rental) with a yard for $3,000/month or less (we'd initially like to rent, then hopefully buy a home later)

If any of you can provide some recommendations, I would be very grateful! Thank you very much!
Homewood
Flossmoor
Tinley Park
Orland Park
Palos Hills
Palos Heights
Burbank (good private schools)
Crestwood
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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Elmhurst is an excellent suggestion, as is LaGrange. I would also add Downers Grove,Arlington Hts and Glen Ellyn. Also, if you can find something on the North Shore (suburbs along Lake Michigan) in your price range (Wilmette,Glenview etc) These are all very desirable suburbs of Chicago with lovely n'hoods,no crime, good schools and excellent parks(and shopping)
Good luck to you with your move.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Western Springs, IL
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Default Western Springs

Sounds like you're describing Western Springs...
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