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Old 12-05-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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Hello all,

Looking for some help here. We are moving to Chicago very soon and looking for recommendations on good neighbourhood and schools. My husband is starting a new job in Maywood, IL and we are looking for good safe neighbourhoods within 20-30 mins driving distance to Maywood, IL. Also I have a baby (8 months) and just thinking about her schooling in the future, can you please recommend areas with good private schools.

Appreciate your help
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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What is your budget?

Why private over public?

What type of private school? Non religious, parochial, Montessori?

This will help us help you. Every suburb has a variety of housing options. Some suburbs have great public schools and are far from private schools. Others do not have good schools.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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Another factor is private schooling. A major reason why people choose living in the burbs over chicago is for better public schooling. If you are going to go with private schooling then there are areas in the city itself that can suit your needs.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:55 AM
 
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Default Maywood itself is one of the less desirable towns in the region...

...over the years crime and undesirable folks have really worn on Maywood. There are a handful of really attractive homes in Maywood, but as long as you are asking about schools and have a child it probably makes more sense to consider adjacent towns with less negatives.

Without knowing your budget it might be hard to recommend a town. Close to Maywood towns like Brookfield have some nice homes from about $200k. That would get an older home with 3+ bedrooms that may have been fixed up a bit. Brookfield is served by several different school districts and the more desirable sections tend to be more expensive. Adjacent to Brookfield is Riverside, an area with moor upscale homes that start about $100k higher. To the west of Brookfield is LaGrange, it has similar starter pricing to Riverside.

Northeast of Maywood is Oak Park which tends to have lots of fans here on the forums. I think it is not as good a value, but some people like it's more politically activist bent.

Working in Maywood there is no good reason to live in Chicago itself. You'd face a much more challenging situation to get your child into a good school and commute to work wouod be longer.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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Thank you Chet, Chirack and Chitown for your reply. I was told public schools in Chicago are not the greatest. I dont think budget is to much of a concern for private schooling. I would prefer a non religiious school, however, if there is a better school in the neighbourhood which is religious that is fine as well. Can someone please tell me the best schools close to Maywood. I guess that could be our starting point to find a good neighbourhood.
Thank you once again
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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What is your housing budget? $2 million or $200k? Or somewhere in between? It makes a huge difference in what neighborhoods you'll be looking at.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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I guess more closer to 500K. Thank you for your help
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Marshall Square, Chicago
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Magnate schools are a good choice. Decatur is an amazing school, Pritzker is also good. They send buses pretty far too. I don't know about magnate schools in other parts of the city but you should ask around.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Land of Ill Noise
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Do you really need to live in Maywood? Excluding Bellwood, Stone Park(dunno why, but the very few times I've ever driven through it, I just don't have a good opinion of it), and most areas of Cicero and Broadview, almost all of the surrounding communities to the north and east are better. Even Melrose Park(as hit or miss as I find it to be, and just to the north of Maywood) is better. I won't deny that because of the fact Maywood has been struggling, it has a lot of charming housing stock in certain parts that I hope are renovated before it's too late.

I would recommend any of the communities that surround Oak Park, since OP can sometimes be very expensive(and River Forest being very close behind). Don't forget to look in Elmwood Park, River Forest, Forest Park, and Berwyn as well(my fav of these four easily being Berwyn, due to its stock of historic charming bungalows, and the fact that housing values are trending upward there). Whenever BRU67 sees this thread, he can give you some good recommendations on the near west suburbs. Hopefully, he'll sees this thread and does a reply.
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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I don't believe the OP expressed any particular desire to live in Maywood, only to live within 20-30 minutes from the job in Maywood.
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