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Old 10-24-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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Moving here in the next 60 days for work, we have a 4 yr old daughter, looking for help with the following: somewhat easy public transit commute downtown; good schools; new single family home community/sub-division housing options in the $325-350k range. Of course, safety is a priority as well.

Have seen a lot about Naperville, but not sure if that is too "far" away for us or not. The public transit commute is going to be new for me and my spouse, so appreciate any advice, or real-world feedback to help us as we begin our search. Have done a LOT of Google researching, but as you can imagine, there is a LOT out there to sort thru.

Open to pretty much all options - was lookign at North and West commutes, but no preference really.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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If you are looking in the burbs, you are probably best off in the suburbs forum. I don't think you'll find anywhere closer to the city than Naperville with new subdivisions going up. Chicago and the surrounding area is pretty built up.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Uptown
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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Moving here in the next 60 days for work, we have a 4 yr old daughter, looking for help with the following: somewhat easy public transit commute downtown; good schools; new single family home community/sub-division housing options in the $325-350k range. Of course, safety is a priority as well.

Have seen a lot about Naperville, but not sure if that is too "far" away for us or not. The public transit commute is going to be new for me and my spouse, so appreciate any advice, or real-world feedback to help us as we begin our search. Have done a LOT of Google researching, but as you can imagine, there is a LOT out there to sort thru.

Open to pretty much all options - was lookign at North and West commutes, but no preference really.
If we had a more active moderator, this would be moved to the suburbs forum. Naperville is really very far away, but there are 36 minute express trains (Metra) in to Union Station during rush periods. Keep in mind that Union Station isn't particularly close to the Tribune Tower.

All of the North Suburban or West Suburban Metra commuter trains go in to the Ogilvie Transportation Center or Union Station. Ogilvie is a bit north of Union, but both are a bit of a hike to the Tribune. To minimize a Metra commute, you'll want to live very close to the train station (which is always expensive), or live near a station with availableparking. The monthly parking permits in Naperville and other nicer suburbs have notoriously long waiting lists (like 7+ years), and this further impacts the price of real estate that is walkable to the train stations. People get around this by parking very early in the morning at the metered spots.

The pros of the train commute are that the timing is predictable (traffic conditions don't matter), it's more affordable than driving and parking downtown, and you have the time to yourself to do whatever you want on the train instead of driving a car. The down sides are that you are beholden to the train schedule, and have to make up the distances between the stations and your home/office by walking, driving, or other public transit.

Suburbs like Oak Park, Evanston, and Wilmette have CTA train service to the Loop, and this is another possible option for you (Skokie has the "Skokie Swift" yellow line, but I don't recommend it). Or there are also city neighborhoods (Chicago proper) that are kid-friendly with good neighborhood CPS schools that can get you through 8th Grade (most of the good high school options are "selective enrollment" which require your child to test in). Also, the private school options in Chicago go far beyond the typical Catholic education that you find in most cities.
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