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Old 01-08-2007, 11:23 PM
 
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my suggestion is to rent a loft in the west loop for about 6 months. its always best to move into the city when relocating, especially chicago... this way, you can experience all the city has to offer, arts, restaurants, and see if you like it... it would really suck to move to naperville, not like it for whatever reason, and relocate in a year, and never actually live in the city...

west loop is the easiest accessed city point, that is best for a family, imo.... old town is ok too, but more congested..... south loop is ok too, very artsy culture...

then, take the metra one day with your family out to naperville, and check it out... see if you do not mind the train commute...

you are in for a big change from scottsdale..... good luck...
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:29 PM
 
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I believe much of the "Loop" is zoned to Ogden School

http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/...school/il/1270

Which seems solid on many levels


But after 8th grade the Loop kids zoned to Ogden are zoned to Wells HS http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/...school/il/1425 - Which doesn't look as strong

See if Lincoln Park HS http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/...school/il/1421 is better... it looks good to me
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:44 PM
 
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How 'bout Lane Tech, how does it look? Is that a zone school or a magnet school?
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Old 01-08-2007, 11:48 PM
 
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How 'bout Lane Tech, how does it look? Is that a zone school or a magnet school?
Lane Tech is a magnet school

See http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/...school/il/1221 - The school looks great according to this profile

http://www.lanetech.org/studentadmissions.htm (broken link) describes the admissions process.
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Old 01-11-2007, 08:40 PM
 
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My husband moved from Scottsdale (born and raised) 16 years ago and the best advice he would give you is don't fight the weather. The first thing you should do is get the right cold weather gear and it won't seem bad at all!

With the amount of money you are willing to spend, I think you can open your search up to almost any area of Chicago. Don't overlook the north shore (Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest), you can certainly get a decent house for $750,000, just don't expect it to be a palace with a huge yard. People also like Glenview, Northbrook and Deerfield.

To the west, I'd look at LaGrange, Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, and Downers Grove as well. Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles farther out.

To the northwest, people like Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Libertyville.

I don't know much about the south suburbs, except that I know people who live in Palos Park and Homer Glen, and they like where they live.

It really depends upon what you are looking for in a suburb, small and quaint or bigger with more amenities.

You should take a look at Naperville and see what you think. People who live there love it. I personally don't understand the fascination. I think it's a good city with lots going for it, but you can find so much of what Naperville has to offer in a dozen or more cities across Chicagoland.

Chicago has lots of great suburbs, so if you choose to live in one of them over the City, you'll have much to choose from.

In the city, I'm really only familiar with the Lincoln Park/DePaul area, Rogers Park, Sauganash and Beverly. All are nice areas, Rogers Park being the most diverse and Lincoln Park being the most expensive. You could find a single family home for $750,000 there, but there aren't many. Beverly is on the southwest side and is very charming, but the schools aren't great. It's heavily catholic so most send their children to catholic schools. Sauganash area has good public schools.
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