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Old 06-26-2012, 01:54 PM
Location: North Liberty, IA
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Not sure if you've made the decision yet.

I go to St Charles annually, nice place. You'll find some of the same charm here. Add to that the hip and liberal culture of a big University Town, a highly educated populace, and the friendliness of the the rural midwest and you have Iowa City.

For your Husband, there are 4 Catholic Churches in town, and and Excellent school, Regina Catholic Education Center. If you lean at all towards Catholic education, you;; find tuition very reasonable here. Otherwise, the public schools but in Iowa City and the surrounding communities are great.

One poster brought concerns about Trader Joes and Costco, well, for what it's worth there is a Costco opening tomorrow. Trader Joes, I know they're still working on. There is an Excellent food coop to serve the natural foods need.

Another poster brought up internet. If you move to an area served by South Slope Telephone Cooperative, they have an expanding fiber optic network, I love my fiber from them!

So, if you're still considering Iowa City, post up some more questions and we'll see what you can answer for you.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:27 AM
Location: Chicago
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of course, one could take a very, exceedingly common route:

go to a high school in suburban Chicago and go on to college at the University of Iowa.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:44 AM
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I moved here four years ago from the East coast and didn't really feel one way or the other about Iowa City. Now we are moving again and I am so sad to leave it behind. It doesn't have all of the amenities of Chicago obviously, but there are tons of cute boutique stores on the ped mall and many interesting restaurants to go to. The areas and homes around Coralville Lake and Dam are gorgeous. There is also a new development called the Peninsula neighborhood that is beautiful; probably pretty pricey though.

When I researched schools for my family four years ago, Lincoln Elementary consistently came up as being the #1 elementary in the area. I have also known a lot of people who sent their kids to Regina Catholic School and were pretty happy with the decision. Other decent schools are in the area are Weber, Wickham, and Horn. This is based off of my research of four years ago; they just redistricted for the coming year so it is hard to say where all of the schools are going. Borlaug is a brand new school that is opening for the 2012-13 year, so if your kids went there they would probably fit in right away since everyone there will be thrown together for the first time. I personally wouldn't recommend that school, though (just based off the fact that it has no known track record yet and a few other factors).
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:31 PM
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This might be a little late but I'm from Saint Charles myself and just moved to Grinnell, about an hour west of Iowa City. Iowa City is more or less like Dekalb/Sycamore- College town, rural, enough choices in terms of food/shopping. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:12 PM
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
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Have you looks into DeKalb, IL?? It's cheaper than living in places like Elgin or Aurora but is just a few miles away from the Western Suburbs..
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