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Old 08-29-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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My wife and I currently live in Chicago with our infant son, and while we do have a very large space, we know that we want him to grow up with the suburban/outdoor lifestyle that we grew up with in the far southern suburbs of Chicago. However, with my parents recently moving to southwest Michigan, it has opened up the option to look at potential towns in NW Indiana as a new home for my family.

We've only briefly explored the area and so I'm looking for your input. We enjoy the mini-downtown bustle of an Evanston, Naperville or Glen Ellyn. Is there anything similar in the NW Indiana area? We also enjoy hiking, walks with our dogs, and the option to be close to the water as well.

Some of the details: My wife and I both work in the Loop. Both of us work from home one-day a week which cuts down on the total commute time per week. We'd be looking for a 3-bedroom house in the $300K+ range.

I turn to you City-Data community - what would be the towns we should explore that might have us consider moving across the state line?
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:41 PM
 
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My wife and I currently live in Chicago with our infant son, and while we do have a very large space, we know that we want him to grow up with the suburban/outdoor lifestyle that we grew up with in the far southern suburbs of Chicago. However, with my parents recently moving to southwest Michigan, it has opened up the option to look at potential towns in NW Indiana as a new home for my family.

We've only briefly explored the area and so I'm looking for your input. We enjoy the mini-downtown bustle of an Evanston, Naperville or Glen Ellyn. Is there anything similar in the NW Indiana area? We also enjoy hiking, walks with our dogs, and the option to be close to the water as well.

Some of the details: My wife and I both work in the Loop. Both of us work from home one-day a week which cuts down on the total commute time per week. We'd be looking for a 3-bedroom house in the $300K+ range.

I turn to you City-Data community - what would be the towns we should explore that might have us consider moving across the state line?
I would look in the Chesterton area.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:54 PM
 
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Check out Whiting.
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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Chesterton sounds perfect. It's a bit far flung but easy access to the 80/94 and toll road. Dunes are right there, SW Michigan is right up the road.
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Old 08-31-2017, 09:45 PM
 
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My wife and I currently live in Chicago with our infant son, and while we do have a very large space, we know that we want him to grow up with the suburban/outdoor lifestyle that we grew up with in the far southern suburbs of Chicago. However, with my parents recently moving to southwest Michigan, it has opened up the option to look at potential towns in NW Indiana as a new home for my family.

We've only briefly explored the area and so I'm looking for your input. We enjoy the mini-downtown bustle of an Evanston, Naperville or Glen Ellyn. Is there anything similar in the NW Indiana area? We also enjoy hiking, walks with our dogs, and the option to be close to the water as well.

Some of the details: My wife and I both work in the Loop. Both of us work from home one-day a week which cuts down on the total commute time per week. We'd be looking for a 3-bedroom house in the $300K+ range.

I turn to you City-Data community - what would be the towns we should explore that might have us consider moving across the state line?
There is nothing like "Naper-Vegas" in Northwest Indiana. Your price range gives you many options depending upon what you are looking for.

Whiting might be a good fit if you are OK with more of an edgy neighborhood. The downtown isn't huge but it is historic and you could live nearby and walk for coffee, dinner, etc. I don't live in Whiting but I like to go to the Pierogi Fest and this year we parked in a residential area along Sheridan which was super cute and reminded me of the city.

Crown Point is another destination for those who want to live close to a downtown type area. It is historic and charming. Not big and flash like Naperville though.

While I, like you, enjoy the walkable downtown areas my family ended up in Munster primarily b/c of the schools and distance to the Loop. So we find ourselves heading out to these various areas during the summer to enjoy the fests or grab dinner and stroll around. Griffith also has a little downtown strip that they have been improving but I don't hear good things about the schools there and your price point is really above that of what I would suggest spending there. Regardless, I like the town and plan on going to the Rock and Rail fest they will have this weekend!

Good luck!
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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As mentioned, nothing comparable to Naperville, etc. in NWI. Your best bet would be Munster since you work in the loop. Everything else would be well over an hour commute.
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