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Old 02-05-2021, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Yeah... the selection at Mariano’s is really good. I’m back in Chicago/Indiana 3-4 times a year (Flying there tomorrow just in time for the polar vortex!) and I honestly haven’t paid much attention to prices like I do at home probably because I’m in travel mode, so I’ll take your word for it. One thing I noticed the last time I was back was that Strack’s has really upped their game with organic/healthy/plant-based products.
Back just in time - enjoy!! The price difference could also just be the difference between Indiana vs. Illinois. I haven't been to a Mariano's recently due to current events. Yes, Strack's has really improved since we first began shopping there. I've been really happy with their products lately. However, I wouldn't mind a Trader Joe's being built nearby!
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Old 02-06-2021, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Evanston and Lake Forest, Illinois
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Thanks for responding to my grocery store question. I'll have to check a Strack's the next time I'm over that way.
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Old 02-06-2021, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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Yeah... I agree. But Trader Joe’s doesn’t deserve NWI. NWI deserves Trader Joe’s. I’m not aware of any other area in the country that has a Whole Foods but not a Trader Joe’s.

If Wichita, Kansas can get a TJ’s, NWI certainly can.

Part of me wonders if it’s because NWI is already saturated with grocery stores. But I also think their cachet is strong enough that it wouldn’t be an issue at all.
Up until this year the South Bend/Mishawaka region has had a Whole Foods for almost 10 years, and a Fresh Thyme for 4 years, but this fall South Bend will finally get a Trader Joe's.
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Old 02-13-2021, 06:53 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Nothing like going off topic and talking about grocery stores on and on!

Also, there's that much traffic IMO anywhere in NWI asides from the Borman Expressway.
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Chesterton, IN
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Hi Everyone!

My wife and I are looking at a potential move to Indiana and are looking at NWI or the north suburbs of Indianapolis such as Carmel, Zionsville, etc. We currently live in the north side of Chicago so we’re coming from a very affluent area with strong schools, a strong sense of community with tons of families along with lots of great restaurants, shopping and culture. We’re not completely sold on moving but wanted to explore what’s out there in Indiana. I’ve been reading up on the forums trying to see which communities would be the best fit and I haven’t been able to determine if NWI has a community that would fit the bill.

Is there anyone on the forum who has moved from the north side of Chicago and found a good fit in NWI? From reading the Indianapolis forum it seems like Carmel and Zionsville could be a good fit so looking to see if there is a town that’s similar in NWI.

Thanks in advance!
I lived in Lakeview as well and several suburbs of Chicago. Several years ago we made the leap to Chesterton, IN for personal reasons. With the doubletrack underway commuting via train it will be easier to the loop with times on par with midway points on many Metra lines. The dunes are an absolutely awesome outdoor activity especially during the non-summer months when many people aren't there and I can be there in under 5 minutes without issue not to mention escape into SW Michigan. It takes me 45 minutes to get to the loop and I can make it to Ohare in 1hr without traffic (which is admittedly rare) by auto - add 15-30 minutes w/normal traffic and longer for rush hour. What do I miss about Illinois? Food for starters - our food options are not very good here in Chesterton (you have drive 15+ minutes for some better options) - believe it or not this is the most glaring issue for me. Big box stores are also more of an inconvenience depending on where you live but I realized that day to day driving is so much easier (fewer lights, fewer cars, etc.). Cost of living is substantially cheaper than Illinois (groceries not taxed for example, property tax) but the refinement of the community as a whole isn't as polished as say an affluent Chicago suburb (Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, etc.) if that matters to you. A major positive factor for me though is what I will refer to as 'escapism' - we are free to leave and go other places w/o concern for rush hour - we aren't trapped by everyone else leaving some place at the same time which is really nice especially since we tended to travel out of the Chicagoland area often. I am not that familiar with Indy but having driven through there quite I bit I can tell you Carmel, etc. feel very much like affluent Chicago suburbs with traffic issues but also with nice amenities and great schools to go along with that. Chesterton schools are good if you have or plan on having Children and the athletics programs are very good as well. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-23-2021, 05:00 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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I lived in Lakeview as well and several suburbs of Chicago. Several years ago we made the leap to Chesterton, IN for personal reasons. With the doubletrack underway commuting via train it will be easier to the loop with times on par with midway points on many Metra lines. The dunes are an absolutely awesome outdoor activity especially during the non-summer months when many people aren't there and I can be there in under 5 minutes without issue not to mention escape into SW Michigan. It takes me 45 minutes to get to the loop and I can make it to Ohare in 1hr without traffic (which is admittedly rare) by auto - add 15-30 minutes w/normal traffic and longer for rush hour. What do I miss about Illinois? Food for starters - our food options are not very good here in Chesterton (you have drive 15+ minutes for some better options) - believe it or not this is the most glaring issue for me. Big box stores are also more of an inconvenience depending on where you live but I realized that day to day driving is so much easier (fewer lights, fewer cars, etc.). Cost of living is substantially cheaper than Illinois (groceries not taxed for example, property tax) but the refinement of the community as a whole isn't as polished as say an affluent Chicago suburb (Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, etc.) if that matters to you. A major positive factor for me though is what I will refer to as 'escapism' - we are free to leave and go other places w/o concern for rush hour - we aren't trapped by everyone else leaving some place at the same time which is really nice especially since we tended to travel out of the Chicagoland area often. I am not that familiar with Indy but having driven through there quite I bit I can tell you Carmel, etc. feel very much like affluent Chicago suburbs with traffic issues but also with nice amenities and great schools to go along with that. Chesterton schools are good if you have or plan on having Children and the athletics programs are very good as well. Hope this helps.
While I understand and mostly agree with what you're saying, but how important are more amenities once one has a sufficient amount and an image of a polished town?

In other words, how many big box stores, restaurants etc and how much more curb appeal does one need in order to not be ripped off by high taxes high cost of living and infamous corruption of IL politicians? This would partially hold true for NWI vs Indy.

Also, while some things sound appealing when they are closer to us how much of it do we actually enjoy? I currently live in the Las Vegas area but I and most locals don't go down on the casino strip much often anymore once one has been here for just a few years.

After a certain point , it all seems overkill.
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