Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best suburb of Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best suburb of Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

What is the best suburb of Chicago?

“Any suburb that is built more like an urban plan where both residential and commercial are connected where vehicle usage is minimized..and where you can bike or walk to destinations. Oak park from what I hear has this layout down pat. Places like Naperville/Aurora/Elgin do not sadly (some parts are..but not the majority of the suburbs),” — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“I think it’s not so much a question of ‘best’ as ‘best for what?’ Evanston is the best for getting City amenities with a college town feel, Oak Park is best for getting food, Barrington is probably best for having both country amenities and City amenities, and so on,” — Lea Grover, Becoming SuperMommy

“I’ve lived in Lockport for 10 years and it’s pretty nice. Reminds me of my old south side neighborhood (west Pullman), from when I was a child. It’s quiet, good schools, diverse and good places to eat,” — Charles W Johnson, The Vociferous Envoy

“I have lived in Lake Barrington since 2001, and love it. Although I raised my 3 daughters as a single mother and were in a 2BR apartment here for 11 years, they received a great education and made some good friends. I know I could have rented a bigger place for less money somewhere else but the benefits outweighed the sacrifices to live here,” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Oak Park. Hemingway! Tarzan! Frank Lloyd Wright houses by the dozens! Since I grew up there it has turned into something of an arts colony. Plus, it has great restaurants. During my youth it was a dry village so you had to go into Chicago, Elmwood Park, Forest Park or Berwyn for a decent eatery with cocktails and a glass of wine. Now folks come in from those places to eat in OP. It also has an infamous Outfit tradition which adds some local color. I used to deliver Sam Battaglia’s newspapers. He tipped with silver dollars. And Oak Park has wonderful parks. I lived across the street from one and ran around its paths and fields and climbed its trees all day long, including playing touch football with Battaglia’s son Richie. Good schools, too. I worked on the same publication at Oak Park High as Ernest Hemingway, 50 years later!” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“Batavia! You can bike everywhere, people are friendly, schools are good, there’s a lot of nature and there’s a lot of art and music around here, also in the schools. Oh, and the best thing: kids actually play outside,” — Annemarie Verweij, Dutch Alien Lands in the U.S.

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