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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-17-2004, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Can Chicago be ANY bigger?!!

Wow, I took a trip into the windy city to look at locations and do some job interviewing. I had the pleasant experience of coming down from Milwaukee on Friday during the rain into downtown for an interview while driving my full sized bike hauler (Van).

EEGAD!!

Okay, so I am in for some adjustment. That I can deal with.

I hit Grayslake, Mundelein, Prospect Heights, Mount Prospect, Glen Ellyn, Barrington, Downer's Grove, Naperville, and probably more that I cannot remember at the moment. That was a LOT of driving to see about 20 properties.

I had some questions for you folks familiar with the city..

It appears, and no offense to anyone I hope, that Wheaton is a bible town. Would that be accurate? Could a somewhat rebellious drag racer find any like minds here or would it be a modern day version of "Foot Loose"?

How about Barrington, I LOVE the older homes (not the prices..) but it too looks like it may be a very conservative area. Am I wrong here? The whole town was immaculate and I just don't want to end up surrounded by snobs.

How does Naperville or Downers Grove rate? Would I find some down to earth professionals there who like to cut loose once in awhile?

The reason I am searching closer is due to the possibility that I may go back into consulting. If so, I will need to work north, downtown, and potentially west as well so I would like to deal with that whole commute issue up front and minimize it as much as possible.

Thanks for any feedback.. and again, I am not anti-religion, I just usually don't blend so well with people who are religion-focused.

Thanks for your input!
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I don't think you'll have any problems with the religeous folk in any of the burbs. You are right about Barrington, except its a little worse.....they're canadian snobs(j/k rick).

I like the DG area a lot more than naperville but I generally don't like the more "suburban" suburbs(if that makes any sense). I live in Schaumburg which I like a lot. It has a lot of what the city has so you don't have to go downtown just because you want to get out.

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I lived in Downers, its an awesome place to live and the property valuse are only going up. Buying there is a great investment. Also drive time wise its just about perfect to get anywhere.




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Re: Can Chicago be ANY bigger?!!

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It appears, and no offense to anyone I hope, that Wheaton is a bible town. Would that be accurate? Could a somewhat rebellious drag racer find any like minds here or would it be a modern day version of "Foot Loose"?
That's pretty accurate. It's a mostly dry town and definately pretty conservative, moreso than many of the western burbs, and that's saying something.

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Re: Can Chicago be ANY bigger?!!

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It appears, and no offense to anyone I hope, that Wheaton is a bible town. Would that be accurate? Could a somewhat rebellious drag racer find any like minds here or would it be a modern day version of "Foot Loose"?




Wheaton is a bible town...dry as well. On the flip side it is a very pleasent community. I live next by and have no problems with riding my bikes or being accepted. Then again, I dont care what people in that town would think anyway....

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If you are looking to have the flexibility of going N/S/W I would sugest Schaumburg/Palatine/Elk Grove Village. There is shopping/attractions/restaurants abound and easy to get to expressways to get you downtown, N or W.
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There are a few of us on the board who live in Barrington, and the folks who live in town are regular folks. You have to get out into places like Barrington Hills to go where the real money is. If you look around, there are quite a few nice homes for sale in the village that are reasonable. Good luck...

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There are a few of us on the board who live in Barrington, and the folks who live in town are regular folks. You have to get out into places like Barrington Hills to go where the real money is. If you look around, there are quite a few nice homes for sale in the village that are reasonable. Good luck...
Barrington rules Because I have a neighbour who rides Barrington Hills has some nice roads too, just watch out for the freaking deer. I would stay out of Barrington, Lake County....taxes too high, Cook County reasonable, and the neighbourhood Ron and I live in some nice homes, that need a little work, and I bet you'll double your value in 3 to 5 years.

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ya barrington rocks, thats where the guy who puts v8 engines in fiero has his bus
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well I grew up in borington....er...barrington....and we moved here when I was about 13 or 14. People are all very nice, and for the most part they are every bit as nice as those who don't have wads of cash laying around. The town is immaculate but I never thought it hindered my family and I from doing anything or being who we are. Nearly any bit of land in Barrington that you get is gorgeous, and my favorite areas are: Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Fox Point, and downtown Barrington. South Barrington is blech-- no character (the homes OR the people).

Only problems I ever had were (1) we lived so far north in barrington that, back in the day, everything was so damn far away. With the growth in the crystal lake and deer park areas, this is less of a problem. But still, I rarely, if ever, DO anything IN Barrington. There's nothing in the town limits worth doing.

(2) Going to high school at BHS sucked. Please please don't ever make your children go there. Everyone I meet in life looks at me sideways when they found out I went there. In HS I had a used Saab 9000 and it was the most worthless car in the parking lot. I had a 4.5 out of 4.0 GPA and I still only graduated about 20th in my class. It was totally un-diverse and taught me nothing about how to be a well-rounded adult. I constantly have to convince people that I CAN identify with them, in spite of the fact that I am from Barrington-- the facts that I was born in NY and left Barrington asap usually follows, and only then do people lay off.
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Wow, thanks a lot for the info so far.

I have seen a couple of houses in Barrington that were very nice and not so huge. The taxes in the village were in the same range as DG and most of DuPage county. I don't know why people think they are so outrageous.

As far as Wheaton goes, well.. I think I have to just scratch that one off the list entirely. Dry city?!

The whole Schaumberg, Palatine idea is great except there just don't seem to be any older homes there. I will say that I thought that Barrington was a beautiful little town. It felt like it wasn't part of a big city, and that would be a nice feeling after a long day in corporate life.

DG will stay on the list, of course, but I think so will Barrington for now.
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I live in Naperville and I like it a lot. Just recently it was voted "best place to raise your children." Its got a great downtown area with a nice riverwalk. Its a bit pricey and kinda far from the Loop, but I think the commute is worth it.

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As far as Wheaton goes, well.. I think I have to just scratch that one off the list entirely. Dry city?!

they have one bar, The Gables. its a total dump! So of course i've been there many a time. Wheaton is a bit of a bible thumping town, but it is quite nice there. Still, for your money there are other town I'd choose to live in.

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It appears, and no offense to anyone I hope, that Wheaton is a bible town. Would that be accurate? Could a somewhat rebellious drag racer find any like minds here or would it be a modern day version of "Foot Loose"?

Here's a quote from a statement concerning behavior, or more specifically "membership in the academic community of Wheaton College".

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The College requires members of its community to abstain from gambling, the illegal use of drugs, most forms of social dancing, and the use of tobacco and alcoholic beverages.
Footloose was spot on

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I used to live in Elmhurst. It has what you are looking for. Old homes and new homes, close to downtown and easy to get to south, west and north, itís close to all the major highways I-88, I-290, I-355, I-294, I-90 and I-55...
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How about Elmhurst. According to Chicago magazine last year, it's the #1 community in IL. It's not cheap, but no worse than Barrington.

It's centrally located with all major expressways close by, so is the airport. We have a train station in town, schools are great if you have kids, and everybody is freindly.

Wheaton's water SUCKS. They say it's Lake Michigan water, but it doesn't taste like it.

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ya barrington rocks, thats where the guy who puts v8 engines in fiero has his bus
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Dean,

Call me next time you're in town, and Tim and I will show you around.

Did you make it to Geneva?

If you want city access, you should check out Elburn. We're getting a new Metra this spring, and Prop values are going to skyrocket because if it.

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Jerry you can count on it next time around!

This time around was a blend of family visits, job interviews, and neighborhood scouting. I didn't really have time to be duct taped and tied up in your trunk for 6 hours. You know..work before pleasure.

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Here we go..

I thought I saw some gay potential in this thread, but I held back. ....

Then you had to go mention being tied up.

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I grew up in Mt. Prospect and have nothing but fond memories. It's got a nice location with quick access to I-90 and Rt. 53. A good mix of old and young people. Also has a lot of older ranch homes that can be had at a reasonable price.
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I'm orginally from wheaton, and played with stock cars, karts, and bikes, and never had any foot loose experiencses there.

Its hard core suburban, you'll be fine.
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(2) Going to high school at BHS sucked. Please please don't ever make your children go there. Everyone I meet in life looks at me sideways when they found out I went there. In HS I had a used Saab 9000 and it was the most worthless car in the parking lot. I had a 4.5 out of 4.0 GPA and I still only graduated about 20th in my class. It was totally un-diverse and taught me nothing about how to be a well-rounded adult. I constantly have to convince people that I CAN identify with them, in spite of the fact that I am from Barrington-- the facts that I was born in NY and left Barrington asap usually follows, and only then do people lay off.
So true....My father taught there for 30+ years, but he was smart and my brother and I grew up in Cary and went to CGHS. Although that was 10 years back, and it appears that Cary has turned into a Barrington-lite, as evident by the rediclous amount of money in the student parking lot. Very similar to BHS, lots of spoiled kids.

I worked in the tech department at BHS after I graduated from CGHS for a few years as well, and I made a few friends among the regualr kids there; the rich brats were a PITA though....

Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, and Algonquin are EXPLODING the past 5 years. It's like a mini-Schaumburg on Randall Road out here now....
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So true....My father taught there for 30+ years, but he was smart and my brother and I grew up in Cary and went to CGHS.
What did your dad teach? I wonder if I ever had him for class. When did you graduate CGHS anyway? My best friend went there and graduated in 94.
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With regard to taxes, Cook county can go up any amount. Dupage county has an increase limit of no more than 5% per year.
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