Moving from Chicago to Suburbia?
Are you considering from Chicago to Suburbia?
First you must consider your own needs and values. Would you like your children to be exposed daily to the city's wonderful culture experiences, or would you like them to grow up with a big yard to play baseball and Capture the Flag. Do you want to walk to work, have a short drive, relax on the train or spend an hour each way driving to and from work? Does your budget afford you private school costs in the city, or do you want to move to a suburb that has the best schools in the state? Are your children grown and the school system isn't your first priority? All of these questions, are important in your decision as to whether you choose Suburbia or Chicago City Living.
Twenty years ago, my husband and I waffled over the decision to move from Chicago to the suburbs. However when it became very difficult for me to drag the laundry from the building's laundry room to our unit on the 26thfloor with baby in tow, my husband agreed to move.
Yes, it was hard decision to move... we knew we would miss our wonderful views of Chicago's SkyLine from the 26thfloor of a Lincoln Park High rise, the easy commute to our jobs downtown, the walks through Lincoln Park Zoo, the wonderful restaurants, etc..., but we felt it was time. We had just had a baby boy, our friends were already living in the burbs, and we had run out of space in our 2 bedroom condo.
Our family's priorities changed. We now wanted great schools, a bigger home and privacy. One aspect that appealed to my husband and I when we chose to live in Long Grove is that our property was so spacious but only 5 minutes away from all the conveniences of life, ie grocery store, cleaners, etc.
When we first drove through many of the neighborhoods of Long Grove I actually had the chills that I would be living in a beautiful place like this. I remember the day we drove through the neighborhood we ultimately moved to and I said to myself- I would die to live here. Its been 20 years and I still love living in my house that we bought.
Will I ever move back to Chicago? Yes, probably after my children graduate from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, and we send them to College (3years from now- but who's counting). I love the City of Chicago and all it has to offer. I love the great restaurants, museums, plays, and of course the shopping.
Where you ultimately find your dream home depends on your priorities at the time.