When looking for a new place to live, there’s no doubt that Chicago with all of its diversity and urban splendor remains among the most sought after living spaces in the U.S. :: however as a city that is surrounded by six counties, there are many gorgeous Chicago suburbs that promise a rewarding living experience—if you know where to look. Luckily, The Chicago Traveler is here to help you explore your next place to live with our list of the 10 great Chicago Suburbs!
Surrounded by old-world mansions and houses from the early 1900s, Wilmette has an excellent school system, lively downtown shopping and dining, and pristine local architecture in the Baha’i International Temple and Loyola Academy. Add in lake property and fast Metra access to the city, and you’re looking at truly spectacular place to live.
#2 Oak Park
Home to Chicago’s iconic Lake Theatre cinema and healthy serving of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Park is one of the most attractive towns you’ll find in Illinois. With the hundred-year-old Scoville Square providing a unique commercial atmosphere, there’s always something fun to do here.
#3 Lake Bluff
An old-time, lake-shore village community, Lake Bluff is a suburb with a lot of history and a lot of charm. With autumns that explode in vibrant color, and summers that love the beach that’s right outside town, Lake Bluff is quiet place that’s easy to fall in love with.
Once the home of a huge Naval Air Station, Glenview has transformed from a Navy town into a blossoming suburb with all the major selling points. Featuring a quality school system, beautiful parks, and a brand new Metra station at the heart of town, Glenview is a community that’s hard to resist.
An old pioneer-town-turned-suburb, Frankfort’s character comes in its combination of prairie culture and modern convenience. Victorian-style housing makes for captivating neighborhoods, and shopping districts keep things feeling new, but with Midewin Prairie right in the backyard, Frankfort is a welcome retreat.
Beloved as the backdrop to Ramis’ classic film Groundhog Day, Woodstock is a lovely Chicago suburb that has a distinctly wholesome small-town feel. Home to the McHenry County Fair, affordable property values, as well as a great school system, Woodstock is definitely worth considering before relocating.
#7 Glen Ellyn
An idyllic small town, Glen Ellyn is an energetic village with a lot to offer. With a huge variety of cultural arts and activities fueled by the local College of DuPage, as well as fun downtown shopping, restaurants, and parks all in biking/walking distance of each other, Glen Ellyn is a community that’s very family friendly.
#8 Western Springs
Never mind the fact that Business Week named it one of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids for Less in 2007, that it has an exceptional school system, and it has easy access to the city—Western Springs is a beautiful place to live. With some houses dating back to the 19th century from the pioneers of the mineral rush, Western Springs’ residential areas are simply captivating.
#9 Tinley Park
Home to the beautiful and quaint Tinley Park Train Station, Tinley Park is a suburb of great schools, friendly people, and tons of recreational attractions. While the 5-acre White Water Canyon water park grabs kids’ attention, there are over 30-parks worth of fun outdoor activities for the whole family.
#10 Orland Park
Golf courses, forest reserves, and community parks abound in Orland Park—but it’s no wilderness. Home to La Grange Road, one of Illinois’ commercial hotspots, means there’s always great shopping and dining available; throw in a solid school system, and Orland Park becomes a quality place to settle down outside Chicago.