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Places With The Best Housing In Illinois 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score76
  • Long Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,065
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  • Winnetka, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,437
  • I experienced beautiful vivacity while living in Winnetka Illinois. The city is located in Cook County. Cedar Lake is about 16 miles from Chicago’s central downtown area. The town is highly affluent,
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  • Inverness, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,844
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  • Hinsdale, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,438
  • Hinsdale, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago located to the west/southwest of the city. It is a diverse and welcoming community and definitely geared more towards the upper middle-class with the higher
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  • Glencoe, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,870
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  • Lake Forest, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,881
  • Lake Forest is a very wealthy community in what is known as 'the north shore' - 25 miles north of the city of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan. Two train lines run into the city so commuting is
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  • Lake Bluff, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,758
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  • Wilmette, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,367
  • There’s no many things biblical about Wilmette, but it fits. Everyone who lives here has a sense of compassion for their neighbor. Throughout the day, you’ll find many of them out and about, which I
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  • Oak Brook, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,988
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  • Western Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,133
  • I have lived in this city all my life. There is no other place I can call home. I have undergone the full public education system and even changed elementary schools. It’s a city with very impressive
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  • Hawthorn Woods, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,590
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  • Burr Ridge, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,736
  • Burr Ridge is the kind of place that everyone dreams of calling home. I love living in Burr Ridge because it has an amazing quality of life. There are many restaurants, shops, gyms, and places to hang
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  • Deerfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,686
  • I had an exceptional time with my family while living in Deerfield Illinois. The community that is 25 miles from Chicago, promotes family, fun, and leisure activities. This city houses the headquarters
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  • Northfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,374
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  • Highland Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,780
  • Highland Park is a beautiful city outside of Chicago. It has an upscale yet quaint feel. There are many beautiful homes and landscapes throughout the town. I love Highland Park because of the high
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  • Barrington, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,449
  • Barrington; the best city to reside! I have lived in this city for eight years. I like the manner people in this city interact with each other and is an excellent place to raise a family. The town has
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  • River Forest, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,217
  • I’ve lived in River Forest, IL City and had the most incredible experience. The city location is near the western limit of Chicago. The area is so beautiful, although the cost of living and property
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  • Northbrook, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,538
  • I love living in Northbrook! My husband and I moved here from New York when he got transferred to the Chicago office. This Northbrook was the perfect option for us because we needed to be close to the
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  • Clarendon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,641
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  • Glenview, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,559
  • An elegant midwestern city situated approximately 25 minutes from downtown Chicago. Glenview, Illinois holds approximately 46,000 people. The winters are tough, but the summers go unmatched. Lake
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  • Libertyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,435
  • Libertyville, Illinois is a far north suburb of Chicago. The housing market in Libertyville is great, being that house prices are low and property taxes remain more reasonable than what you'd find living
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  • La Grange, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,688
  • Living in La Grange for the past 22 years has been just absolute perfection for us. After my husband retired we wanted to get out of the big city and enjoy some beautiful scenery and small-town life. La
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  • Lincolnshire, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,291
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  • Campton Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,500
  • Campton Hills is a city within Kane County that houses more than 11,200 residents. When you look at the transportation aspect for the city, it has the highest amount of air departures and the most rail
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  • Glen Ellyn, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,894
  • In my opinion there is no better place to live than Glen Ellyn. It is a vibrant and bustling city. There are many young people and new families in the area to make sure that there is always something to
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  • Naperville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 145,789
  • On June 7 traveling with my daughter and her son I drove her car to the Naperville commuter station. I parked in the public lot north of the station in stall #829. I then went to the station to pay on
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  • Riverside, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,779
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  • Elmhurst, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,742
  • I lived in Elmhurst, Illinois about 10 years ago and for a suburban community with a relatively modest population, about 32,000, it was a relatively quiet community. I was fortunate enough to live close
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  • Park Ridge, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,567
  • One of my favorite suburbs of all Chicago. Infested with intellectual businessmen and doctors. Also a great family friendly area with absolutely NO areas to avoid. You could stay out at 11 pm and still
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  • Frankfort, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,415
  • This is the best place in the USA to work, play and raise a family! Our town may be small, but our heart is big and it shows no matter what street you choose to walk down! I especially love spending a
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  • Lincolnwood, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,637
  • I love Lincolnwood, Illinois! Living in Lincolnwood, Illinois, puts me close to Chicago for work, but gives me a community with a small-town feel. This area is incredibly safe and the police always make
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  • Oak Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,989
  • As a girl I relocated many times with my family, mostly oversees, as my father was proficient in a variety of languages, an asset his company chose to mine abundantly. When at last we returned to living
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  • Wheaton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,568
  • I have lived in Wheaton, Illinois for a few years now. It has quickly become my favorite place to live. I love its deep-rooted sense of community. This is a very family friendly town. Living here is like
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  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,950
  • My family and I valued our experiences while living in Lake Zurich Illinois. The city is a smaller segment of Chicago and is named for its lake. It is a great place to raise families. I have confidence
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  • Lemont, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,587
  • These days it isn't easy to find a nice place to live with a small town feel and great people that make up a fantastic community, but that's exactly what you will find here in Lemont, IL! I have been
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  • Vernon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,910
  • Vernon Hills has lots of great things to do whether you're welcoming friends or family into the city or want to find more local activities that your loved ones will enjoy. Locations like Beerhead Bar
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  • Evanston, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,472
  • After calling Evanston, Illinois, home for four years, I only have good things to say about the city/township. Nestled into the North Shore and the first suburb north of Chicago, Evanston has a charm all
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  • Willow Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,677
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  • Lisle, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,989
  • Lisle is a great place for a family. I never hear about crime and it has a family feel to it. It is close to 2 different malls (yorktown and fox valley) and because it is so close to Naperville there is
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  • Downers Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,555
  • I lived in Downers Grove for three years while attending flight school at O'Hare Airport and I loved the city. It has an upbeat attitude in part because it was not affected by the economy as much as
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  • La Grange Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,596
  • It's was fair living here, it's an industrial and cultural city. I particularly love the easy access to the various rail and bus services; offered. What I also liked about the area was their economic
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  • Geneva, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,732
  • Geneva, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago, but you honestly would never know it's anywhere near such a big city. It's a nice place that has a semi-country feel to it. The public transit system is
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  • Spring Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,578
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  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,554
  • I lived in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for about 8 years in my mid-twenties. I lived on the north side which is more commercial than the southern side which is more residential and family friendly. There
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  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,721
  • Im a liberal and this place is great. im also a transgender and idetify as a vending machine and people accept me around here. i acted like a vending machine and someone put a $1 inside of me since i was
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  • Highwood, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,377
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  • Plainfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,881
  • Situated around forty-five minutes South-West of Chicago, Plainfield, IL is a pretty darn nice place to call home. Having lived here for about five years now, I have found that although the cost of
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  • Mokena, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,839
  • Mokena, Illinois is one of Chicago's farther south suburbs located close to the city of Joliet. Mokena is the ideal suburb, with plenty to do for the family and easy access to the city of Chicago via the
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  • Winfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,543
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  • Homer Glen, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,385
  • Homer Glen, Illinois is one of the best places I have ever lived. It is close to everything you'd want to be close to in the Chicago area. One of the best things I like about Homer Glen is the exciting

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