I relocated from New York to Bolingbrook, Illinois and I couldn't be happier with my decision. It is a family oriented city with quick access to Chicago's busy lifestyle. Bolingbrook is only 24 miles from Chicago. This city is so great that it was listed in the Top 100 places to live in Money Magazine 2008 and 2010. I love that their is so much to do with my kids.
For an interesting and educational trip, heading to the Aviation Museum should be first on the list. They have restored and replicated aircraft on display, and also offer some free programs for people to participate in. If you are interested in great food and shopping I highly recommend The Promenade Bolingbrook outside mall. They have bars and restaurants and a delicious little place called Mrs. Fields Cookies.
Bolingbrook has Splashdown Water Park nearby and a quick trip to Chicago gives everyone plenty to do and tons to see. There are also many historical sites near Bolingbrook, like Wrigley's Field and the Lockport Pioneer Settlement. Bolingbrook Park is a great place to go for recreational activities and they also have a fitness and spa center called Lifestyles Fitness Center and Spa.
Visitors have many opportunities to take pictures of amazing nature scenes. Farmer's Markets are available during the year so residents and visitors alike can get some local, fresh fruits and vegetables. If I were given a chance to go somewhere else and raise my children, I would choose Bolingbrook.