If you want a small town that is close to larger cities to call home, then consider moving to my hometown of Cedar Lake. Living in Cedar Lake, Illinois gives me closeness to some larger towns that can meet all of my shopping and dining needs. There are a few small mom and pop restaurants and stores here locally that offer some unique shopping and dining experiences.
The best areas in Cedar Lake, Illinois are the recreational areas found around Lemon Lake. Here you can find opportunities for fishing, hiking, and swimming. You will really enjoy the experiences that you can find at the lake. It is so relaxing to spend some time there. There is also a local dog park that you can spend some time with your four legged friends at.
This town is overall friendly. The people here really help each other. This is just a wonderful place to call home. Close to larger cities for day trips, but this place offers you a quiet, safe community to call home.