Chicago is all about chrome-and-glass skyscrapers, bright lights, and shops and restaurants on every corner. But take a few minutes’ drive north or ride on the L-train or Metra and you’ll be transported into what feels like a whole new world — the suburbs. Chicago suburbs feel nothing like the frantic city. Leafy streets, acres of open spaces, and sprawling homes replace busy streets and massive buildings. But while these communities often feel worlds apart, quite a few are just a stone’s throw away from the Windy City.
If all these sound like home to you, take a look at some of the best-known suburbs to explore north of the city limits.
Popularly known as BG, this neighborhood is a family-friendly community with a diverse population and an array of attractions and festivals. It has its own business parks, so you’ll find quite a few job opportunities without having to commute to the city.
Northbrook is home to a charming downtown where you’ll find dozens of family-owned shops and restaurants, as well as popular national and international brands. This rather dense suburban community also boasts acres of parks and golf courses – one reason it’s popular among retirees and young families alike. Easily accessible via the Metra, Northbrook puts you just less than an hour away from the Windy City.
With a great location along Lake Michigan, just 23 minutes from downtown Chicago via the Metra, Evanston is a wonderful college town with one of the region’s best arts and culture scene. Home to Northwestern University, the city’s residents love its vibrant cultural attractions, peaceful neighborhoods, and charming homes.
This charming village is the hub of an area comprising around 12 villages. Less than a 40-minute drive from downtown Chicago, Barrington is an ideal bedroom community that offers its own economic and job opportunities. But what it’s best known for are its historic attractions and small-town lifestyle, as well as a host of gorgeous nature destinations that put outdoor recreation practically at your doorstep.
Chicago’s northern neighbor, the Village of Skokie’s appeal lies mainly in its accessibility and convenient location combined with a welcoming suburban charm. Skokie is consistently named one of the most livable suburbs in Chicago, thanks to its numerous parks, updated amenities, and topnotch entertainment options.
Palatine has always been a popular Chicago suburb, and it’s easy to see why. Apart from a convenient location just around 35 miles to the Windy City, Palatine also offers excellent job opportunities, top-rated schools, and an undeniably suburban feel with great community spirit. Palatine residents enjoy a host of amenities, including sprawling parks, recreational facilities, and a host of fun community events.
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