Whether you’re searching for a larger home for your growing family or car-free commuting options, real estate in Chicago’s western suburbs might be the perfect match for you. DuPage and Kane counties offer excellent amenities, safe communities, and highly-rated schools. Areas like Naperville consistently rank in lists of neighborhoods to raise children, statewide and nationally.
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Here’s our top 10 list of why Chicago’s western suburbs might be perfect for your family.
1. Excellent Schools
Towns like Hinsdale and Naperville consistently rank high among the best public schools in the Chicago suburbs. For example, Lisle High School, Wheaton North High School, Hinsdale Central High School, Metea Valley High School in Aurora, and Naperville Central High School took the top five ranking in Chicago magazine’s list of best high schools in DuPage County.
2. Commuter Rail to Chicago
The Metra runs all the way from Aurora to Chicago’s Union Station, with conveniently scheduled stops in Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, Clarendon Hills, and Hinsdale. This is an excellent option for those who work in Chicago.
3. Parks and Outdoor Spaces
There are plenty of great park districts and outdoor spaces in the western suburbs. Ty Warner Park in Westmont and Harvester Park in Burr Ridge both offer splash pads for young kids. DuPage County’s Forest Preserve District covers an impressive 25,000 acres with parks and facilities for a wide range of outdoor activities. Then there’s Naperville’s famous Riverwalk for community and family fun. Check out our blog post for more great outdoor spaces in the western suburbs.
4. Vibrant Arts Scene
Yes, the arts and culture are thriving in Chicago’s western suburbs. Locals don’t even need to travel to the city to get their fix. Just for starters, check out our blog post on top cultural landmarks like the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.
5. Family-Friendly Destinations
The Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook offers a look back at a working mill. You might take the kids to DuPage Children’s Museum or Naper Settlement in Naperville. Whether you want to go back in time or find a great community theater, there’s plenty of families activities to enjoy in the western suburbs.
6. Wide Variety of Homes
No matter your budget, there’s a neighborhood and home that’s right for your needs. Each neighborhood features its own unique culture and you can find quaint, older homes mixed in with some lovely newer models. Explore our exclusive listings.
7. High-Quality Health Care
Some of the best hospitals in Illinois are found in Chicago’s western suburbs. Loyola Medicine, with locations throughout the Chicago suburbs, boasts some of the best heart specialists and oncology departments in the area. Other hospitals, such as Amita Health Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale and Elmhurst Hospital, consistently rank high in patient care.
8. Community Resources
The western suburbs offer a fine network of community resources, including social services for seniors and families in need, charitable and religious centers, and community associations.
9. Safe and Healthy Communities
Residents in Chicago’s western suburbs get the best of both worlds with communities such as Hinsdale, Oak Brook, and Western Springs offering a safe environment for children and adults.
10. Easy Access to Highways
Communities in the western suburbs offer easy access to all of the major highways in the Chicago area.
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