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Looking for a new place to live
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small town girl    Posted 10-05-2004 at 10:36:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I need your help! I am a Chicago girl looking to relocate to a small town. It's so hard to know where to start. The ideal town would have under 15,000 people, be far enough away from a large city to be self sufficient but close enough for an occasional visit, be thriving but not a tourist trap, have a movie theater, a Main Street/downtown shopping area and beautiful views. I am looking within Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin as I want to stay within 150 miles of Chicago. I have done searches on the web and poured over state maps but I need some recommendations from others to "cull the herd". Any suggestions/ideas/advice is much appreciated.


Jimbob    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:49:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look up statistics of small towns within your 150 mile limit. Hate to say it, but after traveling part of my life, affluent small towns had the least crime & happy people around.

A small town that lost bigger industry is usually full of crime, gambling, drugs & angry people.

Not a good thing unless you are an outlaw.


Gary in Geneva    Posted 10-06-2004 at 07:54:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might try looking around La Port, or south of Gary / Hammond since the steel and coke plants are gone, out past Elgin or down toward Peoria. There is lots of beautiful farm land in the area.


Dave Munson Mid Illinois    Posted 10-05-2004 at 19:34:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Little town just east of Washington (just east of Peoria) is cute. Looks expensive. Washington just got a Super Wal-mart that will or should open this or next week. Washington is almost too East Peoria though.

Peru is nice but a bit 'off center'. Forget LaSalle. Chilicothe is nice and meets your requests but you almost have to work for Cat to live there. Stay away from Streator. Look at or drive through Ottawa but don't stay: too close to Chicago. Morton, Pekin, Canton.

If you are a real farm girl check out Toluca. Nice restaurants in Toluca. Nice pretty park. Good neighborhoods & nice people.

Live along the river. If you are going to check it out, drive down highway 26. I like Lacon.

Me, I don't live in a town. Too many people. On the bluff, overlooking the valley and river below....


BOSS    Posted 10-05-2004 at 16:21:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used to live north of you in a little tiny town called Antioch. It was a very nice place. Just like you described. Check it out.


deadcarp    Posted 10-05-2004 at 16:18:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
might be surprising but you can learn a lot about a town just by looking thru their ywellow pages. my uncle used to scout building sites for a drug store chain, and one thing he did was compare the number of lawyers to churches. to me that might be a measure of trouble but he claimed it was an indicator of family stability. he'd pass up many towns after a yellow page review. :)


Greg    Posted 10-05-2004 at 14:45:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
STG,
Pretty interesting post. The 15,000 pop. made me smile. 1500 was a self sufficient metropolis where I was raised. Lots of 150 pop. towns still around. I second the idea of getting out there and driving around. Find the beautiful views you are looking for and then a little town in the area. Maybe consider a place in the country close to a couple of towns. Then you have your choice when you head to town. You'll know it when you find it. This adventure could be a lot of fun for you. Good luck.


MOJO    Posted 10-05-2004 at 13:59:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most people need to live near where they work, Find a job and then look for a place to live nearby.


small town girl    Posted 10-05-2004 at 13:36:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you to those of you have responded so far. I didn't expect to hear from anyone so quickly. A couple questions were asked and I wanted to get to them. First, yes, Texas, I am married. Sorry. :) Second, the reason I want to stay within 150 miles of Chicago is because of family. And I since someone asked, I am looking at Geneva, IL ( a far west suburb) as the center of my radius. Third, VADAVE, I have drawn a circle on the map with this distance but as there are literally 100's of town within that circle, I am alittle overwhelmed. Fourth, my plan is to get in the car and visit every town that interests me before I make a decision, but I can't visit more than 10 or 15 so I was hoping for some recommendations on where to start. I really appreciate the help and suggestions so far. And thank you to Brad W Wi for suggesting two towns. I'll add them to my list.


Dee in mid MO    Posted 10-05-2004 at 11:25:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with steve... driving around is how we found our farm. When researching your areas, you may want to consider health care delivery systems such as availability of clinics and hospitals ... just a thought from someone who has seen patients & families experience problems caused by traveling long distances for medical care. Dee


Texas    Posted 10-05-2004 at 11:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you married? I need a cook! :)

Explore where its interests you. Spend a weekend there. Forget the romance of country life...it aint all grins and giggles. But it is by far better than livin in a city!


steve19438    Posted 10-05-2004 at 11:07:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
get in your car and start exploring. day/week-end trips. just remember no place is perfect.
"if you want one thing too much it will likely be a disappointment", lonesome dove. (augustas)


Brad W Wi    Posted 10-05-2004 at 10:45:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm not from there but check out Watertown Wisc. or Portage, Wisc. If I was younger looking for a place to move to
I'd check out those two. I'm a native of wisc. and I think we have some pretty country and nice towns, and some damn good people. There really are some nice towns especially if your looking for something smaller


VADAVE    Posted 10-05-2004 at 10:45:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
"Within 150 miles" of the center of Chicago or the edge? Sounds like you want to go west. Suggestion go to the city limit say on 30 or is it 70 and draw a 150 mile arc on a detailed map. Bet you'll find one. Remember 150 miles is 3 hours driving time.


toolman    Posted 10-05-2004 at 10:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
go north of the border into canada, you would be up around bob ont area im sure there is still some nice places there even though it is ont. but at least you still be close to chicago.why would you want to stay close to chicago anyway family?


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