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The Most Desired Places to Live in Chicagoland

by Peter Thomas Ricci


According to a recent survey from Charles Schwab, Naperville is the most desired place to live in Chicagoland.

The survey, which sampled 1,000 Chicago residents between the ages 21 to 75 years old, asked participants where they would most like to live if money were no object. Sixteen percent of respondents chose Naperville, making it the most common choice.

Rounding out the list were Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood (which 12 percent of residents chose), Chicago’s Loop (9 percent), the River North neighborhood (7 percent), Schaumburg (6 percent), the Lakeview neighborhood (6 percent) and Evanston (4 percent).

Chicagoland’s Top-Selling Suburbs

Interestingly, the three suburbs that appear in Charles Schwab’s survey – Naperville, Schaumburg and Evanston – were also among Chicagoland’s top-selling suburbs in August.

According to exclusive numbers that Redfin provided Chicago Agent, Naperville saw more home sales than any other suburb with 254, while Evanston came in at No. 6 with 120 sales and Schaumburg at No. 9 with 106 sales.

Despite those high rankings, sales were down in all three communities. From July to August, sales declined 18.8 percent in Naperville, 8.4 percent in Evanston, and most of all, 20.9 percent in Schaumburg.

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  • Bert Gor says:

    I like the article, Peter! So I guess I would fall in to the 16% group. I do have to say I may be a bit biased, as I do live and work in Naperville. It is a good place to live and raise a family. Although, there really is a lot of really nice towns in Northern IL.

  • Thomas says:

    This is obviously a flawed survey because most people choose Naperville specifically because it is lower priced relative to the other options. Ask 1000 people from Naperville where they’d live if price was no object and it would be disproportionately Chicago or north shore. This isn’t a knock on Naperville because it is a quality township but it only rises to the top of the list in Chicagoland when cost factored in.

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