Moving to Chicago - Need advice on location

- young family. 2 young kids under 3. Don't need schools/preschools quite yet
- I'll be traveling 50% out of Chicago (need decent access to airport), 50% work downtown near Millenium Park
- I would love to have decent access to downtown and airport
- We'd prefer being close to city (we're moving from Manhattan).
- safe area, working professionals/families a plus.
- We've heard good things about some areas directly north of city, which one seems to fit us best?
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BCoughlin 2yrs+
There are definitely some great areas north of downtown, and some great suburbs even further north than that. For kids, I don't really recommend the Near North Side. It's super expensive and not where I'd raise kids (bear in mind I'm originally from the suburbs, so I think of green grass when I think of raising kids), but if you go a bit further north to Lincoln Park, Uptown, and Lake View, you have some nice opportunities. If you're possibly considering a suburb, check out Evanston. A lot of people, including your's truly, think of it as a mini version of Chicago. It's close to downtown and not a terrible drive from O'Hare. Trains will get you downtown in no time, and it's really friendly and great for kids. Super safe too.
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