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My dh is just applying for a job in Chicago and I'm deep into research mode. I was hoping for some help, if any of ya'll can!<br><br>
I have a 6 year old unschooled kid who would probably jump at the chance to go to school should we move away from our network of friends/homeschooling associates.<br><br>
I've read/heard nothing good about the city-proper's school system though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (It doesn't help that I lean toward anti-school myself, but my boy is a big extrovert and he'd like to give school a try barring being thrown to the wolves as far as bullies, etc.) What we'd like to do is find something relatively close to the city but not be shooting ourselves in the foot as far as schooling options!<br><br>
Right now I'm thinking Oak Park? I haven't read anything too awful about Abraham Lincoln Elementary School...but I'm going off of websites, etc.<br><br>
And how "cut off" are you when you decide to opt for the 'burbs versus The City? We'll be moving (should this happen) from a place where we have deep roots to a place where we don't know a soul so I'm worried about isolation.<br><br>
Oak Park has the UU church that I require <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and, if I'm reading the CTA maps right, we could take the train into the city too. I saw there was a La Leche League meeting in this neck of the woods, too. How long of a commute would it be from Oak Park to my dh's future hypothetical job at the Tribune Tower?<br><br>
Thanks for entertaining my rambles! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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oak park is a great place! i lived there for 5 years (just moved about a year ago) and still visit there often. it has fabulous schools, great diversity, and the "el" will take your husband to wrok in about 1/2 hour. i didn't feel "cut off" from the city at all when i lived in oak park. i lived in chicago for 10 years before moving out to OP so i went into the city a lot.....i still do from way out here in naperville because i love chicago so much!<br><br>
yes, oak park has a beautiful UU church, a LLL meeting at pilgrim church on lake street & a great farmer's market in the summer. the downtown is very quaint with a combo of small businesses & chains. there's a whole foods & soon-to-be trader joe's, too. it really is a wonderful place to live & raise a family!<br><br>
best of luck & feel free to pm me if you have any more questions!
 

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best of luck to your hubby with his phone interview!!!
 

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Evanston is fantastic, too. First suburb north of the city, it's very crunchy in a lot of ways (it has a vegan store, for goodness sakes!) but also funky and kid-friendly. I love that you can walk EVERYWHERE and crime rates are very low. The public schools are great, too. (I grew up there, and hope to move back as soon as we can affort a house there!)<br>
I hear Evanston and Oak Park are pretty similar in character. I just like being on the lake. What a beautiful place to live!
 

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The phone interview went well. We are waiting on a date for him to go up and do an in-person. I'm excited about the possibility! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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yeah....the lake in evanston is definitely a draw! i think evanston has a bit more urban feel than oak park, too. glad to hear the phone interview went well!
 

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I lived in Evanston for nine years. I loved it in many ways. It's like Oak Park, but with the lake right there! Loved the farmer's market. Loved the stores and library and restaurants.<br><br>
Really got tired of my car getting broken into, parked on the street. (4 times in the last 2 years I was there.) Tired of my storage locker getting broken into. (twice)<br><br>
So, you'll want to try to get a place with a garage. Get good locks.<br><br>
Sorry, didn't mean to be a downer. I really did love the place.
 

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He's heading up for the interview this week. I'd go to but my midwife strongly advised my pre-term birthing self to stay at home. Dh will bring the video camera though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It looks like we will be heading up to Chicago in December/January! (Just in time for us FL natives to experience a Midwestern winter! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
I'm kind of FREAKED OUT about the prospect but this is a great opportunity for my dh and I don't want to not be up for an adventure because of fear of change.<br><br>
I've heard nothing but how friendly Chicago is so I'm hoping that we can find new connections once we move into town. Esp. homeschool-y folks since we've decided we are all really happy being together in this way at this time.<br><br>
Oh, and I think we are really truly going to move into town-town (I'm thinking Rogers Park area?), and rent in the city for the first year before we even consider looking to buy. That way we'll get to experience City Family life at least for a little while (and maybe fall in love with it!) and possibly save money to buy something in the future.<br><br>
Now we are considering the feasibility of renting out our Lauderdale home versus atempting to sell it in this market. FREAKY!<br><br>
Thanks for everyone's info. regarding neighborhoods, etc.
 
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