Explore the safest cities in America. Niche ranks US cities based on assaults, burglaries, and violent crime rates. A high ranking indicates that a city has low crime rates across multiple categories. Naperville was named the safest city in America!! Elgin, IL also made it on the top 100 list at number 31! Congratulations Naperville!
Earlier this week, Chicago Agent reported that four Chicagoland suburban public school systems are ranked among the top 100 public school systems in the nation. The study, which was courtesy of ranking/review website Niche, featured Kenilworth, Northfield, Lincolnshire and Green Oaks, which all ranked highly on Niche’s 2015 list; Kenilworth was ranked No. 38, Northfield at 42, Lincolnshire at 68 and Green Oaks at 78.
Chicago Agent examined Niche’s analysis more closely, and collected below the study’s top 20 Chicagoland areas with the best public schools:
- Green Oaks
- Barrington/South Barrington/Tower Lakes
- Vernon Hills
- New Trier Township
- Lake Forest
- Ela Township
Schools remain one of the top priorities consumers value when searching for a home. This year, NAR’s Generational Survey listed the quality of local schools as one of the key things homebuyers consider when looking for a home. Similarly, when looking back on previous home buying in 2014 , 14 percent of homeowners regretted not researching local schools more thoroughly.
In the Chicagoland area, many buyers are also willing to pay top-dollar for a home in a top-tier school district. In 2013, a survey by Redfin found that the median price for a home in a top-tier school district in the Chicagoland area was $257,500. That was much higher than the median price of a home in an average school district, which was $162,250.
Looking for a new playground stomping ground? Go north! Chicago’s North Shore has lots of options for sliding, swinging, climbing and running like the dickens. Whether you live “up north” or are looking for a day trip, flip through our album to discover the ultimate playgrounds. You’ll go bananas at everything from mega splash pads to all-natural wood gems.
Crestwood Park – Northbrook
With all-new playground equipment in 2013, this oasis is in sparkling shape. (Fun fact: The Northbrook Park District donated its old playground structures to the non-profit Kids Around the World, which shipped it to Uganda for needful children to enjoy.) While Mom and Dad get their blood pumping on the new exercise equipment — a chest press, leg press and elliptical trainer — kiddos have a heyday on three slides, a lookout tower, lily pad stools and an adaptive swing. There’s a smaller playground set for toddlers, plus plenty of picnic space.
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The 10 Smartest Suburbs in America By Movoto Real Estate
By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago area schools dominate the top 10 in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings, and two rank among the nation’s 50 best schools.
Five of the ten in Illinois, including the top four, are Chicago public schools. The other five are suburban schools.
Two of the Chicago schools ranked in the top 50 in the nation on the U.S. News list: Northside College Prep (No. 36) and Walter Payton College Prep (No. 49).
Northside and Payton ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state. Two other Chicago schools — Jones College Prep and Whitney Young Magnet School — ranked No. 3 and No. 4.
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Top Ranked IL Schools
These 12 city neighborhoods and 12 suburbs have low crime, great homes, and much more.
Chicago is famously a city of neighborhoods, each with its own charms and challenges. But which offer fewer of the latter and more of the former right now? Things like safe streets, decent schools, convenient transportation, solid housing values, plentiful restaurants and shops, and friendly neighbors?
Chicago set out to identify 12 of them, plus 12 towns in the six-county metro area with similarly stellar advantages. The first step: poring through reams of information.
Top 12 Chicago Neighborhoods
Top 12 Suburbs
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