Are you a perfectionist and workaholic, lover of to-do lists and master of multitasking, goal-oriented and competitive …. all of the above? Type A’s, we’re talking to you! While you strive to be the best, we strive to show you the best Chicago suburbs that will sync with your particular lifestyle.
These 5 Chicago suburbs have speedy commutes (because you dislike being even the tiniest bit late) and offer countless activities to fill your calendar and challenge you and your family.
Cultured, amiable, and serene, Winnetka is nestled along picture-perfect Lake Michigan. With its inviting beaches, quaint 19-century houses, and host of dining and shopping options, you’ll see why residents tend to stick around. And Winnetka’s thriving cultural, charitable, and social scene will encourage you to take a healthy—albeit short-lived—break from your day job, perhaps adding yet another gold star to your resume.
Your Commute: 40 minutes via Metra’s UP-N line
Schools: an impeccable school district, including New Trier High School, one of the country’s best
Why you’ll thrive: Early birds head to Spynergy’s spin classes or local Pilates and Aerial Fitness studios. And the fabulous A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, with a total of 20 courts, provides a healthy outlet for indulging your competitive edge.
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Highland Park is legendary for its lively downtown center, rolling ravines, and beautiful historic homes, many dating from the mid-1800s. Join friendly repartee as neighbors compete for “Best Gourmand” at Ravinia Festival or enjoy the park district’s recreational and cultural amenities. These perks—plus two beaches, golf courses, and an all-encompassing foodie scene—will certainly add to your never-ending to-do lists.
Your Commute: 50 minutes via Metra’s UP-N line
Schools: several parent-approved primary and secondary schools
Why you’ll thrive: Type As are prone to some major stressing! Settle your nerves over a golf game or tennis lesson at the town’s first-class country clubs. And you’ll soon be checking “half-marathon” off your bucket list when you sign up for the North Shore Classic Half Marathon!
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When it comes to a safe, close-knit community with top-notch schools, it’s hard to top Glencoe. With its idyllic lakeside setting, grand homes, and well-planned city center, Glencoe is a quintessential model for high-quality living. Add in its abundant parks, pre-World War II architecture, and elegant art galleries and theaters, and you’ll soon be a long-time resident!
Your Commute: 35-45 minutes via Metra’s UP-N line
Schools: small student-to-teacher ratios and challenging curriculums at A+ rated schools
Why you’ll thrive: Multitaskers take note! Choose from three luxurious golf courses, master nature trails at Chicago Botanic Garden, or enjoy some serious family time at Glencoe’s annual Great Mud Run. If your crammed schedule finally calls for a breather, slow down for a relaxing evening at Movies on the Green.
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Notable, walkable, and thoroughly lovable, La Grange earns a nod for its small-town charm and pleasing dining, shopping, and entertainment options. You’ll see your neighbors hitting the pavement for balmy evening strolls or pedaling around DTLG (a.k.a Down Town La Grange). And residents are involved! You will be too given La Grange’s thriving community programs, grass-roots organizations, school and church activities, and volunteer groups.
Your Commute: 23-40 minutes via Metra’s BNSF line
Schools: highly rated public schools, including Lyons Township High School, plus several private and parochial alternatives
Why you’ll thrive: Achieve your fitness goals at iLoveKickboxing or Orange Theory. Take the family to Endless Summerfest and Family Bingo nights, or add to your inspiring skill set by auditioning at Writers Theatre.
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Veteran residents love Wilmette’s established neighborhoods, welcoming spirit, and array of charitable and civic organizations. The town’s visual facade—brick streets, towering trees, immaculate yards—adds an appealing je ne sais quoito to its already impeccable ambiance. Plus, your family will reap the benefits of Wilmette’s public amenities, including beaches, sprawling park systems, and the impressive Centennial Recreation Complex.
Your Commute: 30 minutes via Metra’s UP-N line
Schools: many lauded public and private school systems, including acclaimed New Trier High School
Why you’ll thrive: Get those endorphins flowing at BodyStar or yogaview Wilmette, polish your swing at Westmoreland Country Club, or browse one-of-a-kind boutiques downtown. Alternatively, build your network and meet like-minded individuals at chamber events such as the W.K. Power Networking Breakfast.
There are hundreds of towns to choose from. How do you figure it all out? You simply don’t, without getting a Suburban Jungle Strategist to help you through it all. Schedule here for your strategy session with our innovative suburbs strategy team. All services are completely free.