The 5 Best Chicago Suburbs if You Work From Home

Feb 20, 2019

No longer a cubicle dweller? While working remotely allows freedom from a humdrum routine, you also need an environment that encourages productivity. So where do you live when you can work anywhere? Worry no more! From comfortable coworking spaces to resourceful libraries to great coffee shops, these 5 Chicago suburbs will help you embrace location flexibility.

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Naperville, IL

Just over 10 percent of Naperville’s workforce works remotely (FlexJobs). With its beautiful riverwalk and trendy downtown area full of eateries, cafes, and boutiques, it’s no wonder why Naperville is consistently voted as one of the country’s top places to live.

Express trains zip you downtown for occasional client meetings, and Naperville’s first-rate Chamber of Commerce offers Lunch & Learn programs, panel discussions, and workshops. Stay on task at NaperLaunch, a free workspace in Nichols Library, or try Rev3 Innovation Center, a friendly coworking space. Alternatively, java lovers will embrace the ambiance at Sparrow Coffee and Adagio Teas.

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Glen Ellyn, IL

Glen Ellyn flaunts the best of both worlds: peaceful, emerald-hued parklands and a simple 47-minute commute. Add in its dynamic, pedestrian-friendly downtown, and you’ll understand why Glen Ellyn is one of Chicago’s top suburbs. Plus, the village’s 29 parks and serene Lake Ellyn encourage midday work breaks (but we won’t tattle!).


As an excellent work from home Chicago suburb, Glen Ellyn’s Chamber of Commerce provides marketing opportunities, networking luncheons, and social media workshops. Or if you’re nuts about science, tech, or digital art, meet fellow enthusiasts at centrally located Workshop 88. When nap time becomes too tempting, pack your laptop and head to the public library for quiet meeting rooms, or stake out a spot at Blackberry Market or Tuovo Tea. (Bonus points for their motivating sweets and savories!)

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Lake Forest, IL


If you can work anywhere, why not work near a beach in one of Chicagoland’s premier suburbs? If you’re dreaming of spacious lawns, brick streets, pristine beaches, and a pleasant family atmosphere, Lake Forest is the work-from-home suburb for you. And without a commute to consume your day, you have time to join the Lake Forest Running Club!

The local chamber hosts a revolving calendar of professional and social networking events for freelancers, small businesses, and mobile professionals. Members of the conveniently located LifeWorking Coworking enjoy ergonomic workspaces, free coffee and snacks, and bike storage. On the west side of town, Regus’ coworking spaces include a complimentary fitness center and deli.

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Barrington, IL


Surrounded by countryside rich with equine heritage, Barrington’s residents rave about their community’s sociable activities, scenic splendors, and welcoming vibe. Weekends beckon locals outside to enjoy the village’s baseball fields, picnic areas, and trails that wind through wetlands and forest preserves. And Barrington’s ensemble of annual parades, charity functions, and golf outings will provide plenty of much-needed family time.


Although Metra’s BNSF line makes the Chicago trip in under an hour, why leave? Given the chamber’s plethora of marketing services, golf leagues, and networking events, including the Women’s Biz Net and Young Professionals luncheon, you’re bound to find all you need right here; making this a perfect work from home suburb.Co-Optim and 25N Coworking provide shared spaces near Barrington, or Cook Street Coffee is perfect for a working day on the town. Better yet, meet other independent and remote workers through the Barrington Cowork.Zone Meetup group!

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La Grange, IL

La Grange checks all the boxes for primo suburban living. A thriving downtown with clothing, antique, and unique stores galore. Impressive gastronomy with sushi, Indian, Southern comfort food, and much more. Outdoor activities—from tennis to swimming to golf—that appeal to any fitness connoisseur. And cultural options, including a symphony orchestra, art league, and Mother Cluckers comedy group.

When downtown comes a-callin, journey to Union Station aboard the BNSF Metra line. If you’re prone to binge-watching Netflix, try Suite Spot Coworking, which offers an energizing, light-filled coworking space with 24/7/365 access. Locals also like Owl and Lark for its cozy atmosphere and superfood smoothies. Hang out for a bit and finally get your Gmail inbox organized. Winning!


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