Several Chicago Suburbs Make Best Places to Live List

September 15, 2012

best places to live in the chicago suburbsNew homes in Chicago buyers will be pleased to learn that three Chicago suburbs were ranked in the top 100 of the CNN Money Magazine “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” 2012 list.

The list was released in August and ranks communities based on quality of school systems, jobs, affordable housing and recreational opportunities.

Naperville came out on top, and is ranked as number 53. What made Naperville the winner? The decision was influenced by the community’s devotion to providing plenty of entertainment to its residents such as parades, jazz festivals and heritage celebrations. These events are funded by an additional 1% tax that Naperville adds to food and beverage purchases.

The suburb also boasts top schools and many established businesses, and has a picturesque downtown which features the 1.75 mile Riverwalk and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Coming in at number 62 was Bolingbrook. During the past few years the suburb has experienced economic growth due to companies such as G&W Electric and WeatherTech opening their headquarters in town. Similar to Naperville, Bolingbrook offers plenty for its residents to do, whether it’s going to a local theater performance or relaxing at the local fishing lake.

The suburb of Wheaton was ranked as number 80 on the list. The town was given accolades for its stellar education system and is also home to Wheaton College.

Bolingbrook and Naperville were featured on the list in 2010, while Wheaton previously made the 2009 list.

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