Suburbs (West of Chicago) Vs Chicago – What You Will Have to Get Used To

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Are you thinking about making move to suburbs from Chicago, Illinois and you’re not sure what it is that will be different and what you’re gonna have to get used to living in the suburbs versus Chicago? Well, I’ve got my top five list of things that you will need to get used to being a suburbanite versus living in Chicago. I’m Amy Pearson here with @Properties I provide weekly community and videos on real estate as well as community information. All right here’s my top five list that are kind of fun things that are all unique about living in Chicago versus the suburbs.

#5 Not Paying for Bags!

All right my number five thing that you would get used to living in the suburbs versus Chicago would be not paying for bags. It seems kind of silly and kind of weird at first, if you don’t live in Chicago but living in Chicago you have to pay for every single bag plastic bag or paper bag if you go to the CVS grocery store. There’s a seven cent tax on every bag, so it’s kind of exciting when you move to the suburbs and you go to the grocery store you don’t have to pay for those bags! It’s almost feels like you’re stealing those bags! So that’s something kind of exciting to get used to is not paying for your bags when you go to the store.

#4 Not Second Guessing Your Parking Space

My number four thing that you would need to get used to when you live in to the suburbs versus Chicago would be not having to second guess when you park on the street. When you park on the street in Chicago, you have to think about what neighborhood parking sticker, do I need to have a Cub’s Night zone game area, is it street sweeping day? If you park on the street in any one of those things, you get a ticket or a towed. So in the suburbs, there really isn’t permanent parking so you don’t have to worry about this as much as when you park on the street. You don’t have to second guess where you parked on he street, usually.

#3 Suburbs Not As Walkable

Number three thing that you would need to get used to city versus the suburbs would be that suburbs are not as walkable as the city. So living in Chicago it’s very walkable, to walk to say the coffee shop, walk to retail places through your walkable community. Living in the suburbs one of the biggest things you have to get used to is that you need to drive to most places in the suburbs. It’s a little bit harder if you don’t have a car to get around. There is a Pace bus system in the suburbs in many of the towns but, it’s much easier if you have a car to get around. So that’s one thing you’ll definitely have to get used to being Chicago versus suburban.

#2 Restaurant Scene Not the Same As Chicago

Number two thing that you would need to get used to moving from Chicago to the suburbs would be the restaurant scene. Living in Chicago there’s such an amazing wide variety of culinary restaurants you get to enjoy James Beard Winners,Michelin winners, and restaurant row on Randolph street is an amazing restaurants. So that’s one thing you’ll have to get used to being a little bit further away from those award-winning restaurants but, I will say that in the suburbs you can find almost every type of cuisine out in the suburbs. You can find Indian food, sushi, you can find Italian and every type of food that you can think of, you can find right in the suburbs. It may not be the top chefs and award-winning restaurants that Chicago has, it’s just a little bit different you’ll get used to it once you move to the suburbs.

#1 Suburbs Are More Friendly

All right my number one thing that you would have to get used to as a Chicago person moving to the suburbs would be that people talk to you when you go places or you walk down the street. It’s a little weird to get used to but you’ll be going to the Jewel grocery store and people will still start talking to you in line about what it is you’re buying and how your day is going. They actually want to know about what it is you’re buying. If you’re in the city and someone talks to you you just look down, you’ve got your blinders on and you just you don’t talk to people in the city. It’s a big difference, so you will have to get used to the friendlier community and people want to talk and chat about the day the weather and what’s going on in your day.

So that’s my top five things as a Chicago person moving to the suburbs that you would need to get used to some of them are kind of moderate and not that big a deal and some of them it will take a little while to get used to. That’s my top five. I’m Amy Pearson a realtor with @Properties and please check out my next video!

Chicago Western Suburbs – Top 5 Suburbs in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

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Have you been thinking about what suburb in Chicago Western area is the perfect place for you and your family to move to? Well I've got you covered today because I've got my top five western suburbs to check out. I'm Amy Pearson, I'm a local realtor with @Properties and if you like my top five suburbs video, please hit the like button! 


All right my number five would be Lisle, Illinois. Lisle is a suburb of Chicago with 
population around 23,000. It is in DuPage County and it's rated one of the best places to live in 
Illinois. living in Lisle offers residents urban and suburban mixed feel most residents own their 
own home and while there's lots of restaurants coffee shops and parks many young professionals 
live in Lisle and residents tend to lean more moderate political views and Lisle the public 
schools in the area are also highly rated. Lisle is known for the Morton Arboretum, which is I kind 
of call it an outdoor tree museum, you can drive through it, hike through it and there's also a 
children's garden area, It's great to check out the Morton Arboretum. There's Four Lake Ski Hill 
and Lisle as well as Benedictine University are some of the key things that Lisle is known for. 


Number four would be Wheaton, Illinois. Wheaton is also a suburb of Chicago population around 
53,000 it is also located in DuPage County. It is one of the best places in Illinois to live 
living in. Wheaton offers a dense suburban feel and most residents own their own home in 
Wheaton. Residents can enjoy lots of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and 
young professionals in Wheaton and residents tend to lean conservatively politically. The 
public schools in Wheaton are also highly rated and Wheaton is known for it's home to the DuPage 
County Fairgrounds. The DuPage County Fairground Association hosts the annual DuPage County 
Fair in late July. There's also the Coosley Zoo is located in Wheaton, it's a great smaller 
scale zoo probably perfect for a toddler size, it's really pretty great for toddlers and 
there's Wheaton College located in downtown Wheaton sometimes referred to as the Harvard of 
Eventual schools. 

Glen Ellyn

All right number three would be Glenn Ellyn, a suburb of Chicago they have 
the population around 27,000. It's a little bit smaller town Glen Ellyn is in DuPage County also 
rated one of the best places in Illinois to live. Living in Glen Ellyn offers residents an 
urban suburban mix, most residents do own their own home and in Glen Ellyn there's lots 
of restaurants coffee shops and parks to enjoy many families in Glen Ellyn tend to lean 
conservatively politically. The schools in Glen Ellyn are highly rated. Some things that Glenn 
Ellyn is known for is for actually the setting of a local resident O. T. Nelson's 1975 novel 
The Girl Who Owned A City, it's actually a young adult book, I highly recommend it, I've read it. 
And Glenbard West High School were also used in the setting of the movie Lucas which was filmed in 
1986, great movie. 

Oak Park

Number two western suburb of my top of my top five western suburbs would be 
Oak Park, Illinois. Oak Park is the first western suburb outside of Chicago and many 
houses in Oak Park are over 100 years old. And it's where Frank Lloyd Wright style homes 
are also there because he had a studio there. There's also the historical Gunderson style 
homes in Oak Park which is a suburb of Chicago population 52,000. It's located in Cook County and 
it's one of the best places to live in Illinois rated. Living Oak Park offers residents an 
urban suburban mixed feel. Most residents own their own home in Oak Park and there are a lot of 
restaurants, coffee shops, and parks .In Oak Park the public schools in Oak Park are highly rated 
and the residents also tend to lean liberal. In Oak Park also has two CTA lines that run through 
Oak Park ,there is the Blue line as well as the Green line and the Metra, all great for 
commuting. And according to, Oak Park is the number three best suburbs 
for young professionals in Illinois. In Oak Park here are some of the things that 
is known for it is known for Frank Lloyd Wright architect and he lived and designed several houses 
and buildings in Oak Park area. It was also the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. 


All right number one on my list would be Naperville, Illinois. Naperville is a city in Illinois population 
147,000. Naperville is located in DuPage County and it's rated one of the best places in Illinois 
to live living in. Naperville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents do 
own their own home in Naperville there's plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks to enjoy. The residents in Naperville tend to have moderate political views and the public schools in neighborhood are highly rated. Some of the things that Naperville is known for would be the downtown Naperville Riverwalk which has lots of parks and sidewalks and bridges for people to enjoy, the top-rated schools, the Naperville Settlement which
is a area of historical buildings that people can pay to go into and check out. It's really great around the holidays and they decorate the buildings up and the DuPage Children's Museum is also located in Naperville and it is home to North Central College. 

Now that I've shared with you my top five Chicago Western Suburbs, it's easy to see 
why people are making a move to these communities. I'm Amy Pearson, realtor with @Properties, 
I provide local community and real estate information on the western suburbs

District 203 & District 204 – Are Naperville Schools Good?

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Today I am going to give you information on why people move out to Naperville.  One of the reasons people like to move out here is because of the public schools.  And you might be wondering? Are the public schools good?

Well, today I am going to give you some stats and information about the public schools here in Naperville.  There are two districts in Naperville. District 203 and District 204 that I am going to talk about today.  Alright so these numbers are according to 2021 numbers.

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District 203 is the number 7 district in the state of Illinois out of 413 districts.  District 204 is number 12 in Illinois, so both are top rated school districts.  District 203 is ranked number 24 for the best teachers in Illinois out of 634 districts, that’s great!  District 203 also ranked number 2 in Illinois for best athletics out of 436.  District 204 is number 13 for school districts for best athletics in Illinois.  Both districts are top districts for athletics!

There is a school district in Naperville that is also US ranked! That’s right!  For the US best ranked school districts in America, District 203 is number 39 out of 10,760 districts across the US.  So that’s great that district 203 is ranked across the US.  Also for best schools districts in America for Athletics district 203 is ranked 39 out of 10,760 school districts. It is a nationally ranked district! Both districts are great.

I just wanted to give you some stats on why some people are interested in the public schools out here in Naperville. I am Amy Pearson, I am a local realtor with @properites, if you have any questions in the western suburbs, I’d love to help you out. Alright take care.

Chicago Western Suburbs

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Chicago the windy city and the city of big shoulders it’s an amazing city that i love for its dining scene and culture. Many of my clients who have young families or they’re relocating to Chicago, have reached out to me because they’re looking for more space and they’re looking for top-rated schools.

The Chicago western suburbs have top-rated public schools, transportation to downtown Chicago and plenty of green space. Subscribe to my channel to learn more about the Chicago western suburbs, about the community, real estate and happenings in the western suburbs. My name is Amy Pearson I’m a realtor with @Properties and I’m a Mom. I grew up in Naperville and would love to be your relocation guy to the western suburbs subscribe today to get notified weekly when I drop a new video.

Downtown Naperville, IL Driving Tour

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Are you thinking about making a move out to the suburbs and you're not sure what there is to do once you get out there? Well come along with me today on a driving tour of downtown Naperville. I am going to show you there's plenty of restaurants and retail. I'm Amy Pearson realtor with that @Properties and I'm going to do a brief driving tour of downtown Naperville come along. Please click on the youtube view to watch the driving tour.

Hope you enjoy my driving tour video, I am just showing you a small section of downtown Naperville but, it shows you there's plenty to do with lots of restaurants, bars and nightlife as well as retail. You won't be bored in Naperville! All right I'm Amy Pearson with @properties.

Living in Naperville, IL – 5 Fun Facts About Naperville, Illinois

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I am Amy Pearson, I’m a local realtor with @Properties and I am on the team Lux Home Chicago. We serve downtown Chicago as well as the western suburbs, specifically Naperville, IL. Today I am going to give you my 5 fun facts about Naperville, IL. You may or may not know if you are thinking about moving to Naperville, you may find these facts kinda fun and interesting.

Commute and Avoid Traffic?

Alright, so if you are gonna live in Naperville and work downtown you may be thinking how do I get downtown and avoid the traffic on the highway? Well, we have two Metra train stations in Naperville. There is the Mainstreet train station in downtown Naperville as well as the Route 59 station. Two options, I believe both stations have the option to take express trains that skip some of the stops along the route, and they do still stop at some stops along the way. There also is the Amtrak that stops 4 times a day at the mainstreet station.

How Far from Chicago?

If you are thinking about Naperville for your move you may be wondering, well how far away is Naperville from Chicago specifically? Well we are about 28 miles outside of Chicago.

Who is Naperville Named After?

Another interesting fact about Naperville, you might want to know is who it is named after. Naperville is actually named after a person. It was named after Joe Naper who was the founder of Naperville. He founded it along the DuPage River in 1831. He drew the first plat in 1842 and was elected the president of the board when the village of Naperville was incorporated in 1857.

What festivals are in Naperville in the summer?       

I would say the biggest festivals would be The Naperville Jaycee’s Last Fling!  which is Labor Day weekend, it is kinda the celebration of end of summer, It has concerts, carnival rides, carnival games that everyone can enjoy. Free to enter but tickets to buy for the rides. The other festival is the Naperville RibFest, or Also known as the Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest held over the 4th of July holiday.

FREE Parking!

Another fact about Naperville you may or may not know is that the parking is free in downtown Naperville! You may not think that is is a big deal but it is kinda a good deal to not have to pay for parking if you are going out to eat or going to buy something quickly downtown in Naperville.  In Chicago you have to pay for parking and it can be expensive. Other suburbs you do have to pay for parking in their downtown area such as Oak Park you do have to pay for their downtown parking facilities.

But there actually is a reason why there is free parking in downtown Naperville. I am going to tell you the history behind it. Back in the day when Fox Valley Mall was being built, The Naperville Business Alliance made the decision that they wanted to make sure that the local businesses in downtown Naperville were still getting the support and customers coming because they were worried about the free parking at the mall and that people would go there instead of to the local businesses in Naperville. The business Alliance decided to get together and a very key decision that affected the life of downtown Naperville and that was to get rid of all the parking meters in downtown Naperville and make it free parking so they could compete with the Mall, Fox Valley Mall. And it’s been free parking in Naperville ever since. I think it has really helped the businesses grow, the retail and the  restaurant scene. Another thing about the parking, the parking garages actually have the number of parking spaces displayed that are available and it really stays up to count every time a spot gets parked, it ticks down. I will say at lunch time it does get a little full. Also the parking garages get fuller around dinner time and around 8pm. But still free parking is pretty awesome! 

Alright those are my five fun facts about Naperville. If you or anyone you know if thinking about moving to Naperville, Illinois. Please keep me in mind as a realtor. I’d love to help you out!

Why Move to Naperville, Illinois?

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I’m Amy Pearson. I’m a local realtor here in Naperville, Illinois and today I’m going to give you my five reasons on why you should consider making a move to Naperville this year. All right but first I’m going to give you a little bit of background information. I am a realtor here in naperville, I grew up here and i’ve decided to raise my daughter here with my husband ​​and these are some of the reasons why I think you should consider possibly making a move to Naperville. I work with buyers, sellers, and renters as well as investors. I have worked with people who live out of state and I have done a lot of great zoom tours for people who don’t live in the area and they can preview the property before they view it in person. Please feel free to reach out to me via email, instagram or you can just give me a call.

Here’s my five reasons: the restaurants in Naperville, the retail scene, the small town vibe, then the top rated public schools and of course the end of summer festival!

Restaurant Scene

The restaurant scene has a wide variety of culinary places you can check out here in the Naperville area. There’s also some restaurants that you can get here in Naperville that are actually in downtown Chicago as well so you don’t need to drive that long drive to Chicago to check out Morton’s Steak, Catch 35, Hugo’s Frog Bar or Fogo de Chao. They’re all right here in Naperville!

Retail Scene

Next would be the retail scene here in Naperville. Within just a few block radius you can check out some of your favorite retail stores like Lululemon, Athleta, Banana Republic and Anne Taylor. They’re all right here within a few walking block distance to check out.

Small Town Vibe

The next would be the small town vibe feel in Naperville when you drive into the downtown area, you’ll see it’s very cutesy with old vintage buildings and the covered bridges on the riverwalk. You really get this cutesy small-town vibe even though Naperville is the fifth largest town in Illinois. People are very friendly, you’ll go to the grocery store and people will chat with you and ask you questions. If you’re in a larger urban area, it’s definitely a different vibe and people may not be as friendly so it definitely has a small town vibe here in Naperville.

Public Schools 

All right, the next reason would be the public schools here in Naperville. There are two districts here in Naperville district 203 is ranked number seven in the state and Indian Prairie District 204 is ranked number nine in states. The public schools are top rated here and that’s a great reason to consider Naperville for your next home.

End of Summer Festival 

Then after the public schools, I would say another reason would be the end of summer celebration and it is the Naperville Jaycee’s Last Fling. It is held over Labor Day weekend as a four day celebration. It’s free admission to get in there’s concerts, carnival rides and it’s just a fun way to celebrate the end of summer and back to school time! 

Those are kind of my five reasons why you really should consider a move to the Naperville area for your next home. If you’re thinking about buying or selling please reach out to me. I’d love to help you! 

Tips for First Time Buyers! What should first time buyers look out for when buying a new Home?

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I’m going to give you my two tips that I always like to tell my buyers. There are two things you can’t change about that property that you’re thinking about buying. My name is Amy Pearson I am a realtor with @Properties, I am on the Lux Home Chicago team, we serve Chicago, downtown Chicago as well as the Naperville area, if you’re thinking about buying or selling please keep me a mind, I’d love to help you out.

My two tips I tell everyone that is a first-time buyer, which are the two things you can’t change about that property is location and the other one is the footprint. Okay, location I know you always hear location, location, location, but it’s 
true! If you find your perfect dream home and it’s 10 miles on the edge of town you can’t change that, it may be a perfect home but your commute may take longer, getting to the grocery store could take longer. Is that location going to fit your lifestyle for the next 5 to 10 years or however long you’re known that property? You need to keep that in 
mind because you can’t change location of that property.

The other thing you can’t change is the footprint. When i say footprint, I mean the square footage of the home so if you’re looking at a home that’s 2,500 square feet. You can’t change that footprint of your home unless maybe you buy a house and you do a addition later but really you’re working with 2,500 square feet. If you’re thinking of maybe growing your family or having additional pets is that footprint that you bought originally going to continue working for you for the next five to ten years? You need to think about if it will work for the lifetime that you own at home.  

Those are my two tips a first time buyers that you need to think about that you cannot change with that property when you buy it. Alright I’m Amy Pearson with @Pproperties please keep me in mind if you are thinking of buying or selling in the Chicago area.


Moving from Chicago to Naperville – Cost of Living in Chicago, IL VS Naperville, Illinois!

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I’m Amy Pearson with @properties. I am a realtor on the team Lux Home Chicago Chicago. And today I’m going to talk to you about the cost of living: Chicago versus Naperville, Illinois. If you’re thinking about making the move, I’ve done the research for you. So, you don’t have to do the research what the cost of living is. All right. So, I am Amy, realtor here, with @properties. I work with buyers, sellers, renters, as well as investors. I’d love to help you out. If you’re thinking about making a move to the Western suburbs or in the Chicago area, I work the downtown market as well. 

Here’s my research. This is 2021 numbers. It’s actually from June, 2021, according to I did do the research. I didn’t just make these numbers up. All right. So, grocery prices in Naperville, Illinois are 19.4% lower than in Chicago, Illinois. So, your grocery bills would be a bit cheaper shopping in the burbs. All right. Restaurant prices in Naperville compared to Chicago are 5.48% lower than Chicago. 

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A meal, if you’re to get an inexpensive restaurant in Chicago, would be about $17. In Naperville, it would be $16. So, a little… A dollar difference. What about a gallon of milk? Okay. A gallon of milk… This is June, 2021 numbers again. A gallon milk in Chicago was $3.13, and in Naperville it was $2.77. So, 11% cheaper. All right. What about gas? My mom used to always, “Make sure you fill up your gas in the suburbs”. And there’s a reason why people always tell you to fill up in the suburbs, your gas in your car. Chicago, a gallon of gas is $3.03. This is June, 2021. And in April it was $2.63. 13% cheaper to fill up in Naperville than in the city.

Childcare costs. If you’re wondering, if you have a young child, what will your childcare cost be? For childcare for full-day preschool, this is preschool, monthly amount, if you were to live in Chicago would be $1,400ish. If you were to be in Naperville, childcare preschool full-day would be around $1,100. So, it’s about 22% less. All right. What about the cost of living difference for apartment living? We’ll just do some basics: one bedroom in the city center. In Chicago, a one bedroom average in the center of downtown Chicago would be about $1,800. And in Naperville a one bedroom in the city center would be $1,500. So, 18% cheaper to rent in Naperville versus Chicago. And then price per square foot. To buy an apartment in the city center of Chicago versus Naperville, per foot in Chicago, it is $443. And then in Naperville, price per square foot, it is $191. So, it’s 56% less to buy an apartment in the downtown area of Naperville versus Chicago.

Those are some stats I thought you might find interesting on the cost of living in Naperville versus Chicago. If you’re thinking about buying or selling or making that move out to the suburbs, I’d love to help you out. I’m Amy Pearson with @properties. Shoot me an email at if you have any questions. Take care.

Chicago Real Estate Market 2021 – Where to buy in 2021? Looking for a Buyer’s Market in Chicago?

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I have gotten a few calls from people asking where should I buy now? I know the market is really hot but where would be a good place for an investment? Well, here is one of my tips for buying right now if you are looking for an investment property maybe, even a rental property. I have even gotten calls from people looking to buy a condo for their child that is going to start college in the fall.  

One market that you might want to think about is the Gold Coast in downtown Chicago. Why? Why are you thinking? Well there is an 11 months inventory. That’s right 11 months! Doesn’t mean a condo will be on the market for 11 
months, it just means if nothing new is added to the market, it would take 11 months for everything to sell. Compare it to a suburb, say Naperville it’s around one month inventory. Stuff is moving fast in the suburbs. Gold Coast it has 11 months inventory, it is a buyers market. So great place for an investor right now to look at is the Gold Coast!

Number 2 area that you can think about as an investment would be the South Loop area. The current month inventory for July 2021 is at 6 months. Technically 4 – 6 months is considered a balanced market. But it is at 6.1 
so it is ticking up there so South Loop is one to keep an eye on if you are thinking of buying an investment property.

Alright those are my 2 areas, tips for 2021 where you should think about buying an investment property. I’m Amy Pearson with @Properties, please keep me in mind if you are thinking about buying or selling