Moving to Illinois? 5 of Chicago’s Best Suburbs Offer Something for Everyone

Are you dreaming about moving to one of Chicago’s best suburbs? Beginning in May, people from all over the country start making plans to move to a new home or apartment. Some people move across town and others across the country. Here in Chicago, moving over the summer months is a million times easier than moving in Chicago during winter.

In fact, Chicagoans get through frigid winters by dreaming about summertime recreational opportunities. While Lake County has over 200 lakes and rivers, Lake Michigan boasts 40-miles of shoreline and 100 different beaches. As a result, so many vacationers flock to Chicago’s ‘burbs that tourism brings in over one billion dollars annually. However, it’s the locals who know all of the best places to eat, play, and swim.

Boating Lake County is for anyone who loves fishing, water skiing, canoeing, or all of the above. We combed through data from Neighborhood Scout,, and to find our list of a few of Chicago’s best suburbs for families, young professionals, and retirees.


1. The Village of Mundelein in Lake County

students smiling at one another at a school library in one of chicago's best suburbs

PlayScore: 79 out of 100
Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
Median Home Price: $225,00

The Village of Mundelein is a picturesque town and vibrant community located in the heart of Lake County Illinois. With a population of around 32,000 residents, Mundelein makes our list as one of Chicago’s best suburbs for its ideal location, excellent business opportunities, and top-rated schools.

Known for having a thriving manufacturing industry, Mundelein is home to Medline Industries, a global manufacturer, and distributor of medical products. Commuters enjoy being only 41-miles from Downtown Chicago and can hop on the Metra NCS to the Ogilvie Train Station.

Housing values are downright affordable when you compare Mundelein real estate prices with other Chicago North suburbs, and it’s a great place to raise a family, retire, or start a business. Residents enjoy sunbathing at Diamond Lake Beach while tourists visit Fort Hill Heritage Center.

Mundelein Private and Public Schools

There are two primary public school districts in Mundelein. The Diamond Lake School District enrolls 1,078 students and features a preschool, an elementary school, and a middle school. The Village’s other school district, Mundelein ESD School District enrolls 1,679 students and includes a preschool, two elementary schools, and a middle school.

There are four high schools in Mundelein: Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein High School District #120, Community High School District #128, Libertyville High School, and Vernon Hill High School. The Mundelein High School Business INcubator gives students the opportunity to develop their own product or service with the help from local business owners and entrepreneurs. Highly regarded neighborhoods for education in Mundelein include Ivanhoe, Sylvan Lake, Diamond Lake, and Village Center.

Are you planning a move in Mundelein, IL? You can easily find short- and long-term storage solutions at Metro’s brand new state-of-art Mundelein self storage facility located across the street from Oak Creek Shopping Center off I-94.


2. The Village of Lake Bluff, Illinois

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Average Commute time: 45 minutes Score: 9 out of 10
Median Home Price: $483,841

Rated as one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods by Chicago Magazine, Lake Bluff enjoys accolades for hosting the best farmer’s market and for being a hip and happy lakeside town. One of the smallest ‘burbs on our list, Lake Bluff boasts seven parks amongst its two primary neighborhoods.

The Village Center Neighborhood is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and consists primarily of three- to five-bedroom homes. Some residences were built before 1940, which means storage space is at a premium. Even so, buying a home in Lake Bluff is an expensive; the median list price of $275 per square foot is higher than the Chicago Metro.

Lake Bluff is an ideal Chicago Suburb for those employed in executive, management, and other types of professional occupations. Located 33-miles north of Downtown Chicago, commuters can easily hop on the Metra UP-N to get to work. However, around 10% of Lake Bluff residents work from their home offices. Anyone faced with a commute from Lake Bluff will spend between 45-minutes to over an hour commuting one-way to work every day.

Employment Opportunities Near Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff is nearby to some of Lake County’s largest employers including the area’s best hospitals: Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Northshore Highland Park Hospital. Other Lake County Leading employers near Lake Bluff, IL:

  • PCA (Packaging Corporation of America): Package, transport, and display products manufacturing
  • Tenneco Incorporated: Motor vehicle parts and accessories
  • Trustmark Insurance Company: Insurance products and programs
  • W.W. Grainger: Electrical apparatus & equipment manufacturer since 1927
  • Brunswick Corporation: Designing and manufacturing a wide variety of products since 1845.


Queen Anne and Midwestern Prairie-style homes can leave Lake Bluff residents scrambling for seasonal self storage solutions. Thankfully, residents and businesses can easily find a locally owned and operated self storage facilities located throughout Chicago’s best suburbs.


3. The Village of Deerfield in Lake County

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PlayScore: 79 out of 100 Score: 10
Average Commute Time: 33 minutes
Median Home Price: $413,568

The Village of Deerfield is approximately 25-miles north of Chicago making it an attractive Chicago Suburb for anyone seeking respite from the hectic big-city lifestyle. The Township of Deerfield is located adjacent to Bannockburn and Highland Park, and Glencoe which is home to the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

While around 12% of Deerfield’s residents work from their home office, almost 15% of the neighborhood’s commuters ride the train to work in Chicago; it takes about an hour to get to the Ogilvie Station on the Metra UP-N line from Deerfield.

Located on Chicago’s North Shore, Deerfield is a desirable place to live for urban sophisticates who are people looking to trade in fast-paced city life for a small, tight-knit community. With a population of 19,019, Deerfield is a great place to raise kids too. The combination of good schools, low crime, and a high rate of homeownership provides a solid community for parents to raise their children.  

Deerfield Public Schools

Deerfield Public School District 109 includes two high schools, two middle schools, four elementary schools, and one preschool. The best Deerfield neighborhoods for education are Village Center, Waukegan Road/Deerfield Road, Saunders Road/Deerfield Road, and County Line Road/Pine Street. As a result, these neighborhoods are also the most expensive areas to buy or rent a home.    

When you combine senior-living and family-friendly neighborhoods with tolerable commute times for those working in Downtown Chicago, Deerfield offers a lot to individuals and families. The Village’s brand new self storage facility offers affordable Deerfield residential and business storage solutions.

Deerfield gets our vote for one of Chicago’s best suburbs for all of these reasons. Plus it boasts a fairly decent WalkScore of 69, which is pretty impressive for a suburb.


4. The Village of Palatine Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

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PlayScore: 68 out of 100 Score: 10
HomeMedian Home Price: $309,286

“A real hometown” motto and a population of almost 70,000 people make Palatine one of Chicago’s medium-sized suburbs. Moreover, it has a reputation as an amazing town with friendly, helpful people. The Village recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Most notable community-based events were a family-friendly bike tour of historical sites and burying a time capsule. Palatine’s two high schools, the community college, and the town’s library have all received special national honors.

Located approximately 30-miles from the Ogilvie Transportation Hub in Chicago, many Palatine residents get to work on the Metra UP-NW Line. Other residents work in Palatine or nearby towns in manufacturing, retail, and healthcare, scientific, and technical services.

Palatine Neighborhoods

There are ten primary neighborhoods in Palatine. Because of its proximity to Deer Grove and Paul Douglas Forest Preserves, the Colfax/Northwest neighborhood is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Palatine offers plenty of housing options including small studio and two bedroom apartments to larger three- and four-bedroom apartments and townhomes. Consequently, Palatine apartment dwellers looking to create a little more space in their homes can turn to Metro Self Storage conveniently located on Colfax Road. This new, climate-controlled self storage facility features state-of-the-art security as well as fully illuminated buildings and parking lots.

Like many of Chicago’s best suburbs, Palatine has a rich historical past. The George Clayson House located on Northwest Highway cost about $2,300 to build in 1873. Today, the home is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a result, it serves as a grand reminder of the Palatine’s rich historic culture and Victorian Italianate past.


5. The Village of Lake Zurich

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PlayScore: 79 out of 100 Score: 9 out of 10
Average Commute Time: 33 minutes
Median Home Price: $413,568

The Village of Lake Zurich is a family-friendly community located 38-miles north of Downtown Chicago. This Chicago Suburb is famous for its festivals, Fourth of July celebrations, and marathons. Another fun fact is the Village shares its namesake with a 228-acre lake bordered by Paulus Park. So it’s no surprise that Lake Zurich is a popular summer destination for locals and visitors who love fishing here.

Commuters can hop on the Metra to get to other cities for work, and the majority of the town’s residents work in computer-related fields. Employment opportunities in Lake County are plentiful and Lake Zurich’s workforce primarily comprises of managers, sales and office workers, and healthcare professionals.

Lake Zurich’s School District

The Lake Zurich CUSD 95 School District enrolls 5,738 students and features eight schools. The best schools in Lake Zurich are Sarah Adams Elementary School, May Whitney Elementary School, and Lake Zurich High School.

Most noteworthy neighborhoods in Lake Zurich are homes surrounding the Cuba Marsh Preserve and the Village Center. Many Lake Zurich residents are within biking or walking distance to the center of town.


Chicago’s Best Suburbs Offer Something for Everyone

Chicago ranks as one of the most exciting cities to be single, start a career, or for entrepreneurial development. However, when it comes time to raise a family or retire, a big city can present challenges. Chicago’s best suburbs offer a range of lifestyle options for families. Whether you’re looking for an urban enclave or to spend a little less on your house payments, moving to the ‘burbs can increase your quality of life.

Metro Self Storage helps people just like you find reliable, affordable storage solutions. Headquartered in Lake Forest, IL, it is the 5th largest privately-held self storage company in the United States.

The professionally trained Property Managers at Metro have years of experience and can offer tips designed to help you with every step of your storage experience.

Here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that self storage is a reliable partner for many people’s life stories.  


6 Reasons People Like Living in Southwest Philadelphia

With a population of 1,567,442 and growing, Philadelphia has come a long way since the Founding Fathers gathered here to sign the Declaration of Independence. Today, it is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. This can can make choosing where to live within the 136-square-mile city a daunting task. If you are looking for more affordable housing options in proximity to the airport and public transportation with a nature preserve as your backyard, living in Southwest Philadelphia could be the right location for you. Continue reading “6 Reasons People Like Living in Southwest Philadelphia”

Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business

To celebrate National Moving Month, we questioned storage managers from 10 Metro Self Storage locations to bring you the top 10 tips from over 40 years in the storage business.

Founded in 1973 by Karl F. Nagel, Metro Self Storage has grown to over 100 storage facilities in 11 states and continues to help people just like you find the perfect storage solution when moving or experiencing another type of life transition. Continue reading “Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business”

Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? Bloomington Ranks as Best City to Live

Minneapolis continues to rank as one of the best cities to live in the US, and its suburbs regularly rank in top publications like Money Magazine and Forbes as the best places to move to for anyone looking for a high quality of life and above-average income. If you are moving to Minneapolis suburbs, Bloomington ranks as the best city to live in due to its alluring combination of small-town charm and big-city amenities.

Bloomington is a culturally diverse community with neighborly residents who graciously host over 42 million visitors who who travel from near and far to see the Mall of America. Many of the reasons so many tourists travel to Bloomington are the same reasons why people love to call Bloomington home.

Ideally situated on the north bank of the Minnesota River and only 10 miles from Downtown Minneapolis, retirees, professionals, and families with kids of all ages are moving to Bloomington, MN.

Furnish Your New Home for Cheap

Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs

When it comes time to furnish your Bloomington apartment or home, there is always a budget to consider, and Ikea fits the bill for spending less on furniture so you can spend more to watch your favorite Minnesota sports team at Target Field.

Shopping at Ikea for the basics, like a bed, sofa, dresser drawers, and tables, is cost-effective and will save you time and effort. You can furnish an entire home after less than a day of shopping at Ikea—yes, this is possible because I have done it—and then enjoy cafeteria-style Swedish fare that includes savory meatballs and delicious chocolate fudge cake.

But go after the crowds subside to avoid long lines, and grab a seat next in front of one of the large picture windows. Pick up everything else you need to furnish your new home such as artwork and other household items, over the coming weeks and months from one of Bloomington’s numerous top-rated thrift, vintage, and consignment shops.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Bloomington MN Mall of America

The world renown Mall of America boasts 520 stores, and with no sales tax on clothes and shoes. As such, it is the perfect destination if you like to shop until you drop.

More than just a shopping destination, Mall of America offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment from Toddler Tuesdays to Nickelodeon Universe. You can try out for Minnesota Vikings cheerleader or to be on the Skol Line, the official drumline of the Minnesota Vikings.

Hitch a Ride

Moving to Bloomington MN

One of the things that make Minneapolis a great place to live for people who want to ditch their cars and reduce their carbon footprint is the Metro Transit. It combines a light rail and bus system to connect Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul with Bloomington and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with two lines to Mall of America in Bloomington.

While Minneapolis offers exciting sports and a vibrant nightlife, by choosing to live in a less expensive neighboring suburb like Bloomington, you will never be more than 15 minutes away from a museum, the theater, a sports event, farm-to-table dining, or tax-free shopping thanks to the Metro and 35W and 394.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Moving to Bloomington

What keeps everyone from going stir crazy in Bloomington during the famously frigid Minnesota winters? Places like the thrilling indoor Water Park of America. Anyone living in a Mediterranean climate might find the idea of a water park indoors a little odd; however when you live in Minnesota where temperatures routinely drop into the single digits in the wintertime, an indoor water park is not an oxymoron.

In fact, Downtown Minneapolis has over 11 miles of enclosed pedestrian footbridges or skyways, over 69 city blocks allowing people to live, work, and shop without ever having to leave climate-controlled comfort.

Overall Bloomington gets high ranks from its residents according to the National Business Survey, and it  offers more jobs per capita than any other Minneapolis Suburb in Hennepin County. Whether you are moving to Bloomington to work at one of its major employers—Mall of America, Ceridian, Donaldson Company, Toro, or Seagate Technologies—or to attend school at Normandale Community College or University of Minnesota, it promises to offer an enviable lifestyle. Just remember to pack plenty of warm clothes.

3 Reasons Why People Love Moving to Corpus Christi, TX

Moving away can be sad and stressful. When you move somewhere awesome, though, the change is much easier. Instead of being a source of anxiety, a move can be the most exciting event of the year.
Corpus Christi is a place you can be excited to move to. It combines Texan charm with a beautiful coastline, offering plenty of things to do and see. Here are three reasons why moving to Corpus Christi would be a great place to go.
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Why People Love Moving to El Paso, Texas

Are you thinking about moving to El Paso, Texas? The sixth-largest city in Texas and locally known as “Sun City” due to 297 days of sunshine, El Paso has a lot to offer current and new residents alike. From leading universities and the world’s largest military base to a thriving economy and restaurants dishing up delicious Texas barbecue and Mexican food, who wouldn’t love moving to El Paso?
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8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland, Texas

Midland is located in the western southern plains of Texas, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just another city in the middle of nowhere. On the contrary, Midland is known for its small-city charm and big-city choices. It offers a diverse mix of entertainment, employment, and lifestyle opportunities, and it seems that everyone, from young professionals and growing families, to aging Baby Boomers and retirees, is migrating to Midland. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland, Texas”

Christmas Shopping in River North Chicago

Have you been procrastinating your Holiday shopping? Don’t panic yet. Chicago has some of the best Christmas shopping destinations in the Midwest. It is an exciting place to be any time of the year, but at Christmas, the sky is the limit in Chicago. Get ready to bundle up because you can watch the Magnificent Mile sparkle, ice skaters doing pirouettes in Millennium Park, and free concerts everywhere.

But perhaps the biggest treat in store for tourists and Chicagoans alike this holiday season is Christmas Shopping in River North Chicago.

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How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Living in Brooklyn, NY Easy

Big city apartments are usually high on costs and short on space, especially in terms of storage space such as closets and cabinets. The trend towards smaller apartments in New York is growing so rapidly that modular micro-apartments ranging anywhere from 260 to 360 square feet are now being prefabricated in Brooklyn, NY. A 45-minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan, Sheepshead Bay is experiencing a mini-housing boom. Nearby, is Brighton Beach, which is home to colonies of tiny Brooklyn Bungalows.

While the idea of living in a minute amount of space may come as a shock to most, for many New Yorkers, a self storage unit often serves as a second home.

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Why Retirees are Moving to Sarasota, Florida

What do the beach, ballet, and baseball all have in common? We’ll give you a hint … with sunsets that last forever and sugar sand beaches this Garden State city is a popular destination for tourists and retirees alike. Are thinking about moving to Sarasota, Florida? We thought so. Whether you are a snowbird researching the best places to retire or want to relocate your family to an excellent school district on the west coast of Florida, the vibrant town of Sarasota has something for everyone.

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How to Prepare Your RV for Storage in Chicago

Get Ready! Winter in Chicago is On its Way

Winterizing your RV for the winter is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are moving to or live in a colder part of the country like moving to Minneapolis or moving to Chicago find a suitable winter home for your vehicle before the mercury really starts to plummet.

If you’re lucky enough to have access to indoor climate-controlled RV storage, and can afford the fee, this type of facility will allow you to skip some of the winterizing steps and tasks that are typically required for RV winter storage in freezing temperatures.
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Moving to Philadelphia Suburbs & Delaware Valley

10 Fun Facts You Should Know

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in Philadelphia, there is no shortage of options. Take the stress out of your move to the Philadelphia Suburbs and have fun in Delaware Valley. It’s the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. With a rich heritage and culture, great entertainment, and a thriving population it’s no wonder people love to move here.


There are wonderful communities to live and raise a family, excellent schools, and a variety of employment opportunities. Once you’re moved in and unpacked, be sure to check out all the places to see and incredible Philly foods.
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Moving to West Chicago, IL: 7 Things You Need to Know

Located 30 miles due west of downtown Chicago in DuPage County, the City of West Chicago has a rich history. It was created when three railroads came together in the area. Manufacturing jobs, eating houses, and hotels for travelers soon sprang up because so many trains met at this juncture. Most of the residents were chiefly farmers and railroad employees.


Today, West Chicago is a popular commuter town (due to its more affordable rents) to nearby Chicago. Additionally, you can leave your car behind and take public transportation (the Metra) to downtown Chicago.
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7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to North Side Chicago

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in Chicago, there are so many choices in the Windy City that Fodor’s Travel decided to publish an article titled “10 Things Not To Do In Chicago.” While this might be helpful for tourists who are on a tight schedule, if you’re moving here the first question on your mind probably is something like: “Where are the nice neighborhoods in Chicago?”

We’ve narrowed the playing field for you by identifying two very fine communities on Chicago’s North Side, and info on Chicago culture and trivia so you’ll feel right at home when you arrive.
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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? 4 of the Best ‘Burbs in Minnesota

Minneapolis is ranked as one of the best cities to live in America, and several Twin Cities suburbs consistently rank high for quality of life and affordability.

Last year, Maple Grove, Minnesota got a shout out from Money magazine and was listed 2nd on their list of the best suburbs’ in America, but it doesn’t stop there. Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Mound have all been featured in well-respected publications including CNN, Outside Magazine, and Bloomberg.

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The Million Dollar Storage Question: What Size Do I Need?

It’s a question we’ve all asked experts, even perfect strangers, and ourselves. From carry on suitcases and skis to mountain bikes, moving trucks, and yes, even self storage—What Size Do I Need?—is usually the first question that comes to mind.

Finding the correct answer practically guarantees you’ll save time and money. If you start out with the right size, it means you aren’t overpaying for more than you need. Nor will you waste time on returning or exchanging something because you got the wrong size.

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The Top 5 Reasons Metro Self Storage in Deerfield Will Make You Happy


What should your athletic club, bank, and favorite coffee shop all have in common? Ideally, they’re conveniently located to work with your schedule. Why? Because everyone knows the keys to happiness are money, muscles, and coffee, right? Seriously though, while there are scientifically proven ways to be incredibly happy, Metro Self Storage understands what you want when it comes to renting a self storage unit for your home or business items.

1.  A welcoming and exceptional storage team that strives to exceed your expectations
2.  Relax with our 24-hour state of the art security monitoring
3.  The ultimate in self storage convenience—drive up climate controlled storage units in a wide variety of sizes
4.  Access your belongings 7 days a week
5.  Stay out of the rain, snow, and sun with the luxury of covered loading and unloading

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