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Head due north from the wonder of Chicago and you'll discover Evanston, a study in contrasts with the Windy City. And their wonderful similarities. Aptly known as the North Shore, Evanston is a 7.8 square-mile city, a storied community of 75,000 residents (give or take) that's been a beacon of education and innovation for 150-plus years. A mini Windy City.

What's so wonderful? Maybe it's Northwestern University and the 141 steps of Grosse Point Lighthouse, the striking beauty of Ladd Arboretum, or playing in one of Evanston's 300 acres of parks, playgrounds and beaches complete with swings and slides to sailing, golf and volleyball.

Undoubtedly it's Fountain Square Tower, the Frances Willard House and all of the galleries, boutiques and music and book nooks and restaurants. And it's definitely celebrations like Bike the Ridge, Paint Evanston Purple and the Evanston 150. Indeed, Evanston is the ideal blend of urban and burb living.

Take up residence here and find out how great it is to have big city comforts wrapped in small town charm. Just a stone's throw to Chicago and the suburbs via CTA buses, the 'L' and Metra, there's plenty of room available. Here in Heavenston.

You'll b in love with the mini Windy City.

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15,000 years ago an asteroid left a huge impression. Set a trajectory for Park Ridge, today, and you'll land in one of Chicago's best suburbs.

A charming town just 15 miles from the Windy City, Park Ridge goes by the motto, "A Wonderful Place". Discover your next rental home here, and find just how fitting that is. For starters there's the Pickwick Theatre, a nationally renowned Art Deco destination, with its 100-foot tower and a famous marquee that was integral to the opening titles of Siskel & Ebert's: "At The Movies," an institution in American television for 14 years. The town is also the birthplace of the swashbuckling Harrison Ford, a 1960 grad of Maine East and first broadcaster of that high school's radio station, and Fredrick Goudy, inventor-artist of 120 different typefaces still in use today, including his namesake. Other famous residents include Hilary Rodham Clinton and sculptor Alfonso Ianneli.

Originally called Pennyville and then Brickton, Park Ridge is the place to add another great chapter to your journey. There's a top-rated public school system along with abundant lifestyle amenities including Oakton Ice Arena, batting cages, Park Ridge Country Club golfing, a driving range, swimming pools, nature center and 20 parks led by Brickton, Francis, Hodges, Morgan and Paws, just steps or minutes from your front door.

More wonderful things that await include the farmers market and May through November walking tours, as exciting for residents as they are for visitors. Plus, if you're taking a road trip, O'Hare International, major expressways and Metra are easily accessible. You'll see; Park Ridge will be (pardon the asteroid pun) a blast.

You'll b in a wonderful place.

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CNN Money called it "one of the best places to live" in America. The Patterson family agreed.

One night in 1836, on their journey west (from Vermont) they decided to stop on a wooded hill and make camp for the evening. Soon thereafter — enchanted by the view and surroundings — they became the first residents of what was to be Winnetka.

Native American for "Beautiful Land," Winnetka's other firsts included a grocery store in 1855, wooden sidewalks and kerosene streetlamps in 1880, a public library in 1884, the first automobile to be purchased by a local resident, (spotted) in 1896, and the 1901 opening of New Trier High School.

Equally as impressive are Winnetka's legendary residences. Two in particular are the Schmidt- Burnham Log House, (built sometime in 1837), and continuously occupied for nearly 165 years (now on the National Register of Historic Places), and the stunning Gothic Revival home at 411 Linden Street, circa 1859, built in the midst of the Civil War. It's these bits of Winnetka that make it so rich in character to this day.

Now it's your turn to discover. Check out beautiful apartment living with great views, surroundings (and amenities) that even the Patterson's would love. Begin with Centennial Park and Dog Beach, Crow Island Woods and Green Bay Trail, along with the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center, Winnetka Ice Arena and Winnetka Golf Club. Establish roots in one of our country's best places to call home, just 16 miles from downtown Chicago — Winnetka.

You'll b in glad you did

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