As a long time resident of the area, I think the North Shore and the surrounding North and Northwest suburbs are very special places to live. They offer a spectacular mix of housing, architecture, recreational opportunities, cultural amenities, some of the finest schools in the country, fabulous restaurants, world class shopping and an excellent combination of public transportation and roads. Each town has its own personality.
You'll find information about specific communities and educational opportunities, sites to compare towns and schools locally and across the country and guides to recreation, restaurants and more. If you have questions about any of the communities or schools, I will do my best to get you the information you need. You can call me at 847-217-9599 or email me. General Area Links
Chicago and Suburban Community Guide- Features links to every area community, almost every municipal web site, plus the phone numbers of School Districts and Utility Companies servicing the specific areas.
Transfer Tax Guide- This handy site has information on which towns charge transfer taxes or require inspections upon a transfer of ownership.
Recreation, Restaurants, Culture, News and Transportation- Large set of links has information about what to do, where to eat (you can always call me for a restaurant recommendation for those special places that don't show up in the guides), Chicago landmarks, Chicago sports teams, News in various forms and how to get around by train, bus and expressways.
Illinois School Report Cards- School report cards provide a way to look at each school and compare test scores and various other variables. This is one of the most requested sites.
Illinois Elementary School Association- This is the group that oversees extracuricular activites including sports elementary schools.
Illinois High School Association- This is the group that oversees extracuricular activites including sports for high schools.
Chicago Area Independent Schools- An association of private schools in the Chicagoland area.
Compare Areas and Schools
Coldwell Banker's Home Price Comparison Index- This site helps you get a general idea of prices in different cities across the country. It compares a typical 4 bedroom, 2200 square foot in different areas.
Community Comparison -Simply select a city and zip code to find demographic, environmental, wealth breakdown and crime information.
School Information-Obtain relevant statistical information about local school districts across the country
Marsha's Online Guides
These guides provide comprehensive links for each town putting all the information you need in one place. This is just a sample of the areas I cover.