No. 15: Barrington, Ill. (and the North Chicago Area)
Median Home Price: $528,600-$678,800 (North and South Barrington)
Why it’s on our list: As home of the world’s largest triathlon and one of the largest tri clubs, Chicago is a great place to be a triathlete. However, the city proper is only a great place to train for those who prefer staying indoors. Chicago is a huge city, and if you’re looking for quiet roads, we suggest heading north to Barrington. Living in the affluent suburb near the Wisconsin state line will have you riding around gorgeous Lake Geneva, Wis., in the morning and then having an overpriced steak on Michigan Avenue at night. Barrington’s proximity to both country and city makes it possible to train like a pro while maintaining a real job.
Live here if: You can’t stand living in a big city but you still need one nearby.
Don’t live here if: You’re not sure about your job security. Barrington is where many of Chicago’s biggest moneymakers call home and that means everything from homes to milk is expensive.
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