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Get to know Roscoe Village

The small enclave of Roscoe Village on the western side of Lake View has earned its name by offering a small-town feel in the heart of Chicago. It’s a neat-as-a-pin neighborhood with tree-lined streets, where you'll find sidewalks full of baby strollers, dogs on leashes, and kids on scooters. The closest L station, the Paulina Brown Line, is just five miles to downtown. The homes are mostly single-family row houses of the Midwestern Prewar fashion, with space for generous yards. That low-key vibe transfers into the dining and retail scene. Shopping is a quirky selection of locally owned boutiques, and while there are plenty of restaurants here, none require booking far ahead (if at all). Bars are locals’ haunts rather than the kind of places that rage until the wee hours. It’s a quiet place, and the villagers like it that way.

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Living in Chicago

There may be people who live in Chicago who do not love Chicago, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one of them. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sprawling suburbs, Chicago is a global metropolis that still manages to be Midwestern friendly. The city has some 600 parks, and 18.5 miles of trail along the shore of the lake and another lining the rivers of downtown. The food is among the best and most varied in the world. Museums and performance venues abound, and public art fills green space and public squares. Public transportation is easy, as is reaching either U.S. coast in half a day. Even in the midst of its notoriously frigid winters, you won’t find a warmer city to call home.