10 Best Places To Live In Illinois, USA - Updated 2024

best places to live in illinois
Gabriel
Gabriel 
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Why are there a lot of people thinking of living in Illinois? There are many good reasons why. Among these is that the school system in the state is one of the best in the country. Second, job opportunities come in multitudes as the state is home to 34 of 500 Fortune companies. Most of the cities have a suburban feel, which gives you a perfect mix of city and small-town living. You also have beautiful scenery and some of the country’s best universities are here. The Prairie State offers more reasons why you should live here. Here’s a list of the best places to live in Illinois, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Naperville (from USD 333)

Autumn trail walking
Source: Photo by Flickr user Joseph Gage used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Naperville’s proximity to Chicago is one of its advantages and why it is the best place to live for people who work in the Windy City. The road system makes it easy for you to go to any direction you want to. The roads are intertwined with many bridges that ply along the DuPage River. Naperville is also a great place to raise a family. There are many destinations here that offer children-centric features. One of these is Centennial Beach, which a man-made water attraction meant for families to have fun in. Another is the DuPage Children’s Museum, where exhibits are meant for your little ones.

Stay at Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk. It has comfortable rooms and pets are welcome, too.

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Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 120 Water Street
427 meters (0.3 ft) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

2. Oak Park (from USD 320)

20171105 09 Grove Ave. @ Pleasant St
Source: Photo by Flickr user David Wilson used under CC BY 2.0

There is no doubt Oak Park is one of the best places to live in Illinois. It is a suburban neighborhood with an urban atmosphere. Because it is easy to buy a house here, most residents own their homes. This is a huge plus for those who have families to bring. The residents are open-minded and welcoming of newcomers to the neighborhood. For those who have children, enrolling their children here means they will receive quality education because Oak Park’s public schools are rated highly. Another thing to consider is the low crime rate.

Harvey House Bed & Breakfast is just a short distance away from the heart of the town, with restaurants, cafes, and tourist destinations right at your fingertips.

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Harvey House Bed & Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 107 South Scoville Avenue
33.07 km (20.6 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Non-smoking rooms Business centre Breakfast in the room Free parking Internet services Heating WiFi Available

3. Chicago (from USD 845)

Chicago
Source: Photo by Flickr user Pedro Szekely used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Chicago made it to this list because of its low cost of living compared to other big cities in the country. It is not even in the 10 highest list. That means if you decide to live here, you will not spend so much on the basic necessities. This transcends to buying houses here. There are some areas in Chicago, where you can get a house for 20,000 USD down payment on the mortgage. Add to that is the fact that median home prices in some Chicago neighborhoods run to 250,000 USD, which is a lot lower compared to another metropolis in the United States.

Known for stellar service and comfy rooms, the Langham Chicago provides you with everything you may need, and more.

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The Langham Chicago

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 330 North Wabash Avenue
45.7 km (28.4 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna

4. Buffalo Grove (from USD 134)

Weidner Park - Buffalo Grove
Source: Photo by Flickr user Brian Plunkett used under CC BY 2.0

You will be delighted to know that Buffalo Grove is one of the safest neighborhoods in Illinois. Plus, these are many amazing sights located close to the big city. Speaking of the big city, Chicago is just thirty-two miles away, which makes it easy to commute for residents who work there. The place is known to be a lovely neighborhood. It has tree-lined avenues, breathtaking landscapes, and beautiful architecture for everyone to see. Add to this, a reliable school system and friendly residents and you have a perfect place to live in.

Stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Buffalo Grove that offers modern amenities and great service. After exploring the city, take a refreshing dip in the indoor pool or stay in shape at the fitness center on site.

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Four Points by Sheraton Buffalo Grove

Wifi Available

Address: 900 West Lake Cook Road
44.96 km (28.0 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

5. Springfield (from USD 143)

Old State Capitol
Source: Photo by Flickr user Katherine Johnson used under CC BY 2.0

Springfield ranks high in the list of the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The report is based on statistics related to property and violent crimes per capita among the cities in Illinois. This speaks volumes about the state capitals’ safety. Another noteworthy thing about this city is the low cost of living. It has a low-density population that adds up to 116,000 citizens. The city is rich in history and most of it is centered on one man, Abraham Lincoln. This makes the neighborhood a paradise for history buffs. This Midwestern city has friendly residents who are ready to welcome you with open arms.

Looking for a comfortable and elegant accommodation in the city? The Drury Inn & Suites Springfield is your best bet. It has rooms fitted with a host of amenities, including flat-screen television, microwave, coffee maker, fridge, and more.

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Drury Inn & Suites Springfield

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 3180 South Dirksen Parkway
254.9 km (158.4 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry

6. Schaumburg (from USD 79)

Schaumburg Township, IL, USA - panoramio (1)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user bogdanstepniak used under CC BY 3.0

Schaumburg makes it to this list because of several reasons. It offers a laid-back way of living, where residents are seen having less stressful lives. Situated just 32 miles (51 km) northeast of Chicago, the city plays the perfect foil to the metropolitan giant. The people are very friendly and welcoming of newcomers. It is easy to go in and around the city because the street network is easily navigable. It has a dependable educational system that benefits children. The city’s population is diverse. This is also the perfect place to put up a restaurant business as the people here love to dine out.

The Hyatt Place Chicago has a number of dining options on-site and is located right beside a mall for some serious shopping.

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Hyatt Place Chicago Schaumburg

Address: 1851 McConnor Parkway
33.19 km (20.7 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Business centre Express check-in/check-out 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Facilities for disabled guests Free WiFi WiFi available in all areas Smoke alarms Designated smoking area

7. Peoria (from USD 234)

Peoria, IL
Source: Photo by Flickr user Eric Fredericks used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Peoria stands as one of the oldest neighborhoods in Illinois. Several big named industries are headquartered in the city. This makes it a good place to find jobs for those transferring here. Most of the companies here are in the heavy equipment business. The city is one of the most peaceful and quiet cities in the state, giving it a small-town charm that everyone loves. The city is also known for its cleanliness. For entertainment, the place offers several destinations where families can come together. It has a civic center, museums, entertainment spots, and the Illinois River Waterfront.

For stay, check out the Holiday Inn and Suites East Peoria. It has 137 uniquely designed rooms to suit every traveler needs.

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Holiday Inn and Suites East Peoria, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: 101 Holiday Street
170.98 km (106.3 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

8. Elmhurst (from USD 165)

Robinwood (Elmhurst, Illinois) 01
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user G LeTourneau used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Elmhurst city stretches through two counties, Cook and DuPage. Located to the west of Chicago, this makes it easy for residents to commute to the big city and work there. The city is where Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is located. This is where children can get a quality education. Aside from that, those who are interested in Liberal Arts can enroll at Elmhurst College. One of the reasons residents stay here is the city’s healthcare system, which is managed by Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. There are a number of green spaces around the city, where you can enjoy the fresh air and unwind, as well.

The simple and modern design of the rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Elmhurst/Oakbrook Area helps guests have a wonderful stay in Elmhurst.

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Courtyard Chicago Elmhurst/Oakbrook Area

Wifi Available

Address: 370 North Illinois Route 83
21.99 km (13.7 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre

9. Glenview (from USD 185)

Glenview (13551314825)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ryan Stavely used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Glenview is perfect for all types of transferees. Professionals will love it here since the city is located near Chicago, the state’s financial district. Retirees will love the laid-back way of life it offers. There are also many cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, and supermarkets. High-quality schools make this place ideal for families with children. The low crime rate makes it safe for everyone to walk around the streets at any time of the day. Top-notch bars line up the streets and offer the best nightlife one can find around the Chicago area. This is a peaceful and fun place to live in.

The Glen Club is one of those hotels that provide guests a touch of privacy and serenity being in the middle of a golf course. It is also located near O'Hare airport, which makes it accessible to international guests.

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The Glen Club

Wifi Available

Address: 2901 West Lake Avnue
44.86 km (27.9 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

10. Northbrook (from USD 106)

Northbrook, IL 60062, USA - panoramio
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user bogdanstepniak used under CC BY 3.0

Northbrook is a beautiful and well-kept village, located just a few miles north of Chicago. Its’ strategic location allows easy travel for residents working in Illinois’ central business district. It has quality private schools and the public school system is dependable. A relaxing atmosphere is something that you will love about this village. People here love to play golf and has four world-class courses for you to choose from. The downtown area has an array of excellent restaurants, cafes, and bars. The village is one of the safest as its violent crime rate stands at lower than five percent of the whole country’s average.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Chicago-Northbrook serves as an oasis in the city, with all the modern features and amenities that make guests feel relaxed and welcome.

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Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 2875 North Milwaukee Avenue
43.08 km (26.8 mi) from Riverwalk Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km)

Illinois is the perfect place to live in

Illinois has everything you need. It has quality education, beautiful scenery, low crime rates, peaceful communities, and friendly people. So if you are planning to move to the Prairie State, consider these beautiful places.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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