I recommend Reebie especially for interstate moves. They are Chicago's Oldest moving company and are the official movers of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Black Hawks so they must be doing something right.... more
Highland Park is a wonderful community with much to offer. It would be good if you could spend some time looking all along the North Shore to determine which community is best for you. Wilmette has a great downtown, actually a couple of them, as does Winnetka, Glencoe, and of course Lake Forest. Evanston is really more like a city than a suburb and has its own appeal. The main differences are proximity to Chicago, and the school systems, which are all pretty marvelous. Evanston has its own school district and high school, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette and Kenilworth all feed into New Trier High School (Kenilworth has a K-8 primary school if you prefer that format), and Highland Park and Lake Forest each have their own elementary school systems and high schools, although Lake Forest High School also includes children from Lake Bluff and Knollwood. I recommend checking the school websites to see their stats, such as class sizes, number of teachers with advanced degrees, test scores, teacher/student ratios, class offerings, etc. They all are really excellent, it's hard to go wrong, it's just a question of what feels right when you do your research and then visit. School visits are the ultimate litmus test. There are also some terrific private schools in the area.
Real estate taxes are another consideration...Lake Forest has had a historically low tax rate compared to other North Shore communities. Evanston and towns up the shore through Glencoe are in Cook County, Highland Park and Lake Forest are in Lake County.
Proximity to your work is a big deal. Traffic in the Chicago area can be awful, and downtown parking is expensive. All of the North Shore communities are served by the Metra train, which is fast and efficient if you are going to downtown Chicago. Check out the Metra website for schedules, maps and fares. East-west options are less appealing and most involve sitting in your car.
Please feel free to give me a call if you have any other questions or would like to discuss anything...my cell number is 847-922-4119. I've been a broker for over 30 years in Chicago, and have lived for the past 15 years in Lake Forest with my husband and three children. Good luck!... more
You are posting in Lake County, Illinois part of the forum. We also have Highland Park here... Your chances to get a good advise about buses in NJ are slim if you don't repost. :-)
Peter Schifrin... more