So long story long, my wife may have a nice career opportunity coming up with Northwestern University in Evanston IL. We currently live in London OH which is just west of Columbus OH so obviously we would be relocating to the Chicago area. Now my parents lived in Des Plains IL when I was born but since I'm about to turn 40 and we moved out of IL when I was a little more than 1 year old when my dad was laid off from the airlines I dont remember anything about Chicago. Now keep in mind that I am NOT a city guy and would much rather live either in the country (I know that is out of the question in the Chicago area) or in a small town type environment where you dont live on top of each other. What areas should we avoid and what area would be good for a middle class income family with a 4 year old boy? My wife told me last night that she would be willing to make the commute from the southern part of Wisconsin if it would make me happier and if it wold help with lower taxes. But she would like to keep her commute to "around" an hour or so. Also what kind of riding is there around that area, closest I've been is Oshkosh WI and I did find some nice peaceful areas but not much technical riding. Anyways thanks for any advice you have for me.