|In the 1950s, many white middle-class families succumbed to the allure of the new, affordable homes that were sprouting in pastel profusion in areas to the west of Chicago. Returning veterans, salesmen, engineers, office managers - many of whom were the first in their families to attend college or to have white-collar jobs - liked the idea of raising their children outside the city. They and their wives were attracted by the airy open spaces and the novel "picture windows" that distinguished the modern split-level and ranch-style construction.|
These western suburbs have been called "The New England of the Midwest;" this beautiful area is a wonderful place to live, work and play. Verdant parklands, lakes, gracious homes on tree-lined boulevards, and vibrant, pretty downtowns and business districts create a beautiful scene that uniquely blends hometown appeal with up-to-date convenience.