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40 Reasons to Love Chicago

Because you can live a lot of different lives here without leaving

How they live: the young and the restless, the unabashed suburbanites, the empty nesters, and the suburban loft-dwellers

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Jackie Burgdorf, 24, and Patrick Johanning, 26
How they live: Johanning, a mechanical engineer, and Burgdorf, a fifth-grade teacher, rent the 1,400-square-foot bottom floor of a 1920s two-flat in Andersonville.
Why it works: The two have lived in other city neighborhoods, but they like Andersonville because it is quiet but still has an urban feel. Access to a yard and the fact that their landlords live in the building and take care of everything are other pluses. They also like the diversity and the good food options in the area.


The Kunzies: Gregg, 56; Jennifer, 50; Ryan, 17 (not pictured); Rachel, 10
How they live: Recent transplants from suburban St. Louis, the family was immediately comfortable in a 3,400-square-foot new-construction house with a small yard in Riverwoods, just a mile from Gregg’s office.
Why it works: “Because we’re from a Midwestern city, it was really easy to move here,” Jennifer says. “Deerfield High School is excellent, and there are lots of forest preserves and trails. We wanted lots of windows and high ceilings, and you sometimes don’t get that with older homes. We’re close to the highway and the train station to go downtown. We’ve got the best of both worlds.”


photography: Katrina Wittkamp

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