Fox River, Aurora
For one thing, it can be affordable to live here. Yes, there still can be found 1 bedroom apartments in the high $500 USD/month. Gas is much cheaper than in Cook County which includes Chicago (currently $2.99 the other day but fluctuates every week). The cost of living is considered somewhat low, however in the part of Aurora in Du Page County, it can be much more expensive for housing.
There's a lot of shopping possibilities such as the newer, "Chicago Premium Outlet Mall" off of I-88 West, Farnsworh N exit. It's approx. 1.4 miles from my door. We have the former Fox Valley shopping centre on New York Street now called Westfield. A lot of the more popular Midwestern and nation wide chains in both of these massive centres. My fondest memory is, I've lived here all my life. There were some beautiful experiences and some not so good ones. I want to explore and move away as my time is up here! Florida would be good for me for many personal and professional reasons. I also aspire to work aboard a major cruise line. I think that is one job I'd love. That surely won't be possible living here.
Any suggestions about working aboard a luxury liner would be appreciated.