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I am originally from Oak Park, IL and moved to Berwyn (which borders Oak Park to the South) the I was 15 years old. This place is great! It's more like the city than a suburb...it is filled with historic Chicago brick bungalows which line each street up and down. The people are down-to-earth and friendly, and it is very diverse. The homes are affordable. Families are everywhere, and you'll always find kids playing ball in the alley or cursing in the park on their bikes. There is Metra, buses and the CTA blue Line, so its convenient to public transportation. You don't have to have a car. Now that Berwyn has a Starbucks, we've got it all!
I have seen quite a but of good change in this area over the past 3 years. New businesses are opening up at an impressive rate and we even have a Starbucks now! 'Wire' is a very rad music venue, and Autre Monde is easily a 4 star restaurant. Property values are on the rise and I think they will continue to trend higher. The Berwyn Development Corp does a wonderful job promoting Berwyn on billboards throughout Chicago, and its working to draw new interest to the area. I like!
I love the fact that Berwyn is an interesting, good looking town. It always has activities going on, and friendly people are always out doing things. The stores and restaurants around here are just amazing. Berwyn is rated top 5 on a lot of food critic lists for taco places. Overall, Berwyn is just awesome and the landscaping of the town is what really makes you feel at home. I wouldn't want anything to change besides more residents.