6. Glencoe, IL
Glencoe, IL
Population: 8,881
Median family income: $237,874
Median home price: $807,500

Forget the gritty underbelly of Chicago you've seen on all those cop shows. The North Shore Village of Glencoe reveals Chicagoland's softer, gentler side. Its 9,000 residents enjoy ample green space, excellent schools and unparalleled views of Lake Michigan.

Residences run the gamut from loft-style condos to multimillion-dollar waterfront Georgians with access to beaches and boathouses. Glencoe's Ravine Bluffs subdivision has the third-largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the world.

Home to the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe residents are never far from its Sunday Farmers' Market, regular plant giveaways and a host of family activities from composting to seed dissection classes.

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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