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Nearest city: Chicago
Median family income: $90,377
Runners-up: Arlington Heights, Schaumburg
Tinley Park, a fast-developing southwestern suburb of Chicago, is this year's Best Place to Raise Your Kids—not just for Illinois, but for the nation as a whole. It has great schools, a vibrant downtown, and housing options that range from modest to luxurious. Oak Park Avenue, which serves as a Main Street shopping area, includes a beautiful town square where residents gather and children ride bicycles. Tinley Park also has a 28,000-seat outdoor concert amphitheater, one of the largest in the Chicago area.