Okay, Chicago is the greatest city in the U.S.   I really think there is none that can rival Chicago for the symbiosis of culture, beauty, cleanliness, friendliness, cuisine, parksand people.  there comes a time in a city dwellers life however, when you need to have a place to go for space, land and solace.  some of my favorite Michigan and Indiana weekend getaway destinations:

Michigan

Saugatuck – My favorite.  2.5 hours from Chicago’s North Side, this is a great for art galleries, restaurants, city people but at a slower pace.  Enjoy Lake Kalamazoo and Lake Michigan.  Homes on the water are not cheap, but for a laid back but sophisticated feel, this town can’t be beat.

St. Joseph/Benton Harbor – 2.10 minutes from Chicago’s North Side, this quaint little area has come a long way in the past few years in terms of sophistication, dining, small town charm, and culture (home of the Southwest Michigan Symphyony– where I sang in my previous career!).  Homes perched on the precipice of Lake Michigan offer stunning sunset views for a fraction of the price just across the pond!

New Buffalo – Just a short 1 hour 30 minutes from the Chicago Loop, this is one of the “go to” places for busy Chicago families.  A bustling marina, great restaurants and easy commute make this a destination for weekenders year round.  For a home, expect to fall in love with a condo if you want to be on the water, otherwise, expect to pay well over 7 figures for a home with land near the city center.

Indiana

LaPorte – Not what it used to be!  Upper end developments (Hesston Preserve is among the best) offer 2 plus acres of new construction just off popular 1000 North (on the Michigan State Line) for just under $400K and as high as you can dream!  Close to the marina and restaurants of New Buffalo but lower taxes.  Bucolic scenery and surprisingly good restaurants!  Very easy commute but on a hot summer day, breezes from the Illinois/Indiana border can bring an odoriferous mix of scents!

I have Realtor connections in most of these towns, so if you would like a spin to the south and around the lake, let me know.

Next time: Weekend treats North of Chicago!

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