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sarah

Elmhurst, IL

#1 Jul 18, 2006
WWhat is the deal with this city? I have never heard of it before, yet I am now considering moving there. Can you please tell me what I should expect should I live there? Is it safe? Are there bad things about it that I should know? I cant find any information about it except the city website and of course that talks it up to be the best place in the world... what is the real story or am I lucky and that is it??
sarah

Elmhurst, IL

#2 Jul 18, 2006
thanks for any input
mememememe

Chicago, IL

#3 Aug 27, 2007
it is verry safe i lived there it is also fun
RB_ONK

AOL

#4 Aug 28, 2007
It's generally quiet and safe (particularly so if you live in the more well-off southwestern part of the suburb, such as Mayfair Park, or the areas that are right off of 31st Street near Wolf Road for example). But that's where a lot of homes are climbing near (and above) the 500 grand mark today, so....

Now, the older parts of the town are kind of ... so-so. Definitely better than what's around it: Bellwood, Hillside, Stone or Melrose Park, Broadview. But not anywhere near as nice as the south / southwesternmost parts of the town.

The only problem with Westchester, in my opinion (and the opinion of most neighbors and friends as well): it's attached (still) to the Proviso West high school. Your kid(s) should be able to get a really good SAFE free public hs education w/out having to deal with the "element" that's at Proviso West main campus (Harrison and Wolf) on a daily basis. Trust me I went there. 13 yrs ago it was a ghetto dive that wouldn't have been out of place in the inner city; today I hear it's even worse. If you can, be better off moving just over the border of W-chester into LaGrange Pk: at least then your kids can go to LT , instead of planet of the apes.
Anti-Socialist

Germany

#5 Aug 29, 2007
sarah wrote:
WWhat is the deal with this city? I have never heard of it before, yet I am now considering moving there. Can you please tell me what I should expect should I live there? Is it safe? Are there bad things about it that I should know? I cant find any information about it except the city website and of course that talks it up to be the best place in the world... what is the real story or am I lucky and that is it??
It's a fine town despite the fact that like many of the surrounding villages, it has ties to the "outfit".

Although most of the munipalities within Proviso Township are heavily populated by Hipanics or Blacks, a grouping of all the vllage mayors would look like a mafia meeting. Makes you wonder how they keep getting voted into office.

Enjoy the high taxes and avoid moving into the flood plain areas.
former resident

United States

#6 Sep 14, 2007
westchester is a changing village and it is not changing for the better it will be like bellwood in less than 5 years and if you have kids dont even think of sending them to proviso west

Since: Jun 07

NY born and raised

#7 Sep 15, 2007
Don't move there,
also about the high school...

Buy them a gun if they go to Proviso West, it's 80% black and hispanic, that means drugs, fights, crime, violence, shootings, rapes, etc.

“A.K.A. Don Quixote”

Since: Sep 07

Berwyn from 1970 - 2000

#8 Jan 3, 2008
Agreed that Proviso West public High School doesn't meet the interests of Westchester residents.

I do see that a specialized Proviso Math and Science High School was erected on 1st ave and Roosevelt , I was told that to enroll you must be an honors student , does that High School fall into the Westchester area district, it is kind of far for residents.
Smoke

Hickory Hills, IL

#9 Jan 4, 2008
The report from Westchester PD to The Chicago Crime Commission is that these gangs are operating in Westchester.

Insane Popes
Four Corner Hustlers
Messiahs
Latin Kings
4th Generation Messiahs
and two more coming soon!

Sounds more like Maywood to me!
taxpayer

United States

#10 Jan 10, 2008
I am surprised it took this long considering the surrounding villages Ijust hope the westchester cops know how to deal with this group of punks
Madeleine

Valley Stream, NY

#11 May 11, 2009

“A.K.A. Don Quixote”

Since: Sep 07

Berwyn from 1970 - 2000

#12 May 11, 2009
Madeleine wrote:
MOVINGTOWESTCHESTER.com
Wrong Westchester

Westchester , Illinois ..........

Not New York
msm

Lombard, IL

#13 May 12, 2009
I live in Westchester, Illinois and on the NORTH side of town. Despite what you may hear, our part of town is usually quiet--kind of our own space as we are bordered by 25th avenue, Roosevelt Road, the Ike expressway, and Mannheim Road. Every town has it's problems. There is a Math and Science Academy that kids can go to if they pass entrance exams and are accepted. Yes, we have minorities, and in the shrinking economy some foreclosures. Personally, I have wonderful neighbors, we have a new town president and manager, and money in the bank. The police are right there when and if you need them. My only complaint is a very noisy, inconsiderate family with a pool two doors down that party until early morning. Someone is always calling the cops on them. They are not bad people, just clueless. Come on out and drive around. It's a nice village. My only warning--make sure you are not in a flood plain. One has to have flood insurance. And contrary to a previous post--my taxes are about $900 less than when I lived in Melrose Park. My lot is smaller, but that's okay. Drive around the whole town. There really isn't a bad neighborhood to be found in the village.
TJJ

Englewood, CO

#14 Feb 24, 2010
"It's a fine town despite the fact that like many of the surrounding villages, it has ties to the "outfit".
I live in Westchester, and this comment sounds like its author hasn't visited the town since the early 70's.
Westchester southern section is pleasant, albeit quiet. Little retail exists other than Dominicks and Jewel, no real public transit opportunities except Pace Buses, and LOTS of retirees.
Westchester belongs to the rough Proviso school district. Most people with teens here send them to Nazareth Academy (in-town high school St. Joe's isn't good enough for many Westchestarians these days)and some pay out-of-district fees for Lyons Township.
Ultimately, Westchester will become like it's neighbors Hillside, Berkely, Broadview and Bellwood. Dying towns with aging populations and high crime rates.
river forest yogini

Orland Park, IL

#15 Feb 24, 2010
sarah wrote:
WWhat is the deal with this city? I have never heard of it before, yet I am now considering moving there. Can you please tell me what I should expect should I live there? Is it safe? Are there bad things about it that I should know? I cant find any information about it except the city website and of course that talks it up to be the best place in the world... what is the real story or am I lucky and that is it??
LOL--I am sure, after 4 years, that you have made your move, but I just came upon this today. I don't get why you'd be moving there if you didn't know a thing about it! I am just curious what brings you to Westchester.

In my wanderings around Crook County and through Westchester, it's one of those towns with modest houses and it's very, very QUIET. I like that aspect, but my boyfriend had to work on a house there and the next-door neighbor called the police just because he was standing out front! So there's a bit of paranoia, apparently, but I guess that's better than people who don't care who is handing around...
river forest yogini

River Forest, IL

#16 Feb 24, 2010
Anti-Socialist wrote:
<quoted text>
It's a fine town despite the fact that like many of the surrounding villages, it has ties to the "outfit".
Although most of the munipalities within Proviso Township are heavily populated by Hipanics or Blacks, a grouping of all the vllage mayors would look like a mafia meeting. Makes you wonder how they keep getting voted into office.
Enjoy the high taxes and avoid moving into the flood plain areas.
LOL--Blacks and Hispanics and mobsters, oh my! Whatever...sounds like you would fit in nicely there...
Karen resides there

United States

#17 Apr 6, 2010
About 8 years ago we moved to Westchester from nearby Western Springs. We bought a house in the southwestern part of town near the forest preserve. It is a quite neighborhood; people maintain their property; we have terrific neighbors; our taxes are very affordable; convenient to all the expressways and near-by shopping areas; we personally don't need the schools but with the relatively new Sience/Math Academy that opened up, residents now have a viable solution for a high school. We have a modest 3-bedroom home and have been very pleased that we made the move to this community. As for the government, well, they give us great service; everything is always neat and clean. I called in once about a sign that was leaning over and it was taken care of in a timely manner. A lot of the older residents are aging; we should be seeing a gradual turnover to younger families. There are lots of active churches all over; really, I can't say enough for the community. We have been very happy here and hope to stay for a good, long time. I for one do not agree with the comment above that predicts doom and gloom for Westchester. On the contrary, families that have moved in are looking for an affordable community and peaceful atmosphere. They've come to the right place!
misunderstood

United States

#18 Mar 22, 2012
First off the first street gang offically in westchester was started by a Caucasion Career criminal. Second im from here wemt to school here grew up here and its a mob town, FUCKIN FACT. When I was a kid I ran one of those mentioned gangs, matter of fact I was a kid when THE first street gang started In Westchester. I also demolished it. But anyway we wasn't gangbanging,, but at proviso West I had problems with the gangs from bellwood and created a way to defend myself and others going thru the same thing. The school security and administration didn't help anything. Westchester know me, I've changed my life help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, traveled this great country and world for that matter to make things better, they still use every chance they get to let me know there still my number one fans.LOL anyway its more of a burglary problem in Westchester then a gang problem. That's what they need to worry about.
maggie in the middle

Lombard, IL

#19 Dec 18, 2013
We moved to the north section of Westchester almost 20 years ago. I love my old house, my neighbors, and our village manager. He is always willing to listen. The police have always responded to any concerns quickly and respectfully. The fire department is top notch and have helped us out twice with ambulance service. Our neighborhood is quiet and affordable and we are a very friendly block that looks out and helps one another. Yes, our community is changing--and not always for the better. We have had many families move because of the flood plain. Our village is working hard to correct the flooding problem and hopefully we will soon see a solution. I love this community, even with our problems. Problems can be solved if we work together.
Nataliev20

Chicago, IL

#22 May 26, 2014
RB_ONK wrote:
It's generally quiet and safe (particularly so if you live in the more well-off southwestern part of the suburb, such as Mayfair Park, or the areas that are right off of 31st Street near Wolf Road for example). But that's where a lot of homes are climbing near (and above) the 500 grand mark today, so....
Now, the older parts of the town are kind of ... so-so. Definitely better than what's around it: Bellwood, Hillside, Stone or Melrose Park, Broadview. But not anywhere near as nice as the south / southwesternmost parts of the town.
The only problem with Westchester, in my opinion (and the opinion of most neighbors and friends as well): it's attached (still) to the Proviso West high school. Your kid(s) should be able to get a really good SAFE free public hs education w/out having to deal with the "element" that's at Proviso West main campus (Harrison and Wolf) on a daily basis. Trust me I went there. 13 yrs ago it was a ghetto dive that wouldn't have been out of place in the inner city; today I hear it's even worse. If you can, be better off moving just over the border of W-chester into LaGrange Pk: at least then your kids can go to LT , instead of planet of the apes.
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