Apartments in west Chicago suburbs like Oak Brook or Burr Ridge tend to have a more natural landscape than those closer to Chicago. This can make the area a nice place to live—especially if you are not particularly fond of the city. Some of these suburbs are closer to downtown than others, and each offers their own type of appeal. Oak Brook is well known for being an affluent area with large lots. A posh outdoor mall and upscale dining mark this western suburb as one of the top picks in terms of high living. Nearby Burr Ridge is also a very pretty community.
Addison, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream and Wheaton are all good places to look for rentals as well. There are a wide range of rental opportunities available, from garden apartments to larger complexes, so it is fairly easy to find a place to live in this region. Suburbs such as Oak Park will tend to have much higher rents than places like Villa Park, so be sure to check around a bit as costs can vary in the Chicago suburbs. If you are without a car, you may want to make sure any place you choose has convenient access to the train for your commute.