Crystal lake, IL is about 45 miles NW of Chicago. Nice town, big enough to have most all shopping needs close by. Used to be considered a far out suburb if Chicago, but now is a mainstream suburb. Housing is still cheaper further out so many people you meet have moved there from somewhere closer in to Chicago. They actually have a lake(Crystal Lake).
Great Lakes Dragway in Union Grove, Wisconsin is less than an hour away.
Good schools if you have kids. You could do far worse.
I am 2 minutes from Crystal lake. Just south in Algonquin. There is great lakes dragway in union grove, and byron dragway out towards rockford(less then an hour away). Crystal lake is where the dealer is that I got my Charger from.