Those working in big cities are often on the lookout for smaller nearby towns to call home. Such is the case with Lisle, IL, a favorite residence of Chicago professionals. The Midwest influence is apparent here and spans the range of farm-style cottages with hardwood flooring to red-brick townhomes with white Southern pillars. With affordable options like 3-bedroom ramblers for less than $200,000 and pricier mansions at close to $1 million, there's something to suit every buyer.

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