Unless you've got the cheddar to send the kiddos to private school I'm afraid pretty much anywhere in the actual city will be out for you guys. Lots of great neighborhoods, we lived in Roscoe Village, Wicker Park, River North when we were there. But that was before kids. Chicago public schools are a cesspool. And if you have kids close to starting school I have to think that's a top priority, if not THE top priority. It's been a while since we lived there and I've no clue what the cost of private schools are, so maybe it's a realistic option for you guys.