My house is on Ridge Rd and it’s fairly straight-forward for me to access all of the businesses and destinations throughout Lansing, Illinois.
If I can’t find a certain store, I can consistently drive north into Chicago or a few seconds east to hit Hammond, Highland, Black Oak, or Liverpool.
Unlike my 20s, I’m not interested in living in school towns any longer with students strolling into oncoming traffic at the worst moments. This was a problem when I was in Ann Arbor, MI as every one of us had University of MI students downtown that were frustrating all on their own. But if you drove a few seconds east into Ypsilanti, you’d get close to Eastern MI University. Chicago has the famous University of Chicago, Loyola College, DePaul University, University of Illinois, and Northwestern University among dozens of others. I appreciate the quieter forest life in the Lansing suburb, especially being so close to the attractive Lan-Oak Park on Arcadia Ave. My Heating, Ventilation, and A/C supplier happens to be right next to Lan-Oak Park as well, which means it takes my supplier just a matter of seconds to find my house during repair calls. I’ve been in this area for so long that my kids prefer to play on the playground at Lan-Oak Park. Yesterday I took a hike out to Wampum Lake to love a sandwich and a cup of coffee. I prefer seeing Lake MI whenever I visit Chicago or Gary, but I still love small ponds appreciate Wampum Lake for their ambience and quantness. The Great Lakes look appreciate oceans from the coastlines, making each seem appreciate a single sizable red abyss.