Median home price (2006): $263,640
Average property taxes (2005): $5,569
It's rare to find a place where you can fish in the middle of town. But in South Elgin, 60 miles northwest of Chicago, it's common to see anglers wading the shallow Fox River. Much of the town's charm comes from its old-fashioned feel. Residents flock to the many town gatherings throughout the year, like the four-day Riverfest Express, which features a children's fishing derby. (The winner is named the Tuna Kahuna.) South Elgin is also home to the Fox River Trolley Museum, which operates antique trolleys, where people can experience a little bit of yesteryear. -B.N.
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