1. Western Springs
A village located in Cook County, Western Springs is a suburb of Chicago and is home to 12,900 residents. Named by Business Week as one of the best places to raise children, the community is home to nearly a dozen parks and is the safest place to live in Illinois. The violent crime rate here is just 7.7, and property crime is almost non-existent, with residents having a .03% chance of being involved in a property crime.