Welcome & BeLocal

Welcome to the northwest side of Chicago and the near northwest suburbs! As a life-long resident, I can tell you this area is something special. You will quickly discover that for yourself!  

Whether you have moved from the next town over or from overseas, settling into a new area can be both exciting and overwhelming. Within the first few months, you will likely be establishing new routines, getting to know local hotspots, looking into local professionals and exploring your new communities' vast resources. With so many nuances and so much on your plate from this change in your life, it can be daunting to think about everything you need to do to get used to your new surroundings. Enter BeLOCAL. In your hands, you hold the best of the best of everything in Northwest Chicagoland.  From dining and shopping to family outings and attractions, this is your locals' guide to what you need to know, and what you want to know about the area you now call home. With so much to offer, you're going to need a guide to truly understand this area's vast resources, from current residents' points of view. 

Des Plaines
Edison Park
Norwood Park
Park Ridge

are all desirable areas near the heart of Chicago.  BeLOCAL gives you the hidden gems and tips from real locals who live and play here every day.  Indulge in the best parks, shopping and dining experiences.  Discover places to take the kids, or places to get away from it all.  

We are fortunate to have a convenient location in the Chicagoland area, close to downtown Chicago, expressways, O'Hare airport and trains with abundant parks, robust retail, award-winning schools, access to top-notch healthcare, entertainment, and world-class dining options. In time, I am sure you will agree, that the northwest side of Chicagoland is a wonderful place to live, work, play and raise a family.  Don't just take my word for it, EXPLORE!

But first...

Sit back, relax and enjoy BeLOCAL!

Dolly McCarthy