THE CITY: CHICAGO
THE ESCAPE: NAPERVILLE

Naperville, 30 miles west of Chicago, has the character—innovative restaurants, independent shops, fairs and festivals—that the city has started to lose.


THE CITY: LOS ANGELES
THE ESCAPE: MONTROSE

Set in the foothills of the San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains, Montrose is just 20 minutes by car from downtown L.A. It feels more like a small town than a suburb—albeit one with a nationally recognized wine and cheese shop, Goudas & Vines.


THE CITY: NEW YORK
THE ESCAPE: COLD SPRING

An hour from Grand Central on the Metro-North railroad, Cold Spring has panoramic views of the Hudson River, good restaurants, downshifting creative types from the city, and proximity to the vibrant art scene of Beacon.


THE CITY: SAN FRANCISCO
THE ESCAPE: MILL VALLEY

Mill Valley: Across the Golden Gate, 10 minutes north of San Francisco, youíll find a renowned farmerís market, outdoor tai chi classes, redwoods, and canyons—and not a Gap store in sight.


THE CITY: WASHINGTON, D.C.
THE ESCAPE: TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND

Takoma Park, Maryland, one of Washingtonís first suburbs, is more affordable than other neighborhoods and has a great variety of restaurants. Itís a little crunchy, but itís hard to argue with the well-regarded schools and impressive music and arts festivals.


THE CITY: BOSTON
THE ESCAPE: WALTHAM

Twenty minutes west of Boston, Waltham is home to Brandeis University and has the sophistication of a college town without Bostonís hordes of overserved undergraduates. The restaurants around Moody Street provide city-quality offerings.