Well, we tried Wheaton. We've decided not to buy here and are moving. The downtown area realy needs help. Many restaurants have closed and the new ones are terrible. We ate at the Cellar Bistro and both of us were very sick for days. Emilio's closed down. Not surprised, as the chef there wasn't too consistent. The Jewel closed down and is vacant. Even the White Hen, which was good for an emergency, is now a 7/11 and the shelves are practically empty. No deli. I'm sure that will close soon.
We live near a homeless shelter and have had some problems with the residents. The shelter closes their doors at 7. This leaves vagrants wandering around at all hours, many with serious mental health issues. A guy was passed out on the sidewalk at the train station, with an empty bottle of vodka next to him. I reported it to the police and they told me to contact the railroad police!
Now that there have been several accidents/suicides along the train tracks, Metra blows their whistles big time while passing through-everytime. Really gets on my nerves.
Downtown Wheaton is very family friendly, however. Just hasn't given us a reason to stay.