There are just short of three and a half thousand housing units in Antioch and many of these are rental homes. However, you won't be surprised to learn that not many of these units are hi rise apartments. If you want to rent an apartment in Antioch, you can definitely find one, but be forewarned that it may be part of a smaller block like those in Anita Terrace. Many apartments are also found in converted residential dwellings.
The village is well positioned for both Chicago and Milwaukee, each of which is roughly an hour's drive from Antioch. This means that the village is a good place to look for rental condos if you are going to be working in either city. Bear in mind that during the rush hour, commute times are longer than an hour.
Located in central Antioch is a railroad station that acts as a terminal for the North Central Service line. If you opt to commute to Chicago by rail, your journey will take about an hour and a half (and you won't have to keep your eyes on the road!). Many of Antioch's residents are employed outside of the village, so you'll be far from alone if you choose to settle here but work elsewhere. Summer and fall tend to be the popular times for people to relocate, so try in spring before there is too much competition for the best apartments.
Main Street runs through the most established residential part of Antioch, splitting it approximately in two. To the west, Lake Marie marks the boundary. The eastern parts of the village are more sparse and there are virtually no tall buildings on this side of Antioch. Dwellings surround Redwing Slough Lake and Homer White Lake. Most commuters live in the western side because it affords better access to the railroad station. To the north, the village's border meets the state line between Illinois and Wisconsin.
Western Antioch: Illinois Routes 173 and 59 meet in the western side of the village, close to Main Street. There are plenty of house rental opportunities in this part of the village. Pedersen Park and Tiffany Farms Park are both situated in the vicinity and there is a hotel located close to Antioch Lake, near to Main Street, too. Just to the east of the railroad you can find the Tim Osmond Sports Complex -- a multipurpose building that is so much more than a sports center! Residents also use it as a community hall and administrative center.
Eastern Antioch: From the sports complex, follow West Depot Street to enter the eastern part of Antioch. Here, the homes are clustered around curving streets and drives, often following the shape of the lakes' shores which surround them. There is a Wal-Mart Supercenter located on Deep Lake Road and there are a number of other commercial outlets with good parking close by on Route 173. Raven Glen Forest Preserve lies at the extreme eastern edge of Antioch and you can access it via Route 45 which runs north-south through the preserve.
Downtown Antioch (near Main Street) is historic and attracts tourists and residents alike. However, its quaint boutiques and restaurants are not at all old-fashioned -- you definitely won't feel like you're living in a time warp or historical reenactment! If you are looking for a downtown luxury apartment, then you can probably find one above a shop that occupies a historic building near to Main Street.
There are plenty of older buildings and some genuinely historic ones in the village, though a fire destroyed much of the downtown area in 1903. One thing that any newcomer should know -- and just look at a map of village if you need confirmation -- is that Antioch lies in the center of a series of lakes. Lake Michigan is only a half hour's drive away, but the village is surrounded by several other smaller bodies of water, including Lake Marie, Lake Catherine, Redwing Slough Lake, and Antioch Lake. If you don't know how to swim, take lessons before moving to this water-adjacent town.
One highlight of the downtown area -- and don't worry: highlights are plentiful -- is the Pickard China Museum, which has a selection of high-quality chinaware that was made in the area and has graced the tables of several Presidents.
Outside the main urban area, Antioch's lakeside properties also attract much attention. The interconnected lakes surrounding the town are what attract many residents to the area. Don't worry if you're not a fan of water sports, though -- many folks just enjoy picnicking by the lake or reading a book in the sun.
Another perk of living in Antioch is the abundance of outdoor festivals there, including a weeklong summer music festival held in a series of town parks. Antioch is home to an annual food festival and also an autumn arts-and-crafts fair -- perfect for those who want to get a head start on shopping for handcrafted holiday gifts. Even though many villagers work outside of Antioch, it's definitely fair to say the town has a real community spirit -- one evidenced by a full-to-the-brim events calendar and a friendliness pervading the town.