No contract as of yet...but I have been shopping around since the new year began. Now that my lease is up I'll be looking more seriously especially as there was a new home buyer's program announced earlier this year in the state of Illinois. I'm not married yet and in my late-20's, so buying is a pretty big decision for me, but, the buyer's incentive is too good to pass up.
The route I'm going...pretty sure is the townhome or condo route. Preferably in the NW Burbs since I work out here. I really like the area too, close to everything one would need and the city is a mere 30 minute train ride away. Exciting times indeed!