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Old 09-15-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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Hi,

I am looking for apartments in/around the city and need some advice. I am 23 and have a lot of friends who live downtown, but none who could tell me about the commute.

Google Maps says the commute from lakeview to my work would take 45 minutes, but I doubt that considers the difficulty of chicago traffic.

Any suggestions about where I can live that would give me a commute of less than an hour, and be as close to downtown as possible?

Specific apartments would be really helpful!
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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Lakeview isn't really downtown. Lakeview is north of downtown. Downtown means Near North Side, i.e. Gold Coast, Streeterville, Old Town, River North. There are 2 ways to get to Wheeling. One involves taking 90 to 94 to Northbrook then travelling west toward Wheeling. The other option is 90 to 294 directly to Wheeling. The traffic from the city north is bad on 90 until you get past O'Hare and is usually clear going toward the city from the burbs until O'Hare. In theory you could bypass 90 and go straight to 94, which usually backs up into the burbs until Old Orchard and into the city past Old Orchard.

If you get on the road by 7, the morning commute is clearer than between 7 and 830. After 830 its ok. On the way back to the city, before 4 is normally better than between 4 and 6, after 6 is clearer.

There is less traffic on 94 than 90/294. Problem with Lakeview is that it is far from the expressway. From Wrigley Field to the expressway could take up to 20 or 30 minutes. Some days it is faster if you live near downtown just off of 90/94, but not always and you want to live closer to downtown. Try Old Town or the north part of Near North Side. Other options are Bucktown and Wicker Park, which have Blue Line L stops, easy access to downtown.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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...Google Maps says the commute from lakeview to my work would take 45 minutes...
Yeah maybe under ideal conditions at 6am Sunday morning.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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I lived in LincolnPark and made the commute to west glenview which is fairly close to Wheeling. You would be looking at a 1 hour commute each way if you left between 6:30-7:30am in the morning and 4-6:30pm on the reverse. Taking east/west streets from 94 would be your typical commute, but definitely learn the backroads as there will be Thursdays and Fridays that make your commute terrible on 90/94. Add in sporting events/weather and you will face hour plus commutes regardless, but I learned to deal with the commute for the trade off of living the city life through my 20s.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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If you choose to live near the expressway, it shortens your commute time.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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When we lived in the Loop and my husband worked in Lincolnshire it would take minimum one hour in the early morning and as long as four hours home in a snowstorm. And we were right off the expressway at both ends. It's a lot of time to spend in your car each day. Is it possible to take the train to your job?
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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...Is it possible to take the train to your job?
Not from Lake View.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:48 AM
 
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The OP wanted suggestions as to other places downtown. If the train would work on the Wheeling side then that would open up more downtown areas.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:52 AM
 
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The OP wanted suggestions as to other places downtown. If the train would work on the Wheeling side then that would open up more downtown areas.
The only station in the city other than Union Station that that train goes to is at 420 N. Artesian. Not a very good area.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:17 AM
 
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I was thinking near to Union. You don't get much closer to downtown!
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