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Old 12-13-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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I'm looking for opinions on what suburban Metra station has the following...
1. Nice, well kept station
2. Small restaurants and/or pubs nearby (within a few blocks)
3. In the center of a desirable neighborhood (within a few blocks in any direction)

I personally love the Flossmoor train station. It has the brewery right next door, it's in the middle of a nice well kept community, and has some small local businesses right across the street. From the station, you can walk 5-10 minutes and be in a nice residential area.

Are there others out there like Flossmoor?
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:06 PM
 
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Central st. Station, Evanston. Has a ticket window inside the station. Station has wooden benches and a little shop that sells danishes, coffee, and hard boiled eggs. It's the kind of place where they give you your order anyway if you happen to be a few cents short of change. Several nice,independent restaurants just a block West, in addition to bakeries, clothes boutiques, a video store, a bead/jewelry making place and others. Gorgeous homes surrounding in all directions. It's almost too cute and quaint
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:33 AM
 
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That is a controversial question. With over 200 stations and many commuters insisting theirs is the best, many of whom never rode another line, I would expect a lot of responses. My picks: Arlington
Heights, Bensenville, Naperville, Deerfield, Winnetka, Lake Forest (downtown), Elmhurst, Hinsdale. I wish there were some on the North Central, but maybe there will be later.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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I would probably add a few: Barrington, Park Ridge, Downers Grove, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Geneva stations are all in nicely developed downtowns that have a pedestrian scale...
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Riverside is pretty nice. Downtown is a bit sleepy though.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Barrington and Palatine.
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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Oak Lawn is the finest community in Chicagoland with a Metra station. Within a half mile are many restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy, our sizable library, beautiful old homes, condos in a variety of price ranges, neighborhood bars, and 7 day a week bus service along 95th St. You can just get rid of the car entirely.
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Old 12-18-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Oak Lawn is the finest community in Chicagoland with a Metra station. Within a half mile are many restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy, our sizable library, beautiful old homes, condos in a variety of price ranges, neighborhood bars, and 7 day a week bus service along 95th St. You can just get rid of the car entirely.
I was expecting to see many posts like that, with only the location changed.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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Arlington Heights ( about 30 minutes on an express to downtown Chicago) is another.
I also like Cary although that's quite a long haul to/from the city.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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I have used to get on the train from Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Deerfield and now use Arlington Hts station on my way to work in the loop.
Arlington Hts for me has the best Metra out of these suburbs.
Great area, next to shops and restaurants, library and parks and ofcourse 30 min express train to the city.
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