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Old 01-04-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I'll be staying in the Loop this upcoming spring break on a long 4 day weekend (F - M) I plan on arriving at Chicago Union station sometime in the afternoon. I plan on exploring the city 1 or 2 days but one thing i really wanna do is take one of the trains out and explore the suburbs.

I really love how alot of the Chicago suburbs have a nice downtown area by there train station. Towns like Riverside, LaGrange and Oak Park.
The question is what route is the best to take. The BNSF Metra line seems nice to me, getting off the train at Hinsdale, Calderon Hills, Westmount, Downers Grove, etc...

But is that the best route to take for this kind of trip? Is there a better route with better towns?
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:32 PM
 
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That's not a bad trip but if I only had time for one I would probably pick the Union Pacific West line. Oak Park, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton & Geneva are all worth a visit. This line is out of Ogilvie, not Union, but they're only a few blocks from each other downtown.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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I'd vote for the BNSF only because it is the areas I was most familiar with 30 yrs ago. Use Google Maps to search the downtowns of these towns (if that's possible to get to street view) to look for places you'd be interested in visiting.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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I amm a huge fan of the speed and efficiency of the BNSF, which I believe makes it a top choice for commuters, but I would agree that from Geneva to Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Elmmhurst and Oak Park the UP-W line goes through towns more worth visiting from out of town persepective. Geneva is one of the better "river towns" in the region, and has shops / lunch spots that are ideal for day trip. Elmhurst's museum campus is probably the best that such a relatively small town anywhere has. Oak Park has the whole FLW studio and nearby homes. Hard to beat.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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I'd go UP West or maybe UP North, which has Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka and other North Shore Suburbs. You could go crazy and go all the way to Kenosha which has an interesting downtown with a streetcar that runs all day.

You need to be aware of train schedules though. Saturdays have a limited schedule and Sunday is a REALLY limited schedule.

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Old 01-05-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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Thanks alot guys! this is really helpful
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Or, you can try Union Pacific Northwest line (from Ogilvie) and check Park Ridge, Arlington Hts, Palatine, Barrington...
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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Or, you can try Union Pacific Northwest line (from Ogilvie) and check Park Ridge, Arlington Hts, Palatine, Barrington...
Is there shuttles or taxis that i could take to the casino?
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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You need to be aware of train schedules though. Saturdays have a limited schedule and Sunday is a REALLY limited schedule.

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So Mondays and Fridays would be better im assuming?
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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Is there shuttles or taxis that i could take to the casino?
Des Plaines is on the UPNW line too. Short taxi ride from Des Plaines Metra to Rivers Casino (about 3 miles away).
Good luck.
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