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Old 02-21-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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I am going to start working in the west suburbs area of Chicago- Glendale Heights area. The company is planning on moving to St Charles in 2-3 months. I was looking at some apartments around Naperville and Wheaton area. A couple people were also telling me that living downtown chicago and taking the metro to work would be cheaper. Any ideas? thanks
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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If your company is moving to Saint Charles, I would not live downtown, that is a long way from downtown Chicago. Isn't St. Charles and Geneva chaper than Naperville? You'll eventually have a short commute.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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I sincerely doubt that there is any savings at all in either time or money when shopping for similar quality apartments in Naperville or Wheaton vs Chicago when work is located in EITHER St. Charles or Glendale Heights neither of which is served by Metra. You would need to work out a pretty complicated commute that involves suburban buses and/or overnight parking as well as the Metra leg, which is neither particularly timely NOR particularly inexpensive.

If you want to some place a little hipper than the suburbs where work it located and you are ok with a really long drive I am sure some folks would recommend a suburb that borders Chicago, but again due to very high travel times and relatively high rents that does not seem prudent.

If you just want to save on rent and be reasonably close to both the current work site Glendale Heights and the move to St. Charles you might be OK in some place like West Chicago, though I would caution that if the complex is noiser / rougher due to neighbors that do not respect the law whatever you save in rent may be lost to insurance claims / sleepnessnes...
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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So why did you need a 2nd post within a week to ask the same question?
Moving to suburbs area of Chicago
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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So why did you need a 2nd post within a week to ask the same question?
Moving to suburbs area of Chicago


I posted another, because I want to get some more insight. I am unfamilar with the whole state and the more insight and opinions the better. Plus a couple people were telling me that taking the Metra from downtown to st charles area would be a good idea. Thought Id include that in the question.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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I posted another, because I want to get some more insight. I am unfamilar with the whole state and the more insight and opinions the better. Plus a couple people were telling me that taking the Metra from downtown to st charles area would be a good idea. Thought Id include that in the question.
Perhaps better "etiquette" to bump your previous post with you newer criteria
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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What's your budget? Batavia and Geneva are both beautiful towns that are close, and Elburn/the other unincorporated communities are on the rise as well.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:52 PM
 
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What's your budget? Batavia and Geneva are both beautiful towns that are close, and Elburn/the other unincorporated communities are on the rise as well.
Are they pretty lively cities? Are they good cities to meet people? I prefer the city over the country.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:17 PM
 
Location: "Chicago"
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Plus a couple people were telling me that taking the Metra from downtown to st charles area would be a good idea.
I think most people would get VERY tired of that very quickly. You'd have to commute from your apartment/condo/house in Chicago to Ogilvie station, then reverse-commute all the way out to Geneva on the train, then take a taxi to your job in St. Charles, unless by some chance there's a Pace bus that goes that way.

What was wrong with the St. Charles/Batavia/Geneva recommendations that were made repeatedly in the other thread?
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:18 AM
 
Location: North Jackson
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What was wrong with the St. Charles/Batavia/Geneva recommendations that were made repeatedly in the other thread?
I imagine OP is looking for something more lively and upbeat. Sounds like he's trying to find a place where ha can reasonably get to work in St Charles, while still having a decent social life. I don't know if any of these 3 town (St Charles, Batavia, Geneva) would be a place where a single guy not from the area would be happy. Those towns all seem pretty family-oriented, but I really don't know them very well.

Naperville is pretty darn far from St Charles, with no interstate connecting them - the drive will be all state roads. Google says 30 minutes, but in reality, door to door?
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