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Old 02-03-2015, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by bdwebb219 View Post
Thanks! Hubby would have to drive for work no matter where we live, but half of his commute would count as work hours. He would be driving to all areas around chicago, so it sounds like the traffic would just vary according to where exactly he was going that day? And that working non-peak hours like 6-2 might help? He used to live in Cali so he would understand that as a comparison. It sounds like being quite near a metra for family/date exursions would be very helpful otherwise. What about stay at home moms? Is it common for them to utilize metra during the day for activites or does everyone still drive their SUVs and minivans like they do here?
Suburban families rarely use Metra except if coming into the Loop. Traffic can be a nightmare coming into the Loop for things like the Christmas parade so people are encouraged to take public transportation if possible. Parking is always very expensive in the Loop so depending on the number of people in your party, it is usually cheaper to take the train into downtown for a saturday afternoon visit to the Field Museum (or wherever) than to drive.

But the Metra is too inconvenient for families to use for their day to day trips or even if visiting other suburbs for museums, etc. Traffic is a PITA in Chicago but it's not enough of a pain to justify a trip on the Metra to Naperville or wherever. At least, IMHO. You just need to be cognizant of the traffic and make plans to leave before rush hour.

If your kids are little they will likely get a kick out of riding the train. We've done short day trips on the train because it was more exciting than a car-ride to a little one.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:45 AM
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We love Riverside! It's almost a secret neighborhood... just 12 miles from downtown, nestled into the western suburbs. It is a unique suburb with winding roads, a river, a historic downtown, and fantastic people. We have lots of parks, large trees, and a very special landscape so close to the city. We even have gas lamps for street lights. Check it out!
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