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Old 01-04-2018, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Naperville, IL
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OP: Have you considered AirBnB for temporary housing vs Extended Stays? I have a business partner who comes to the IL area a few times a year to stay for 2-3 months each time, and so we're often looking for places around the Chicago suburbs for him to stay at. Extended Stays are always tempting but we have been two three god-awful ones and get the impression that this is what one can expect from the majority. Instead, we've been able to find him even better AirBnB's for his budget ($60-$70/day) and finally have found an owner who can rent out on a more reliable, off-AirBnB basis to him for his visits. So maybe consider that as an option, and you'll have more choices outside of Romeoville. Nothing to unfairly sour you on an area/city after a whirlwind day of house-searching like coming back to a run-down, dingy, moldy room like many Extended Stays offer.

I don't think the public transportation system in the West and NW suburbs can compare to an urban public transit system like NYC's or Chicago's. I don't use it at all though as we have cars, but your choices in most towns is Metra or buses, then taxis or Uber/Lyft in the suburbs. I see plenty of cars with Uber/Lyft stickers so I don't think getting one of those will be difficult.

Have you considered Schaumburg or Oak Brook as bases to start your search from? Easier access to the major roads that will get you around to the cities you might be looking at, and those cities should offer you some more to do during the times when you're not house-searching (dining, shopping, entertainment, people).
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:15 PM
 
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I don't think the public transportation system in the West and NW suburbs can compare to an urban public transit system like NYC's or Chicago's. I don't use it at all though as we have cars, but your choices in most towns is Metra or buses, then taxis or Uber/Lyft in the suburbs. I see plenty of cars with Uber/Lyft stickers so I don't think getting one of those will be difficult.
No, not rapid transit, but the West suburbs have a strong commuter culture to rival Westchester County or Long Island. Commuters are proud of the line they ride and happy not to be driving downtown. I suppose the BNSF riders and the UPW riders could have some friendly disputes. Pace buses are not as popular, but even they attract mainstream riders. Warning: parking at the train stations is often scarce.
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