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Old 12-19-2006, 01:36 PM
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I might be relocating to the Chicago area and was wondering what the commute would be like from Chicago to Naperville? Everyone who I have talked to said I should just live in Naperville. However I am 31 and like to socialize. I don't think Naperville would provide that opportunity.

Is there a location in between Naperville and Chicago where I could live that is safe, on the subway line and would allow me to experience more that the City has to offer?

All thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:55 PM
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The commute from Chicago to Naperville is a piece of cake. At 3 in the morning anyway. Otherwise, prepare to pull every single hair out of your head. Naperville actually has something of a decent nightlife for a suburb. The downtown area has nice restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, and what-not. The downtown area is also expensive as hell to live in, so unless you're well-heeled you'd end up living in an apartment or townhouse complex on the outskirts of town.

If you insist on living in Chicago and working in Naperville, there is a commuter train line that runs from downtown Chicago to Naperville. Figure about an hour each way. Then factor in the commute time from wherever you live in Chicago to the train station, and if you live in any of the young/hip nightlife areas in Chicago, figure at least an additional half an hour. Then you need to figure out if your place of work within walking distance of either Naperville train station. If not, you have the additional expense of keeping a car parked at a lot out there, about $250 a year for the parking permit plus whatever it costs to own/operate/insure the car that does nothing but carry you 8 miles a day.
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Old 12-19-2006, 02:12 PM
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I worked in Naperville a few years ago and about half the office did the commute from the north side. It's pretty common, you will probably be able to find someone in the office doing the exact same thing and be able to set up a carpool. Then once you get the experience needed, switch out your job to downtown Chicago
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