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Old 04-25-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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We are relocating to the area and looking in Barrington and Cary. I'm concerned about the length of time it might take to get from Cary to Schaumburg where I am working. Unfortunately we can not do a trial run since we will only be in the area househunting on a Saturday and Sunday. Mapquest indicates 30-40 minutes depending on the address in Cary. What kind of traffic can I expect on Route 14 or Route 62 during rush hour? Thx!
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:15 PM
 
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It's not around the corner, but if you leave before 7:30 and get out of work before 4:30 (or after 6:00) it's better. Route 14 is way worse than 62 also. 62 moves pretty quick. Keep in mind this commute isn't that bad compared to what many others face.

If you are looking for equivalent areas closer to Schaumburg, try Hoffman Estates or the southern area of Palatine.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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I don't think there is any good way to make the trip. Probably 31 south to 90 east. I know that you can expect horrible congestion on 62 (Algonquin) and a bit better on 14 (Northwest Reagan Highway). 40 minutes during rush hour sounds wildly optimistic.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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I have lived in Barrington over 20 years and I am frankly surprised at the long commute time you were given. Its not that big of a deal at all.
I have traveled from here to S'burg more times then I can count and it is usually a piece of cake,even rush hour.
I take Algonquin to Meacham. Even crowded, its moving.
You could also do Algonquin to Roselle rd or 14 to Roselle rd or Ela, or Barrington rd to Gulf or Higgens to name a few.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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I'm with nanannie on this one. I can drive from Rt 14/Lake Cook Road to Schaumburg in about 20 minutes, using Roselle.

Cary is about 7 minutes further NW of Barrington.
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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The reality is that traffic on 14 and 62 will be oppressive in rush hour. All the people from the far flung exurbs in the Fox valley will be driving to Schaumburg to work in the morning, including you. You can count on 45 minutes minimum, and well over an hour in the snow in winter (or even in the rain any time of year).

By the way, Cary is not 7 minutes from Barrington. It takes the train 8 minutes just to get to Fox River Grove, and the train goes 70 miles an hour, and does not stop for red lights.
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Cary and Barrington area offer some rural aspects that some of the closer in suburbs do not.
However, if you desire a shorter commute, look into west side of Palatine or Inverness that attend Fremd high school. Some very nice neighborhoods and good schools.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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The reality is that traffic on 14 and 62 will be oppressive in rush hour. All the people from the far flung exurbs in the Fox valley will be driving to Schaumburg to work in the morning, including you. You can count on 45 minutes minimum, and well over an hour in the snow in winter (or even in the rain any time of year).

By the way, Cary is not 7 minutes from Barrington. It takes the train 8 minutes just to get to Fox River Grove, and the train goes 70 miles an hour, and does not stop for red lights.
Disagree. Not "Oppresive". No where near what "oppresive " is in the city or burbs. Snow can make it difficult wherever you drive.
And yes. You can get to Cary from Barrington as quickly as 7 minutes, depending on where in Barrington you are. Or Cary to S'burg in far less time then any 45 minutes, again, depending on where/how far out you choose to live.
Also, agree with cubssoxfan, parts of Palatine and Inverness mentioned are good choices.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:04 AM
 
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Cary to Schaumburg will be a "normal" commute in Chicago. That means it will be around 30 - 40 minutes. I live in Palatine (northwest side) and it used to take me 20 minutes in the morning and 30 in the evening to get to the Woodfield area.

Living in Cary, you will be in the middle of the east/west commute. It's not horrible, but not great either. If you're like me and don't want to waste your life away in the car, you'll have to move closer. I suggest either Palatine or the north part of Hoffman Estates.

If you need info on Palatine, I can supply you with whatever you need.
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