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Old 06-21-2010, 02:53 PM
 
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I will be vacationing in Chicago this October and intend to take a side trip to Crystal Lake.

I'm bringing my 78 year old Mother and hope to keep walking to a minimum for her.

I was planning on transferring to the Metra from the Blue Line at Iriving Park. I have not been able to determine whether there is a long or short distance between the EL and Metra station.

I would appreciate any help with this information.

Thanks

RH
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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It is a short distance but a crappy crossing because of the cars coming off of the expressway. And stairs are involved to get onto the Metra over there. If you want to avoid stairs and crossing traffic switch at Jefferson Park. I believe Metra has an elevator there.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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If you are staying downtown(which is the best place to stay for vactioning) you could catch the train downtown.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:16 PM
 
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It is a short distance but a crappy crossing because of the cars coming off of the expressway. And stairs are involved to get onto the Metra over there. If you want to avoid stairs and crossing traffic switch at Jefferson Park. I believe Metra has an elevator there.
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If you are staying downtown(which is the best place to stay for vactioning) you could catch the train downtown.
Thank you both for your advice. The Blue line is very close to the hotel we are staying at. I'll take your advice and transfer at the Jefferson Park Station.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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It is a short distance but a crappy crossing because of the cars coming off of the expressway. And stairs are involved to get onto the Metra over there. If you want to avoid stairs and crossing traffic switch at Jefferson Park. I believe Metra has an elevator there.
Just FYI, there are ramps at that Metra station. But the only way to get down from the Irving Park L station is to use stairs, so JeffPark is probably a better option for the OP.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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I will be vacationing in Chicago this October and intend to take a side trip to Crystal Lake.

I'm bringing my 78 year old Mother and hope to keep walking to a minimum for her.

I was planning on transferring to the Metra from the Blue Line at Iriving Park. I have not been able to determine whether there is a long or short distance between the EL and Metra station.

I would appreciate any help with this information.

Thanks

RH
I do that route several times a month.

You are making a BIG MISTAKE.

You need to connect at JEFFERSON PARK METRA which has accessible escalators AS WELL AS a ramp to the track and is a MUCH SHORTER WALK. The steps are much steeper at Irving Park and the walk much longer.

There are two stops these days in Crystal Lake. You are better off to avoid Pingree Rd. and get off at the Crystal Lake station.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:11 PM
 
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You need to connect at JEFFERSON PARK METRA which has accessible escalators AS WELL AS a ramp to the track and is a MUCH SHORTER WALK. The steps are much steeper at Irving Park and the walk much longer.
I'm convinced.

Thank you all.

RH
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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Is 15 minutes enough time to make the transfer? I don't know the layout of the stop so I need to know exactly: where is the transfer route in relation to where I would get off the train coming from Downtown?
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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Is 15 minutes enough time to make the transfer? I don't know the layout of the stop so I need to know exactly: where is the transfer route in relation to where I would get off the train coming from Downtown?
If you are talking about at Irving Park:

Counting the time needed to dodge and cross traffic on and along Irving Park that is also going to and coming off of the expressway, it takes about 5 minutes. If you walk really slow and/or have lots of baggage 15 minutes would be a better range. You will be on south of Irving Park getting off of Metra. You need to go north to Irving Park and then walk maybe two hundred feet east.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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Is 15 minutes enough time to make the transfer? I don't know the layout of the stop so I need to know exactly: where is the transfer route in relation to where I would get off the train coming from Downtown?
Why would you get off the train comming from downtown? The Metra train departs downtown and the blue line would take much longer to get downtown than the metra train.

15 mins by which method? Metra is prompt but the CTA might not be esp. if you are using a bus. If you are using the el, you are cutting it too close when you factor in time to walk.
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