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Old 10-17-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Hey everyone. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. My girlfriend is moving from Kansas City to Chicago here in a couple months, and has taken a job in Skokie. She's going to be managing a restaurant near the Old Orchard Mall. But, as opposed to living in Skokie, she'd much rather live within Chicago city limits. As I'm well aware traffic is a beast in Chicago, I'm trying to find her a spot where the commute won't be too bad, but keeps her in walking distance of bars/restaurants/the el. She's going to have a car, but keep in mind as far as traffic goes, the restaurant manager has odd hours: sometimes having to be at work at 8 AM, other times coming back home at midnight. But, by and large, she'll only be commuting during typical rush hour 1/3 to 1/2 the time.

Being an unmarried 26-year-old woman, her initial research drew her to Wicker Park, Bucktown, and Logan Square. Any ideas what typical commute times from these neighborhoods to Skokie would look like at peak and non-peak times? I've been nerding out trying to analyze some traffic patterns online, but they really only show the expressways. I did read somewhere that the the east/west sidestreets tend to have worse traffic than the north/south, so I figured if she lived due south of Skokie, it might ease some traffic stress for her.

Any other areas that we should be taking a look at? (We're coming up this Friday to take a look at places). Cost is only somewhat an issue (she can afford a $1000 place by herself), but commute, safety, and access to public transport are the key sticking points.

Thanks again.

Chris
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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She could take the Purple Line Express or Red Line to Howard, take the Yellow Line to Dempster, and then a bus to Old Orchard. It's only about a two mile ride.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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Well, near Old Orchard is a bit north from Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square. During non peak times, 90/94 shouldn't be too bad. But during peak times, it's going to suck. My wife and I drive to Old Orchard from Andersonville all of the time, and it's generally a pretty meh drive for us (we're way north of Bucktown/Wicker Park.)

If you don't take 90/94, you'd have to pick a place that has good, easy access to Lincoln Ave (Rt 41. )

If you want some type of cool/ urban feel, yould could also check out Evanston, which is right next door to Skokie. But it definitely DOES NOT feel like Bucktown/Wicker Park.

C/N - prepare for a potentially crappy commute to Skokie if you choose west/northwest side neighborhoods in Chicago.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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Thanks for the first bits of advice. A note on the yellow line: doesn't run on weekends, correct? And a restaurant manager most certainly does. So she's assuming she's going to have to drive quite often. If I looked at northern neighborhoods that had access to the red line thereby also the yellow line, (Andersonville/Edgewater/etc.), what's that do to a driving commute?

Chris

EDIT: Also, no buses run to Old Orchard late night, so when she closes the restaurant, she'd HAVE to drive. (Unless I'm reading the CTA website incorrectly, which is definitely possible)

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Old 10-17-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Thanks for the first bits of advice. A note on the yellow line: doesn't run on weekends, correct? And a restaurant manager most certainly does. So she's assuming she's going to have to drive quite often. If I looked at northern neighborhoods that had access to the red line thereby also the yellow line, (Andersonville/Edgewater/etc.), what's that do to a driving commute?

Chris
It runs on weekends. I believe it stops running at 11 on Weekdays and 12 on Weekends.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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It runs on weekends. I believe it stops running at 11 on Weekdays and 12 on Weekends.
Don't know how I got that it closed on weekends; it must have been an outdated source or something. Thanks for the correction.

Chris
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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I would look into Andersonville and Lincoln Square.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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My wife and I drive to Old Orchard from Andersonville all of the time, and it's generally a pretty meh drive for us (we're way north of Bucktown/Wicker Park.)
"Meh" = Less than thirty minutes at peak time?

Chris
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Lincoln Square would probably be your best bet. Don't think that would be too bad of a drive most of the time.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Uptown
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hipster central to logan will be an hour plus easy during regular commuting hours
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