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Old 12-22-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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Default moving to chicago. working at loyola medical center

Hi Guys, I was wondering how feasible it would be to live in downtown chicago while taking public transportation to loyola? Google maps gives it 1 hour (+). Does anyone do it?

Thanks
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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If your going to the suburbs, you should be aware that Google doesn't acknowledge the existence of the suburban bus system known as PACE. I'm not sure why. It will even give you Megabus as a transit option.

That said you'll want to use goroo | RTA, CTA, Metra, Pace, Driving and Biking Directions | Better Directions, Better Trip Planner. to plan suburban trips. Despite the fact that a bus between the Forest Park Blue Line terminal exists, the time seems the same.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:11 AM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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It'll be an inconvenient, long commute - twice a day. You really need a car if your shifts will be at odd hours. Public transportation is subject to being altered, cancelled, etc. If I worked out there I'd want a car. Oak Park is probably a more convenient location than Downtown Chicago. Maybe, though, Loyola has some sort of campus-connecting bus service between the Loyola (Rogers Park), Downtown and Maywood campus. Have you checked with the university about that?

Thanks.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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I do not believe that Loyola runs any special shuttle to Maywood. About Loyola, Loyola University Chicago

Any commute that relied on public transit options, including Pace, is subject to HUGE delays becuase of the relatively limited ability for buses to move within the heavy traffic that often surround the Maywood area. Further the weekend service for many Pace routes has recently been curtailed / eliminated...

I would recommend living closer to the Medical Center and probably having some reliable means of personal transportation...
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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Agree with all the above. This is one commute you don't want to do from the city everyday. Oak Park is a great compromise, and have a car.

You will save your sanity.
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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I have a friend who works at Loyola and lives in the west Loop. She drives.
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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i have a friend who works at loyola and lives in the west loop. She drives.
+1
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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I have a friend that lives downtown and drives as well (to Maywood). Fortunately it worked out for her since she would really drive before and after rush hour. it's not convenient though.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Getting from downtown to maywood in car is pretty quick. Considering the expressway is right there.

Public trans? That's tougher.
Ud take the blue line then the bus along madison to first. Then another bus down to loyola.
And that's without knowing the bus schedules. They probably wouldn't mesh well.
Or take blue line then go down harlem instead of madison then another bus on roosevelt to loyola
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Getting from downtown to maywood in car is pretty quick. Considering the expressway is right there.

Public trans? That's tougher.
Ud take the blue line then the bus along madison to first. Then another bus down to loyola.
And that's without knowing the bus schedules. They probably wouldn't mesh well.
Or take blue line then go down harlem instead of madison then another bus on roosevelt to loyola
It's probably only one bus from the Forest Park Terminal. The problem is Pace buses don't run very often. Also you might have a bit of a walk from the bus stop to the exact place you work in the hospital. Expressways aren't always that fast during rush hour, but the last mile is the problem with taking transit for this commute. If you own a car drive, if this is the only reason you would own a car, then the longer commute may be worth the money saved by not owning a car.
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