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Old 05-01-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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Hello!

My wife and I will be staying in Chicago in a couple weeks to check out a few Cubs games. We are considering taking a day to go out to Brookfield Zoo. We'll be taking the Red Line to the loop and then transferring to the blue line to Union Station. It looks like the Metra from Union Station to the zoo goes through some rough areas. I am looking for experiences of others who have taken this route before just to ensure that there will be no issues.

Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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Don't worry about the train going through bad spots, you'll be fine. You're in a 400-ton vehicle rolling through at 75MPH. It's not like thugs chase the trains through town trying to trainjack them or something.

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Old 05-01-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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METRA is very safe, much safer than the CTA. METRA stops much less frequently than the CTA and is more expensive (for the most part). Very few criminal incidents on METRA especially during the day. I've ridden METRA well into the night and I find it to be much more pleasant than the CTA.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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That's the BNSF line, and it serves some of the nicest western suburbs. It's really not a problem. And the zoo stop in Brookfield (Hollywood) is well marked with a zoo theme, so it's hard to miss.
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Old 05-01-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I felt a bit embarrassed asking, but just wanted to make sure since I'll have my family along with me. I appriciate the quick honest replies.
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Metra's BNSF line, which happens to be the busiest, doesn't stop in any bad neighborhoods on Chicago's west side, but just speeds through on an embankment. (And, frankly, Lawndale, which you're probably referring to, is far from Chicago's worst neighborhood, anyway.)

Brookfield has two Metra stations. Make sure you get off at Hollywood-Zoo station, which is one stop BEFORE the station actually named Brookfield. I've timed it a couple times and it's really no more than a 10-minute walk or so from the station north, through a single-family-house neighborhood, to the zoo's southern entrance. There are signs to follow the whole way, but essentially you walk north to the high-school football field, then walk along the east side of the field straight to the zoo entrance. Couldn't be easier. Have fun--that zoo is an awesome place!
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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Metra's BNSF line, which happens to be the busiest, doesn't stop in any bad neighborhoods on Chicago's west side, but just speeds through on an embankment. (And, frankly, Lawndale, which you're probably referring to, is far from Chicago's worst neighborhood, anyway.)

Brookfield has two Metra stations. Make sure you get off at Hollywood-Zoo station, which is one stop BEFORE the station actually named Brookfield. I've timed it a couple times and it's really no more than a 10-minute walk or so from the station north, through a single-family-house neighborhood, to the zoo's southern entrance. There are signs to follow the whole way, but essentially you walk north to the high-school football field, then walk along the east side of the field straight to the zoo entrance. Couldn't be easier. Have fun--that zoo is an awesome place!
Thank you! We have been to the Lincoln Park Zoo before, but with the Cubs having an off day on the next homestand we wanted to get out an explore a bit. I really appreciate the walking directions. I had read that we needed to get off at the Hollywood-Zoo entrance, but was under the impression that the zoo entrance right there. I'll be sure to print off your directions and bring them with me just in case.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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Much as I like to encourage transit use, it's a bit of a hike from the Zoo station to the actual zoo, and the zoo itself is quite large. If you have young (unstrollered) children, keep in mind the long walk back to the train.
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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Long walk? It takes like 10 minutes.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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It's a half mile. To a suburban 7-year-old, that's cause for a lot of balking and whining at the end of a tiring day.
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