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Old 11-01-2007, 07:37 PM
 
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My husband is thinking about accepting a job offer with FAA in Aurora- we are a young newly married couple in DC thinking about moving to downtown Chicago-

I love to go clubbing, hiking, "hang downtown"(Georgetown, Adams Morgan) and am a foodie at heart. I am very well situated in a top IT firm in DC....and am VERY happy here....Any convincing arguments that will make it easier for me to move there with him?
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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I wouldn't recommend downtown Chicago if your husband is working in Aurora. That would be a LONG commute. You may want to check into Naperville. While it isn't the city, it has a vibrant downtown area with many great restaurants you find in the city, shopping, and bars. And it has the metra train to get downtown.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:57 PM
 
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Hi- that is true but I will be working in Chicago city and thus we are considering living downtown
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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Well in that case, you can't beat the Chicago. It has great nightlife, restaurants, entertainment, the beautiful lake. I lived there for 5 years after college, in the neighborhoods of Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Wicker Park and loved it.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:25 PM
 
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With the exception of hiking, you can do all of the things you mentioned in Chicago, and do them with gusto.

Chicago has some of the best restaurants in the country.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:27 PM
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Location: Near West Burbs, IL
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Hi- that is true but I will be working in Chicago city and thus we are considering living downtown
Just make sure hubby is willing to deal with a stop and go 1.5 hour commute each way every day before you pull the plug.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hi- that is true but I will be working in Chicago city and thus we are considering living downtown

The problem is that his commute is not going to be fun. You can look at the metra lines to see how long it would take (around 1 hour just on the train plus added time if you don't live close to Union Station). Then, when he gets to Aurora, the question is how will he get to work from the train station? There might be a shuttle or it might be in walking distance, or it may mean another bus....
Just things to consider.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:03 AM
 
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With the exception of hiking, you can do all of the things you mentioned in Chicago, and do them with gusto.
It should be mentioned there are tons of forest preserves 15 minute-1/2 hr. drive from the city
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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It should be mentioned there are tons of forest preserves 15 minute-1/2 hr. drive from the city
And a bit further north is the Illinois State Beach with lots of hiking trails too.
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well in that case, you can't beat the Chicago.
I love it when people add an unnecessary "the" before a place.

Anyways, to the original poster, I strongly suggest you guys look into Forest Park/Oak Park. In a perfect world, the South Loop would be a great neighborhood for you guys to move into. However, unless your husband will be able to trake Metra out to Aurora, his commute will suck the soul out of his body and destroy everything you two hold sacred. There is no reverse commute on the Eisenhower. It is a white-knuckled, vein-popping mountain of suck during the 9 hours of rush hour every day. The other 15 hours, it just sucks.

After a grueling 5 day week, your husband will spend two and a half hours going 6 miles an hour to get back in the city. When he finally puts the car in park, he won't want to go sample any of the hundreds of great restaurants we have here. He's going to want to sit in the dark, with a bottle of Jack, humming sadly along to an old John Prine album. It doesn't matter if he doesn't like John Prine now. He will. Trust me.

However, Oak Park and neighboring Forest Park offer you vibrant, urban living just on the edge of the city. They have two CTA lines and a Metra stop going through it. They straddle the Eisenhower at just the right spot. When going inbound, you get on at Harlem just as traffic clears up. Going outbound, get on at Des Plaines and enjoy the feeling of putting your foot on the gas while all the suckers behind you have been riding the brake their last 40 minutes.

The choice is yours.
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