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Old 05-27-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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Commuting from SW Michigan to Chicago, Daily?

I'm looking to be transferred from Indianapolis to downtown Chicago for work. My husband, however, does NOT want to live in the city. We LOVE Southwest Michigan (New Buffalo) --- Lake Michigan "beach towns" and he wants to get into the brewery/winery (booming) business in that area.

So I saw there is the South Shore train that I could pick up in Michigan City (about 10-15 mins from New Buffalo).

My question is: do people commute from Michigan City to Chicago (downtown/Magnificent Mile)? Getting on as early as MC, would I have a seat? Is it reliable service? What is the commute like? I know that it goes from Eastern to Central, and Central to Eastern time zones, so I would gain an hour in the morning, lose an hour in the evening.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Am I going to regret this decision to live in SW Michigan?

Thanks in advance.
(I also put this on the Chicago boards)
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:32 PM
 
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While I do not have personal experience with the train to downtown Chicago from Michigan City, I did talk with someone who has done this. They drove their car from SE Michigan to Michigan City, parked for free and took Amtrak to downtown Chicago. The fare was very cheap from Michigan City compared to the fare from Dearborn or Ann Arbor and they did not have to pay for parking downtown. I thought it was a nice alternative for a vacation trip, but I can't tell you how it would be on a daily basis. My advice would be to do a test run on a work day and see what it is like.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:47 PM
 
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Yes, many people in SW Michigan do this regularly. Some drive over to the Indiana dunes stop and catch it from there.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:15 PM
 
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I believe if you are up to the time difference and having to Get on the train at a minimum or 45 mins earlier than your work day starts than you should have no problem.
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Old 04-03-2015, 06:16 PM
 
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My advice would be to do a test run on a work day and see what it is like.
Also a good idea
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:45 PM
chh
 
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I've taken the Amtrack from Michigan City to downtown before. I think it was about an hour and a half, definitely faster than driving but still a long commute.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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The OP is probably no longer around, but for everyone else looking at doing this, nope, I wouldn't do it. It's great to do if you you're spending a weekend in Chicago, to take the South Shore Line.

But if you look at the schedule, you'd leave (for instance) at 5:52 AM from the Carroll Ave station and pull in at Millennium Station at 7:35, and you're still not at your desk. 2 hour trip to work one way, 4 hours in the train every day? You'd be miserable.

http://www.nictd.com/riding-the-trai.../monday-friday

I know someone who works in downtown Chicago and actually found a small house in Hammond, Indiana, not far from the beach. But you have to live in Hammond for the 9 months of non beach weather.
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