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Old 02-24-2020, 07:24 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for giving your input. One more question. I notice when routing my work from some places in Elgin, that there is a toll highway I need to take (I90E?), is this costly tot take on a daily basis? I think I would only be using it for a few kilometres though.
It will cost $2.25 each way, Rt 31 to Marengo. The alternative is taking Rt 20 though in winter drifting snow makes driving it a adventure at times.

Here is info regarding tolls.
https://www.illinoistollway.com/tolling-information
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Old 02-24-2020, 07:33 AM
 
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The commute to Crystal Lake would be free but I have no idea how well Rt 176 gets plowed in winter.
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Old 02-24-2020, 11:50 AM
 
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The commute to Crystal Lake would be free but I have no idea how well Rt 176 gets plowed in winter.
Generally it's fine, though subject to drifting in open areas.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:31 AM
 
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Do Elgin and Crystal Lake have there fair share of things to do?
OP, I'm assuming that you actually did a physical interview for the job, correct? (not sure how it's done these days, but it's hard to believe anyone hires "over the phone"). Assuming that is correct, how much time did you spend after the interview, touring Marengo and the surrounding area? Did you drive down from Canada, or did you fly into O'Hare or Rockford, and then rent a car? Have you ever been to Chicago before? If not, I'm assuming you're going to be spending quite a bit of time "sightseeing", and maybe hanging around the city on weekends, at least for a while. An earlier post suggesting you live near rail access to the city was actually pretty good advice; personally, I detest driving into the city - avoiding traffic, high parking fees, etc. by using public transportation is a big plus. The area has a lot of things to see and do for a young person. Except for the next couple of days, winter's ill effects are greatly diminished by the first week of March, springtime is a wonderful season to be outdoors and explore the area.
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:21 AM
 
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Yes I did physically fly down, but apart from a few trips to Chicago I have not seen much of the area. I think I have settled for somewhere in the Elgin area, it doesent seem too far from work and has a decent population and relatively close to chicago area.
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:50 AM
 
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Yes I did physically fly down, but apart from a few trips to Chicago I have not seen much of the area. I think I have settled for somewhere in the Elgin area, it doesent seem too far from work and has a decent population and relatively close to chicago area.
Elgin to Marengo is 26.5 miles each way about 31 minutes taking the tollway which will cost you a few $ each way or 40 minutes on Rt 20 which is free. Elgin isn't a bad choice, it also has metra service to the city, Is a short drive to St Charles or any of the western suburbs, and has some decent areas mixed with crummy other areas.
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Old 02-25-2020, 07:53 AM
 
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Yes I did physically fly down, but apart from a few trips to Chicago I have not seen much of the area. I think I have settled for somewhere in the Elgin area, it doesent seem too far from work and has a decent population and relatively close to chicago area.

There's really only 1 area that has remained somewhat run-down here in Elgin; southeast/east of the casino. Since you'll be traveling to the NW for work anyways, there are better options near McClean and Big Timber roads. It can take a bit of time to travel through Elgin in any direction, so focusing on the NW part of town will reduce your commute 15 min each way.
Best wishes on your move.
Good gyms are a tough find, park district(Centre)facility is your best bet.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:31 PM
 
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Yes I did physically fly down, but apart from a few trips to Chicago I have not seen much of the area. I think I have settled for somewhere in the Elgin area, it doesent seem too far from work and has a decent population and relatively close to chicago area.
Elgin has some cool events and aspects. Feel free to send me a message if you want any insights I might be able to provide.

All the best with the transition.
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:32 PM
 
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The commute to Crystal Lake would be free but I have no idea how well Rt 176 gets plowed in winter.
Since IL is so corrupt go to Wisconsin. Maybe Beloit. A bit further but worth every nickel.
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:23 AM
 
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Since IL is so corrupt go to Wisconsin. Maybe Beloit. A bit further but worth every nickel.
Lake Geneva or Fontana (SW corner of lake) would be about 20 miles away and has a lot of events and outdoor activities mainly in summer. Could be worth considering for the OP.
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