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Old 04-30-2008, 02:32 PM
 
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Looks like this commute is pretty tough in the first place, but I wanted to specify.

My wife will be working in the city downtown. We want to live very close to her office (N Michigan Ave). That's the deal we made.

I will be working in Naperville, and I will need to be in the office by 7am.

Can I leave by car at 6am?

We are paid well, so if necessary, I can consider alternatives that are pricey if they get the job done. Are there other considerations or tricks?

...And of course, what is it like coming back at 5pm? 6pm? and 7pm?
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Old 04-30-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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Looks like this commute is pretty tough in the first place, but I wanted to specify.

My wife will be working in the city downtown. We want to live very close to her office (N Michigan Ave). That's the deal we made.

I will be working in Naperville, and I will need to be in the office by 7am.

Can I leave by car at 6am?

We are paid well, so if necessary, I can consider alternatives that are pricey if they get the job done. Are there other considerations or tricks?

...And of course, what is it like coming back at 5pm? 6pm? and 7pm?
In the morning it could be doable. You'd probably want to leave 10 min to 6 to be safe. On the way home, I don't know. That's a tough commute, day in and day out.

If you can take the Metra and either take a cab to the office, or see if your company has a shuttle, that would probably be easier on your stress level.
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:12 PM
 
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yep jdiddy beat me to it, there are some Pace routes that might work along with Metra to get you close to some major offices out there too. There are even a handful of commuters that take a bicycle from the Naperville station to an office, Metra encorugages on off peak and reverse commutes
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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Naperville is generally min. 45 minutes. You also have to consider time from your place to the highway (where on N Michigan). It's take me up to 2.5 hours with really bad traffic. My suggestion, as the others, would be to take the metra and then pace if possible. Otherwise, you're in for a hella commute. Coming back between 5-7 has taken me well over 1.5 hours.
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:21 PM
 
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BNSF is one of the few lines that has reverse-commute express trains. You can actually get from Union Station to Naperville from 6:32am to 7:09am, plus the time it takes you to get to your work from the station.

I realize you said 7am -- I'd see if you can get in at 7:30am instead of 7. If you have to drive, it's going to be over an hour in the morning and close to two in the afternoon...trust me.
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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Id give yourself an hour and 20 minutes just to be safe. But at that time of day, it shouldnt be a problem getting to Naperville in under an hour.
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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Times are too short.

I picked a point near Illinois Center and another out in Naperville near the OfficeMax HQ:

from: E Randolph St & N Stetson Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 to: raymond dr and Diehl Rd Naperville Il - Google Maps

That is almost 33 miles. The google trip calculator uses the posted speed limit and does not seem to account for much else. It seems the average speed they are using is about 45 MPH -- that is far too generous.

Far more accurate is to use the speeds from the road sensors that go into the G-C-M Corridor map. The whole length of that trip will be yellow or red at rush hour:
Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor

The MPH on the "Rte83to90/94 Circle " will fall to 30 MPH or worse, toss in the occasional accident and/or lane reconfiguration and you'll be lucky to top 15 MPH...
Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor

33 miles at 15 MPH = 2+ hours. jessiegirl is right on target...
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Old 05-01-2008, 11:05 AM
 
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You also have consider adding time to that commute in the winter....YUCK!! Seriously, unless you can take the metra, I would highly consider living someplace else!
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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If theyre leaving at 6 am, traffic shouldnt be a problem. I used to leave at 6 am to get downtown (from Warrenville) and many times it only took me 45 or so minutes at that time. I didnt see any bad traffic until about 7:30am, and the OP will have already been at work for 30 minutes. The ride home might be a nightmare, but leaving at 6am wont be horrible at all. I speak from experience.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:49 PM
 
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I agree that leaving early helps, but the fact is that that I too have done both to drive and out with various starting and ending points and it is not pretty when you going all the way into Naperville from even that Illinois Center area that I picked and just gets worse as your starting point goes north.

As you hinted at, the ride back into the City get ferocious. It is now about 2:50 and the speed is already dropping to just a hair above 30 MPH:
I-90/94/CIRCLE HARLEM 16.2 22.8 8.8 31.3

Come back and check out those times in an hour or so...

Metra REALLY does make the possibility of leaving from Union Station with a bicycle for the express train out to Naperville and then biking to a job out there a much more predictable way to go as long as the office is not too far from the naperville or Rt 59 Stations.
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