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Old 12-23-2008, 07:00 AM
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As I posted before, we will be moving in late spring and would like some input on the above commutes. We need something a little more rural as I have horses and we are looking possibly at the above areas. Any ideas on commute time, maybe leaving at 6.30am in the morning.

Thanks for help.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:01 AM
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Tough thing about either of those is that BOTH inbound and outbound there are BAD choke points and limited alternates.

Going west to St. Charles you are stuck with Eisenhower and then 88 and then surface streets to St. Charles though without going too much out of your way you could take arterial surface streets like Roosevelt west to like 53/355 and then St. Charles Rd -- that might be a livable option.

Barrington would be far worse as you'd do the dreaded Eisenhower to 290 extenstion to 90 commute or the Roosevelt to 355 to Lake St to Rte 59 thing, but you're going MUCH further north & west...

Either is going to be very bad.

I wonder if you could maybe find a place with horse zoning more due west, near the unincoprated section of Lisle close to the Seven Bridges?

Another possibility would S/SW burbs -- north/south there are some pretty predictable surface streets in that corridor but only a handul (like LaGrange Rd) cross all the canals, frankly it not exactly speedy. I seem to recall seeing some horse zoned stuff near Palos -- that would be the least distance wise, not sure how much the costs would be or if there is anything avaliable currently.

Pretty much all the more affordable horse zoned parcels close in have been re-developed...

Good Luck!
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:34 AM
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oh yikes! I looked at it on Mapquest. You might be better off trying Orland Park or Palos area. I am not familiar with those suburbs at all other than to say I have a friend with 3 daughters who's lived in Orland Park for 20 years and sends her kids to the public schools there. I believe they have some nice forest preserves there, and there may still be some homes out there with enough land to keep your horses.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:47 PM
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Don't even think about it.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:22 AM
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Board the 6:41 at Elburn, transfer at Elmhurst, and you will reach Melrose Park, close to Broadview, at 7:42. From Barrington there is no rail option without going downtown first, a big consideration during snow or other bad weather. From Barrington you would have to fight traffic on Lake-Cook before getting on 53. At that time you will miss the Woodfield bottleneck (though you would hit it on your way home), but would likely have delays east of York Rd. And if there is an accident, who knows how long you'd take.
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