Live in the city, work in the suburbs?
December 21, 2011 4:26 PM Subscribe
Chicago-specific question: I'll be accepting a job in the northwest suburbs. Is living in the city and working in the suburbs doable?
posted by naju to travel & transportation around Chicago, IL (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It's exactly the job I wanted, except for the location. I suppose I could live in the suburbs, but that's not a very thrilling option; I'm definitely a city person, and the suburbs aren't so friendly for single people who like nightlife. But commuting by car from the city to the suburbs in rush traffic seems like a special form of hell.
So here's my current plan: live in the West Loop, within walking distance of Union Station / Ogilvie. Take the Metra train to the suburbs (50-60 minute train ride.) Then there's a shuttle that will take me from the station to my office about 5 minutes away.
I'm one of the few people who don't mind train commutes all that much - it's an hour to read, play games, listen to music, use an iPad, whatever. Living close to Metra means that I don't need to worry about an extra el train or bus ride which would add time to the commute. The West Loop can be expensive, but that's alright. I don't know much about the neighborhood, safety, level of noise, or parking situation though. It seems to skew more 'yuppie' than 'hip' for my tastes, but I think that's something I can live with.
Any advice would be appreciated. I think this is the optimal plan for me, but I'd like to hear other options, and problems I'm not considering. Surely I'm not the only one who's tried to make this work!