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Chicago suburbs

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Chicago suburbs

We are traveling to Chicago at the end of August and want to mix up locations to see the most of the city.

Is there a suburb with good restaurants and shopping yet great links to the city.

We don't mind a short taxi ride to a metra.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Chicago suburbs

Oak Park is very interesting. It is the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright studios. You can reach it on the Blue line of the El.

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2. Re: Chicago suburbs

The only two with their own small city charm would be Oak Park and Evanston. However, you do not need to move hotels, you take the city transit lines across the city boarder. The Blue line to OakPark and the Purple line to Evanston. Google CTA (Chicago Transit Authority). Stay in the city and visit the suburbs.

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3. Re: Chicago suburbs

Oak Park is accessible by the CTA green line and Metra trains, not the blue line.

Also consider Evanston and Skokie. Both have good transit connections.

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4. Re: Chicago suburbs

The blue line does go to and from Oak Park. I have used it many times!

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5. Re: Chicago suburbs

Actually both the green and blue lines of the El go through Oak Park, as well as the commuter Metra line. But the blue line runs through the southern part of Oak Park in areas less likely to be frequented by tourists. The green line runs through central Oak Park, close to the Frank Lloyd Wright and Hemingway sites, as well as Oak Park's 2 hotels and 3 (4?) B&Bs.

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6. Re: Chicago suburbs

For a tourist definitely use the green line to Oak Park.

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7. Re: Chicago suburbs

Naperville is a longer ride on Metra BNSF than Oak Park but downtown Naperville has restaurants on every street and a smaill town charm with the stores all thru the city. If you have any kids there is a DuPage Children's Museum right at the train station in Naperville. Any choice you make you really can't go wrong.

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8. Re: Chicago suburbs

If you are taking the green line to Oak Park, you might want to stop at the Gerfield Park Conservatory...it is a very short walk from the el stop. It was built int he 1930s (I think). Great historic landmark. You can spend 30 minutes there or 3 hours!

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9. Re: Chicago suburbs

if you want to see most of the city why would you stay in the suburbs and waste so much time commuting?

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10. Re: Chicago suburbs

Stay in the city. Suburbs are boring.

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