When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
Check Metrarail.com and PACE buses. You can check for the nearest stops to you and downtown where it stops. Also check the schedules for time and frequency.
Also, you should check the local area stops for parking. These are run by the town, not by Metra or Pace. If parking is a hassle, not a lot of spaces, etc. You may look at another stop where it is easier.... more