Just something to keep in mind: I live in Downtown and my husband works in Mettawa. It is a two hours and a half commute by train or one hour and a half by car.
But if you want live in Chicago you probably wanna be in the middle of everything. Considering that, Gold Coast, Streeterville, Lakeshore East, Lincoln Park and Lakeview could be good options.
If you are going to commute by train, a good option is to live close from some of the buses lines that take you directly to Union Station. You will have to leave home around 6am to arrive at the work at 9am, so you will not want to do a transfer so early in the morning.
If you are going to drive to work, I definitely would take a look to any property near the lake. I wouldn't compromise the neighborhood for 10 minutes less on the commute. Another thing to keep in mind is that you will have to pay an additional $200 (more or less) for parking in any of the neighborhoods I mentioned and parking in street is almost impossible in any of them, even if the realtor tells you the opposite.
From the neighborhoods above, I believe that Lakeshore East is the most expensive, as the buildings are newer, the other ones are pretty similar.
Also, before you take your final decision, take a look at Yelp.com to see the reviews from the building. Just type the address and you will find that, there are some buildings that seems amazing, but have severe management problems.
Then you want to look to be as close as possible to the train station that brings you up to Mettawa
easily..... But you will no matter what have a really long commute....
I am assuming work is in Chicago, where exactly, that would help....
If you have to stay in Mettawa and I am sure you have a good reason for that, but if you need to drive
to the city, then you will need to be close to the Hwy, but remember it will be a long drive and sometimes
a very slow drive....
If you could change your residency from Mettawa closer to the city, you may find some nice diverse
areas, how about living in Evanston, or Skokie and then commuting to the city.... We may not have
enough details about your situation and your needs, Feel free to contact me with further details that
way we may be able to provide you with better advice.
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If you are driving, just try and live somewhere close to the 90, but if you wish to live downtown, expect to pay a premium for that parking space.
That is a long commute from anywhere in Chicago. I think Milwaukee might be a quicker drive. Even with no traffic your drive will be over an hour and more likely to be 1.5-2 hours. If city life is what you want, I would start looking for a new job. Evanton has alot going on, you can take the "L" downtown and your commute will only be about an hour to Mettawa.
Hope this helps,
Ali, Community manager
This is a process that needs to start with an interview to help you decide what your priorities are and what you can afford.
Feel free to call (773) 732-9123 or write me back, davehanna2realtyexecutives.com.
10- 15 minutes on the phone would be a good start.