Burlington Northern Metra Line to Naperville
Naperville is a Chicago suburb about 28 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. If you work in downtown Chicago one alternative you have to get into the city is to take METRA's Burlington Northern Line. For the morning and afternoon work commuters there are a number of express trains that get you into Chicago (morning) and back to Naperville (afternoon) in about 33 minutes. At other times of the day starting at about 4:45 a.m. in the morning until Midnight there are local trains (they use the same tracks, but make stops at all stations along the way) which take a little over an hour to and from Naperville.
The main Naperville station (there is one other at Route 59 a little further west) is also where you can pick up an AMTRAK train which has a number of routes to various spots around the United States.
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Traffic is horrific- use your feet!
So throughout downtown Naperville you will discover that parking is a crazy thing and there are a lot of cars in a relatively small space over the three or four blocks of downtown Naperville. During large events you might end up parking a mile away. On the brightside to help congestion during large festivals and activities there is normally shuttle parking to and from alternative parking areas. That being said Jefferson Street is narrow and most of the buildings were created during the town’s early history in the early 1800s. Just be prepared; bicycles and skateboards are not allowed in the “downtown” area to ease pedestrian traffic.
Check out the Downtown Naperville website for more information on parking locations and their own tips to make your visit a pleasent one.
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Amtrak through Naperville
While we drove to Naperville to catch the train, Amtrak does stop twice a day in Naperville. The outbound train from Chicago (the east end of the Southwest Chief) arrives at about 3:50 p.m. daily. It follows the Metra commuter line. Actually, they both follow the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Freight line.
While sitting in the station, you'll have the chance to see numerous frieghts, communters and Amtrak passenger trains come through.
West Bound -- There are about three trains a day through Naperville. As I said above, the Southwest Chief arrives about 3:50 p.m. From here, it heads west across Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado (southern), New Mexico (northern), Arizona and ends in Los Angeles, California.
East Bound -- Again there are three trains a day. The Southwest Chief arrives around 2:00 p.m. from the west.
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From downtown Chicago
Like most people in the Chicagoland area, I have a car and when we head out to Naperville we drive. Visitors without a car should look into taking Metra, a commuter train that runs from Chicago's Union Station to Naperville. The Naperville station is about a mile from the Naper Settlement, a little further from the downtown area but the station is also served by Pace, the suburban bus system.
Just a train ride away!
The Burlington Northern/METRA rail line serves Naperville and makes it easy to to get to Naperville from Chicago and vice-versa.
It normally takes about 1 hr 10 minutes, but in the morning and late afternoon/early evening there are express trains that take 25 minutes or so. As of this writing a single one way ticket to Naperville is $4.10 US.
The picture is of the park in front of the station.
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