Many buyers living in the suburbs commute to Chicago everyday for work. So how long does it take and what are your transport options.
Commute to Chicago from Barrington by Road
On average in regular traffic the commute to Chicago by car is 55 minutes. In rush times you might add 15 to 30 minutes depending on exactly where in Chicago you need to get to. Barrington is not a small land area so driving to Chicago from your part of Barrington may differ 15 minutes or so from the average. Most commuters will head south on Barrington Road to pick up I-90 or on Route 53 and do the same. You can also drive to Chicago on Route 12 and 14 but be prepared for a lot of traffic stops.
Ride Metra Trains to Chicago from Barrington
Many commuters choose to ride the Metra train into Chicago and then catch a bus, cab or walk to their destination. Barrington has a station in the middle of the village with plenty of trains stopping through-out the day and more during the morning/evening rush. Residents in Lake Barrington often choose Fox Rive Grove station as it is less busy and parking is not so crazy.
Trains arrive at Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison St. and Canal St. and the trip from Barrington takes about an hour to 65 minutes, from Fox River Grove the trip is about 5 more minutes.
One added benefit for train commuters is in winter. Traveling by road from Barrington to Chicago and back during rush hour in snow will take a long time. If the storm arrives during rush hour it can take hours. There’s no guarantee the trains won’t get delayed. However you can at least sit relaxed and even have a little nap.
You might be interested to check our airport information too.