Oak Park named best commute

Real estate blog puts village in top ten list for best commuter town

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Real estate blog Commercial Café has named Oak Park the eighth best commuter town in suburban Chicago, largely because of its proximity to downtown Chicago.

Of the 10 cities that made the list, Oak Park had the best commuter time of 24 minutes; that's compared to Palatine, which ranked 10 on the list and had the worst commuter time of 48 minutes.

The rankings considered the commute time, housing values, crime rate and a school rating for each city.

The blog noted that Oak Park's top commute time contributed 67 percent of its total points in the ranking.

"Roughly 69 percent of residents drive into Chicago, but for those who opt for public transit, both Metra and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have multiple trains stops in Oak Park," the blog noted.

Commercial Café also highlighted Oak Park's recreational spaces, such as the redesigned Taylor Park and community space at Rehm Park and Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex.

"You can go for a swim at or enjoy the tropical scents and burst of colors at the Oak Park Conservatory," the blog noted.

Frank Lloyd Wright- and Ernest Hemingway-related attractions also were highlighted in the report.


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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2019 5:53 PM

You can get almost anywhere in Chicago for only three bucks. As you leave Oak Park, you always get a good seat because the ride starts here. It compares very well against L type rides offered in cities all around the world. Yes, you might rub shoulders with people who are a bit rough around the edges, and so what, we live in a city. Just wear your sunglasses or stare at your iPhone. The Green Line is great.

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: June 14th, 2019 5:34 PM

This "study" was done in the abstract, from data sets, the numbers crunched and a list spit out, solely to promote the real estate blog. I guarantee you the writer did little if any actual on the ground research and reporting.

Dave Slade from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2019 4:21 PM

The Green Line is a joy to ride. The most enjoyable time to ride is around the late morning/early afternoon time. Whoever wrote the line "nothing good happens after midnight" never rode the Green Line around noon.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: June 14th, 2019 8:47 AM

As Maria Durbin Cooper mentioned, Oak Park was BEST as far as having the shortest commute time. But according to the article, the study considered "commute time, housing values, crime rate and a school rating for each city." in compiling its overall rankings. So the composite ranking dropped Oak Park down quite a few notches. Here's a link to the full blog post showing how the ranking were determined - note: crime and housing value were our Achilles heel(s): https://www.commercialcafe.com/blog/top-10-best-commuter-towns-near-chicago/

Maria Durbin Cooper from Berwyn  

Posted: June 13th, 2019 10:37 PM

Oak Park only came in first with the shortest commute. Berwyn and Evanston were tied in second place for commute times, and Berwyn scored higher overall, in third place, than Oak Park.

Leonard Grossman  

Posted: June 13th, 2019 6:48 PM

And who wrote the headline? Not "Best." Should be "8th Best." A bit of a difference.

Julie Lane from Oak Park  

Posted: June 13th, 2019 3:01 PM

I've been commuting on the green line regularly for over 4 years now and during that time frame it has gone from bad to worse. I've encountered smokers, loud music/phone calls, panhandling, long delays for no apparent reason, heroin OD, robberies, physical fights and assualts to name a few. And this is during the rush hours. If I stay downtown after work I either have to drive and pay for parking or take an Uber. Yes, the commute is short and convenient, but it's very unpleasant at best.

Jannis Martinez from Oak Park  

Posted: June 13th, 2019 2:27 PM

I ride the greenline daily. Like every other commuter, I have seen some doozies! Masterbation, drug usage, plenty of domestic abuse situations.... It's become ridiculous.

Mary Kay O'Grady  

Posted: June 13th, 2019 1:55 PM

Hear, hear.

Lori Lewis from Oak Park   

Posted: June 13th, 2019 11:43 AM

Does he commute on the green line?? Sure it's a convenient way to get downtown but you have to have a high tolerance to smells, illicit activity and other annoyances. The metra train is nice alternative because it's just one stop to the loop. But it's more expensive, boards only at Harlem and the loop station is not convenient to State Street, Michigan Ave shopping, Millennium Park, museums, etc. I love Oak Park but we need to raise our voices about necessary green line improvements.

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