Drive, Train, Bus, Bike, or Walk: Getting From Naperville to Chicago
One of the best things about living in Naperville is being so close to Chicago. If you want to take a trip into the Windy City, here’s how to do it via:
- Take the I-88 E in Lisle Township from Gartner Rd. and S. Naper Blvd.
- Take I-290 E to W. Congress Parkway in Chicago.
It only takes a little over an hour, but there are tolls. If you’d prefer to go toll-free but take a gamble on the traffic, you can:
- Get on I-355 S in Woodridge from 75th St.
- Drive from I-55 N to Chicago.
- Take exit 293A from I-55 N.
- Naperville Metra (4th Ave. and Center St.) to Yorktown Mall Dr. & 60 Yorktown Shopping Center.
- Yorktown Center (North Entrance) to Cermak/Mannheim.
- Mannheim/Cermak to Archer/Harlem (SW).
- Midway Orange Line Station to Central Chicago.
Biking from Naperville to Chicago is just about doable, but it’ll take you a buttock-numbing 3 hours and twenty minutes. You have two options.
W. Branch DuPage River Trail:
- Head south-east on Alder Lane towards Gartner Rd.
- Turn left onto Gartner Rd.
- Turn right onto W. Branch DuPage River Trail and Follow to Chicago.
Illinois Prairie Path:
- Take the W. Branch DuPage River Trail.
- Turn onto Wiesbrook Rd. S.
- Slight right onto Illinois Prairie Path.
- Follow 75th St. through Woodridge.
- Take a right onto Plainfield Rd.
- Continue north when You Hit East Ave.
- Take a right at 47th Street.
- Take a left back onto Plainfield Rd.
- Follow the Historic Route 66.
- Turn right onto W. Jackson Blvd. and head to the center.
It should take about 10 hours, so maybe take an oat bar?
All of that makes travelling sound much more convenient in a new or used car, right?