Drive, Train, Bus, Bike, or Walk: Getting From Naperville to Chicago

January 25th, 2018 by

Chicago Skyline from Ohio Beach

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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:

  • Car
  • Train
  • Bus
  • Bike
  • Walking

Car

Taking your new car? It’s easy enough to head from Naperville to Chicago, IL by following this route:

  • 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.
2018 Toyota Corolla LE Eco and XSE

Train

Easy enough to take the train from Naperville to Chicago — it’s non-stop from Naperville Station. Catch the BNSF straight to Chicago Union Station. The Naperville to Chicago train should take approximately 34 minutes.
Chicago train on Elevated Tracks at the Loop

Bus

There are quite a few bus routes from Naperville to Chicago, but the easiest is probably:

  • 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.
Chicago Bus Stop

Biking

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.
Two people on bicycles next to wildflowers

Walking

In the mood for some cardio, are we? Well, a stroll from Naperville to Chicago will do the trick.

Simply:

  • 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.
Walking in sport shoes on pavement

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?

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