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Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009, 12:10 pm
maureen_w: Public Transit Question

Next quarter, I have a class at the University of Chicago and another at Northwestern on the same day.  What is the quickest way to get from Evanston to the U of C using public transportation?  Is an hour and a half enough time?

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
japlady

Barely. As in you're seriously pushing it. Thats a a drive of an hour and 1/2 during no traffic hours. Middle of the day it'll take much longer because traffic here can get nasty

I think your best bet is metra, that way you'll only have grab a taxi to get to the metra from the chicago campus, change trains once and not get caught in traffic, and then its a 5 minute walk from the metra to the south end of NU's campus... assuming thats where your class is.... but its a pricy option.

There's also a free bus that runs from evanston campus to the Law school (down town right behind water tower), and odds are there's some sort of U chicago shuttle between the main campus and the business school which is very close to NU's law school (like a 10 minute walk). But you'll have to change the busses, walk between them and hope that neither gets caught in traffic

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
japlady

hmm... another option, starting at NU, take the NU shuttle to the law school, walk 3 blocks over to subway, take that downtown, then switch to the green line to garfield to the 55 bus.

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
lwinling

Probably not. Using CTA-only, if your schedule lines up such that you can catch a purple line express, you can do it in 1:25 but that is a best case scenario. I used to make this trip regularly as I live in Evanston and did research at the UofC archives. One possibility I never examined closely was a purple-line express to the loop, then walking over to the Millennium Park Metra Station to take the south line down. It might work but i think you typically lose time in the transition when you change transportation systems.

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
lwinling

I should note on the CTA option I was talking about taking the Purple Line express to the Loop, then taking the Green Line down to Garfield, then taking the 55 bus over to the UofC campus.

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
japlady

Yah I seriiously think an hour and 1/2 is going to be seriously tight

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
japlady

Did you ever try Metra from Evanston into the city than crossing staitions (its a walk, but I bet there's a bus) and taking the train from there? I think thats probably the best option.

Edited at 2009-03-24 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
japlady

YAY... yah what he said

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
japlady

wait, ..... there are the trains that go south from millennium (which is an end point), and then other trains that go south from that one station (also an end point-- I'm guessing that one's called mill park.... lived here all my life and don't know the names of the staitions) that's like a block away from ogilvie staition (also an end point... and why they can't just connect the two lines I don't know)

the ones from mill park also go to the U of chicago? I thought that line dropped you off pretty far from campus and in an unsavory part of town.

Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
redqueenmeg

Heh, good luck! :) When I was at NU I dated a guy at U of C... those were some looong el rides (I couldn't afford the difference between el and Metra).

Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
maureen_w

Thanks everyone! I ended up taking the purple express to Belmont and then taking the red to Garfield and catching the 55 or 55x bus to the U of C. It can be done in 1.5 hours, but only if everything is on time.