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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 9:13 PM
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evanston and oak park ARE the two crown jewels of chicagoland town centers.
i'm talking about rail suburbs in the sense that another downtown pops up miles from downtown across miles of lower density mostly residential, etc. i forget "rail suburb" doesn't mean the same thing in a city that still has its original suburban commuter and rapid transit rail. i mean like metra downtowns.
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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 10:09 PM
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^ here are some of the old railroad suburb town centers in chicagoland, organized by metra line.

i've only done the 8 old school commuter rail lines. the newer NCS, SWS and HC metra lines don't have nearly as many historic town centers, for obvious reasons.



UP-N:

main street
downtown evanston
central street
wilmette
winnetka
glencoe
highland park
highwood
lake forest
waukegan
zion
kenosha



MD-N:

morton grove
glenview
northbrook
deerfield
libertyville
round lake



UP-NW:

park ridge
des plaines
mt. prospect
arlington heights
palatine
barrington
crystal lake
woodstock



MD-W:

elmwood park
bensenville
itasca
roselle
bartlett
elgin


UP-W:

oak park
maywood
melrose park
elmhurst
lombard
glen ellyn
wheaton
geneva



BNSF:

berwyn
riverside
brookfield
lagrange
western srpings
hinsdale
clarendon hills
westmont
downers grove
naperville
aurora



RI:

blue island
midlothian
tinley park
mokena
joliet



ME:

harvey
homewood
flossmoor
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Old Posted May 18, 2018, 10:23 PM
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there's a couple of metra stops in total farm towns, which i have always thought massively interesting. i have always thought that illinois should make high speed commuter rail a priority to bring 1/3 of the state or whatever into the fold of chicagoland since the economy of the state falls off a cliff just outside the edge of the contiguous suburban area of chicago.
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there's a couple of metra stops in total farm towns, which i have always thought massively interesting. i always thought that illinois should make high speed commuter rail a priority to bring 1/3 of the state or whatever into the fold of chicagoland
I don't think anymore of Illinois (land area wise) needs to brought into the fold...Maybe a (dare I say it?!?) state-sponsored plan for redeveloping existing neighborhoods with vacant lots next to active train lines. We've got a lot of infrastructure that is criminally underutilized in some neighborhoods and well over capacity in others.

It's an interesting article and a positive trend indeed.
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i'm talking about rail suburbs in the sense that another downtown pops up miles from downtown across miles of lower density mostly residential, etc. i forget "rail suburb" doesn't mean the same thing in a city that still has its original suburban commuter and rapid transit rail. i mean like metra downtowns.
I think Lake Forest is very nice. A bit sleepy and could be more dense of course but genteel, has nice storefronts, and a number of streets are two level attached buildings. Lake Bluff, just to the north, while small is also rather nice.
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