Which Town Is Best For You?Travel Chicago's BNSF Metra Rail

The BNSF Metra line brings professionals West-Southwest from Chicago, and stops at many towns along the way with excellent amenities for families and individuals: great schools, parks, community resources and entertainment options.

Explore this curated guide to help learn about what makes each town so special. Whether you’re a foodie, an adventurer, parent, or into local cultural affairs, Chicago’s western suburbs offers top-notch resources that fit your personality.

Distance from Chicago
16 to 50 miles
Live Near West or
Far West?
Commute time on the BNSF
37 to 80 minutes

Chicago BNSF Great towns along the BNSF Metra line

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<a href='/la-grange/'>La Grange</a>
Union Station: 37 MIN

La Grange

A historical town that continues to flourish

With a short commute and more urban setting, La Grange offers great amenities for families and professionals, a centralized location to the city and suburbs, and a short commute time to Chicago.

  • Distance to Chicago
    16 miles
  • Price Range:
    Medium
NEARBY:
Elmhurst
Union Station: 42 MIN

Western Springs

A quaint town with easy access to nearby cities

On the western edge of Cook County, Western Springs offers great amenities for its residents: ranging from excellent schools to spectacular restaurants.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    18 miles
  • Price Range:
    Medium-High
NEARBY:
Elmhurst
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<a href='/hinsdale/'>Hinsdale</a>
Union Station: 45 MIN

Hinsdale

A city where small town charm meets urban sophistication

The village of Hinsdale offers residents some of the most luxurious homes in DuPage county, along with great schools and amenities for its residents.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    21 miles
  • Price Range:
    High
Union Station: 48 MIN

Clarendon Hills

An award-winning town

With great schools and a short commute, Clarendon Hills offers great amenities, a family atmosphere, and a short commute time to Chicago.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    20 miles
  • Price Range:
    Medium-High
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<a href='/westmont/'>Westmont</a>
Union Station: 51 MIN

Westmont

A town that blends the old with the new

Westmont offers a good value to its residents in comparison to neighboring towns, while offering some great entertainment venues.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    22 miles
  • Price Range:
    Medium
NEARBY:
Oak Brook, Darien
Union Station: 55 MIN

Downers Grove

One of the best suburbs in Illinois

Growing rapidly in the last several years, Downers Grove offers a great variety of entertainment, retail and dining experiences to its residents, along with exceptional schools.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    24 miles
  • Price Range:
    Medium-High
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<a href='/lisle/'>Lisle</a>
Union Station: 62 MIN

Lisle

Home of the beautiful Morton Arboretum

Lisle offers a smaller-town feel, with a relaxed vibe to its residents.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    26 miles
  • Price Range:
    Medium
Union Station: 67 MIN

Naperville

A top community in the United States in which to raise a family

Naperville features many amenities found in other suburbs such as great schools and entertainment, as well as great spaces to experience nature and get outdoors.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    33 miles
  • Price Range:
    Medium
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<a href='/aurora/'>Aurora</a>
Union Station: 80 MIN

Aurora

The city of lights

One of the largest cities in Illinois, Aurora has many years of history and a lot of diversity. Great restaurants, entertainment options and schools complement the city’s up and coming vibe.

  • Distance to Chicago:
    41 miles
  • Price Range:
    Low-Medium

Photo Gallery Scenes from towns on the BNSF

West of Chicago
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