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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-05-2004, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey guys, I am moving to the Chicago area

I have posted before but this time the wife and I are actually moving. We are getting ready to put a contract on a house in Dekalb. I know it seems like it is out there a ways but my wife will be working in Warrenville so it hopefully it will not be too bad. We are moving up to the frozen north from Atlanta.

Is there anything that we should know before putting the contract in on a house in Dekalb?
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dekalb is a bit of a hike, but if you dont mind commuting you'll be fine.

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Re: Hey guys, I am moving to the Chicago area

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Is there anything that we should know before putting the contract in on a house in Dekalb?
Yeah, make sure you have enough $ saved for gloves and scarves.
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We have only been in Atlanta for 2.5 years. We grew up in MD so we know winters. It may be colder in Chicago but there were quite a few winters with temps in the teens or lower and subzero windchill. I actually miss the winter and snow.
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I guess it is so far out there no one has opinions on the area.
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I grew up in Dekalb. It's not a bad town. It'll be a bit of a ride for your wife to get to work. I-88 backs up a bit around the Warrenville/Naperville area. Good luck and welcome to the site!

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How long do figurre the commute will be. She is figuring on 30-45 mins.
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It just depends on where you have to drive to every day. one more thing to look at is the tolls on 88 are very high out by dekalb. It may cost your wife at least 2 bucks a day in tolls to get to work and back.

Any reason your looking at dekalb? if you still wanna be out far from the city you may wanna move in a bit. maybe the elburn or st charles area.




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It just depends on where you have to drive to every day. one more thing to look at is the tolls on 88 are very high out by dekalb. It may cost your wife at least 2 bucks a day in tolls to get to work and back.

Any reason your looking at dekalb? if you still wanna be out far from the city you may wanna move in a bit. maybe the elburn or st charles area.
She says her office is at the Winfeild RD exit and that she only has to pay one toll. We looked in the areas you said but did not see what we were looking for (in our price range). We are used to living out in the "country". We have 2 dogs and wanted a decent yard for them as well as a place to park my race trailer. We also did not want to be in any develoment that had a HOA
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Which dekalb exit would you be using? I think theres only two and one has the toll right on it.




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post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-07-2004, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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To be honest I am not sure. I ahve not been out there to see where it is. I am being a trusting husband and am letting her pick out the house (I know ). I think it is the first exit the house is on Rte 23
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DeKalb is a college town... much different when school is in session. I spent a few years there

We have a girl here at work that commutes from DeKalb...takes her about 45 mins...she exits at Winfield also and is only a few miles down Warrenville Rd.
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Unless she's not gonna be using Annie Glidden rd to get on I-88, it's gonna be two tolls. $.55 on Annie Glidden, and $.15 on winfield. The traffic usually starts to get crappy right around that area, so she should be alright. It also depends on what time she's gonna be commuting...

as for DeKalb, good ass parties at the college there!
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I thought there was a 40 cent toll by batavia too? oh well either way she is paying tolls. ya the commute shouldnt be too bad. where are you gonna have to drive to?




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where are you gonna have to drive to?
The couch to watch TV.

I do not work, but I may decide to find some type of job once I get out there.
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Tolls from Dekalb would be .40 to get on at Peace rd, .40 at the Aurora toll plaza, and whatever it is to exit/enter at warrenville rd. Probably about $1 each way. Not too bad IMO. Where in Dekalb are you gonna live?

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The house we are looking at is on Rte 23 about 5 miles south of 88.
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We have only been in Atlanta for 2.5 years. We grew up in MD so we know winters. It may be colder in Chicago but there were quite a few winters with temps in the teens or lower and subzero windchill. I actually miss the winter and snow.
I used to live in MD and those winters donít really compare to Chicagoland. There was hardly any snow there and when it did snow everything would shut down. Chicago gets the Canadian weather in the winter, as the winds blow from the west to east, the arctic air will plunge south across the lakes, it gets pretty cold here, although the last few winters have been pretty mild.

Where did you live in MD?. I used to live in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring in the late 70's to mid 80's.
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damn, i totaly forgot about the Aurora toll....
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I lived in the Westminster area (near Owings Mills). Yeah I am prepaired for the cold stuff. What worries me is that being in Atlanta the last 2 years has sucked all the cold weather blood out of me. The last 2 years in MD we got over 2 feet of snow and 2 months of temps in the teens.
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Get read for single digit temps
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Gee can't wait.
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Single digits? try NEGATIVE DIGITS WITH wind chill!!

You picked a great year! They are forecasting one of the worst winters to hit chicagoland in YEARS!!!

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Single digits? try NEGATIVE DIGITS WITH wind chill!!

You picked a great year! They are forecasting one of the worst winters to hit chicagoland in YEARS!!!

Oh yeah.......WELCOME!!
Actally I have heard they are calling for a bad winter. I am not worried, the wife has a Subaru and I have a Dodge 2500 4x4 so we will be able to get around. The only thing that sucks is mine is a diesel so it will be a little harder to start up there.
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Just make sure you plug in the block heater. It will be fine. I had a deisel work truck for a while and it was fine with the heater, but if I forgot to plug it in I wasn't going anywhere. you get used to the winters, just try and hold out as long as you can befroe piling on all the winter gear. just keep telling yourself, "its not cold, I can handle this"




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