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Location and Transportation

The Village of Buffalo Grove is strategically positioned within the venerable northwest suburbs, just 30 miles outside of downtown Chicago.

The community straddles both Cook and Lake counties and is part of Chicagoland’s extensive transportation network, which includes an intricate web of highways, international airports and convenient and affordable public transit alternatives. This asset of location is summed up best by Deputy Village Manager Ghida Neukirch, who says, “Buffalo Grove is ideally situated, as it is just a short drive to beautiful Chicago; yet, we have all the luxuries of a suburban, open-spaced, green community.”

Commuters and visitors to the Buffalo Grove area will find ease of travel when driving in and around the community. Well-maintained local thoroughfares make getting to the store or doctor a cinch, while numerous interstate and state highways provide quick access to Chicago and destinations across the U.S. Interstates 355, 294, 290, 94, 90 and 55 are all reachable from Buffalo Grove, as is the conveniently located Illinois Route 53.

With the recent slump in our nation’s economy, many have chosen to leave their cars at home and utilize the region’s expansive public transportation options. The Buffalo Grove Transportation Center, at 801 Commerce Court, is serviced by several Pace bus routes and offers a convenient Park-n-Ride facility for riders. Just up the street, at 825 Commerce Court, sits the Buffalo Grove Metra Station. Here, patrons hop on the North Central Service (NCS) line, which regularly travels between Antioch and Chicago.

Riders from Buffalo Grove reach Chicago’s Union Station within one hour or less, depending on the day and time, and even have access to the O’Hare Transfer Station. This stop offers a quick connection to the busy airport via three Pace bus routes or the O’Hare Airport Shuttle, operated by Airport Express.

O’Hare International Airport is a short 20- to 25-minute drive from the Village. The airport, noted as one of the world’s busiest, is serviced by more than 40 airlines, which provide flights to innumerous destinations across the globe. Midway International Airport is located approximately 40 miles south of Buffalo Grove. For corporate and general aviation needs, Wheeling’s modern Chicago Executive Airport is reachable in five miles via E. Lake Cook Road to S. Milwaukee Avenue.

The Village is also a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly community, with dozens of miles of wide sidewalks and paths perfect for both the active and leisurely resident. Traveling “green” has become a popular mean of getting around town and is ideal when it comes to reaching destinations within a close distance of one’s starting point.

For more information on locations, fares, schedules and flights, visit the following Web sites:

Pace – www.pacebus.com
Metra – www.metrarail.com
O’Hare International Airport – www.ohare.com
Midway International Airport – www.chicago-mdw.com
Chicago Executive Airport – www.palwaukee.org

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