This is why i'm happy with taking the train: Chicagoland drivers see jam session grow worse
Chicago is the third most congested region in the U.S. for the second year in a row with a 56-hour average per driver per year. Plus, Chicago's never been out of the top ten since the Texas Transportation Institute started doing their studies back in 1982. What's also alarming about the report is that there really isn't any way for Chicago to "pave" the problem away. There is no way to really make enough roadway to handle the increasing traffic. The solution has to be in better mass transit and people working closer to their jobs.
So the train saves me the traffic jam headache, but ultimately I would like to work closer to home. I have an hour commute right now - but that's with a 40-minute express train ride. If I have to get back home during the middle of the day I face a one hour and fifteen minute "milk-run" train ride. I don't like that. I prefer the flexibility of getting home at a moments notice. I'm always looking for new job opportunities, but haven't seen anything that lands me closer to the Aurora.