Because of its strategic location, Melrose Park has been attracting residents and businesses since the 1830s. Presently, Melrose Park is easily accessible from the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). Interstates 294 and 88 also serve the community. US Route 45 (Mannheim Rd.) travels north and south through town, while US Route 20 (Lake St.) travels east and west. Recent extensive renovations at the interchange at Route 45 and I-290 have enhanced the flow of traffic benefiting Melrose Park and surrounding communities.
Nine bus lines (Pace) and the Metra Train (Union Pacific West Line) provide reliable public transportation. The Metra station is located on Main Street and many people use the train to commute into Chicago and its suburbs. Both taxi and limo services are available. The Metra train connects to buses and the CTA trains to take travelers to some of the most exciting attractions in the Midwest. These include the Adler Planetarium, Art Institute, Children's Museum at Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Historical Society, Civic Opera House, Field Museum of Natural History, festivals and concerts at Grant Park, Hancock Observatory, Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, McCormick Place/Arie Crown Theatre, Museum of Science and Industry, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, Soldier Field, United Center and Wrigley Field.
O'Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports, is located 10 miles north of town. Railroads that service industrial facilities include the Chicago Northwestern, Indiana Harbor Belt, and the Wisconsin Central Canadian. Freight lines and industrial facilities make use of the 10 motor freight terminals. Melrose Park is home to six local carriers and four interstate carriers.
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