Transportation & Transit
Blue Island is conveniently located near Interstate 57, which is just a short 15 miles to Downtown Chicago's Loop. Interstate 57 also provides convenient links to nearby suburbs and virtually the entire Midwest through connection with Interstates 294 and 80.
Blue Island is located one half mile west of Interstate 57, one and a half miles east of the Tri-State Tollway and is bi-sected by Western Avenue, which in Blue Island is part of the historic Dixie Highway that in its heyday connected Chicago, IL with Miami, Florida.
Blue Island is a hub for Metra Trains and is home to 6 stations on the Rock Island District and Electric Lines. There are numerous (about 102!) trains heading to and from Blue Island and Downtown Chicago's Loop daily and usually arrive within a half hour. To find out train schedules and station locations, visit the Metra website at www.metrarail.com.
Pace Suburban Bus Service
PACE Bus transportation is easy and convenient throughout Blue Island, Downtown Chicago and surrounding communities. The city's streets are pedestrian-friendly for those who like to walk to the store, school or library, or just for fun of it. For more information about schedules and bus stops, visit PACE's Bus Schedule & Map page and new Route Finder.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Bus Service
CTA Route 49A-South Western runs along Western Ave from Blue Island into Chicago. For more information on routes, fares and schedules, visit CTA online or download the Route 49A Schedule and Route Map.
Regional Transportation Authority
CTA, Metra and PACE are all a part of the Northeastern Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). Visit goroo.com to plan a multi-modal trip, obtain transit schedules or search for the next train/bus on the CTA, Metra and/or PACE systems. Visit RTA online for additional information or to download the RTA Regional System Map.
Chicago's two major airports have hundreds of flights daily and are easily accessible by car or bus. Chicago Midway International Airport is 12.5 miles (30 minutes) from Blue Island, while O'Hare International is 34 miles (45 minutes) away.
Shopping and Dining
Blue Island has a wide array of shopping and dining options. Restaurants include Mexican, Italian, and Cajun influences, just to name a few, while historic buildings draw you in and encourage you to shop.
For detailed information on businesses and restaurants located in Blue Island, including addresses and hours of operation, be sure to visit our Members page.
Blue Island boasts some of the finest healthcare facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area including:
MetroSouth Medical Center
Pronger Smith Medical Care
Heart Care Centers of Illinois-Blue Island
Fresenius Medical Services-Blue Island Dialysis
MetroSouth Health Center at Blue Island
Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Schools and Education
Blue Island has distinguished education opportunities available through innovative programs through School District 130 and award-winning Eisenhower High School District 218, along with private schooling opportunites.
Blue Island is home to a Moraine Valley Community College satellite campus as well as a convenient commute to prestigious universities and colleges located in or just outside Downtown Chicago, such as the University of Chicago, DePaul, and Loyola University, among others.
Cook County School District 130
School District 218, Grades 9-12
Dwight D. Eisenhower High School
Private Schooling, Grades Kindergarten-8
Salem Lutheran School
St. Benedict Catholic School
Available Day Care Options
First Lutheran Preschool
Prairie Street Day Care
Orchard Street Christian Church Day Care Center
Small Fry Day Care & Kindergarten
T.L.C. Learning Center
Blue Cap School and Work Center