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Things To Do During Your Chicago Commute

Weekday mornings are about the hustle and bustle! You’ve made it out of your Overstreet home and finally into your car. On a good day, it’s about an hours drive from Naperville to the heart of downtown Chicago. We’ve got a few suggestions to make your morning commute a smooth drive.

Coffee First
On the move with no time to sip coffee from your favorite mug? No problem! Stop by a coffee shop on your way to the windy city for that morning caffeine fix. Located eight miles away from Naperville, Peet’s Coffee has a variety of caffeine beverages to get your morning started off right. Try their Golden Cappuccino! Put some golden opportunity in your favorite cappuccino with natural turmeric, ginger, and honey.

Be Productive
In the age of smartphones, it’s easy to use your cellular device without ever picking it up. With the help of your phone, use your morning commute to plan your day.Try the free app Dragon Dictation to get your to-do list or daily reminders on your phone. Simply speak while the app is recording, and your text content will appear.

Listen to a Podcast
Whether you’re looking to catch up on current events, quirky pop culture banter, or just motivate you for the day, the podcast spectrum is full of themed shows to listen to on your morning drive. Recorded live from Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale, the “Barber Shop Show” invites local thinkers and community organizers to discuss the previous week’s happenings. For food, inspirations check out Chicago Tribune reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ reporter Monica Eng as they look at food through the lens of pleasure and health in “Chewing.”

Catch up on News
NPR’s “Hourly News Summary” is a quick five-minute podcast that updates hourly and covers the top news stories of the day as they develop. Need a little more variety? Download the Speaky app to subscribe to all of your favorite news sources and have them read out loud from your phone.

Listen to a Book
Kindle, Audible, and iBook offer a slew of good reads for you to listen to on your way to work! No need to rush your listening experience. Try listening to one chapter each time you drive to and from work.