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Postby sca218ml » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:51 am

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Holly Golightly
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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby Holly Golightly » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:58 am

Living in Chicago and commuting to South Bend would be awful. It will take you FAR longer than 1:20 to get there when you factor in traffic. Have you ever driven in Chicago rush hour? My advice to you: don't do it.

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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby samer » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:59 am

sca218ml wrote:Has anyone done it? Google maps says it's a 1:44 drive from the south loop (Approx state and 18th), but I drove it from further away in Chicago and it only took me 1:30. Figure it would take 1:20 regularly (conservative estimate). Is this crazy? How about having a crappy studio in South Bend (rent is cheap) as well to stay over if I needed to during the week and during finals?


Dude, this would be such a terrible idea, in my opinion. Traffic at the Illinois-Indiana border can be a real pain and sometimes even getting out of the city takes 30 minutes. Besides, driving in the winter would be awful. It would probably just be best to stay in or near South Bend and come to Chicago for weekend visits and things.

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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby sca218ml » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:35 am

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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby jks289 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:44 am

sca218ml wrote:Thanks guys, these are good points-kinda had to hear 'em. I am familiar with Chi traffic and the upside is I would be coming and going at times that there isn't much. Hadn't really considered the weather issue in the winter though so thanks for bringing that up. I do agree that a daily commute is impossible but I'm still wondering if anyone has (or know of anyone that has) sort of lived half and half. South Bend during the week, Chi Fri-Sun or Fri-Mon.


I do know people who did this. He taught at ND, she worked in Chicago. But they both had relatively lax schedules, nothing like being in law school. He used to get books on tape for the drive. It sounded kind of miserable, and certainly wasn't by choice. But it is, technically, possible.

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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby jd- » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:16 pm

no way...

unless you want to do a part time mba, then you can do THAT in chicago ;)

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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby Z3RO » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:24 pm

I would never try this, and certainly not my 1L year. Even if everything went perfectly according to plan (a fantasy), you'd spend 3 hours in the car. How could you even pay for the gas/maintenance let alone the 15 hours a week you squander? The reality is that you will face road closings, construction, and other Chicago fun-factors that will stretch your tidy 1:30 travel time to an unbearable extreme.

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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby keemos » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:25 pm

south bend apartments are not that bad especially when you consider how cheap they are compared to Chicago. This sounds like a terrible idea

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Re: ND living in Chicago (south loop)???

Postby NayBoer » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:27 pm

This is like voluntarily reducing your workday by several hours. Plus travel costs and much higher rent.




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