SMA22 wrote:Things are expensive down here, but not too outrageous. I did bring my car and found a good deal for parking; the cable option in my building is kind of costly, so I'm going to sleep on whether I can live without bad Lifetime dramas and Oxygen Channel for a few months. Dog parks so far get two paws up...
I'm planning on bringing my dog after first year- I've become so attached to her now, so don't know how I'm going to survive without my baby girl
Glad to hear the dog parks are nice! Haven't yet been to one though. My dog weighs in at a wee 5lbs, so I'm worried she might get squished under any roughhousing that I imagine goes on in such places
Can you share info on your parking arrangements? I put down a deposit for McClurg and am agonizing about having to pay $250 for parking my crappy car.
Oh, the poor puppy is going to miss you
Lots of little dogs down here, though, which is nice. My girl likes the big park by Navy Pier a lot--we just went for a long walk, and now she is snoring like a buzzsaw...
I know, when they started quoting me at $285 an $300 a month for a parking space, I was like, "Screw this, I'm not moving." My building had a deal with the River East Art Center garage on Illinois Street for $129 a month, which is definitely a steal down here for indoor underground parking (I was also able to lower my insurance rate because I was parking indoors); you may want to ask and see if McClurg has a similar partnership with a garage nearby. Otherwise, I'd try Craigslist and see if anyone is willing to rent a space below market rate. For a while I was watching Craigslist and saw some decent prices.
You can also try this website: http://chicago.bestparking.com
. It lists all of the garages by neighborhood, and some have deals it looks like. I personally don't mind walking to a car and then throwing on flashers to bring up groceries or whatnot.
That said, I lived in Chicago for two years without a car--you can definitely get by without one. It seems everyone who doesn't have a car complains about not having one, and everyone who does have a car complains about having one
If you need anymore help, let me know.