rinkrat19 wrote: Samara wrote: rinkrat19 wrote:
Samara wrote:Has anyone started looking for housing yet? That housing report they have is pretty cool. Very comprehensive and useful.
I only have last year's housing report but I can't imagine much has changed. Pretty cool that they (the SBA, I think?) took the time and trouble to put that out.
I'm starting to look, but I won't be moving until Aug 1 or so, so it's all still hypothetical.
I've never lived in a big city (only city suburbs and a college town), so I am hoping to make my life as easy as possible by living in Streeterville. I don't want a commute, at least 1L. I don't mind riding a bus/train to get to a bar or someone's place a couple times a week, but a daily ride slowly kills my soul (and makes me carsick).
Yeah, the SBA put it together. I won't be moving until August either, but I'm hoping that with plenty of research I can find just the right place.
You wouldn't even want to do a 10-15 minute commute? You can get pretty far north 15 minutes on the train.
I lived in Indianapolis, in their equivalent of Streeterville and then their equivalent of something like Lincoln Park. It was nice being able to walk to work, but the benefits of being in a house in a real neighborhood more than made up for the 10-minute drive I had to undertake.
The problem is that 10-15 minutes on the train or bus means a 5-minute walk to the station/stop, up to 10-minute wait for the train/bus, 10-15 minutes on the train/bus (which if it's like every public trans I've ever taken will be overheated to 80 degrees despite the fact that everyone has a winter coat on, so I can't read or I'll puke), and a 5-10 minute walk home from the station/stop. That could be as much as an hour door-to-door. I'd rather just walk for 10-15 minutes and get it overwith. Obviously not everyone minds it as much as I do, but the times in my life that I've had to take the bus or train to school or work, I've been REALLY unhappy.
The train is definitely not overheated, so don't worry about that, haha. I get what you mean, though. The tough part about the law campus is that it's not right on a rail line, so it's like a ten-minute walk or something from the Red Line stop. The trains are pretty reliable, but the buses less so. An hour commute is an overstatement, but anything more than four or five stops on the train is probably 30+ mins. If you don't like riding the train though, it would definitely be worth it to live within walking distance.
For myself, I don't mind riding the train at all, but it's definitely personal preference. I mean, I'm not ruling out Streeterville at this point, but it seems like for me, considering price (married, so roommate isn't an option), pets (cat and a standard poodle, so space and parks are important), and neighborhood character, it's unlikely.