bearsfan23 wrote:I mean, I've lived in Chicago almost my entire life and the Green Line is universally thought of as a bad idea by Chicago residents. I just don't see any reason to take it over the Red Line, esp w/the new Red Line improvements the Red Line is actually much faster, plus its pretty easy to just catch the 55 bus over to Hyde Park from the Garfield station.
That being said, during daylight hours I think the Green Line and walking to/from it are fine, but it really just depends how comfortable you are with the city.
The Cottage Grove station is literally two blocks from campus. I think I'll take my chances
What's ridiculous is that, after admitting to having not walked around Chicago, you're telling a life-long resident what to think about the city. He didn't even say it was scary and terrible and dangerous, he just said it's a bad idea relative to the other options, and it is.
63rd is three blocks. You'll almost certainly be fine; the reason not to take the Green Line during the day is because it sucks, not because it's particularly dangerous. At night it's also probably fine, until the time it isn't. If you've been mugged and liked it, go for it. If not, considering Metra is faster and almost as close and Red Line+bus is about as fast and just as close, why bother? Bravado?
The walk from Garfield is sketchy as fuck. "Oh but it's just across a park." That park looks like a DMZ. Again, on any individual walk you'ld figure to be verbally harassed at worst, but if you do it often enough (or if you're on your phone looking at a map all confused because you're doing it for the first time and don't know where you are) it's going to end badly.