midwest17 wrote:beepboopbeep wrote:I've lived in Hyde Park since 2007 and have not owned a car any of those years. I don't think it's necessary and I've heard some big complaints about parking. But especially if you can get a place that has a reserved spot or easy street parking, it's a big convenience in Chicago in general. Especially w/r/t getting groceries.
If you're near TI or HPP, a car is not necessary (unless there's something different about law school that makes a car more helpful). I do have Zipcar ($15 annual fee and then about $10 an hour) that I use for the occasional Costco run, which is nice. I wouldn't want to pay for car insurance on a student budget, but it depends on your debt tolerance.
Still agreed it's not necessary, but the grocery convenience is more because TI/HPP both suck in their own ways (TI being super expensive and HPP not having some really basic grocery store stuff, like cereal). You can do TJ's runs without a car but it's much more of a pain. Once we get the Whole Foods things will be better.