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Old 04-07-2013, 09:03 PM
 
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There are parts of the country where the overall opportunities available to young people and the costs of living are both more favorable.
cost of living in chicago is fairly low for a city of it's size and stature.

there are more opportunities for young people in chicago than most places.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:42 PM
 
Location: New York
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Really depends what you are looking for.

As others have mentioned, there's a ton to do, all the time. And the weather is good 5 months out of the year (April-June, September-October).

That being said, it is expensive to live in the city. Obviously rent is dependent on where you live. More affordable places are 6+ miles outside of the loop. Public transportation is great, but it does add up. Want to see your friends who live 4 miles away? That's $4.50 for the CTA. Biking can be an option, but obviously that depends if you are carrying anything and, of course, the weather. Parking is expensive, and there aren't a lot of free places to park when shopping. Some stores have lots where its free with a certain amount purchased, but not all.

Personally, I'm torn. My ideal situation would be to live/work in Hyde Park or in Evanston. You get the benefit of both worlds -- short commute, less expensive rent, ability to have a car, more suburban feel.... but still have direct (25 minute?) access to the city to visit and play on the weekends.

I thought it was like NYC, where its one ride but unlimited transfer? How is it $4.50?
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:00 PM
 
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I thought it was like NYC, where its one ride but unlimited transfer? How is it $4.50?
The ride there is $2.25, and if you stay longer than 2 hours, it's $2.25 back. The details are hard to explain, but the transfer situation is actually much better in Chicago than in NYC.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:07 PM
 
Location: New York
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The ride there is $2.25, and if you stay longer than 2 hours, it's $2.25 back. The details are hard to explain, but the transfer situation is actually much better in Chicago than in NYC.

Interesting, cause im pondering moving out to Chicago next month and wondered about the CTA.

NYC is $2.50 for a single ride, city wide.

Does Chicago have progressive fares for certain distances?
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL USA
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Interesting, cause im pondering moving out to Chicago next month and wondered about the CTA.

NYC is $2.50 for a single ride, city wide.

Does Chicago have progressive fares for certain distances?
Not in the CTA network, which covers the city proper plus a handful of close-in suburbs, although if you do need to transfer, it costs a little extra ($0.25 if I'm not mistaken) and covers two additional rides within two hours.

Now, if you're traveling to more distant suburbs, you'd either use the PACE bus system or else the Metra trains. Metra does have progressive fares based on distance, and I believe (but am not sure) that PACE does also.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Born in the 'burbs, raised in the 'burbs/City proper. Lived here all of my loooooong 21 years of life.
After graduating high school i traveled around the country A LOT with friends, family, alone. after experiencing several states and spending time exploring various cities, (Mostly Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston due to friends living in each). Nothing quite compares to Chicago. So much to do, for anyone with any interest. Chicago is verrrrry affordable (relatively compared to NYC/LA/SF ect..)
So many good eats. so many good bars. so many good sights. and as previous posters have stated, from about right now in late april thru October, the weather in Chicago is GORGEOUS. I dont foresee myself leaving the 312 anytime in the near future!
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I love Chicago, but how it is to live there depends entirely on where you live. My brother and my cousin have both refused to take me to our old "neighborhood", because of the high crime rate and violence in that area.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:42 AM
 
Location: New York
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Not in the CTA network, which covers the city proper plus a handful of close-in suburbs, although if you do need to transfer, it costs a little extra ($0.25 if I'm not mistaken) and covers two additional rides within two hours.

Now, if you're traveling to more distant suburbs, you'd either use the PACE bus system or else the Metra trains. Metra does have progressive fares based on distance, and I believe (but am not sure) that PACE does also.

Ive used the Metra before a few years ago.

Its basically your version of the Metro North/NJ Transit/LIRR.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:43 AM
 
Location: New York
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Born in the 'burbs, raised in the 'burbs/City proper. Lived here all of my loooooong 21 years of life.
After graduating high school i traveled around the country A LOT with friends, family, alone. after experiencing several states and spending time exploring various cities, (Mostly Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston due to friends living in each). Nothing quite compares to Chicago. So much to do, for anyone with any interest. Chicago is verrrrry affordable (relatively compared to NYC/LA/SF ect..)
So many good eats. so many good bars. so many good sights. and as previous posters have stated, from about right now in late april thru October, the weather in Chicago is GORGEOUS. I dont foresee myself leaving the 312 anytime in the near future!

Is it really April-October?


Im not saying its ****ing Honolulu everyday but..
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Honestly yes. The weather this week is looking a little bipolar. but later April is usually nice weather. (around 60-70ish degrees) and in the last few years the nice weather has managed to hang around actually in my opinion all the way into early November. May through late August is pretty much non stop sunny days with a slight breeze. It gets humid on the hotter days, but it's nothing like the sweltering heat and humidity you'd feel in a major southern city like Nashville, or Atlanta. A few rainy days thrown in here and there. and Fall weather in Chicago is simply amazing. very mild and crisp. perfect for outdoor activities!
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