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Old 04-01-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Its definitely bad -- especially if you have no relative job experience;
That was my point.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Miami
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That was my point.
Well - lemme ask you. What do you do? Also -- Where am I more like to get my car windows busted?

Rogers Park vs. Hyde Park?
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Lawrence/Cicero
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That sounds about right if you are to live close to your estimates. You may be underbudgeting Gas/Transportation, Food, and Misc expenses by a little but it sounds like it would work. Maybe get a short term lease like 6 months to see how you will do. GL!
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Hrrrm -- I generally spend about a good $40 in gas a week. If you multiply that with 4 weeks, u have about a good $120. I am not a big public transportation person anyways. Secondly, I do not eat out. I do my best to avoid eating out because I am a fitness enthusiast and I mainly swallow chicken breasts, egg whites and protein shakes...So, the food part I am not too worried about. My main concerns really is finding a job with 2+ years of sales experience within 2 months of getting in Chicago. What I plan on doing is going out there and staying with a friend for a week and lining up some interviews and then once I get a gig, permanently relocate.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Logan Square
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Nonetheless, Miami is one of the worse places for professionals, especially if you are not indirectly tied to the tourism/hospitality management sector and if you do not speak espanol. Also, Miami's rental market is ****ed, the traffic insane (someone dies everyday from a car accident) and the people extremely underclass...
Ah, home sweet home.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well - lemme ask you. What do you do? Also -- Where am I more like to get my car windows busted?

Rogers Park vs. Hyde Park?
More of an IT position. My company went from planning on adding hundreds of positions to a hiring freeze then salary freeze w/in the span of six months. But since I have decent job security, I guess I can't complain too much. As someone else said, a number of the friends I have in sales haven't fared as well.

As to the second question, I'd guess Rogers Park. But I haven't lived or parked in either. Living on a tight budget, but refusing to use public transportation in an area well covered by transit seems kind of ridiculous to me. But if that's how you want to deal with the parking tickets/red light cameras/high gas taxes in the city of Chicago, that's your choice.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Hrrm

that's an excellent point...chicago does have some ridicolous gas prices. i remember when i went there last year @ the peak of gas prices, i rented a mazda six and had to pul $80 in the tank. that was unbelievably idiotic...

lemme ask another critical question - if Chicagoans are tired of the Daley Machine, why isn't there a huge push to get him out of office. I would love to see another Obama'esque Harold Washingtonian-type of political atmosphere ensue in the city. How about Jesse Jackson, Jr for Mayor?
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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At the end of the day, although they might complain about him, most people are fine with Daley as the status quo. Day to day life is good and he gets things done -- that's enough to play to the key constituencies here. I suspect that man will die or retire before being voted out.

Are you not including car insurance in your transport estimates? Because that can be a big expense, especially when you're living in the city! It's also important to note that if you get a job in the loop you'll either have to take public transit or pay out the ass to park everyday -- how much is it on average folks? At least $15+ I should think. You'll never be able to afford that. I don't really get what a "public transportation person" is.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:45 PM
 
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I eat two ramen noodles for breakfast and lunch and a pack of crackers which last one or two days with me so thats pessimistically $40 for food excluding dinner. I think you shjould sell the car so you will have cash and use CTA for half of what you budgeted for trasnnsport.

So you will shave about a thousand from your 6 month budget if you cook dinner and be positve a few thousand if you did that, I honestly had not need for a car here.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Do not get me wrong. I will use public transportation to general commutes to Downtow/Loop Areas also to Lincoln Park because some of their parking options are ridicolous. But what I am saying is - totally relying on public transportation to get to lets say Whole Foods or Best Buy is just a bit too much. Ok, so I am definitely going to take that into consideration.
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