After 2.5 weeks you're going to wish you didn't have that in Rogers Park.
Are you commuting, or keeping that in the campus garage or Fordham garage?
Say goodbye to your center caps/back bumper/front bumper when you park on side streets around campus. Plus, the immediate neighborhood is nothing but speed bumps and potholes, and cab drivers that sideswipe parked cars (ask me how I know).
Do your parents live far away? If not, then don't try to keep it on campus (I think freshmen can keep cars in Fordham, but it's not cheap at all). If you do park on the street by LSC, you will need a city sticker and zone permit. You'll get ticketed literally in minutes without one. Ask me how I know...
And, if you live at the Water Tower Campus, there is no student parking available. Only surrounding high-rises offer monthly parking at prices that Maserati owners can barely afford.
You're really not going to want the car after a few weeks at LSC. If you make new friends, they're going to want to go out at night on the El or drink at someone's apartment within walking distance. Once students find out you keep a car on campus, people will approach you for rides more than you'd appreciate.
(And, Loyola isn't filled with a lot of gearheads. Cars don't mix with "social justice" agendas. Sorry for being a little frank about LUC...)
I go to UIC but live within 5 minutes walking distance of Loyola. I park my car on the side streets, but I only lowered my car and changed the grille. No issues, but I avoided putting on new wheels until I got the valet parking in my condo(being accepted Tuesday, wheels come on Wednesday). If you're willing to pay $100-$150 a month on parking in one of the Lakeside condos(like I said, would have to walk 5-10 minutes from south part of Loyola campus), I'm pretty sure you could find a spot that accepts non residents. There's another outdoor gated parking lot on Winthrop and Glenlake, I think they have available spots to give up monthly sometimes. Anyways, something to look into.
I live close to Rogers Park. I usually drive up to a weekly gti meets on Tuesday evenings at Buona Beef in Hoffman estates.
As far as Loyola goes, parking in that area is horrible. I would advise finding a lot (Loyola offers I believe tho I'm sure its not cheap). It may not protect car from break-ins/offs tho.
For the speed bumps and potholes will be less of an issue as you learn the streets and have a watchful eye. I had a slammed car in Rogers Park the only problems I encountered over the 4 year I owned the car was a blow strut from a pothole, and getting stuck once in a parking spot in the snow. I did get quite a few bumper dings tho But I would worry about that lip you have on there esp in the winter. Some of the horror stories are true but its not as bad as people make it seem.
And you will have a U-Pass, so as everyone else stated CTA is your friend.
Last edited by teck22; 05-20-2012 at 05:53 AM.
I commuted on the Red and Blue lines to Loyola.
UIC is probably the easiest commute for any college in Chicago. And their parking is more adequate.
If you have classes that start after 9:30 AM at Loyola, you're screwed in finding an open spot in the main garage.
I shouldn't complain, though. Northwestern is anti-car as well as the rest of Evanston.