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Interview at RFU

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by eikenhein, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. eikenhein

    eikenhein my cat is awesome Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    I have an interview scheduled with Rosalind Franklin University, and I'm planning to fly in through O'Hare International Airport. For those of you who have done the same, I need your advice.

    Any recommendations on hotels or inns near the medical school? How difficult is it to get a taxi in North Chicago?
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  3. spospo

    spospo Going to extremes 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    The 'kane
    i forget where i stayed, so i am not much help on that front. the taxi from the airport to north chicago was expensive, so be ready for that. once there, my hotel had the # of some cabs, so i used those. the guy who took me from the hotel to RFU even asked if i wanted to be picked up. it worked out fine, i just hate how expensive taxis are.
  4. mave

    mave Chill out, man. 10+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    We stayed at the Quality Inn in Waukegan. It's on the same road as RFU, so it's relatively easy to get from place to place.

    Also, you might look into those airport vans instead of a taxi, and then use a taxi for transit between RFU and the hotel. Sometimes it can be cheaper (look for conference discount codes online!). I usually use SuperShuttle when I travel, but they don't run in Chicago, so look on the airport's webpage to see what kinds of ground transportation they offer. RFU is really, seriously far north (almost Wisconsin), so expect a HUGE taxi charge. It might even be cheaper to rent a car, even if you're not 25.
  5. twick121

    twick121 5+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    the taxi from the airport to your hotel is real expensive. But i stayed at the ramada inn and they set up their own hotel shuttle to take me (and another person who was interviewing) to RFU that morning free of cost. that saved me the trouble and money of finding a cab the morning of
  6. eikenhein

    eikenhein my cat is awesome Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Are there local taxis in North Chicago? After my interview, I don't want to wait 2 hours for a taxi to come from downtown and pick me up to the airport.
  7. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Um, a taxi from O'Hare to RFU is gonna cost you an arm and a leg.
  8. cal_girl

    cal_girl Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    Train and public transportation is really cheap in Chicago area. Get on the blue line, go the nearest place it can drop off. Then get on taxi, it will save u a lot.
  9. Vano

    Vano 7+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Yes, there are taxis in North Chicago and as all people stated above, they would be quite expensive because it's about a 30+ mile drive from North Chicago to O'Hare, I live about halfway between RFU and O'Hare, you give me few bucks for gas and toll and I'll drop you off after the interview if I'm not busy at that time:D Or CTA(public transportation taking blue line) would be an option a fare is only 2$ one way
  10. rich4k

    rich4k Member 2+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    San Diego
    I stayed at the Ramada Inn in Waukegan. If you call them, they'll give you the number of a taxi service. about $50 from o'hare to the hotel.
  11. NammyBoy

    NammyBoy 2+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I rented a PT Cruiser from Enterprise for $70.59 after taxes, fees (including the under-25 fee). This did not include gas, which cost another $8 or so (you should fill up at the Mobil near the Enterprise station, since they charge much higher per gallon to fill-up).

    I would rent a car because it is about the same as calling a taxi, but you don't have to be at the mercy of the taxi to get around places. For example, you may want to leave your hotel to the local Walgreens or WhiteCastle, or you may want to check out the neighboring region or Chicago in your spare time. Also, there was a fellow interviewee who waited in front of the med school for over one hour waiting for her taxi, and she would have missed her flight, had I not given her a ride to the airport.

    Caution: 294N automatically turns into 94East. I also recommend resetting the trip meter when you leave the rental station, so you don't go for hours having passed an inconspicuous little sign that says "Buckley Rd." Also, they have toll roads, about $.80, so bring change, especially on your way back. Further, get specific directions to the rental station. Chicago roads are not as clearly marked as they are in Los Angeles, and can get complicated near the airport.

    I stayed at the Ramada Inn Waukegan. Your room will be quiet, comfortable, clean and have free WiFi, in case you bring your laptop. They give you a voucher for a free continental breakfast the next morning (but I didn't use because I overslept). If you call to reserve a room, mention you are coming in for an interview, and they will charge you a lower rate of $70.75.

    Hope this helps, and good luck!

    Ramada Inn Waukegan

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car
    (847) 928-3320

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