Can someone let me know about hotel accomodations, travel, and transportation at UIC. I have to go to an interview. However, I never been there so if you can chime in and shed some light on my situation, please do. Thanks in advance.
keitaiKT said:Also - when you call the marriott to make reservations, tell them you are interviewing at the UIC medical school - they give you a pretty big discount (make sure to bring your interview invite letter with you).
I took a taxi from Chicago O'Hare to that hotel. Normally it costs $40, but if you tell the people at the taxi stand that you want to share a cab, it brings the cost down to about $20. There are shuttles as well that come to around $15 if I remember correctly, but I am not sure where that lets you off or how often they run.
Thanks for the love. This all has definately helped. Are you all chi town folks? I definitely will be using the blue line, it seems more convenient.sanford_w/o_son said:If you want a cheaper hotel that's not in a questionable area, then I think the O'Hare suggestion is a good one. If it's a weekday morning interview, I would advise NOT taking a shuttle/taxi, as the traffic going into downtown will be crawling along 90/94. The Blue line will be faster, but it will indeed take an hour or so. Also, there are actually two Blue line routes, which split after downtown. Both will take you to the right area (IMD, where they split), but I believe the 54/Cermak Blue line will take you much closer to UIC or Rush (at the Polk stop). Check it out here: http://www.yourcta.com/maps/systemmaps.html
Same idea for Midway airport--cheaper but nice hotels are closer to the airport. The Orange line goes directly from the airport to downtown, where you'll have to make a transfer to the Blue line. Again, about an hour or so. I'm not sure how I-55 North is in the morning rush hour, but I believe it's not as bad as 90/94. So in this case taking a shuttle/taxi may be faster.
If it were me, I would actually stay at the youth hostel downtown. It looks quite nice from the outside. It's cheap ($35) and you just need to walk a few blocks to catch the Blue line in downtown. The ride will only be a couple stops--probably 15 minutes travel time. But if you're a light sleeper this may not be ideal. Check it out here: www.hichicago.org/
im from a suburb of chicago but i went to uic. When were you complete at uic and around when is your interview date? i hope they still have some before the end of the year.Faust said:Thanks for the love. This all has definately helped. Are you all chi town folks? I definitely will be using the blue line, it seems more convenient.