Due to family/fiancee reasons, I will most likely rank programs in Chicago and NYC very high. I have lived in Chicago since 2001 and love it, but am growing very disillusioned by the increasing, single-minded fleecing by Todd Stroger and Richard Daley. What with 10.25% sales tax, bottled water tax, increasing vigilance on parking tickets, booting of your car after 2 tickets, more than quadrupling the rates of parking meters, increased CTA fares, etc. it seems like Im getting taxed to breathe. However, is NYC any better? I know rents are much higher, but what is the secret cost of living in the Big Apple? I do not anticipate having a car, but what else should I be concerned about? Any advice would be helpful.