Despite being in the city, there is a fair amount of parking available in Hyde Park. You can always find free street parking, but finding it close to campus can be difficult. Some streets have meters on them, like Ellis Avenue, which is especially difficult right outside of the quad. There is also a parking garage on the corner of Ellis Avenue and 55th Street, right across the street from Ratner Athletics Center. It’s usually packed during the day. However, after the workday ends, spots open up. To make it even better, parking is free after 4 p.m. and on the weekends.
If you bring a car, you do need to be careful about parking tickets. There are a lot of street cleaning days, and if you don’t pay attention to the signs, you will get a ticket. You can also get tickets for parking an inch too close to fire hydrants or being in a metered spot a minute too long. However, as long as you’re careful about where you park, you’ll be absolutely fine with a car. The benefits of having a car are pretty great. Not having to rely on shuttles or buses to get to normal places like the grocery store outweighs the inconvenience of having to drive around an extra two minutes looking for a parking spot. One tip—learn how to parallel park before you bring a car here—otherwise you will be in serious trouble.