Although some students inexplicably seem to have luck finding parking, it is advisable to take the advice of the great majority who do not. Parking in Chicago is a colossal undertaking worthy of an epic movie starring Al Pacino. If you find a spot, odds are, it will be nowhere near where you were trying to go. Sometimes it seems like it would be actually faster to walk places than to drive there and find parking. Campus lots fill up quickly. Street spots are scarce at best. Most students live close enough to campus that they do not need a car for their commute. Even if this was not so, Chicago's public transportation system can take you anywhere you want to go. If you need more reasons not to bring a car, think of today's poor emission standards and their effects on the environment.
With constant parking problems in mind along with the high price of gas within the city, and don't forget emission standards, it becomes clear that having a car on campus is more of an encumbrance than a luxury. Unless you absolutely need a car for some unfathomable reason, just leave it at home. Plus, everybody knows some fool who didn't take my advice and brought his '93 Taurus to school. Clunk around town in that instead, and save yourself a load of time, exasperation, and money.