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Sorry for the OT but I need some information from those living in and around Chicago.

My daughter is graduating from Vet school towards the end of the year and has been given her rotation at the U of I in Champagne, IL. Neither her mother or I have any experience in living in the Chicago area and would like hints on how she can survive that 12 months.

A little history on my daughter. She has been going to Vet school in the Cayman Islands for the last two + years and is used to wearing shorts and tank tops year round. She has winter clothes here and will probably need to add to her wardrobe. Think about it, going from shorts and tank tops in December to coats and sweaters in January!!!

She is also considering taking her truck with her in January but I think she needs something more condusive to snow/ice. Her truck is a Dodge 2-wheel drive jacked up about 3 inches and with oversize tires and wheels. It's light in the rear end. Do you think she will need 4-wheel drive?

Any suggestions will be appreciated. We did a virtual tour of the campus and surrounding area. Very beautiful, just not sure what to expect for her.

Thanks and by the way . . . she does have her own VT750 Shadow Spirit!

Jon
 

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Very funny! Thanks Crew.

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jonswng said:
Very funny! Thanks Crew.

Jon
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The first thing you need to know is that Champaign isn't really near Chicago. It's like 2-3 hours away (about 140 miles).

That being said, they have pretty similar weather to Chicago. I wouldn't be tool concerned with getting around in the winter WRT to snow. A couple of bags of sand in the bed of a pickup is good enough. I'm not sure about the Champaign area, but Illinois is generally pretty good about clearing snow and dumping huge amounts of chemicals onto the roads to get them clear. I'd be more worried about the car running well when it's cold...there's typically a week or two each January where the temperature is stuck in the single digits highs.

But definitely bring lots of warm clothes...5 degrees with a 30 MPH wind can feel like someone just put dry ice on your skin.
 

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From the Caymans to Chicago? WOW.

That's gona suck. But really as stated above, IDOT does a great job with snow removal. Just tell her to take it easy and don't get in a rush.

Oh yeah... if she has any trouble with the locals, just have her switch the conversation to the BEARS. Everybody up there loves the BEARS and loves to talk about them.
 

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Vee Tee eX said:
From the Caymans to Chicago? WOW.

That's gona suck. But really as stated above, IDOT does a great job with snow removal. Just tell her to take it easy and don't get in a rush.

Oh yeah... if she has any trouble with the locals, just have her switch the conversation to the BEARS. Everybody up there loves the BEARS and loves to talk about them.
That's funny, thanks, I will have her change her 49res wardrobe to the Bears!

Jon
 
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