So I just moved to Chicago as a new grad and while ER/ED is where I will end up, I am lucky to LOVE LOVE LOVE the NICU and that is where I will be working. Yes, it costs TONS of money to park at Northwestern-but then, why drive when you can easily take the train or bus there any time of the day or (almost the entire) night? I actually sold my car once I got here realizing that I don't need it at all. Even though I am living north of the city, I can still take the Red/Blue line all the way to Rush making the parking problem go away all together. For the days I do need a car (few and far in between), I rent a Zip Car!
Also, new grads will not be hired in any of these so-called-trendy hospitals in the ER as a new grad. Northwestern wants AT LEAST one year in telemetry AND a year in ICU. Rush wants at least a year in ICU, same with cook county, and any other hospital around here with a level I trauma center!
I LOVE living here-I was able to get a job no problem and with good pay and benefits. If you want to move here, go for it, BUT-come with a job lined up AND keep in mind that it will be hard to go to ER right away.