So I'm being sent by my company to Chicago to get training for a managerial position.
First of all, welcome to Chicago. Secondly, ignore everything Miller
says. She's a former
Chicagoan for a reason -- we kicked her out because of her bad attitude.
Do I need to bring my large gas guzzling jeep liberty? (is public transportation more efficient to drive throughout the city, cause I was advised that parking is a hassle.)
Depends on where you live and where you're going. If you're being trained downtown or near where you're going to be living, then you probably won't need a car. Public transportation is easily accessible and safe
. I've taken public transit in Chicago off and on my entire life, and I've never had to deal with anything worse than common rudeness. On the other hand, if you're training is in the suburbs, you may need a car (although suburban rail is also very good in the region).
One other point: if you're living in the city and don't have a dedicated off-street parking spot, don't even think about bringing your car. Finding on-street parking in most neighborhoods is an enormous hassle.
Is the train faster than the bus?
Yes, almost always. There are some express buses that travel on Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway, but the "L" is really the way to go if you want to get anywhere in a hurry.