UC is not in a bad location, but the surrounding neighborhoods are not great.
Paying to park is not bad at all, if I remember correctly it was like 10 or 12 dollars. What is nice is that getting out of the UC parking lots is quite quick.
One route that me and my dad have taken for years is taking Grand Ave. east to Damen. Take a right on Damen then head to Madison St. where you make a left and you are at the UC. However, it all depends though where you are coming from.
You can park free on South Wood Street, southeast of the UC and about two blocks away. I have parked there several times without incident.
If you going to a Sunday game, you might be able to park on West Jackson in front of Malcolm X College. West Jackson is one way going east. If it is a weekday game, the parking spaces will most likely be filled.
If you bus it I believe it's the #20 you want after the game.
As I was told if you walk out main doors of the UC turn right not left if you want to live.
Is that the Madison or Adams side? One way to find out, I guess.
Anyways, the Blue Line subway (to Forest Park) from downtown is generally a lot quicker than the bus. Get off at UIC Medical Center, leave the platform via the long west ramp and walk two blocks north.
I'd say come and sit with us diehards up in 326, but you might get killed in your Jackets jersey. A friend of mine ended up sitting next to Jared Boll's parents the other day, said they were good people.