MCA Admission and Jazz on Terrace are always FREE for Illinois residents on Tuesdays. More info here

FREE museum days in Chicago can be found here and here.

World renowned Ravinia Festival can be found here

Millennium Park upcoming events can be found here.

Farmers markets are everywhere in the Summer. A full list here.



Intercampus shuttles that service between Chicago and Evanston are Free. More here

Students/staff with a wildcard can enjoy discounts at vendors. More info here.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers student tickets. See here.


Kids & family

There are a few centers that provide childcare around campus. More information can be found here, here, and here.

Chicago Children's museum is excellent for really young kids. More info here.

Maggie Daley Park is really fun for both kids and adults. Crazy slides! More here.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is FREE everyday. Just big enough but not overwhelming. More info here.

If you have a few dollars to spare. Find a photographer to document your life events. Best one I know can be found here



Best pizzas (not Chicago-style) are available here.

Best burgers can be found here and here. A "complete" guide is available here.

Best pho/banhmi are found here and here

Best ice cream/gelato can be found here and here.

Best cupcakes are here and here.

Best donuts/chicken sandwiches are available here

Most romantic restaurants (and patios) are here and here.


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