Explore Chicago on The Cheap
By: Aurora Lucas
One of the captivating aspects about Roosevelt University is that it offers higher education in the heart of downtown Chicago, where there are many places to see and potential experiences to have and learn from.
“My freshman year of college, there were so many things going on, such as transitioning to a whole new school, but I loved that everything was right here in the city,” third-year student Lauren Angeles said. “Everything was right in front of me, and I just had to reach out to discover new things.”
Below is a list of places that you can venture to, and make the most of your time here at Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus. Listed are free or discounted days, so mark up your calendars. Bring a valid Illinois State I.D. or a student I.D.
Explore, learn, and have fun!
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
September: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October: 7, 14, 21, 28
November: 4, 11, 18, 25
December: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Student (w/ valid ID): $12
Illinois Resident Free/Discounted Days:
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Illinois Resident Discount Days offer free general admission for Illinois residents with ID.
September 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30
November 5, 6, 12 and 13
Museum of Science and Industry:
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
June 3–7, 10
September 9–13, 16–20, 23–27, 30
October 1, 2
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central St
Every first Friday of the month is free!
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E Chicago Ave
Free every Tuesday for Illinois residents with ID.
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St
Free admission daily.
The Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E 58th St
Free admission daily. A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children is suggested.
Swedish American Museum Center
5211 N Clark St
Free admission on the second Tuesday of each month.
Art Institute of Chicago*
111 S Michigan Ave
*Illinois residents with ID receive free admission the first and second Wednesday of every month.
Illinois residents receive a $2 discount off general admission on other days, in recognition of the tax money used to support the Art Institute.
Admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday from 5–8pm.
Chicago Children’s Museum
700 E Grand Ave
Free Thursday evenings from 5–8pm. The first Sunday of every month is free for children 15 and younger.
Fun Fact: CSI sells movie tickets for a discounted price of only $8.00 each!