Explore Chicago On The Cheap

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!

Shedd Aquarium

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

Field Museum

1400 South Lake Shore Drive

Student (w/ valid ID): $12

Illinois Resident Free/Discounted Days:

September 8

September 11

September 15

September 24

September 25

Adler Planetarium:

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

April 22

May 6

June 3–7, 10

September 9–13, 16–20, 23–27, 30

October 1, 2

November 4

December 9

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!


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