Loyola University Chicago

Summer Sessions

Summer in Chicago

Spend Summer in Chicago

Summer at Loyola gives students unparalleled access to the city of Chicago. When you're not attending classes, you'll have time to explore the city and engage in cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities. The windy city offers everything from concerts, to festivals, to famous museums, and many of these are free or discounted for students. And if all of this weren’t enough, there are dozens of beaches along the coast of Lake Michigan.

Here’s a comprehensive list of some summer time activities and resources available in Chicago.

Things to do near Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus

Hartigan Beach Park- The small, but beautiful beach close to campus.

Rent-a-Bike – Want a fun way to get to class or around the city?  Loyola offers free bike rentals to current students.

Bar 63- A laid back environment with great food- and close to campus! 

Festivals and Events

Blues Festival (June 12 - 14, 2015) Three days of blues music in Grant Park
Farmers Markets (dates vary by market) Pick up a variety of produce and prepared foods
Lollapalooza (July 31-Aug 2, 2015) Music festival in Grant Park that draws performers and attendees from all over the world
Taste of Chicago (July 8-12, 2015) The world’s largest food festival offers both diverse food and music


Art Institute –Free daily admission for Loyola students. Thursdays are also free from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Chicago History Museum – Mondays are free.
Field Museum – 2nd Monday of every month is free.
Museum of Contemporary Art – Tuesdays are free.
Museum of Science and Industry – Visit their Web site for a list of free admission days.
Shedd Aquarium – Visit their Web site for a list of free admission days.

Popular Chicago Attractions

Architecture Tours – Go on a guided tour of the city’s architecture by boat, bus, or on foot
Chicago Cubs – Cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field
Chicago Park District – Visit one of Chicago’s 570 parks located throughout the city. Features include baseball fields, pools, and beaches
Chicago White Sox – Cheer on the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field
Hancock Observatory – View the city from the 94th floor
Lincoln Park Zoo — Daily free admission
Magnificent Mile – Enjoy upscale shopping and dining
Millennium Park – Take a picture in front of the 110-ton steel sculpture nicknamed “The Bean”
Montrose Beach – A dog-friendly beach where you can kayak into Lake Michigan
Navy Pier – Over 50 acres of amusement: boat rides, museums, theatres, shopping, and a Ferris wheel
North Avenue Beach – Get some sun and people watch on this popular beach. Also, do not forget to check out the large boathouse
Oak Street Beach – Run or bike along the path at North Avenue Beach’s slightly less chaotic neighbor
Willis Tower Skydeck – See views of the city from the tallest building in the U.S. (Most Chicagoans still refer to this building as “Sears Tower”)

Useful Web sites

Concierge Preferred – Provides information about things to do and upcoming events in Chicago
CTA Bus Tracker
– Provides information on timing for CTA buses
Metromix – Search for reviews and information on places that you’re thinking of checking out
RTA Trip Planner – Provides detailed information on how to get around using public transportation