OIA Summer Tips

Dear all,

OIA is open all summer in case you need our services. Do not forget to come get your travel signatures if you are leaving the US during the summer. The office is open daily 9-4 PM.

We are having a White Sox baseball outing on 18th July and summer carnival in early August so come have fun with us! We look forward to seeing you!

Below you will find a few tips for what to do in and out fo Chicago over the summer. We wish you all a great summer!

Summer Festivals

Summer concerts, festivals, neighborhood and bloc parties, many of them free of charge, are the hallmark of Chicago summer. Below, you will find just a few highlights. For a full calendar of events by a month, visit: http://chicago.metromix.com/stories/2879-chicago-festival-guide

Concerts in the Grant Park
Enjoy your picnic and a glass of wine while listening to the world’s first class classical music. The Chicago’s Grant Park Orchestra and Choir are having FREE concerts at the Frank Gehry’s auditorium in the city center.

Movies in the Park
The 14th annual Movies in the Parks series kicked off May 29 and runs through the end of August. It features more than 250 outdoor screenings of current and classic movies in parks across the city. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. For more information visit:

45th Chicago Gay Pride
Kick off the summer with a Gay Pride held on Sunday, June 22. The parade starts on the corner of Broadway & Montrose at noon. But there is much more to the Gay Pride than just the parade! For more information about all events during the Pride week visit the website.

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life
West Loop, July 3-6

Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts, crafts, and more at this family-friendly event, now in its 22nd year, at Union Park in the West Loop. You can see over 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers! Here is more information.

Taste of Chicago
Grant Park, July 9-13
Taste of Chicago is Chicago's biggest event. Getting its start as a modest food festival on the Fourth of July in 1980, the Taste of Chicago has grown to be the world's largest outdoor food fest. For more information visit:

Grant Park, August 1-3

With over 130 band in the line-up - Outkast and Calvin Harris, Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Skrillex as headliners - Lollapalooza promises to be one of the highlights of the summer. There is a smattering of hip-hop, including Nas and Childish Gambino, and a heavy dose of electronic music. Definitely plenty of opportunity to dance your ass off.  Here's everything you need to know about the year's biggest music fest.

Other festivals include Chinatown Summer Fair, Ukrainian Village Fest, Fiesta del Sol, Taste of Serbia, October fest in August, various arts fairs, etc. Just pick one and have fun! Here is a link to your summer festival guide.

Exploring Chicago over the summer

Chicago Architecture tours
By foot, bike, boat, or bus. Explore one of the most beautiful and architecturally interesting cities in the US: http://www.architecture.org/tours

Chicago Neighborhoods
Chicago has 77 distinct community areas with their histories, architecture, flavors and smells. Explore them!

Lincoln Park
There is not just the famous Chicago Zoo, but much more to do, from the Lincoln Park Zoo, to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to North Avenue Beach to the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Museums and Galleries
Do not forget that with your UChicago card, you have FREE or discounted access to many of the Chicago museums and galleries. Click here to find out more.

Adler After Dark
every third Thursday, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Adler Planetarium
Enjoy the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline seen only from the Adler. Amble around the Adler's exhibitions or take in a sky or space show.is the only time you can peek through the Doane Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the Midwest accessible to the public.


Cubs and White Sox games
Both baseball teams have a very intense summer ahead. Choose the game you want to see and go! Remember that you could get a group discount.
Cubs: chicago.cubs.mlb.com
White Sox: chicago.whitesox.mlb.com

Bike rentals - Recycles discontinued as of June 30, 2014!
With the launch of Chicago's successful Divvy program, the University of Chicago has decided to discontinue its bike sharing program, Recycles, at the end of June. If you need a bike to visit a friend, move around Chicago's neighborhoods or go to a beach, use the Divvy program. There are several stations in Hyde Park and many more around the city. For a map and more information visit the program's website.

Hiking and Venturing out of Chicago:

Into the Wild
It may be a bit surprising but there are a lot of wetlands, prairies and other natural phenomena IN Chicago. Pick a place and go explore!

Indiana Sand Dunes National Park
Just an hour away from campus by Metra! Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you.  Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests. For more information visit:

Six Flags
Six Flags belongs to one of the US most popular amusement parks. Buy tickets and advance to save money! http://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/index.aspx

Milwaukee Summer Festivals
Take the Amtrak train or drive up to Milwaukee for one of its famous summer fests, explore its Art Museum or the lake front. Click here for the full festival schedule.