OIA Gen Info Digest: Summer Edition


The OIA Gen Info Digest is a collection of events that may be of interest to the University of Chicago international community. 

Dear all,

We hope you are having a great summer. Below you will find a few tips for what to do in Chicago if you are staying over the summer.

OIA is open all summer. We will run our monthly International Coffee Hour and will have a summer social. Look out for our emails and/or Facebook updates for specific events and dates. We look forward to seeing you there!

We wish you all a great summer! We’ll be back with OIA Gen Info Digest in the fall.

-The OIA Team

Things to do in 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! http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/neighborhoods.html
See also a link for festivals below. Most of the festivals take place in various Chicago neighborhoods.


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 access to many of the Chicago museums and galleries. Visit 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.


Summer Festivals

Summer concerts and festivals, 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 day by day, visit: http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/summer-festivals/15350276/summer-festival-guide-2012


Chicago Annual Pride
Kick off the summer with a Gay Pride held this upcoming Sunday, June 24. The parade starts at noon, on the corner of Broadway & Montrose. For more information visit: http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org/


Concerts in Grant Park
Enjoy your picnic and drink 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.


Taste of Chicago
Grant Park, July 11-15
Taste of Chicago 2012 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:


Movies in the Park
Chicago neighborhood parks, all summer
Watch a movie outdoors in one of the Chicago Parks. The festival will feature 176 screenings of current and classic movies in 128 citywide parks through Oct. 26. For more information visit:

Other festivals include Chinatown Summer Fair, Evanston Ethnic arts Festival, Fiesta del Sol, etc. Just pick one and have fun!


Cubs and White Sox games
Both baseball teams have very intense summer ahead. Choose the one you cheer for and go see a game!
Cubs: chicago.cubs.mlb.com
White Sox: chicago.whitesox.mlb.com


Bike rentals
FREE for registered students, scholars and employees at Ratner and Regenstein
Hours of operation:

Ratner Gym
8:30am–8pm Monday through Friday
8:30am–7pm Saturday and Sunday (front desk hours may vary at times, please confirm when you’re checking out)

Regenstein Library
8:30am–8pm Monday through Thursday
8:30am–5pm Friday and Saturday
12pm–8pm Sunday (front desk hours may vary at times, please confirm when you’re checking out)


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


Venturing out of Chicago

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 (or Chicago Navy Pier)
Six Flags belongs to one of the most popular amusement parks. Buy tickets and advance to save money!