Ten Iconic Chicago Locations That Your CTA UPass Will Take You To…


1. The Chicago Theatre 

The Chicago Theatre is one of Chicago’s most renown and equally beautiful live performance venues. Located on State street, just a short walk from DePaul’s Loop Campus, the Chicago Theatre hosts live performances nearly every week. From concerts, to stand-up comedy shows, to dance   performances, this theatre is sure to have something for everyone. Using your CTA UPass, you can hop the red line, get off at the Lake stop and you’re right there!

2. Wrigley Field 

For those who might be new to Chicago, Wrigley Field is home of the Chicago Cubs. Chicago sports are a big deal and you’ll want to pack in as many major league sports games as you can before your four (or so) years are up! Using your CTA UPass, you can hop the red line, travel just two stops north of our Lincoln Park campus to the Addison stop and you’ll right at the field! 

 3. Guaranteed Rate Field 

And if you’re a Chicago Sox fan, you’re in luck too! Once again, you can hop on the red line, take it south to the Sox-35th stop (right pass the Loop campus) and you’ll arrive at the White Sox stomping grounds! 

4. Magnificent Mile 

Mag Mile offers some of the best shopping and dining experiences in all of Chicago! Located on Michigan Avenue, this street is lined with over 460 retailers, as well as hundreds of incredible restaurants. To get there, you can take the CTA red line to the Chicago stop and you’ll arrive just a five-minute walk from all the action! And if you’re a student with hardly any budget for shopping, window shopping can be just as fun on Mag Mile as the real thing! 

 5. Navy Pier 

Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s top attractions! It is located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan and is home to a multitude of restaurants, a movie theatre, the Crystal Garden and an amusement park, to name a few. You can take the CTA 29 bus northbound towards the Pier and arrive right at your location. 

 6. Second City

Second City is one of the longest-standing and most renowned comedy clubs in all of Chicago. Known for its famous alumni such as Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Bill Murray, Second City is located in the Chicago neighborhood of Old Town. To get there, you can hop the CTA brown line, get off at the Sedgwick stop and you’re about a 5 minute walk to your destination! 

7. Wicker Park 

Wicker Park is an eclectic neighborhood of Chicago known for its art, nightlife, dining and entertainment. Often regarded as the “hipster” neighborhood of Chicago, Wicker Park is definitely a place you’ll want to check out. Amazing brunch spots, phenomenal vintage and thrift shopping and incredible art galleries; this neighborhood has got it all! You can take the CTA blue line to Damen to get there. 

 8. Art Institute of Chicago / Millennium Park 

The Art Institute is home to some of the world’s most renown works of art. Discounted ticket prices for students make this a great spot to explore with friends on the weekends or after a busy day of classes. Directly next to the Art Institute is Millennium Park, a great place to explore both solo or with friends or family when the weather is nice. To get here, you can take the CTA red line to the Monroe stop and walk 2 blocks east to Michigan Ave or the CTA brown line to Adams/Wabash and walk a block east. And if you’re in the Loop campus you can just take the easy walk.   

9. Chinatown 

Taking a visit to Chinatown is a must if you live in Chicago! Here, you’ll find an extensive roster of shops, authentic Chinese restaurants and teahouses. In addition, the Chinese American Museum of Chicago is located in Chinatown, which offers loads of history about the neighborhood. To get here, you can take the CTA red line to the Cermak–Chinatown stop. 

 10. Field Museum 

And finally, the Field Museum is a must see! The Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Often, the museum will host “free admission days” and students automatically receive discounted tickets when they present a valid student ID at check in. To get there you can take the CTA 146 bus to the Field Museum stop. 

Megan Harnaga