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Chicago Summer is an integrated learning and living experiential program that allows you to get on the fast track towards your degree, while still enjoying the summer. 

Discover the many restaurants, parks, museums and festivals all within walking or biking distance of our downtown campus. Experience Chicago through one and two-week courses, and explore the city through faculty-led visits to Chicago's neighborhoods, historical landmarks and cultural attractions. Visiting students stay in our 32 story, award-winning Wabash Building Residence Hall or in the nearby University Center.


Program Schedule

June 9 — 13

Saturday — Wednesday | 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Sounds of Summer: Chicago's Festivals, Their Planners, Participants, and Soundtracks (CLASS: HIST 208 – CRN: 31285 / CLASS: HOSM 208 – CRN: 31284 / CLASS: MUHL 208 – CRN: 31283) — Team-taught by professors Carol Brown, Sandra Frink, and Thomas Kernan

The one-week intensive course will examine the origins of summer festivals and who plans them. The music of the festivals will be used to discover aspects of identity and ideology. Faculty and students will address the arts, tourism, and politics of Chicago's music festivals. The class also will attend Chicago festivals including the Grant Park Music Fest, Blues Fest, Andersonville Midsommarfest, Pride Fest and the Old Town Art Fair.

July 2 — 13

Monday — Friday and Saturday, July 7 | 9 a.m. — 12:45 p.m. — no class on Wednesday, July 4

Sociology of Chicago Neighborhoods (CLASS: SOC 214 — CRN: 30725) — Prof. Stephanie Farmer

The two-week intensive course will explore Chicago neighborhoods by examining a wide array of dimensions that compose the city’s downtown development, urban sustainability and green development, segregation, ethnic enclaves, gentrification, public housing, public transportation, public schools, community organizations and tourist spectacles. Students will visit specific sites and participate in field trips that best exemplify each topic under examination and discussion. Students should take away an in-depth understanding of the social forces that shape everyday life in Chicago.

July 16 — 27

Monday — Friday | 9 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.

Mapping the Urban Arts Scene (CLASS: ART 270 – CRN: 31129) — Prof. Elyse Koren-Camarra

The two-week, intensive course will immerse students in Chicago’s rich urban art scene with visits to old standards such as the Art Institute of Chicago, and off-beat spaces like Intuit and Wrigleyville’s eclectic sites. Other visits include the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, the National Mexican Museum of Fine Art and Chinatown. Students will create both individual and group art projects, using field trips as inspiration. Other assignments include journaling, related readings, and a web-based writing assignment.

Registration, Housing & Important Dates

Chicago Summer Registration for Current Students

  • Current Roosevelt students may register for Chicago Summer courses as they would register for any other course. To register, contact your academic advisor. Current students are not required to live on-campus for Chicago Summer. 
  • Tuition and fees do apply. Contact your financial aid counselor to verify any remaining financial aid funds.

Chicago Summer Registration for Visiting Domestic Students

  • Students who are not actively seeking a degree at Roosevelt University, but would like to enroll in summer courses, may register as a visiting student/student at-large. There is no application fee. However, applicable tuition and fees do apply. 
  • To register, submit the Undergraduate Student-at-Large Registration Form to the Office of the Registrar.

Chicago Summer Registration for International Students

  • International exchange students may apply for Chicago Summer by completing the application form.
  • A $500 fee is assessed to cover the cost of a monthly transit pass, some cultural/leisure event admissions, and textbooks.
  • Tuition costs may be included as a part of the exchange partnership. Verify your eligibility by contacting Dawn Hougland, assistant director of international programs, at

Campus Housing

  • Wabash Building Residence Hall is available at the special rate of $50 per day for students enrolled in Sounds of Summer courses. Residents will enjoy comfortable shared rooms with stunning views of Chicago's famous lakefront. Amenities include a full-service dining center, student lounges, and fitness center. Housing at the nearby University Center is available throughout the summer.
  • Campus housing is optional for local students.

Registration Inquiries:

Juli Rowen
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Tuition and Fees Inquiries:

Dawn Hougland
Assistant Director of International Programs