Public Interest Law Initiative

Resources for Current PILI Interns in Chicago

Whether you are visiting Chicago for your Internship or you live here, we want to help you make the most of your time and money. We have collected information for you regarding Chicago summer housing, transportation, discounts to national and local vendors, and Chicago-area events.

Disclaimer: The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) provides information regarding student discounts and resources in the Chicago area solely for your information. Inclusion on this page does not constitute an endorsement as to the quality of the service or product, or to the habitability of any housing offered through these services. Following any of these links will take you outside of the PILI website, and PILI cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by this link.


Chicago Housing & Neighborhoods

Chicago offers a diverse set of housing options. Learn more about Chicago neighborhoods here and Chicago tenants rights here.

Popular Apartment Rental Services

Summer Student Housing Options


Transportation Options

Buses & Trains

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system. On an average weekday, 1.7 million rides are taken on CTA.

Regular bus fares are $2.00 if you have a CTA card, or $2.25 if paying by cash. Train fares are $2.25 and you cannot pay with cash. CTA Ventra cards can be purchased at hundreds of retail locations across the city and can be reloaded at CTA stations. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are also available.

Bikes

Cars

Student Discounts

Receiving your discounts is easy, and most vendors just need to see your school ID card or offer an online coupon code. However, be sure to read each discount carefully, as they may not apply to everyone or have specific requirements.

Clothing & Retail

  • Amazon, 6 month membership to Amazon Prime free for students, 50% off going forward
  • Ann Taylor, 15% discount of all full-price items in store and online
  • Banana Republic, 15% discount of all full-price items in store
  • Eddie Bauer, 15% discount on all items in store
  • J Crew, 15% discount in store
  • Urban Outfitters, register with Unidays and get a 10% discount
  • Apple, discounts of up to $200 on their laptops, and up to $20 on a new iPad
  • Microsoft Store for Education, 10% of Microsoft store purchases
  • Dell University, student deals change regularly
  • Norton, offers student discounts for up to 50% off software and security packages

Entertainment

Gym Membership


Explore Chicago

Free Activities

Find out What’s Happening


We do our best to keep this list of resources up-to-date for your use. If you have comments, questions or suggestions about the discounts and resources listed above, or if you have recommendations for services or resources to be included, please contact Development & Communications Associate Lauren Harper.

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