Families

  • The University of Chicago Veterans and Family Readiness Program participate in MLK Service Day 2020.

  • The University of Chicago Veterans and Family Readiness Program participate in MLK Service Day 2020.

The University of Chicago is dedicated to supporting the families of veterans and military-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. The Office for Military-Affiliated Communities serves as a central resource for these families as they transition to joining the extended UChicago community. By providing guidance in a range of areas, the University can assist with maintaining personal and family well-being, assuring that military-affiliated members can thrive at the University.

OMAC is seeking participation from staff, faculty, students and alumni, who are interested in joining the University of Chicago Veterans and Family Readiness Program. The Family Readiness Program is a support system of network agencies, programs, services, and individuals, that promote the readiness and quality of life of service members, veterans, and their families, as they pursue their educational or professional careers at the University of Chicago.

If you or your family members have any question, please contact our office at 773.702.1527 or email veterans@uchicago.edu

Vet Tix * provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. We support our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country.

Whether you're visiting over Memorial Day or Veterans Day holiday weekends, or just have an interest in the armed forces, Chicago has a number of sites honoring U.S. veterans and those who have died while serving. Celebrate the country's military past with these Chicago attractions, museums, and memorials.

The USO provides a full list of discounted lodging, food and rentals for military-affiliated members. A cook county veterans discount card can be obtained from the cook county recorder of deeds.

Military-affiliated members can also check with the American Legion page for discounts on various services and products. 

Please see the CityPass site for more offers. 

The Union League Club's military support organizations focus on not only those currently serving and those who have previously served, but also the families that always play a major role in a person’s military career. Our Chicago 502, which supports the soldiers and families of the Army’s 502nd Infantry Regiment/101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 721 Club, which supports the crew and families of the USS Chicago (SSN 721), a U.S. Navy submarine, and American Legion Post 758 are all essential to our mission.

Blue Star Families brings together public, private, philanthropic, and military communities to better serve local military families. Blue Star Families partners with several museums in the state to offer free admissions to military-affiliated persons.

Our Military Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports children (ages 5 – 12th grade) of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, as well as those of wounded veterans from all service branches, with grants that provide up to $300 for a chosen activity. Participation in these extracurricular activities has proven to help military children cope with stress and anxiety, as well as foster a sense of self-confidence, while their parents are recovering or serving overseas.

The Rush Road Home Program serves veterans and their families, providing individualized care and navigation of services to help heal the invisible wounds of war.

Chicago is also home to the Edward Hines Jr. and Jesse Brown VA facilities, several outpatient clinics and Vet Centers located within the Chicagoland area.