Summer Programming

Fun in the Sun Student Summer Activities

Join the Office of Student Life & Engagement and your fellow summer students for this fun serious of programs available to all Rush University students who are in session over the summer months. A full schedule of events can be found below. If you have any questions about individual events, please contact

Art Institute of Chicago FREE Admission

We encourage all Rush University students to take advantage of their FREE membership to the Art Institute of Chicago throughout the summer months! Students can always get into the Art Institute for free by showing their student ID. A current listing of the Art Institute’s summer exhibits can be found HERE.

Start of Summer Lunch

Monday, June 19

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Outside of AAC 539/540 

Celebrate the start of summer at our kick-off luncheon. This lunch will be set-up “Grab-and-Go” style so students can grab a meal, find a nice place outside to eat and enjoy the lovely summer weather! Lunch will include burrito boxes, chips and dip, a cookie and beverage. Lunch will be available to the first 150 students. 

Ice Cream Cart 

Thursday, July 6

Noon to 2 p.m.

Student Lounge (AAC 992)

Cool down with an ice cream treat after your busy holiday weekend! The ice cream cart will be stationed in the Student Lounge (AAC 992) so students can grab a treat during their lunch time break. 

Cooking Class

Tuesday, August 1

Noon to 1 p.m.

Room 500 

Join our partners from Rush’s Food and Nutrition Department as they demonstrate important techniques to make an exciting 3-course meal. Students will get to both participate in the demonstration and enjoy lunch! Full menu details can be seen below. Pre-registration required; Register HERE.

Thai Picnic: Get Your Veggie On


Spiced edamame

Spring rolls


Pad thai zucchini and soba noodle salad

Chicken satay skewers


Coconut chia pudding with mango puree

Chicago Fire Soccer Game

Saturday, August 5

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. 

Transportation Provided to Toyota Park

Join the action with other Rush students as the Chicago Fire soccer team plays the New England Revolution. Tickets are available to a limited number of students for the low cost of $10 per person. Students can purchase up to 2 tickets if they would like to bring a guest. Pre-registration required; Register HERE.

Summer BBQ

Thursday, August 10

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rush Healing Garden

Wrap up your summer at our summer BBQ featuring all the best summer-time foods! Students will enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, fruit and cookies along with a free summer-themed giveaway item. Lunch will be available to the first 200 students. 

Millennium Park Movie: Hidden Figures

Tuesday, August 15

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful view of downtown Chicago while you enjoy an outdoor movie in the park! Students can bring their own blanket or chair and Rush will provide the move-time snacks! Please note, students and their guests will be responsible for providing their own transportation to Millennium Park. More information about this fun City of Chicago event can be found HEREPre-registration required; Register HERE.