Campus Activities

In addition to our signature Alumni & Family Weekend events, there are a number of activities and discounts available on campus throughout the weekend. Learn more about these special Alumni & Family Weekend opportunities below.

All Weekend Activities and Discounts

Barnes & Noble 20% Discount

Locations: Loop Campus—DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
Lincoln Park Campus—2400 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Time: Loop Campus: 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Lincoln Park Campus: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Receive 20% off one clothing or memorabilia item when you visit the DePaul University Bookstore. Coupons may be picked up at the Alumni Weekend Information Desk in the Alumni Center on Friday, Oct. 18th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., or at any of the signature Alumni & Family Weekend events, which include the Fifty Year Club Luncheon, the Alumni Weekend Reception with President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, the Alumni & Family Weekend Blue Demon Bash and the Alumni & Family Weekend Brunch.

Free Days at the Ray

Location: Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center, 2235 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago
Time: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free, must show a photo ID. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Sponsored by the Ray Meyer Fitness & Recreation Center.

Enjoy a free workout at The Ray during Alumni & Family Weekend. Alumni and families will have access to fitness equipment, lockers and group classes. Don’t forget to check out the view of the skyline from the third floor running/walking track! A valid photo ID and proof of graduation must be presented to gain access to the facilities. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Ray offers year-round alumni memberships at discounted rates. Learn more here.

Discounted Parking

Location: Clifton Parking Garage, 2330 N. Clifton, Chicago
Location:Sheffield Parking Garage, 2331 N. Sheffield, Chicago
Cost: Clifton Parking Garage – Free with appropriate validation ticket. Sheffield Parking Garage - $10 with appropriate validation ticket. Parking validation tickets may be picked up at the Alumni Weekend Information Desk in the Alumni Center on Friday, Oct. 18th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., or at any of the signature Alumni & Family Weekend events, which include the Fifty Year Club Luncheon, the Alumni Weekend Reception with President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, the Alumni & Family Weekend Blue Demon Bash and the Alumni & Family Weekend Brunch.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Trolley Rides

Location: Pick-up locations vary. More information is included below.
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

One trolley route will run from the DePaul Lincoln Park Student Center (Lot H, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.) to the Lincoln Park Zoo (the intersection of Webster Ave. and Stockton Dr.) to the Chicago History Museum (1601 N Clark St.) and then back to the DePaul Lincoln Park Student Center (Lot H, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.).

A second trolley route will run from the DePaul Lincoln Park Student Center (Lot H, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.) to the Art Institute of Chicago North Entrance (159 E. Monroe St.) to the DePaul Loop Student Center (1 E. Jackson Blvd.) and then back to the DePaul Lincoln Park Student Center (Lot H, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.).

DePaul Day at the Art Institute

Location: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Time: The Museum is open from 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturdays. Times for specific guided tours are included below.
Cost: Free, but registration is required.
Join Fellow Blue Demons for a free trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Alumni and their guests will have all-day general admission access to the museum. Guided tours on specific topics will be led by DePaul Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Faculty at the times listed below. Tickets will be mailed to registered attendees in advance of the event. Note: Please register for your free tickets no later than Monday, Oct. 14.

A Tour of Mexico: Diego Rivera and the Construction of ‘Mexicanidad’

Time:Noon
Faculty: Dr. Delia Cosentino, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture
Description: Join Delia Cosentino, art historian of Latin America, to catch a glimpse of Mexico though some prime artworks in the museum collection. We will start with a painting by one of the leaders of the mural “renaissance,” Diego Rivera. He and his wife, Frida Kahlo, were avid collectors of “folk art” (artesanias) as well as ancient Aztec and Maya art, which we will also visit in the museum’s collection. Rivera and Kahlo saw such works as a significant component of ‘Mexicanidad’ or Mexican national identity in the 20th century.

Religious Devotion: Art and Spirituality in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Time:1 p.m.
Faculty: Dr. Karen Scott, Associate Professor, Departments of History and Catholic Studies
Description: The Art Institute of Chicago has recently opened its new “Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor.” Please join historian Karen Scott as she leads a tour that focuses on several altarpieces, paintings, sculptures, ivories, and reliquaries dating from the 13th through the 16th centuries. Originally located in Medieval and Renaissance European churches, these artworks representing Jesus, Mary, angels, saints, and varied biblical scenes were intended to inspire the viewers’ devotion and prayer.

Masterpieces of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

Time:2 p.m.
Faculty: Dr. Mark Pohlad, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture
Description: DePaul art historian Mark Pohlad invites DePaulians to examine “Masterpieces of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago." The museum is renowned for its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections, but it also boasts some of the most important American artworks anywhere. We will look closely at its holdings from the Colonial era to 1960. Special attention will be given to the renowned works of Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Archibald Motley, Grant Wood, and Edward Hopper.

The Ray Student Employee Reunion

Location: Home Slice; 939 Webster Ave., Chicago
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Cost: Free, light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Join former student employees of The Ray to celebrate 20 years of the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center! Student employees of The Ray from the Class of 2019 and earlier are welcome to attend. For more information about this event and to register, please visit go.depaul.edu/rayreunion.

DePaul Theatre School Performance of Polaroid Stories

Location: 2350 N Racine Ave, Chicago
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17

Based on interviews with homeless youth, Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories weaves together myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses to raise the voices of street kids to the level and importance of the gods. A story of transformation, this poetic and profane journey follows kids through the dangerous and sometimes fantastical world of the streets as they tell stories to survive.

The Theatre School is pleased to offer an Alumni & Family Weekend discount of $5 off all tickets using the code FAM19. Tickets can be purchased on The Theatre School’s website starting at September 3 at or via phone at (312) 922-1999.

Saturday, Oct. 20

DePaul Theatre School Performance of Polaroid Stories

Location: 2350 N Racine Ave, Chicago
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $17

Based on interviews with homeless youth, Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories weaves together myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses to raise the voices of street kids to the level and importance of the gods. A story of transformation, this poetic and profane journey follows kids through the dangerous and sometimes fantastical world of the streets as they tell stories to survive.

The Theatre School is pleased to offer an Alumni & Family Weekend discount of $5 off all tickets using the code FAM19. Tickets can be purchased on The Theatre School’s website starting at September 3 at or via phone at (312) 922-1999.