Loyola University Chicago

Welcome Week

Saturday, August 24

U-Pass Pickup

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. l Centennial Forum, Rambler Room

The U-Pass is an all-inclusive transit card that allows full-time students to ride the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and trains for an unlimited amount of time throughout the academic year. Using CTA is a great way to navigate Chicago, as well as a great way to get to and from the Lakeshore and Water Tower Campuses.  First year students can pick up their U-Passes during the first weekend before classes start as well as the first week of classes. For more information, please visit www.luc.edu/upass.

Saturday of Service

Check-in: 9:30am

Service: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. l Meet in Damen Student Center, Schmidt Multi-Purpose Room

Connect with your classmates, see your new neighborhood, and join a Loyola tradition! We will complete a variety of service projects around Rogers Park and Edgewater. The first 200 participants receive a t-shirt and everyone gets lunch. Bring a water bottle. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get dirty.

Discover Your Chicago

1:00 p.m. l Damen Den

After picking up your U-pass, join Welcome Week Leaders on excursions around Chicago utilizing the CTA. Each trip will visit a different area of the city. All trips require a ticket, which can be picked up at the Damen Student Center front desk. Sponsored by Student Activities & Greek Affairs.

**TICKETING: This event requires a (free) ticket.

  • Pick up tickets at the Damen Student Center Info Desk on Thursday, 8/22 or Friday, 8/23
  • You must show your student ID to get a ticket
  • One ticket per LUC undergraduate student
  • Tickets will be dispersed on a first come, first served basis
  • Tickets will be date and location specific

Saturday Night of Comedy

Doors open: 6:30 p.m. l Doors close & show begins: 7:00 p.m.

Gentile Arena

Chicago is home to some amazing stand-up comedy venues and has served as the launching pad for many of today’s comedic legends. This year’s Saturday Night of Comedy will feature a COMEDY SPORTZ, a local Chicago improv group promising big laughs! Sponsored by Student Activities & Greek Affairs.


Ticket Information

  • Commuter students, returning students, faculty, and staff can pick up tickets at the Damen Student Center front desk beginning on Wednesday, August 21st at no cost
  • All first year students living in residence halls will receive them in their residence hall

Silent Disco

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. l Damen Student Center, Schmidt Multi-purpose Room

Come out to Loyola's annual silent headphone event!  Choose your own DJ and music from three separate channels, while you dance the night away with your fellow Ramblers.  All music is transmitted through your headphones, so feel free to remove them and engage in conversation and food with friends!

Interested in learning more about silent events? Watch this video!