Application Fee Waiver
The application fee is waived for all US military veteran applicants to The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Please use the waiver request form at this link.
VA Health Benefit
The regional VA center is the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, located at 820 S. Damen Ave, west of the Loop. You will need a car to get there (free valet parking is provided). The most convenient clinic at which you can see your primary care provider is the downtown Lakeside Clinic at 211 E. Ontario, which is walkable from anywhere in downtown.
If you want to see a specialist, or if you need to complete your VA physical to apply for benefits, you'll need to go to Jesse Brown. Be prepared to spend a full day there, most of it in a waiting room (so bring a thick book and an mp3 player).
Note that according to US law, any veteran who has served on active duty in a theater of combat operations is eligible for 5 years VA health coverage. That being said, be prepared to deal with the usual weeks of lead time for appointment, long lines, and government bureaucracy. Most single veterans choose to use VA healthcare and most veterans with families use either the school-provided insurance or their spouse's insurance.
For more information on VA health benefits and eligibility, click here.
Military Discounts in Chicago
For the US Veterans, ensure you complete your VA application process before you leave your duty station (if at all possible). This will allow you to avoid the hassle and lengthy appointment process of trying to enter the local VA system and completing your benefits application.
Free Museums and Landmarks: Use your military ID to get free admission to the world-class Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Art Institute, and Museum of Science and Industry
Free Baseball: Use your military ID to get free admission to Chicago White Sox games (as long as they aren’t sold out…and they don’t sell out except for opening day)
Free Chicago Transit Authority: Military ID cardholders should visit http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/fares/military.aspx to find out how to get your CTA pass, which will allow you to travel on the L Train and city buses for free.
Metra train discounts: For those of you who are interested in living downtown and taking the Metra to school, show your military ID when purchasing your ticket for a ticket discount
O'Hare International Airport: Make sure you bring your military ID when arriving back at O'Hare because there is a special military line at immigration
No Cover Charge: Most Chicago establishments don’t have cover charges here, but those that do they will typically let you in for free if you show the bouncer your Military ID