City Clerk Valencia and Mayor Emanuel Officially Launch the Chicago CityKey Program


April 26, 2018

Kate LeFurgy




Open to all Chicagoans, the"3-in-1” government issued id provides benefits and discounts for over 30 cultural institutions, restaurants and sports teams throughout the City


Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Clerk Anna M. Valenica today officially launched the CityKey program. CityKey is a 3-in-1 card serving as a government-issued ID, Ventra card and library card all in one. While the card allows holders to pick up a prescription, sign a lease or get married, it also offers all Chicagoans an array of benefits and discounts to more than 30 businesses, cultural and financial institutions, restaurants and sports teams throughout the city.


"If you live in Chicago, you should feel a part of our city – not apart from it,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "The CityKey breaks down barriers and allows all Chicagoans to take advantage of the very best our City has to offer."


The new suite of benefits offers Chicagoans a wide array of options for enjoying the City from discounts at theaters and museums, to discounts at restaurants and gyms. CityKey holders will get 50 percent off tickets at the Goodman Theater, one free day at the Field Museum, 25 percent off Navy Pier park attractions and more.

“We are thrilled that we have over 30 businesses, cultural and financial institutions, restaurants and sports teams signed up for the initial launch of the CityKey program to offer benefits and discounts to cardholders across the Chicago area including the Field Museum, Goodman Theater, Chicago Children’s Museum, Lyft, Chicago Fire and the Joffrey Ballet to name a few, and we know that more will join us soon,” said Clerk Valencia. “One of the initial goals of the program was to create a card that everyone would want to carry in their wallet, and by partnering with both private and public institutions, cardholders from all walks of life can get benefits for just being a Chicago resident.”



Residents can begin scheduling appointments with the City Clerk’s office to apply for a CityKey. The first 100,000 applicants will receive the card free of charge. Cards will be printed starting on Monday, April 30 at Kennedy King College’s W Building located at 6301 S. Halsted Street from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Additional printing events will be taking place in neighborhoods across Chicago.


U.S. Veterans will have the option to have a special insignia located under the cardholder’s photo on their ID, indicating their service in the U.S. Armed Services. Cardholders will also have the option to include intent to donate organs, as well as emergency contact or medical information.


 A full list of benefits and discounts include:





Sports Team

Chicago Fire

Discounted ticket prices on select games.

Chicago Red Stars

10% discount on all Red Star tickets


Chicago Sky

20% off tickets




Arts & Cultural Institutions

2nd Story

$5 off tickets

Broadway in Chicago

Discounts on a show-to-show basis


Chicago Children's Museum

$2 off regular priced admission ticket purchased at the museum's admissions desk

Ed Paschke Art Center

25% off memberships priced between $75 and $500

Field Museum

1 free day

Goodman Theatre

50% discount on four mezzanine tickets per production through August 2018.

Subject to availability.

Haitian American Museum of Chicago

10% off gift shop

Joffrey Ballet

10% off tickets to select performances

Lincoln Park Zoo

10% off membership

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

10% off gift shop

National Museum of Mexican Art

10% off gift shop

National Veterans Art Museum

25% off membership

Windy City Play House

15% off all tickets




Cinemas Entertainment

Movie ticket and Small popcorn $8.50

Navy Pier

20% off pier park attractions



Food & Restaurants 

Back of the Yards Coffee

10% discount

Brew Brew Coffee and Tea

10% discount

Carbon Arc Bar & Board

15% discount on food, dine-in only, offer not valid on already discounted items

Chef Sara's Cafe

Tuesday 10% off  


10% off candy, piñatas and frozen yogurt

Jugrnaut Chicago

15% off

Majani Soulful Vegeterian Cuisine 

5% discount

Surf's Up South Shore 

Tuesday - Thursday 10% Off 

The Jibarito Stop

10% off

Uncle Remus

10% off



Apparel & Beauty

Monarch Thrift Shop

10% off

Replica Chi

10% off apparel


6 months free delivery

Urbane Blades

30% off first time visit 



Other Services

Lawndale Fitness Center

One free month of membership when signing up for auto payment


25% discount on first five rides or next five rides

Mind + Hand

10% off space rental & co-working space membership, certain courses 

Park Whiz

5% off parking



Financial Institutions


Acceptable form of Identification at the following locations

Second Federal

Acceptable form of Identification at the following locations


To support the program’s implementation, the City’s 2017 and 2018 Budget allocated $1 million to the program.


For a complete list of printing events or to schedule an appointments at City Hall to apply for a CityKey, visit at

For businesses interested in becoming a Chicago CityKey partner, download the application by visiting:


Why partners are signing up to be a part of the CityKey program

“We have been in the community for over 50 years in various capacities not only as a business but also as a community partner, giving back to the residents whether it’s through Block Clubs or local organizations. It was an easy decision to partner with the City as we have four generations of customers which makes it easy to give back,” said Charmaine Rickette, President and CEO of Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken.


"Here at the Field Museum, it is our mission to fuel journeys of discovery and find solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture. All of this begins with access — so when the city reached out to us about getting involved in CityKey as a community partner, we were honored to take part," said Chicago Field Museum CMO, Raymond DeThrone. "The Chicago CityKey program unlocks opportunities for all Chicagoans to take their own journeys of discovery. Bit by bit, we’re building that brighter future, rich in nature and culture, for all who call this city home."


“Goodman Theatre is thrilled to participate in the CityKey program,” said Roche Schulfer, Goodman Theatre Executive Director. “As Chicago’s flagship not-for-profit theater, we believe in making our productions and programs accessible to all—and we are grateful to the City of Chicago and City Clerk’s Office for making such an important commitment.”


“Second Federal and Seaway, both divisions of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, have a long legacy of serving Chicagoans.  We are honored and privileged to be among one of the first financial institutions to participate in the CityKey program, which aligns with our mission of “Economic Opportunity for All,” said Rodolfo Medina, President of Second Federal.


“The Joffrey is committed to enriching lives by making the arts accessible,” said GregCameron, Executive Director of The Joffrey Ballet. “The CityKey initiative is about providing opportunities to Chicagoans, and we are proud to partner with the Mayor’s office to make sure our doors remain open to all, especially those who call Chicago home.”


“Partnering on the CityKey program Initiative was an easy decision for the Sky. The priorities of the program align with our core value of diversity and inclusion. Our hope is that this program will help create a more inclusive city for all of its residents,” said Jim Burda, Chief Revenue Officer, for the Chicago Sky.  


“Goodman Theatre is thrilled to participate in the CityKey program,” said Roche Schulfer, Goodman Theatre Executive Director. “As Chicago’s flagship not-for-profit theater, we believe in making our productions and programs accessible to all—and we are grateful to the City of Chicago and City Clerk’s Office for making such an important commitment.” 


“Chicago Children’s Museum and other cultural institutions provide communities the opportunity to connect to each other and the City as a whole,” said Chicago Children’s Museum President and CEO Jennifer Farrington. "The CityKey does the same— it unlocks the potential of this great city to its citizens."