A Guide to Free WiFi and Charging Stations

When you are on the go as a graduate student, it can be hard to keep all of your devices juiced up and ready to use. Going without WiFi can leave a huge dent in your next phone bill, and if you forget your charger, it’s game over, right? Well, fear not! We have searched the Chicagoland area for you and come up with a list of free WiFi hot spots and charging stations for you to use.

Free WiFi

  • DePaul has free WiFi available to all of its students on its campuses. To join, select the DePaul secure network on your device under WiFi and enter your Campus Connect username and password to log in.
  • The Metra stations are all equipped with free WiFi under the name “Metra Wi-Fi.” The hot spots are available in the following areas according to the Tribune:
    • “At Union Station, the hot spot and charging station are near the Metra ticketing area between the north and south concourses.”
    • “At Millennium, the Wi-Fi hot spot covers the passenger waiting area in the center of the station, where the charging stations were installed.”
    • “At Van Buren, the hot spot reaches the north and south portions of the waiting area and both charging stations.”
    • “At Ogilvie, Wi-Fi is available in the platform-level waiting area as well as around the charging stations on the ground floor in the passenger concourse.”
    • “At LaSalle Street, the hot spot covers the outdoor concourse and the indoor waiting area.”
  • OpenWiFiSpots is a site you can use to find free WiFi hot spots around the city. All you need to do is type in your location, and the site will show you locations around you where you can get free WiFi.
  • Both Apple and Android have apps that you may download and use to find free WiFi:
    • WifiMapper from Android allows you to pull up a map based on your location with input from other users as to which spots are yay or nay.
    • WiFi Map from Apple displays a map of WiFi spots around your area, but it also shows comments from users in regard to whether or not the WiFi and location were satisfactory. This app also lists passwords for free WiFi that users may or may not know about when trying to connect.

Charging Stations

  • DePaul has gone green! Check out the solar panel charging stations in the LPC Quad and the Loop campus. You only need to supply the cord to charge your device in either an electrical outlet or USB port. Neat, right?
  • Both the Loop and Richardson libraries have portable battery packs for you to check out that come with the necessary cords for either an Apple or Android device. You can request these at the circulation desk.
  • You can also check out an Apple or Android USB cable from the libraries to charge your phone.
  • Chicago Union Station, Millennium Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center have charging stations for all of you commuters.
  • According to the Tribune, there are free phone charging kiosks located in the following stores: