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The Chicago CityKey ID Program

The Chicago CityKey is an optional ID that residents of Chicago can get to access city services. This helps people who are undocumented or experiencing homelessness who might have problems getting or maintaining an ID. Learn more: https://www.chicityclerk.com/chicagocitykey

What you can do with your Chicago CityKey ID

The Chicago CityKey ID serves as a 4-in-1 card by serving as a valid, government-issued ID card, your Chicago Public Library card, Ventra card and pharmaceutical discount card. Additionally, the CityKey provides cardholders with discounts to participating museums, theaters, sporting events, restaurants, and retail stores and businesses across Chicago. As part of the CityKey program, CityKey cardholders will be able to access a pharmaceutical discount through a pharmacy benefit management program called the Chicago Rx Card. The Chicago Rx Card provides discounts of up to 80% on prescription drugs, dental, vision, veterinarian, and lab and diabetes supplies/equipment.

You can access:

  • Public transit (Ventra),
  • Chicago Public Libraries,
  • Chicago Rx Card
  • Services from hospitals and clinics,
  • Services from city departments,
  • Services from community banks and credit unions, and
  • Discounts for recreation and entertainment, sports games, cultural institutions, and goods at partnering businesses.

Documents needed to apply

  • Proof that you live in the City of Chicago
  • Proof of identity (Foreign Passport, Birth Certificate)

CityKey Application Fees

According to the office of the City Clerk, the CityKey is free for the first 100,000 applicants. After that, there will be a fee.

The fees are different based on age:

  • 18 years and under: $5
  • 19-64 years old: $10
  • 65 years old and over: free

The applications fees are waived for:

  • Low-income residents,
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness,
  • Domestic violence survivors,
  • Members of the re-entry community,
  • Veterans, and
  • One Summer Chicago participant.

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