Off-Campus Dining

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
9,224
Tuition
$21,284
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Chicago is a food Mecca. There are so many places you can go to eat and try new things. don't do it too often because it can be expensive. Make a point to eat somewhere new every month, it's fun!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining can become expensive.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are places everywhere you turn, easy to find whatever you are craving

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love the food off-campus it's so tempting to go but it is expensive.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We are downtown and there are a lot of great places to eat. Toppers and devil dawgs for late night cravings and you are good to go!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 36th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1200th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Hometown
Topeka, Kansas
Major
Television Writing and Producing
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Around each and every corner in the South Loop of Chicago and Columbia's campus is another restaurant that you "just have to eat at." From savory, juicy burgers to "Bubba's famous chocolate cake," there are surprises and well-kept secret recipes in every restaurant.

As for pricing, never fear—most restaurants on Columbia's campus will not burn a hole in your pocket. They will only tickle your tastebuds. The best part of these cute, quirky, delicious places to eat? The waitresses and waiters seem to make a point of getting to know you, so you'll begin to feel at home in your neighborhood the more you eat out!

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Clarke's Diner in Belmont
Best Asian
  • Panda Express
  • Yang
Best Breakfast
  • The Bongo Room
  • Eleven City Diner
  • Yolk
Best Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Eleven City Diner
  • More (cupcakes)
  • Yogen Fruz
Best Healthy
  • Epic Burger
  • Pockets
Best Late-Night
  • Jimmy John's
  • Pauly's
Best Mexican
  • Flaco's Tacos
  • Su Casa
Best Pizza
  • Gino's East
  • Giordano's
  • Lou Malnati's
  • Pat's Pizza
  • Pauly's
Best Wings
  • Bar Louie
  • Harold's Chicken Shack
  • KFC
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Chicago Curry House
  • The Grand Lux Café
  • Hackney's
  • Tapas Valencia
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Bar Louie
  • Kroll's
  • Lou Malnati's
  • Panera
  • The Thai Spoon
Other Places to Check Out
  • Potbelly's
  • Shark's Fish & Chicken
  • Tamarind
Did You Know?
  • The Bongo Room is infamous for its amazing breakfast dishes, but be sure to wake up early because they close at 2 p.m.
  • Harold's Chicken Shack is where the Obamas once had a date. After tasting the chicken, you'll understand why they chose this restaurant.
  • The Thai Spoon offers half-priced Maki rolls every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Jewel-Osco
1224 S. Wabash Ave.
(312) 663-0580
www.jewelosco.com
Daily 24 hours
Trader Joe's
44 E. Ontario St.
(312) 951-6369
www.traderjoes.com
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods
1101 S. Canal St.
(312) 435-4600
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

A'Capella Bistro
Food: American
1301 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 922-0601
www.acappellabistro.com
Price: $8-$15
Amarit
Food: Asian, Thai
600 S. Dearborn St.
(312) 939-1179
www.amaritthai.com
Price: $8-$15
Artist's Café
Food: American
412 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 939-7855
www.artists-cafe.com
Price: $10-$20
Bombon Café
Food: Bakery, Mexican/Southwestern
36 S. Ashland
(312) 733-8717
www.bomboncafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Bongo Room
Food: American
1152 S. Wabash Ave.
(312) 291-0100
www.thebongoroom.com
Price: $10-$15
Buddy Guy's Legends
Food: American, breakfast
700 S. Wabash Ave.
(312) 427-1190
www.buddyguys.com
Price: $10-$15
Café Bionda
Food: Italian
1924 S. State St.
(312) 326-9800
www.cafebionda.com
Price: $10-$30
Café Mediterra
Food: Mediterranean
728 S. Dearborn St.
(312) 427-2610
www.cafemediterra.com
Price: $8-$15
Café Society
Food: American, global/fusion/eclectic, vegetarian/healthy
1801 S. Indiana Ave.
(312) 842-4210
Price: $5-$10
Cafecito
Food: Cuban
26 E. Congress Parkway
(312) 922-2233
www.cafecitochicago.com
Price: $5-$10
Canady le Chocolatier
Food: Ice Cream
824 S. Wabash Ave.
(312) 212-1270
www.canadylechocolatierchicago.com
Price: $5-$10
The Chicago Firehouse
Food: American
1401 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 786-1401
www.chicagofirehouse.com
Price: $10-$20
Corner Bakery Café
Food: Italian
224 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 431-7600
www.cornerbakerycafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Eleven City Diner
Food: Kosher
1112 S. Wabash Ave.
(312) 212-1112
www.elevencitydiner.com
Price: $8-$15
Epic Burger
Food: Burgers
517 S. State St.
(312) 913-1373
www.epicburger.com
Price: $8-$15
Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli
Food: Deli
1141 S. Jefferson St.
(312) 939-2855
www.mannysdeli.com
Price: $8-$15
Mercat a la Planxa
Food: Tapas/Spanish
638 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 765-0524
www.mercatchicago.com
Price: $15-$30
Pizza-Ria
Food: Pizza
719 S. State St.
(312) 957-1111
Price: $10-$15
Tapas Valencia
Food: Tapas
1530 S. State St.
(312) 842-4444
www.mesonsabika.com
Price: $10-$25

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 128 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 144 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 29% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 63% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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