Off-Campus Dining

River Forest, IL
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Marin County is expensive, so its not student friendly for money

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: every thing is okay regarding food off campus or eveninside the campus

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Not much variety and too many chain places

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants and several food chain restaurants to pick from.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are mainly fast food chain restaurants. There is little diversity.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 356th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 404th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Whitcomb
Palatine, Ill.
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With its location in a suburban neighborhood and its proximity to the city, Dominican University is in a prime spot for off-campus dining! There are countless sit-down and fast food restaurants in all directions. In the neighborhoods surrounding campus, there is Portillo's Hot Dogs, Jimmy John's, Wingstop, Jim & Pete's (a local Italian restaurant), and several Subway restaurants, as well as several places to get pizza and Chinese food. Pizza places (such as Amato's, Domino's, and Gepetto's), Chinese places, and Jimmy John's are great options for students who would rather order in.

Students can undoubtedly find something to fit their tastes and their budgets, whether it is a sit-down restaurant like Ruby Tuesday's or TGI Friday's, or a fast food restaurant like Arby's or McDonald's. Because the campus dining food is not always up to par, eating off campus is definitely a great idea. It is much easier to access these places, of course, if a student has a car; unfortunately, there are really no restaurants within walking distance from campus. For students who do not have a car, though, there is always the option of ordering in (many places around DU deliver). Taking the shuttle into Oak Park also provides students without cars access to many great places to eat!

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
China Chop Suey
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Jim & Pete's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Amato's
  • Arby's
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Gepetto's
  • Jimmy John's Sandwiches
  • McDonald's
  • Portillo's Hot Dogs
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • TGI Friday's
  • Wing Stop

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

7525 W. Lake St.
(708) 771-0044
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Whole Foods Market
7245 Lake St.
(708) 366-1045
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
149 N. York St., Elmhurst
(630) 832-2999
Price: $8-$15
China Chop Suey
Food: Asian
6425 N. Ave., Oak Park
(708) 524-3388
Price: $10-$20
Food: American
8349 W. North Ave., Melrose Park
(708) 450-0026
Price: $8-$15
Food: Pizza
1115 Chicago Ave., Oak Park
(708) 386-2223
Price: $10-$20
Food: Breakfast
1040 W. North Ave., Melrose Park
(708) 343-8258
Price: $5-$10
Jim & Pete's Restaurant
Food: Italian
7806 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park
(708) 453-5204
Price: $10-$20
Food: Sandwiches
7230 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park
(708) 456-7827
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

Very poor
  • 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 31 responses

  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 23% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 32% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 39% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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