The downtown area is a few blocks from campus and has nearly any restaurant imaginable. The Metra train station is right in the middle of it, so you can grab something quick to eat for much cheaper before you go into the city. If you have a little more time, there are countless great sit-down restaurants. You’ll find Italian, American, Mexican, sandwiches, Chinese, and bars downtown. There are also multiple coffee shops, which include Starbucks and Jamba Juice. If you are planning on taking a date out, The Standard is always a nice place, and it isn’t too overpriced. For grocery needs, there are a CVS and a Jewel-Osco.
There are a few must-visit places you need to check out: Lou Malnati’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Egg Harbor, and Hamburger Heaven. Lou Malnati’s makes true deep-dish pizza, which you order out. The Buffalo Wild Wings here is similar to others in its chain but it’s great for a late-night snack. Egg Harbor serves great breakfasts, and Hamburger Heaven serves delicious—but may not be the healthiest—fast food for cheap prices. If Hamburger Heaven sounds too greasy, check out Subway, Panera Bread, or Chow, which is a nice little locally run sandwich place. Overall, downtown Elmhurst ensures that college students won’t get bored with their food.