Off-Campus Dining

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
8,952
Tuition
$34,578
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of diverse options to eat off-campus, but I'm not really a fan of the Thai options.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's Chicago, so choices abound. Some require some travel, but most students know of a variety of good places.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of off campus dining near school. Anywhere from walking distance to a short ride on the el.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Were in the city, so it's awesome

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I personally like cooking my own food. The restaurants and groceries stores in the area are decent.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 686th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Which restaurant is the most popular in Chicago? The question is impossible to answer. The city is packed with some of the finest eateries in the world. Overall, Chicagoans love big, hearty dinners, so you won't have that much success finding lighter fare. Don't worry about it! One of the most important things for a person new to Chicago to do is enjoy the food. So buy some pants with an elastic waistband and pig out. Windy City cuisine shines most in its many ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Devon Avenue is home to a bevy of Indian and Middle Eastern restaurants. If you're looking for Mexican, go north on Clark Street. Crave Chinese? Get off the Red Line at 35th Street. If you want it, you can find it in Chicago.

Some students would point out that none of the best restaurants in the city are located near Loyola's main campus. This is not entirely true. While Rogers Park is not as wealthy in fine dining as some other Chicago neighborhoods, students should certainly explore their local options. Nearly all of the restaurants near the Lake Shore Campus are family owned and serve great food. Each one has something great to offer: Carmen's has the best buffet near campus, Giordano's has some of the best deep-dish pizza in Chicago, Great Wall offers the most food for the least amount of money, and so on. To top it off, all but a few fit right into a student's tight budget. If you find yourself somehow displeased with all the restaurants in Loyola's area, go to another neighborhood. You'll find something you like, guaranteed.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Carmen's of Loyola Pizzeria
  • Giordano's Pizzeria
  • Thai Grill
24-Hour Dining
Standee's
Best Asian
  • Blue Elephant
  • Thai Grill
Best Breakfast
  • Ann Sather
  • Standee's
Best Healthy
  • Foodlife
  • Panini Panini Café House
Best Pizza
  • Carmen's of Loyola
  • Giordano's
Best Wings
  • CJ's Grill
  • Hamilton's Pub (See Nightlife)
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Carmen's of Loyola Pizzeria
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Leona's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chase Café
  • Clark's
  • Jimmy John's
  • Moody's Pub
  • Papa John's
  • Pick Me Up
  • White Hen
Did You Know?
What is Chicago-style pizza? A deep dish pie, deeper than any dish you've ever imagined, stuffed with cheese and whatever toppings you want, and then smothered in thick tomato sauce. The key here is that the tomato sauce is on top of the cheese.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Amarit
Food: Thai
1 E. Delaware Pl., Gold Coast
(312) 649-0500
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Full bar stocked with imported beers.
Bistro 110
Food: French
110 E. Pearson St., Gold Coast
(312) 266-3110
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Extensive, expensive wine list
Café Luciano's
Food: Italian
871 N. Rush St., Gold Coast
(312) 266-1414
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Offers three dining rooms and a cigar bar.
Café Suron
Food: Persian
1146 W. Pratt Ave., Rogers Park
(773) 465-6500
www.cafésuron.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Lush interior, flamenco dancing on the weekends.
Carmen's of Loyola Pizzeria
Food: Italian, pizza
6568 N. Sheridan Rd., Rogers Park
(773) 465-1700
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Chicago style deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: Contemporary American
875 N. Michigan Ave., Magnificent Mile
(312) 337-1101
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: 34 different varieties of cheesecake are offered.
CJ's Grill
Food: Burritos, gyros, burgers, hot dogs
6141 N. Broadway St., Rogers Park
(773) 508-5050
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: This late-night, primarily take-out establishment also has two big screen televisions.
Deluxe Diner
Food: Standard American diner
6349 N. Clark St., Rogers Park
(773) 743-8244
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Retro interior, excellent skillet eggs.
Downtown Dogs
Food: Fast Food
804 N. Rush St., Gold Coast
(312) 951-5141
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Good carryout within steps from the Chicago red line stop near campus.
Ennui
Food: Scones, muffins, bagels, and other coffeehouse food
6981 N. Sheridan Rd., Rogers Park
(773) 973-2233
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Weekly live music and poetry readings.
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant and Lounge
Food: Ethiopian
6120 N. Broadway St., Rogers Park
(773) 338-6100
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Live jazz music Friday evenings from 6:30-10:30.
Gino's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
633 N. Wells St.
(312) 943-1124
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: A sign at the door tells you that there is no writing allowed on the mirrors or tables. The rest of the place, however, is yours to cover in graffiti.
Giordano's
Food: Italian
6836 N. Sheridan Rd., Rogers Park
(773) 262-1313
www.giordanos.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Chain specializes in Chicago-style stuffed pizza.
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
6748 N. Sheridan Rd., Rogers Park
(773) 465-5815
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Loyola Student special includes entrée, side of rice, and an egg roll for under $5.
Grillers Café
Food: Contemporary American
40 E. Pearson St., Gold Coast
(312) 274-0363
www.grillersCafé.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Daily specials include gyros and tacos.
Heartland Café
Food: American traditional, with a focus on vegetarian
7000 N. Glenwood Ave., Rogers Park
(773) 465-8005
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Loyola's student radio station does a weekly show called "Live from the Heartland," broadcast directly from the Café.
JB Alberto's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1324-26 W. Morse, Rogers Park
(773) 973-1700
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: The Giant pizza, in all of its humongous, greasy glory, will be more than enough for any student gathering.
Jia's
Food: Chinese
901 N. State St., Gold Coast
(312) 642-0626
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Dishes made as spicy or as mild as you could possibly want them.
Kashmir Restaurant
Food: Indian/Pakistani
2954 W. Devon Ave., Rogers Park
(773) 761-5751
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Cozy interior makes for an intimate dining experience.
Leona's
Food: Italian
6935 N. Sheridan Rd., Rogers Park
(773) 764-5757
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Live piano music.
Moody's Pub
Food: American bar food
5910 N. Broadway, Rogers Park
(773) 275-2696
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Some of the best burgers in Chicago.
Panini Panini Café House
Food: Sandwiches, soups, salads, coffeehouse fare
6764 N. Sheridan Rd., Rogers Park
(773) 761-4110
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Secluded patio
Papa Milano
Food: Italian
951 N. State St., Gold Coast
(312) 787-3710
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Patio open during the summer.
Rocky's Tacos
Food: Mexican
7043 N. Clark St., Rogers Park
(773) 274-4555
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Awesome authentic Mexican chow.
Siam Pasta
Food: Thai
7416 N. Western Ave.
(773) 274-0579
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery option
Standee's
Food: Standard diner fare
1133 W. Granville Ave., Rogers Park
(773) 743-5013
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Outstanding malts and shakes, made fresh to order. Try the reuben.
Thai Spice Restaurant
Food: Thai
1320 W. Devon Ave., Rogers Park
(773) 973-0504
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: In addition to regular, sit-down tables, Thai Spice also offers tables with kneelers so one can eat in the traditional Thai fashion.
Villa Palermo
Food: Italian
2154 W. Devon Ave., Rogers Park
(773) 465-5400
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great prices for catering campus events

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 129 responses

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  • 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 145 responses

  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 31% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 57% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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