Campus Dining

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
5,377
Tuition
$41,853
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: For most people dining is good but expensive. If you have a food allergy though it's a major pain. Despite being gluten-free getting off the meal plan was wayyy cheaper for me. And more filling.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is unlimited dining for anyone that is on the meal plan.

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2 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are very limited food options in cafeteria.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are Kosher and Halal "stations" in each dining hall, as well as other stations such as "Euro" "Global" "Harvest (vegetarian)" "Deli" "Grill (burgers/chicken)" and a full salad/fruit bar. The Kosher station is the best by far, not sure why, but I go there pretty often. There is also Starbucks coffee, soda, juices, and tea in the dining hall. The quality is ok...sometimes it's pretty bad but sometimes it surprises me in a good way! I like that there's always salad and fruit options so I feel like I can eat healthily. Also the flex dollars (Maroon Dollars) can be used at the on-campus Subway, mini-marts, Einstein bagels, and various other cafes (lots of great coffee places!), which proves to be useful.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have two dining halls, they really are pretty good, but it is cafeteria food at that.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 74th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 96th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 107th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 142nd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liane Rousseau
Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
2012
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The quality of the dining halls is continuously improving. The administration puts a lot of effort into student dining options, and when you visit your friends at other schools, you’ll definitely appreciate their work. The main dining halls are Bartlett Dining Commons, Pierce Dining Commons, and South Campus Dining Commons. Your freshman unlimited plan gives you access to all of these places. The food in the dining hall is pretty phenomenal. There is a huge amount of variety. Some of the students’ favorites are the Pierce Belgian waffles and Bartlett’s quesadillas. There are also new dining plans that are more geared toward upperclassmen. They have fewer meals per week but more flex dollars for the quarter.

In addition to the dining halls, there are also a lot of individual places on campus that have great food. The most visited is definitely Hutchinson Commons. This food court is where most upperclassmen have lunch. There are also cafés in virtually every building. They serve sandwiches, bagels, salads, and food from surrounding restaurants. All places on campus cater to restricted diets. There are kosher stations at every dining hall, lactose-free options, and vegan dishes. Hands down, the University of Chicago is not a place where you will go hungry or get bored with the food.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
The plan is unlimited. You can swipe into the dining halls as much as you want, and you also have $100 of flex money each quarter.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
South Campus Dining Commons
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Dining hall omelets
  • Pierce waffles
  • Toasted bagel
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken quesadillas
  • Pizza
  • Salad bar
  • Sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • "Bart Mart" (Maroon Market)
  • Midway Market
Special Options
Several food trucks do make stops in Hyde Park. There are also many coffee shops in different buildings around campus.
Did You Know?
Bartlett Dining Commons used to be a basketball court with a running track above it. The track has been converted into a lounge area with leather couches, carpeting, tables, and several chairs.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bartlett Dining Commons
Location: 5640 S. University Ave.
Food: 11 different stations, including a kosher station
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Bio Café
Location: Biological Sciences Learning Center
Food: Bread, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Classics Café
Location: Classics Building, second floor
Food: Coffee, salad, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: 5706 S. University Ave.
Food: Bagels, coffee, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Gordon Café
Location: Gordon Center for Integrative Science
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Harris Café
Location: Harris School of Public Policy
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hutchinson Commons
Location: 5706 S. University Ave.
Food: Food court
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Law School Café
Location: Law School, Green Lounge
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches, panini, Asian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Maroon Market
Location: 5640 S. University Ave.
Food: Groceries, snacks, deli/sandwich case
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
Midway Market
Location: Basement of South Campus
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
Pierce Dining Commons
Location: 5514 S. University Ave.
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Press Café
Location: Graham School of General Studies
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
South Campus Dining Commons
Location: 61st and Ellis
Food: General dining hall food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
SSA Café
Location: Social Services Administration
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Stuart Café
Location: Stuart Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tiffin Café
Location: International House
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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  • Late-night options
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  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

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