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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You're in the third largest city in the country, anything and everything is available.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I rarely if ever eat on campus, so I am always making my own food or going out. Being in the city there are endless options and the cta can get you anywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is always somewhere new. What else could you want other than endless opportunity?

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a nice variety.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of places to eat. Anything you could want, is probably close by or just a train ride away.

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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?

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

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

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

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 212 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 227 responses

  • 63% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 30% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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