If you starve while at DePaul, it is 100 percent your own fault because Chicago offers some of the best food in the world. There are an endless number of places to eat on the four main blocks surrounding campus—especially on Lincoln and Halsted—but this is certainly no reason to stop the food hunt there. The neighborhoods that make up the city of Chicago are primarily broken into ethnic groups, which means the food in each area is usually authentic, amazing, and cheap. It will be hard not to get in the habit of eating out every day, especially if you’re from a smaller city or town and have never had such a large spread of ethnic cuisine available. Chicago’s food is so good, there are even city and neighborhood festivals to celebrate the dining options available there—the most popular and well-known is the Taste of Chicago.
The off-campus dining is definitely something to take advantage of, and discovering another part of Chicago and an amazing restaurant can make for a good adventure with your friends. Many students eliminate their meal plan after freshman year because they find that buying groceries or ordering in is often a lot cheaper and more convenient. Keep an open mind and enjoy the food of Chicago.