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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Its okay, there really isn't much variety and I barely get any student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of different restaurants with student discount. I eat food from almost all over the world and never get bored

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Chicago is extremely diverse in food- there are limitless options for any taste. However, the nicer the food, the more expensive it is.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options being in the middle of Chicago, they are expensive though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are options to eat off campus but many do not offer student discounts


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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.

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Student Favorites
  • Allende
  • Uncle Sammy's
24-Hour Dining
  • Allende
  • Clarke's Diner
Best Asian
  • Anywhere in Chinatown
  • Duck Walk
Best Breakfast
  • Ann Sather (if you're not hungover)
  • Clarke's Diner (if you're hungover)
Best Dessert
Sweet Mandy B's
Best Healthy
  • Bourgeois Pig Café
  • Pita Pit
Best Late-Night
Uncle Sammy's
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
  • Chicago's Pizza
  • Giordano's
  • Lou Malnati's
  • Sarpino's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
Via Carducci
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Fattoush
  • Raj Darbar
Did You Know?
The Taste of Chicago is a huge festival celebrating Chicago's diverse cuisine. Usually held early in the summer, this festival stretches from Grant Park to downtown Chicago, and features at least 60 different restaurants. As soon as the dates and performances are announced, students and locals mark it on their calendars as a definite go-to event.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

959 W. Fullerton Ave.
(773) 248-0049
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-2 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Whole Foods Market
3300 N. Ashland Ave.
(773) 244-4200
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Mexican
2408 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 477-7114
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: A favorite late-night drunk or early-morning hangover place.
Ann Sather Restaurant
Food: Breakfast, Scandinavian
909 W. Belmont
(773) 348-2378
Price: $9-$15
Bourgeois Pig Café
Food: Healthy
738 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 883-5282
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: A favorite study location for students; all menu items are named after books.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Food: American, wings
2464 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 868-9453
Price: $7-$15
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Food: Tapas
2024 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park
(773) 935-5000
Price: $20-$30
Chicago's Pizza
Food: Pizza
3114 N. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview
(773) 477-2777
Price: $10-$20
Clarke's Diner
Food: Diner
2441 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 472-3503
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: Clarke's Bar is in the building next door.
Duck Walk
Food: Thai
919 Belmont
(773) 665-0455
Price: Less than $10
Food: Pizza
1040 W. Belmont Ave., Lakeview
(773) 327-1200
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Known for its stuffed pizza.
Hema's Kitchen
Food: Indian
2411 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park
(773) 529-1705
Price: $7-$13
Cool Features: Hema herself will often sit at diner's tables to share a dish and a story.
Lincoln Station
Food: Bar food
2432 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 472-8100
Price: $6-$13
Cool Features: Has 15 HD televisions throughout the bar and three pool tables.
Lou Malnati's
Food: Pizza
958 W. Wrightwood Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 832-4030
Price: $5-$15
Noodles in the Pot
Food: Thai
2453 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park
(773) 975-6177
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: It's BYOB,and Monday through Friday there is a half-priced lunch special.
Nookies Too
Food: Breakfast, brunch
2114 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park
(773) 327-1400
Price: Less than $10
Pasta Palazzo
Food: Italian
1966 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park
(773) 248-1400
Price: $8-$10
Pita Pit
Food: Pita sandwiches
2404 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 935-7482
Price: Less than $10
Food: Mexican, Southwestern
2427 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 868-3385
Price: Less than $10
Cool Features: DePaul students get a discount by showing their University ID.
Ringo Sushi
Food: Japanese
2507 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 248-5788
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: It's BYOB, and every Monday is all-you-can-eat for $20.
Sarpino's Pizzeria
Food: PIzza
1149 W. Diversey Pwy., Lincoln Park
(773) 525-5050
Price: Less than $10
Savor the Flavor
Food: Coffeehouse
2545 N. Sheffield Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 883-5287
Price: Less than $5
Cool Features: This is a favorite study spot for DePaul students because it offers wireless Internet. Felicity, the pug dog mascot, hangs around and makes herself very comfortable with customers.
Food: American
935 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 975-8030
Price: $20-$30
Sweet Mandy B's
Food: Bakery
1208 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 244-1174
Price: Less than $10
Food: Breakfast, brunch
746 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 935-5600
Price: Less than $10
Uncle Sammy's
Food: Sandwiches
1231 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 525-4800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You were probably out partying with your sandwich delivery person the night before-this place is practically entirely employed with DePaul students.
Via Carducci
Food: Italian
1419 W. Fullerton Ave., Lincoln Park
(773) 665-1981
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 244 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 256 responses

  • 69% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 23% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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