Off-Campus Dining

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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is a great plus and the cost of eating off campus is just as much as our meal plan or better.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nothing exciting, but it's good enough to get you off campus for a while or on the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus meals are definantly better then on campus. Only down fall is you can't use your meal plan at the restaurants like other colleges do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants in downtown Elmhurst, like Chipotle and Panera, but they do not offer student discounts.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of dining that is within walking distance. There is many places you can choose from!


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The downtown area is a few blocks from campus and has nearly any restaurant imaginable. The Metra train station is right in the middle of it, so you can grab something quick to eat for much cheaper before you go into the city. If you have a little more time, there are countless great sit-down restaurants. You’ll find Italian, American, Mexican, sandwiches, Chinese, and bars downtown. There are also multiple coffee shops, which include Starbucks and Jamba Juice. If you are planning on taking a date out, The Standard is always a nice place, and it isn’t too overpriced. For grocery needs, there are a CVS and a Jewel-Osco.

There are a few must-visit places you need to check out: Lou Malnati’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Egg Harbor, and Hamburger Heaven. Lou Malnati’s makes true deep-dish pizza, which you order out. The Buffalo Wild Wings here is similar to others in its chain but it’s great for a late-night snack. Egg Harbor serves great breakfasts, and Hamburger Heaven serves delicious—but may not be the healthiest—fast food for cheap prices. If Hamburger Heaven sounds too greasy, check out Subway, Panera Bread, or Chow, which is a nice little locally run sandwich place. Overall, downtown Elmhurst ensures that college students won’t get bored with their food.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Egg Harbor Café
Best Coffee
Jamba Juice
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
The Standard
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Standard
Other Places to Check Out
  • Champps Americana
  • Curly's Bar & Grill
  • Denny's
  • Labriola Bakery Café
  • Village Tavern & Grill

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

153 Schiller St., Elmhurst
(630) 530-8790
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Buffalo Wild Wings
Food: American, w\ings
149 N. York St., downtown
(630) 832-2999
Price: $5-$15
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
139 York Rd.
(630) 834-0932
Price: $5-$10
Food: Sandwiches
116 W. Park Ave.
(630) 530-8646
Price: $5-$10
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
116 N. York St., downtown
(630) 530-9300
Price: $3-$8
Egg Harbor Café
Food: American, breakfast
140 Robert Palmer Dr., downtown
(630) 758-1010
Price: $5-$10
Fitz's Spare Keys
Food: American
119 N. York St., downtown
(630) 379-5007
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Bowling alley, bar, and pool table.
Fresco's Mediterranean Café
Food: Mediterranean
143 N. York St., downtown
(630) 834-3333
Price: $5-$10
Hamburger Heaven
Food: American
281 N. York St., downtown
(630) 832-3535
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: There is a walk-up drive thru.
Jamba Juice
Food: Coffee, smoothies
148 N. York St., downtown
(630) 833-0634
Price: $3-$8
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
110 W. Park Ave., downtown
(630) 516-0800
Price: $8-$15
Panera Bread
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soup
108 W. North St., downtown
(630) 833-5001
Price: $5-$10
Rainbow Restaurant
Food: American, breakfast
233 N. York St., downtown
(630) 833-0556
Price: $5-$10
Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
117 W. 1st St.
(630) 832-8326
Price: $8-$15
The Standard
Food: American
116 Schiller, downtown
(630) 941-6400
Price: $10-$20
Food: Baked goods, coffee
164 N. York St., downtown
(630) 834-1326
Price: $3-$8
Food: Sandwiches
113 E. Schiller St.
(630) 530-8845
Price: $5-$10
Two Brothers From Italy Ristorante & Pizzeria
Food: Italian
128 W. Park Ave.
(630) 833-0414
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 52 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 66 responses

  • 42% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 53% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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