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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I like the food in Hyde Park and it's easy enough to access the city and surrounding neighborhoods if you're bored of it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Expensive, but it's Chicago. You can find anything you want.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A good number of interesting ethnic options - Mediterranean, Thai, Indian, sushi, Mexican, Italian, to name a few. Harold's Chicken is dirt-cheap and tastes absolutely heavenly, but it's loaded with grease and salt. Walgreen's and CVS are both open 24/7 in the area and have some basic snacks. Hyde Park Produce is awesome for cheap fresh produce, but the rest of their stuff is rather overpriced. The only real grocery store in Hyde Park is Treasure Island, which is huge and has lots of options but is again overpriced and also fairly far from campus. I usually only go there for meat and specialty stuff and stick to Hyde Park Produce, CVS, and this little Middle Eastern grocery called Valley of Jordan for everything else.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Chicago is an excellent place to find new, cultural cuisines.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty good, Hyde Park has a lot and if you go downtown there's even more.


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There are a number of off-campus restaurants that are incredibly convenient for students. You only have to walk a couple of blocks from the main quad before you are in the Hyde Park restaurant Mecca. The main concentrations of places are on 53rd and 57th streets. A lot of restaurants around Hyde Park will also give students discounts. They deliver anywhere on campus and also cater student events. The best part about off-campus dining is the variety. No matter what your favorite kind of food is, there is a place for you. There is Ethiopian, Thai, Chinese, American, barbecue, Italian, sushi, Greek, and on and on. There are also multiple options for each group, so you won’t get stuck going to one restaurant for your entire four years.

The prices are also incredibly reasonable. Local restaurant owners understand that their main customers are students, so they price their food with that in mind. If you are trying to go to a nice place, there are also fancier sit-down restaurants; they run a little pricier, but they are great locations for a parents' visit or a date. And if you’re ever bored of Hyde Park, you have the entire city of Chicago as your restaurant playground. Head downtown and explore because Chicago boasts some of the best restaurants in the world.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
The Snail Thai Cuisine
Best Breakfast
Valois Restaurant
Best Coffee
  • Grounds of Being: The Divinity School Coffee Shop
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
Medici on 57th
Best Healthy
  • Pockets
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
Ribs N' Bibs
Best Mexican
Maravillas Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • Giordano's
  • Medici on 57th
Best Wings
Harold's Chicken
Best Place to Take a Date
Medici on 57th
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Medici on 57th
Other Places to Check Out
  • Atino's Pizza
  • Café
  • Café Corea
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Five Guys Burger & Fries
  • Gino's East of Chicago
  • Grounds of Being: The Divinity School Coffee Shop
  • Irazu Restaurant
  • Istria
  • Kikuya Japanese Restaurant
  • Little Wok
  • McDonald's
  • Noodles Etc.
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Shinju Sushi
  • University of Chicago Pub
Did You Know?
There are farmers' markets in the Hyde Park area.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Bonne Santé Health Food Market
1512 E. 53rd St.
(773) 667-5700
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hyde Park Produce
1226 E. 53rd St.
(773) 324-7100
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Michael's Fresh Market
1300 E. 47th St.
(773) 624-9870
Treasure Island
1526 E. 55th St.
(773) 358-6400
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bonjour Café
Food: Bread and sandwiches
1550 E. 55th St.
(773) 241-5300
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Outdoor seating
Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen
Food: Mediterranean
1206 E. 53rd St.
(773) 324-6227
Price: $8-$15
Cholie's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1601 E. 53rd St.
(773) 684-8688
Price: $5-$10
Edwardo's Natural Pizza
Food: Chicago-style pizza
1321 E. 57th St.
(773) 241-7960
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Student discounts with ID
Food: Pizza
5309 S. Blackstone Ave.
(773) 947-0200
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Giordano's was featured in Chicago Magazine as well as in the New York Times.
Harold's Chicken
Food: Chicken
1208 E. 53rd St.
(773) 752-9270
Price: $3-$8
La Petite Folie
Food: French
1504 E. 55th St.
(773) 493-1394
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Two UC alums operate this continental eatery with an all-French wine list. It received a very favorable review in the Chicago Tribune.
Food: Italian
1236 E. 53rd St.
(773) 363-2600
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: This family-owned chain is city-specific to Chicago.
Maravillas Restaurant
Food: Mexican
5211 S. Harper Ave.
(773) 643-3155
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Dine and watch Mexican cable television.
Medici on 57th
Food: Italian, bakery
1327 E. 57th St.
(773) 667-7394
Price: $5-$10
Mellow Yellow
Food: American
1508 E. 53rd St.
(773) 667-2000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Laid-back atmosphere, `70s décor
Morry's Deli
Food: Sandwiches, breakfast
5500 S. Cornell Ave.
(773) 363-3800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: New York Bagel Company bagels on Saturdays and Sundays
Nicky's Chinese Food
Food: Chinese
5231 S. Woodlawn Ave.
(773) 324-5340
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery
Nile Restaurant
Food: Mediterranean
1611 E. 55th St.
(773) 324-9499
Price: $8-$15
Nu Mecca
Food: Healthy
235 E. 51st St.
(773) 285-9221
Price: $10-$15
Original Pancake House
Food: Breakfast
1517 E. Hyde Park Blvd.
(773) 288-2322
Price: $5-$10
Piccolo Mondo
Food: Italian
1642 E. 56th St.
(773) 643-1106
Price: $15-$20
Pizza Capri
Food: Italian
1501 E. 53rd St.
(773) 324-7777
Price: $10-$20
Food: Healthy (pitas, calzones, potatoes, salads)
1307 E. 53rd St.
(773) 667-1313
Price: $8-$15
Rajun Cajun
Food: Cajun, Indian
1459 E. 53rd St.
(773) 955-1145
Price: $5-$10
Ribs 'n' Bibs
Food: Ribs (delivery and takeout only)
5300 S. Dorchester Ave.
(773) 493-0400
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delivery ($1.50). The famous, very strong hot sauce is available for purchase.
Salonica Restaurant
Food: American, Greek
1440 E. 57th St.
(773) 752-3899
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast is served all day.
Sammy's Touch
Food: American, Greek
5659 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
(773) 288-2645
Price: $5-$10
The Sit Down Café & Sushi Bar
Food: Sushi, Italian
1312 E. 53rd St.
(773) 324-3700
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Outdoor dining patio
The Snail Thai Cuisine
Food: Thai
1649 E. 55th St.
(773) 667-5423
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Food from the Snail is also available on campus at the Cobb and Swift coffee shops and the Bio Café.
Food: Coffee, tea
1174 E. 55th St.
(773) 256-1930
Price: $3-$8
Food: Sandwiches
5706 S. University Ave.
(773) 834-1018
Price: $3-$8
Thai 55
Food: Thai
1607 E. 55th St.
(773) 363-7119
Price: $8-$15
Valois Restaurant
Food: Assorted
1518 E. 53rd St.
(773) 667-0647
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Pronounced "vuh-loys"; you get to "see your food," which is served fast.
Wok 'n' Roll
Food: Asian, smoothies
1408 E. 53rd St.
(773) 643-3500
Price: $3-$8
Z & H Market Café
Food: Sandwiches
1323 E. 57th St.
(773) 538-7372
Price: $10-$15
Food: Frozen yogurt
1368 1/2 E. 53rd St.
(773) 855-8754
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 80 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 82 responses

  • 49% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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