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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Living in the city gives the best options for off campus dining. With a lot of varieties and walking distance.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: UIC is the perfect location for off-campus dining, because Little Italy, Chinatown, and such are close-by.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Because of UIC's location, there is a large variety of dining options. Costs range from very low, to high if dining in a very nice restaurant, most dining options are very easily accessible, and usually a lot offer student discounts.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The whole city counts as off campus dining!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Chicago has the best restaurant options around. You can find literally any kind of food you're in the mood for. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well as a wide range of authentic ethnic foods and places that combine, say, Mexican and Asian Cuisines. The options are endless.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Whether one is looking for a place to grab a bite or dine elegantly with a date, UIC has what a student needs. Surrounding the campus are three extraordinary communities known for their cuisine. To the north of campus is Greektown, an area brimming with amazing restaurants that specialize in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. From restaurants such as Athena to Pegasus to Giordano’s, a student can pretty much find whatever satisfies his or her taste. To the south, and literally a few feet away from campus, is Little Italy, another community that has restaurants and diners that offer wonderful Italian food and beef. Places like Al’s Beef and Leona’s are definitely not to be missed. With features such as outdoor dining, delivery, catering, and vegetarian dining, these restaurants are truly one of a kind. Lastly, there is University Village, largely known for its ample Asian and American restaurants. Morgan’s Bar and Grill, Joy Yee’s Noodles Shop, and Kohan are just three of the many wonderful places to try in this area.

Also, there are many bars and lounges where students and community residents can go to relax and enjoy themselves, like the Junior Sports Lounge which is great for hanging out and cheering on Chicago sports teams. While some places are on the pricey side, many are just under $20 and offer discounts for UIC students who show their IDs. Other places to try include Chez Joel for French cuisine, Cold Stone Creamery for desserts, Hash Browns for breakfast and lunch, and Fontano’s for submarine sandwiches; these places prove that the options for off-campus dining around UIC never run dry. So, whether students are dining with that special someone or just with friends, UIC has an ample supply of off-campus options waiting to be sampled.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Chinese Yum Yum
  • Mr. Greek Gyros
  • Taco Burrito King
Best Asian
  • Joy Yee's Noodles Shop
  • Kohan
  • Osaka Express
Best Breakfast
  • Hash Browns
  • Meli Café
  • Sweet Maple Café
Best Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Artopolis
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Jamba Juice
Best Healthy
  • Fontano's
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Jim's Original Hot Dog
  • Philly's Best
  • Taylor Made Pizza
Best Mexican
  • Lalo's
  • Taqueria Los Comales
Best Pizza
  • Giordano's
  • Pompei Pizza
  • Tuscany
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings
  • Wow Café & Wingery
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Athena Restaurant
  • Chez Joel
  • Francesca's On Taylor
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Joy Yee's Noodles Shop
  • Lalo's
  • Tuscany
Other Places to Check Out
  • Al's Beef
  • Artopolis
  • Buffalo Wings & Rings
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Jamba Juice
  • Jim's Original Hot Dog
  • Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery
  • Mr. Greek Gyros
  • Osaka Express
  • Parthenon Restaurant
  • Philly's Best
  • Reggio's Pizza
  • Roditys Restaurant
  • Subway
  • Taj Mahal
  • Taqueria Los Comales
  • Tatsu
  • Taylor Made Pizza
Did You Know?
UIC is located on land formerly owned by European immigrants, primarily from Italy and Greece. As a result, there are many restaurants around the University that specialize in the cuisine of these two countries.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1350 S. Halsted St.
(312) 491-1537
Daily 24 hours
1154 S. Clark St.
(312) 212-6301
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
501 W. Roosevelt Rd.
(312) 492-8559
Daily 24 hours
Whole Foods Market
3640 N. Halsted St.
(773) 472-0400
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Athena Restaurant
Food: Greek
212 S. Halsted St.
(312) 655-0000
Price: $10-$20
Chez Joel
Food: French
1119 W. Taylor St.
(312) 226-6479
Price: $15-$30
Food: Subs
1058 W. Polk St.
(312) 421-4474
Price: $10-$20
Francesca's On Taylor
Food: Italian
1400 W. Taylor St.
(312) 829-2828
Food: Italian
815 W. Van Buren St.
(312) 421-1221
Price: $10-$20
Hash Browns
Food: American
731 W. Maxwell St.
(312) 226-8000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast anytime
Joy Yee's Noodles Shop
Food: Chinese
1335 S. Halsted St.
(312) 997-2128
Price: $8-$15
Food: Japanese
730 W. Maxwell St.
(312) 421-6254
Price: $10-$20
Food: Mexican
733 S. Maxwell St.
(312) 455-9380
Price: $10-$20
Food: Italian
1419 W. Taylor St.
(312) 850-2222
Meli Café
Food: American
301 S. Halsted St.
(312) 454-0748
Price: $8-$15
Original Pancake House
Food: American
22 E. Bellevue Pl.
(312) 642-7917
Price: $5-$10
Food: Mediterranean
130 S. Halsted St.
(312) 226-3377
Price: $10-$25
Pompei Pizza
Food: Italian
1531 W. Taylor St.
(312) 421-5179
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Catering and banquets
Sweet Maple Café
Food: American
1339 W. Taylor St.
(312) 243-8908
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Free parking, breakfast served all day
Food: Italian
1014 W. Taylor St.
(312) 829-1990
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Valet parking and delivery
Wow Café & Wingery
Food: American, wings
717 W. Maxwell St.
(312) 997-9969
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 246 responses

  • 65% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 27% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 7% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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