Chicago Our Campus: Eating Around SAIC
See the following list for a selection of places to go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner around SAIC. Options range
from familiar standbys to one-of-a-kind places with a sitdown or to-go atmosphere.
LeRoy Neiman Center Café*
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor
Monday –Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–3:00p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
A full-service café and food service, the LeRoy Neiman Center café offers hot breakfast items, coffee drinks, grab-n-go options, smoothies, hot entrees, sandwiches, burgers, and much more. The café is also open until 10:00 p.m during the week to accommodate students who have evening classes. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available each day.
Columbus Drive Café*
Columbus Drive Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., 2nd floor
Monday –Friday, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday –Sunday, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Grab and Go Options only
This full-service café offers hot breakfast items, coffee drinks, burgers and sandwiches, a salad and soup bar, and well as rotating entree items available on a seasonal basis. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available each day.
MacLean Center Café*
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 12th floor
Monday –Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday, Closed
The MacLean Café and lounge has a wonderful view of the lake and Millenium Park. Offerings at this café include coffee drinks, smoothies, juices, muffins and assorted pastries, soups, grab-and-go items, as well as sandwiches and paninnis.. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options will be available each day.
26 E. Randolph St.
21 E. Adams St.
Hot dogs are not just a Chicago institution. This hot dog spot serves them up in the distinctive styles of cities across the country. It can be a bit pricier than your usual hot dog, but they use Vienna all-beef hot dogs, and that's the sign of quality in any hot dog. Burgers and wraps are available as well.
116 S. Michigan Ave.
Tasty sandwiches, soups, pizzas, salads, and coffee—good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Cosi is located next to the MacLean Center and across the street from the museum. It's also open until 9:00 p.m. during the week and 10:00 p.m. on the weekends.
8 E. Madison St.
+ locations throughout Chicago
Gourmet Tex-Mex burritos, assembly-line style. A guilty pleasure.
226 S. Wabash Ave.
This is a reasonably priced option that's open late if you're looking for American standards or a pizza.
6 E. Madison St.
+ locations throughout Chicago
330 S. Wells St.
The only Korean restaurant downtown serves sizeable portions and can be a healthier choice. They also offer vegetarian options. It may not be your mother's Korean food (it does have "Express" in the name, after all), but the bibimbop or chop chae will help ease a craving.
230 S. Wabash Ave.
Kramer's is a quirky health food shop with a café and juice bar upstairs. It's a downtown oasis for vegetarians.
120 W. Madison St.
Burritos as big as your head—not an exaggeration.
21 N. Wabash Ave.
One of the most random locations for a Mediterranean restaurant: Oasis Café is located inside the Wabash Jewelry Mall, all the way in the back. Delicious falafel, baba ghanouj, kebab sandwiches, and much more. Large portions and inexpensive; there are many vegetarian options.
55 E. Washington St.
Great diner-esque café in the lobby of the Pittsfield Building with huge sandwiches.
Pizzeria Uno & Due*
29 E. Ohio St.
619 N. Wabash Ave.
A historic Chicago institution with some of the best Chicago-style pizza in the city. Both locations are typically packed, especially during tourist seasons, so be sure to allow extra time. Note that the deep dish pizzas take at least half an hour to prepare.
49 E. Ontario St.
River North Mexican/Tex–Mex fare.
Under 55 Food Court*
55 E. Monroe St.
Large portions and a good bang for your buck. Lunch options include pasta, stir fry, sandwiches, and more. 10% discount with student ID.
*Accepts ARTICard as a payment option