Dining Services

Dining Services At School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is committed to providing our community a variety of quality dining choices. SAIC’s dining facilities promote sustainable and healthy eating while also showcasing organic, fair-trade, and local ingredients. Options include grab-n-go items as well as hot entrees and fresh food options including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

Cafés are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and late evening dining.

On-campus dining is found in the following locations:

  • The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash, second floor
  • 280 building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., 2nd floor

Residence hall students are able to take advantage of SAIC's meal plan. To learn more about this plan, visit the meal plan section.

Visit the Food For Thought website

As our campus buildings begin to open for the fall semester, we would like to highlight some of the changes that have been made to on-campus dining to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

While the weather is nice, we strongly encourage you to go to the park or other outside areas to eat. If you live on campus, consider taking your food back to your room. Seating in the cafés will be limited, and much of the seating has been removed. Community members should refrain from eating in their classroom. It is also important to handle your face covering appropriately before and after eating.

Mobile Ordering

We encourage all community members to take advantage of mobile ordering, where you can place your order ahead of time and pick it up at a location outside of the café service and payment lines. In order to do this, download the Transact Mobile Ordering app from Google play or the App Store. Once you download the app, select "SAIC Mobile Ordering" and sign in with your SAIC email address. The app takes both ARTICard payment (e.g., your meal plan) and credit cards. We encourage everyone to use the mobile ordering option whenever possible.

Changes to Cafés

Neiman Center Café and the 280 Building Café

Both of these cafés will continue to offer in-person ordering. The traffic flow of each café has changed to allow for physical distancing. Café staff will be serving food and drinks in the areas that were previously self-service. Cash will not be accepted as a form of payment in either café.

Neiman Center Cafe hours

280 Building Cafe hours

MacLean Café

Due to very low utilization, the MacLean Café will be closed for the remainder of the semester. The SAIC Ballroom will remain open to community members to use for eating, working, and studying. We encourage you to use mobile ordering to purchase items in the Neiman Center and use the SAIC Ballroom to enjoy your meal.

Safety of Food Service Employees

The following mesasures have been put in black to help mitifate the risk to Food for Thought employees:

  • Only food production team members are allowed in production areas;
  • Supplies are required to wear face coverings and gloves for any delivery;
  • Food for Thought staff must conduct a self-check for symptoms prior to the start of each shift, as is required for the rest of our community prior to arriving on campus;
  • Food for Thought staff must properly wear protective face coverings and gloves, and change them throughout the day; and
  • Food for Thought staff are regularly wiping down surfaces in the kitchen, cafés, and seating areas.

To do your part, please continue to use your face covering and maintain physical distance while in the cafés, just as you would in other areas of campus.

For the latest updates, please visit saic.edu/makeready.