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
  • MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave, 12th 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 we start 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.

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.

Safety of Food Service Employees

The following measures have been put in black to help mitigate 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.