Columbus Cafe

Food for Thought Café services provides School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s campus with great food and a wonderful environment to grow and learn! Enjoy a variety of delicious and nutritious menu items, served at convenient locations on campus. All of our dining facilities serve fresh, often locally-sourced food prepared fresh daily.

Mobile Ordering

For the Campus Center Café and Café 280, you may enter the café to order food, but we encourage you to order food ahead of time through the SAIC Mobile Ordering app.

SAIC Mobile Ordering for Apple users: 


SAIC Mobile Ordering for Android users: 


Vegan and Gluten-Free Options:

Most items can be made vegan and gluten free. Once you pick an item on the Mobile Ordering app, click the "customize" link to see your options. If you are purchasing items in the café, talk with a Food for Thought team member to discuss your options.

Campus Center Café

The Campus Center Café* is located on the second floor of the Neiman Center and features a wide array of options from specialty coffee drinks (now available to order on the mobile app) to daily specials at the hot buffet. From rotating dishes like authentic Japanese Ramen and Sushi, to pizza, specialty sandwiches, specialty vegetarian and gluten free dishes and international specialties, there is sure to be something for every palette.

Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 7 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

280 Café

Come check out the 280 Café* for rotating breakfast options, a wide-array of sandwiches & salads, stir fry, choices from the hot frill, grab and go options, and tasty desserts. and most notably Chef Designed Authentic Asian dishes such as Pad Thai, Fried Rice, and Lo Mein.

Monday -Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Weekends: Closed

MacLean Café

The MacLean Center Café, located on the 12th floor of the building, offers breakfast items, sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks, and many grab-go offerings. A perfect place for before or after class, or for your mid-class break!

Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Weekends: Closed