Residential Dining

Our community based, residential dining program is an important touchstone throughout each day for residents of The  Houses. All residents of The Houses participate in a meal plan. Each House has a designated “House Table” in one of the dining commons so that residents always have a place to eat with friends from their House. UChicago Dining and Housing & Residence Life together ensure that our dining program provides healthy, well-prepared meals in community-based dining commons while, also, providing the flexibility desired by students with a demanding academic schedule. Saturday dinner is not offered in the dining commons; many Houses use this opportunity to plan House dinners and off-campus cultural events.

The dining plan account information is encoded directly onto the UChicago ID Card. Students simply present their UChicago ID Card to the UChicago Dining cashier for entry to the dining commons.

The dining hall menus change on a daily basis and offer a wide variety of entrees including vegan and vegetarian options at every meal. In addition, there is a Zabiha Halal station and a Glatt certified Kosher station in each dining commons.

At UChicago our dining commons offer the convenience of “continuous dining”. Students may come and go freely with access to all-you-care-to-eat dining from the time the dining commons open until they close. They simply present their UChicago ID card each time they enter to gain access. Except in the case of the Unlimited Meal Plan, each visit deducts one visit from the meal plan total. Due to the flexibility of the meal plan, only an ice-cream cone or cookie may be taken "to go" from the dining commons. Due to food-safety guidelines, food that has been prepared elsewhere is not permitted to be brought into the dining commons.

Continuous Dining Hours of Operation

Baker, Bartlett & Cathey Dining Commons

  • Monday-Thursday 7:00AM – 8:30PM 
  • Friday 7:00AM – 7:30PM 
  • Saturday 8:00AM – 2:30PM
  • Sunday 8:00AM – 8:30PM

Note: One of the dining commons will also offer ‘Fourth Meal’ where the dining hall is open from 9 p.m. to Midnight starting on the second week of the quarter (ending on the Thursday night of Reading Period). Fourth meal is available Monday-Thursday evenings and features a mix of items chosen by the Campus Dining Advisory Board.

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