Religious Dietary Considerations & Food Allergies
Something for Everyone
UChicago Dining offers delicious selections for various diets, including:
A dedicated Kosher dining venue is available at Cathey, Baker and Bartlett Dining Commons. These venues are approved and staffed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and are open during the academic school year, not including interim periods and during the Sabbath and holidays. UChicago Dining and Housing & Residence Life work together with Hillel to provide meals for the Sabbath (Friday dinner and Saturday lunch) and holidays. Students may sign up with Hillel to eat their Sabbath meals there (students on a meal plan have their meals covered by the meal plan). When the Cathey Kosher dining venue is open, they prepare deli sandwiches that are double-wrapped and labeled for sale in the two campus markets: Maroon Market (Bartlett) and Midway Market (Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons). Frozen Kosher entrees are always for sale in both markets.
A dedicated Zabiha Halal dining veue is available at Baker, Cathey and Bartlett Dining Commons. UChicago Dining and Housing & Residence Life work together with the Muslim Student Association (MSA) to determine the menu of food items that are served at this dining venue.
Vegetarian options are available at both dining commons each day, typically served at the Harvest dining venue. Pans, serving utensils, and knives for vegetarian dishes are all color-coded with green handles.
Vegan options are available at both dining commons each day, typically served at the Harvest dining venue. Pans, serving utensils, and knives for vegan dishes are all color-coded with blue handles.
Both dining commons offer daily options for diners who need to avoid gluten, including plain grilled chicken breasts and hamburgers; steamed vegetables, gluten-free deli meats, plain rice noodles, gluten-free pizza, steamed brown rice, plain baked potatoes; gluten-free cereal and bread; and gluten-free desserts. A dedicated toaster is available to toast the gluten-free bread. Please see Severe Food Allergies below for additional information on how we help students with specific dietary limitations.
Ingredient cards are displayed at each dining venue with the eight common allergens highlighted. In addition, ingredient books for all dishes served at our dining commons are available as PDFs on the UChicago Dining website.
Severe Food Allergies
Increasingly we see more students with gluten intolerance, or Celiac Disease, and other severe food allergies. Housing & Residence Life works closely with students and UChicago Dining to develop a plan for each student. RHs and RAs also refer residents to Housing & Residence Life for information and assistance.
Please review the UChicago Student Guide to Managing Food Allergies for information about the various ways that we assist students to find the information they need to manage their medical condition. If you have questions about how to manage your food allergies, UChicago Dining and Housing & Residence Life are committed to working with you to assist in navigating the residential dining commons.