UIC Student Center East Tower / coffee, tea, fast food, convenience store, University Cafeteria
There are a number of fast food restaurants located within the Student Center. For names and hours of these fast food restaurants, pleaseclick here.
University Cafeteria hours: Wednesday, July 19th: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 20th: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 21st: 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The cost is $8.81 per person, per meal. The cafeteria will be closed on Saturday and Sunday along with most other establishments in the food court.
Breakfasts: We will be serving a continental breakfast on Sunday, July 23rd in Room 605 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon. On all other other days you will need to grab your coffee or tea at the food court.
The Friday Night Party is from 6 - 8 p.m. in the dining room of Hull House (right next door to the Student Center East Tower). The venue is lovely, we will be serving "heavy appetizers" as the catering service calls them, and there will be an open bar serving wine, beer, and soda.
Neighborhood Restaurants If you would like to try some great neighborhood restaurants, please read Noah Temaner Jenkins' Welcome Letter below.
Dear ADPCA Conference Attendees,
Welcome to Chicago! UIC, where your meetings are going to be held, is a great location for seeing Chicago and finding great food. When it first opened, UIC was located at Navy Pier – they called it Harvard on the Rocks and my mother, Barbara Temaner Brodley, attended classes there. I was At UIC – at its current location – in the early 1990s and teach there today.
If you want to see some of the city, it is close to Sears Tower (they call it Willis now), which has an amazing see-through ledge you can stand on and look down at the city. It is also close to downtown Chicago – if you want to go there just take the Blue Line train from Halsted and the expressway to Jackson or Monroe. 5 minutes.
There are plenty of places to eat walking distance from your meetings. There are two areas with plenty to eat at all price ranges. You can walk on Halsted south a block or two to Taylor Street and turn west. On Taylor you will find upscale Italian (my mother’s favorite was Tuscany – it is very close - 1014 W. Taylor St. 312-829-1990) and then all kinds of other places – all walking distance. There are so many new places I cannot recommend them by name. There are neighborhood Italian, the Italian beef place (Al’s - 1079 W. Taylor St. 312-226-4017), Thai, maybe a Japanese place, burgers. Keep walking west and there are more places all the way to Pompeii (1531 W. Taylor St. 312-421-5179), which is a favorite and affordable Italian (get the chocolate cake and a square of pizza) but probably too far to walk. Two great cheap places very close to your meetings are Carm’s (burgers - 1057 W. Polk St. 312-738-1046) and Fontano’s (subs -1058 W. Polk St. 312-421-4474). Those are probably just open for lunch and I think they are both on Carpenter – about 2 blocks west of Halsted.
If you keep going South on Halsted just past 12th street – so almost a mile – is the new University Village area. There are quite a few great places to eat there. There is a Joy Yee (1335 S. Halsted St. 312-997-2128), I think Lalo’s is still there (Mex - 733 W. Maxwell St. 312-455-9380), and I want to say at least five other places I haven’ tried but look good. There is usually metered street parking and there is an easily accessible parking garage on Maxwell that isn’t expensive.
The other nearby area is Greektown – walk north on Halsted straight into Greek Town, just across the expressway (you will pass the train stop on the way). There are Greek places at all price ranges, plus a Mexican take out with I think a few tables, a Greek café that is very good (Artopolis - 306 S. Halsted St. 312-559-9000) and a restaurant that is more American and has great breakfast and brunch called Meli (301 S. Halsted St. 312-454-0748).
UIC is also a very short drive from Pilsen (Mexican). If you go there to eat, the National Museum of Mexican Art is free and well worth a visit. Also a short drive is Chinatown. UIC is not too far from Manny’s (Roosevelt and approx. Jefferson) – classic deli. If you use Uber it is very convenient in Chicago.