The Illini Union Basement: Tons of Great Food Options

When you’re enjoying your freshman year here at Illinois, you have the opportunity to live in a housing community with hundreds, even thousands of other students from across the world. There is no other time in your life where you will live in such close quarters with people who are your age and are just like you. You all get to experience the first year of college together and it is a unique, special experience.

A perk of living in a residence hall freshman year is the food. Now there are tons of stereotypes that you see in the movies about residence hall food being gross, but that is simply not the case here at Illinois. I lived in Weston Hall in the Ikenberry Commons my first year and I absolutely loved the dining hall. It was so nice because it was close to my residence hall and I got to eat with students from other residence halls from the Ikenberry Commons.

However, like anything, you can kind of tired of residence hall food and may want a change. Thankfully, you can eat your favorite food from your hometown right at the Illini Union. The Illini Union basement has an awesome food court that has the range of different cuisines. Right now, it has Sbarro, Wendy’s, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and a Qdoba. Every time I stop in the Illini Union, the food court is crowded with students eating their meals at all times of the day while relaxing or doing their homework.

It is truly a nice touch of home to see some of the food I like back in the Chicago area right here in the heart of campus. Oftentimes, these food places have student specials. It really is great how these national chains keep Illini in mind when they sell their delicious food.

Source: The Daily Illini

My favorite is the Sbarro pizza. They have this great student special for 1 Cheese slice, 2 garlic rolls and 1 soft drink for $4.99. For a student like me on a budget, this is such a great deal! The pizzas are huge New York-style pizza slices. This is my go-to meal when I’m in the Illini Union and I highly recommend on your next visit or your first year here at Illinois to take advantage of everything the Illini Union has to offer.



Class of 2018
I’m an Advertising major in the College of Media. I’m from a northwest suburb of Chicago called Buffalo Grove. I chose Illinois because it was the first university in the entire world to offer an Advertising major, which is pretty cool!