The Global Dining Initiative

What is the Global Dining Initiative?

The Global Dining Initiative is the University of Chicago's comprehensive on-campus dining program, established in autumn 2011. Developed with feedback from almost 5,000 members of the community, including substantial student input, the Global Dining Initiative provides the following programs:

  • Four distinct meal plans
  • Maroon Dollars
  • Diverse and flexible dining options at multiple locations
  • Increased environmental sustainability within dining

How are the student-run cafés involved in UChicago Dining?

The student-run cafes, with the exception of Grounds of Being at the Divinity School, now accept Maroon Dollars. The student-run cafes' managers and staff obtain assistance and support from UChicago Dining in purchasing, logistics, health, and safety.

How does the Global Dining Initiative attend to vegan, vegetarian, Halal, Kosher, and gluten-free diets?

UChicago Dining offers the following:

  • Dedicated Halal stations at Bartlett and Cathey
  • Dedicated Kosher stations at Bartlett and Cathey
  • Increased dining options for vegetarians and vegans
  • Increased gluten-free options

A registered dietitian is on-site to address all concerns related to food allergies and nutrition.  Please email your questions and concerns about nutrition to

Detailed nutritional information, including ingredients, is available at each dining venue so that diners can make informed decisions.

How does the Global Dining Initiative address matters of sustainability and business diversity?

UChicago Dining uses only cage-free eggs in all dining venues, and 40 percent of all food purchases are sourced within 150 miles of Chicago.  All of UChicago Dining's disposable dishes, napkins, and flatware are compostable.  25 percent of all purchases of retail and residential dining operations are made through minority- and women-owned business enterprises.