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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take meals with me from The Commons?

Yes. The Resident Express options near the cashier allows guests to take a pre-packaged meal with them. The Commons is an all-you-care-to-eat dine-in facility and you must eat your meals in the dining hall unless using the Residential Express option.

I have a food allergy, can I still eat at the Dining Services locations?

Yes.  Anyone with special dietary needs should contact IIT Dining Services at to discuss how the Meal Plan program and dining on campus can work for you.

When is The Commons open during the year?

Meal Service for the Fall 2017 semester is provided from August 11th to December 9th.

Meal Service for the Spring 2018 semester is provided from January 7th to May 5th.

When do Bonus Points expire?

Bonus Points expire on May 5th, 2018. Exceptions apply if you change meal plans at the start of the Spring semester.

Can I change my Meal Plan?

Meal plan changes are allowed during the first two weeks of school without prior approval.  After the first two weeks of school changes will require approval.  Fees and prorating may apply.  Email your change request to

When do the Meal Plans reset?

Meal Plans reset every Sunday morning before breakfast.  Unused meals are forfeited when the Meal Plans reset.

Do Bonus Points roll over?

Yes, Bonus Points offered with meal plans roll over from Fall to Spring semester but expire at the end of the Spring semester. If you change your Meal Plan at the end of the semester, you will forfeit any unused Bonus Points.  Summer Meal Plan Bonus Points expire weekly.

Is the Commons open during Winter Break?

No. Winter Break housing does not include meal privileges, but Bonus Points and TechCash may be used at any available retail venue.

What meals do you serve during holidays?

The Commons operates on a breakfast, lunch, and dinner schedule during Fall Break and Spring Break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Labor Day and during the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no dining service available between December 10, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

Does dining services offer vegetarian/vegan means? 

Yes. The commons offers vegetarian entrees with both lunch and dinner. Many items on the menu are Vegan.  The salad bar is also available during both meals.

Is the cafeteria nut-free?


Are there signs indicating foods with possible allergens?


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Illinois Institute of Technology Dining Services
McCormick Tribune Campus Center
3201 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
tel. (312) 567-3070