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New to campus dining this year

DePaul's partner, Chartwells Higher Education, also introduces additional dining locations

Campus dining room at DePaul Center
The Loop Campus dining area at the DePaul Center (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

This fall, in partnership with Chartwells Higher Education, DePaul University has rebranded all dining services to Blue Demon Dining powered by Chartwells. In addition, upgrades have been made and new locations and options introduced to campus cafés, marketplaces and coffee shops across campus.

"The launch of Blue Demon Dining powered by Chartwells gave us the opportunity to invigorate our brand on the DePaul campuses," says Sean Gordon, resident district manager of DePaul. "After many have not been on campus this past year, we're giving students new dining options and fun 'pop-up' events to look forward to this fall."

Blue Demon Dining on the Lincoln Park Campus

In order to provide as many unique dining experiences as possible on campus, DePaul and Chartwells have partnered to develop four new Lincoln Park Campus restaurant concepts:

  • Blue Demon Dining Hall showcases a new take on the college cafeteria with a variety of cuisines including plant-forward dishes, updated sustainability practices and more.
  • Sushi with Gusto features specialty and custom sushi rolls and rice bowls.
  • Create Custom Mediterranean Eats is a flavorful and healthy experience featuring customizable and craveable salads, grain bowls and wraps.
  • Transit offers substantial to-go meals featuring prepackaged, homestyle entrées. Meals are sourced from Blue Demon Dining Hall but sold in a faster and more convenient quick-service setting.

"We've taken our commitment to procuring, preparing and serving fresh and sustainably-sourced foods to a higher level by adding greater menu customization, more variety and exciting innovations," Gordon says.

Mainstays 312 Diner and ETC continue to serve students, parents, faculty and staff on the second floor of the Lincoln Park Student Center. DePaul community members can enjoy 312 Diner's classic diner fare -- burgers, chicken tenders, fries and shakes -- with upgrades that set it apart from the standard grill. ETC maintains a good stock of convenience-store items including chips, drinks and prepackaged options for busy people on the go.

Moreover, DePaul's Brownstones Café has expanded to include two existing locations at the Lincoln Park Campus in McGowan South and in the Holtschneider Performance Center.

Blue Demon Dining on the Loop Campus

Loop Campus dining experienced a similar refresh as Lincoln Park. On the 11th floor of the DePaul Center, Loop Campus patrons will notice the university's second Blue Demon Dining Hall location and a convenience store called The Market. In addition, Brownstones Café boasts a fourth location for DePaul community members to enjoy, at the DePaul Center. Like its counterparts on the Lincoln Park Campus, Brownstones' Loop Campus location supports local by selling goods from Chicago-based Do-Rite Donuts and award-winning Big Shoulders Coffee. Big Shoulders created a custom Blue Demon Blend Coffee roast exclusively for Brownstones.

Undergraduate and graduate students living in University Center may expand their meal plan to Basic Plus or Standard Plus so they may enjoy more Loop Campus dining at the DePaul Center. As an added bonus, these new meal plans are applicable to Lincoln Park dining as well.

Commitment to green practices

Blue Demon Dining Hall and quick-service restaurants at the Lincoln Park Student Center now offer OZZI reusable food containers in place of traditional, disposable takeout containers. Each of OZZI's O2GO greenware containers saves more than 300 one-use containers from landfills. Other ways OZZI meets DePaul's sustainability initiatives include reducing waste hauling, lessening the dependency on fossil fuels and helping reduce our carbon footprint.

Containers are a one-time purchase of $5, payable by Flex dollars or debit/credit at Blue Demon Dining Hall. Students living in residence halls this fall received a free OZZI token at move-in.

New dining website

The Department of Housing, Dining and Student Centers launched a new, DePaul-owned dining website as an additional resource to Chartwells' Dine On Campus websites.

"Chartwells is very much a part of our DePaul family," says Rick Moreci, Director of Housing, Dining & Student Centers. "The new dining site helps explain our relationship with Chartwells and helps students understand which team to turn to for specific dining-related needs."

For information about meal plan options, rates and adjustments, visit

For information about menus, locations and hours, visit (Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses) or (University Center).

​Amber Reading is the marketing director for Blue Demon Dining. Patricia Nicandro is the marketing and communications manager for DePaul Housing.