Campus Dining Options

Food service at North Park University is operated by ARAMARK, with facilities that include a full-service dining hall, a convenient grab-and-go in Viking Café, and an Einstein Bros Bagels in the Johnson Center's Bickner Bistro. All locations accept cash, credit, or Flex Dollars (more details below).

Viking Café

New Viking CafeViking Café is an á la carte retail food shop with plenty of tables and comfortable seating, large-screen televisions, and a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and beverages.

Viking Café is located on the west side of the gymnasium, adjacent to the hallway leading to Carlson Tower lobby.


Viking Café Hours

  • Monday–Thursday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Bickner Bistro & Einstein Bros Bagels

Einstein Bros BagelsLocated on the first floor of the Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, the Bickner Bistro is a new hangout and dining spot, and includes an Einstein Bros Bagels counter.

Einstein Bros Bagels' menu includes brewed gourmet coffee, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, baked goods, salads, hearty soups, made-to-order sandwiches, and dessert.


Einstein Bros Bagels Hours

  • Monday–Thursday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Campus Dining Hall

Renovated campus dining hall.Providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for students, faculty, staff, and guests, the main campus dining hall is located at the south end of our main University campus. Check out photos of the space, renovated in Summer 2013.

Food service includes options to please all diners, including offerings for vegetarians and other special dietary needs (contact our food service manager at (773) 244-4939 for more information). The dining hall is more than just a place to eat—it's where students catch up with their friends, meet new people, and participate in a number of campus traditions, including a yearly Thanksgiving meal served by faculty and staff.

Location and Hours

The dining hall is located on the second floor of Magnuson Campus Center, near the Burgh and Anderson residence halls.

  Saturday   Sunday  
7:00–9:00 am
Breakfast 7:30–9:00 am Continental Breakfast 8:30–9:15 am
Continental Breakfast
9:00–9:30 am
Continental Breakfast 9:00–9:30 am Brunch 11:30 am–1:45 pm
11:00 am–1:30 pm
Lunch 11:30 am–1:00 pm Closed for dinner.  
 4:45–6:30 pm
Dinner 5:00–6:00 pm    

Student Meal Plans

Students who live in Anderson, Burgh, and Ohlson residence halls are required to purchase one of several meal plan options; students who live in campus-owned houses and apartments have two meals per week built into their housing arrangements. Visitors can also pay at the door to the dining hall for individual meals. Learn more about meal plans, punch cards, pay-at-the-door prices, student box lunch options, and the Flex Dollars Program for students.

Flex Dollars Program

ARAMARK's Flex Dollars program allows students, faculty, and staff to load money into a declining-balance account associated with their North Park IDs and use these funds to pay for meals (at door prices) in the dining hall or purchases in Viking Café or Einstein Bros Bagels. Add as much as you wish in Flex Dollars, at any time online, and use your ID to pay. Flex Dollar balances will carry over between fall and spring semesters each year, but expire at the end of an academic year. Flex Dollars can be added in addition to any of North Park's meal plans or purchased separately by anyone not on a meal plan.

Students purchasing 15- and 20-meal plans will receive complimentary Flex Dollars each semester. Learn more, and discover special deals throughout the year, at northpark.campusdish.com. Step-by-step instructions on how to create an account and purchase Flex Dollars are also available.

Next Steps

Learn more about meal plan pricing options.