Dining at MBL

This year’s dining experience is modified to accommodate social distancing and other  Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 public health guidelines. For all online ordering forms please utilize the links in the MBL App. Click here to download the app.

What to expect when you dine with us:

  • All guests must wear face coverings and observe social distancing while in our dining spaces.
  • All meals will be served in compostable/recyclable to-go containers
  • All stations will be served by a member of our dining team wearing and using proper PPE. No self-service stations.
  • Plexiglass partitions will be installed at all counters and pickup locations
  • A dedicated dining team member will assist with enhanced cleaning procedures and service in our kitchens, service, and seating areas.
  • Clearly marked floor signs will help keep guests 6 feet apart.
  • Maximum capacities will be established, as needed, for serving areas.
  • Limited seating is available in Swope Dining Hall.
    • “This table is full” placards will be available upon request to place on your table if you do not feel comfortable sitting with others.
    • After you have finished your meal, please flip the card over on your table to notify our team member and other guests that your table requires cleaning.
  • Mobile and online ordering is available for all dining locations. Hours will vary based on the need. For more details please see the section below that correlates with your stay at MBL.

Behind the scenes:

  • 6 foot, socially distanced work and prep areas
  • Mandatory self-monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 symptoms by all employees
  • Face coverings and gloves worn by all dining team members
  • Enhanced handwashing and glove changing procedures whenever switching tasks or after extended use
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures for high contact/touch point surfaces

Dining Venues

The Swope Café, located on the first floor of the Swope Building, is our retail dining location. Currently, Swope Café is open Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for MBL staff and visiting program participants with active building access only. All orders must be placed in advance through the MBL app and paid for upon pick-up.

The Swope Dining Hall, located on the second floor of the Swope Building, is our traditional dining hall open only to those currently on an active MBL Housing Meal Plan. Hours of operation and style of service will vary. Please reference the section below that correlates with your stay.

March 20 – May 22, 2021

Spring Meal Program—Advanced Research Training Courses and Workshops

  • Ordering forms may be found on the MBL app. Click here to download the app.
  • All orders must be placed online prior to the meal period
  • All mealtimes have separate ordering forms
  • Meal pick-up is at Swope Dining Hall
  • Limited seating is available in Swope Dining Hall. If you do not feel comfortable dining-in, you are more than welcome to take your meal to another location on campus
Spring Quarantine Meal Delivery — University of Chicago Spring Quarter Students:

During your arrival quarantine period, students must use the Quarantine Meal Delivery Program. Sodexo staff will place meals outside of the student’s door on a designated chair for contactless delivery. To maintain food safety, items should be refrigerated or eaten immediately.

  • Three meals per day with a variety of options for sides, snacks, beverages, and desserts ranging from healthy to indulgent to ensure a balanced diet
  • Delivery Times
    • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Dinner & Next Day’s Breakfast: 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • All containers are microwave safe
  • Upon delivery, should you need anything else please call x7164. A member of the dining team will be available up to one hour after deliveries are completed.

May 23 – August 31, 2021

Summer Meal Program

  • All meals will be served in compostable/recyclable to-go containers
  • Tents will be set up throughout campus to allow for expanded seating options
  • Students will be assigned an “entry time” for lunch based on their class schedule. We ask that you please enter Swope Dining Hall during your designated time block to help with crowd control.
  • Mobile ordering will be available Monday – Friday for lunch only. More information coming soon.
  • Limited seating is available in Swope Dining Hall.
  • If you do not feel comfortable dining-in, you are more than welcome to take your meal to another location on campus

Summer Quarantine Meal Delivery

Quarantine/Isolation meal delivery will be available over the summer session. A delivery schedule will be provided based on individual circumstances and will be communicated with the person directly by a member of the Education and Dining departments upon the start of their quarantine/isolation period.