This fall, the University of Chicago is offering its students a different option for Saturday dinners. A new pilot program is set to provide free dinners on select Saturday nights, rather than have students use their dining dollars to purchase a meal.
Per Chicago’s official website, the Saturday Night Social Club is designed to provide a free meal on Saturdays when the dining halls are closed. Each evening will offer “family-style dinners” at two separate times — 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The dinner is only free for students paying for a meal plan, while students without a meal plan will be charged a flat rate of $10 and will need to pay with a credit or debit card at the UChicago Dining office.
Chicago currently offers three primary meal plans. The unlimited meal plan, which includes 100 Maroon Dollars per quarter, the Phoenix Meal Plan with 150 meal swipes and 150 Maroon Dollars per quarter, and the Apartment Meal Plan with 90 meal swipes and 200 Maroon Dollars per quarter.
UChicago Dining begins its pilot of the Saturday Night Social Club this fall, and will make the service available to students and affiliates three Saturday evenings during the quarter. Dining is by reservation only, with reservations limited to 100 people per seating.
Payment must be received by noon on the Friday before a reserved dinner, or the reservation will be canceled. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students that sign up for a dinner window and that is already full will be placed on a wait list to be contacted if a seating becomes available.