University Housing at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ballroom Lunch

Enjoy a Taste of Campus Tradition

Illini Union

The Colonial Room Lunch at the Illini Union is the perfect setting to take candidates, gather for a working lunch, or celebrate a milestone. Selections include hot entrees, a fresh salad bar and deli, soups, and desserts. The buffet is open to all, and the price of $11.95 (or 11.95 Extra Credits) includes dessert, beverage, and sales tax. Seniors (age 65 & above) receive a discounted lunch rate of $10.50 (or 10.50 Extra Credits). Children age 12 and under can have lunch for $5.74 (or 5.74 Extra Credits). Children age 4 or under eat for free. Pay by cash, check, credit card, Extra Credits, or department account number. Reservations are accepted but not required (244-4261).

Come and experience the classic on-campus dining choice! The Colonial Room is located on the first floor of the Illini Union. 


11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m., Tuesday–Friday (summer hours)

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday–Friday (fall and spring semesters)

Summer Closure and Reopening

We will close after service on Friday, August 8, and reopen again in the Colonial Room on Monday, August 25 (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.).

Department Charges

Departments can manage their accounts to make charging Colonial Room meals quick and simple. You can also add Extra Credits to your i-card online. 

Good to Go Takeout Option

Need to eat on the go? Check out the Colonial Room's Good to Go cart, where you will find a daily selection of freshly made takeout options. 

Colonial Room Rewards

Purchase 12 Colonial Room Buffet meals, and your next buffet meal is only $6.00! Request your punch card the next time you visit us, and start earning Colonial Room Rewards. We can't wait to see you!

Private Dining Room

If you would like to enjoy the convenience of the Colonial Room Lunch, but would also like a private space for you and your guests, you may choose to obtain your food from the Colonial Room and take it to a private dining room. The room will be set up with linen and floral services, as well as desserts and beverages. This selection requires a minimum of 15 people or room capacity (whichever is less), and costs $13.76 per person.You may request this service by calling (217) 244-4261. Before calling us, please call to reserve your room at (217) 333-0691.

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