Tour of Pork, Noodlepalooza, Global Chef, Windy City Chefs, Battle of the Chefs, Street Week, and the WildCat Beach Club are just a few of the truly mind-blowing events that Northwestern University’s dining services host. The college is dedicated to showing its students a deliciously fun time, while still dedicating themselves to the important issues of sustainability and nutrition. All six dining halls are completely tray-free, which encourages students to only take what they need each meal, and have a rotating five-week menu cycle. The school’s purchases of local produce has reached approximately 20 percent and continues to rise, and the on-campus dietitian oversees all the menus to ensure healthfulness and holds quarterly “Meet the Dietitian” events to answer questions about healthy eating. Menu options include Buffalo chicken nuggets, spinach lasagna with marinara sauce, Tuscan kale salad, and curried rice with lentils, but the off-campus options are just as impressive as the on-campus ones. Lou Malnati’s, known for serving the quintessentialChicago deep-dish pizza, is right near the school. If you want to hang around campus, you could always head to Fran’s Late Night, a hotspot for studying and after-hours dining. Northwestern has also introduced Greens ‘N Things for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Flexitarians as a healthier, plant-based option. Even more excitingly, it is the current test kitchen for celebrity chef Jimmy Banos!