The Beckman Café

Cafe Manager Joshua Walker standing in front of the coffee pots.


Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Breakfast: 8 a.m.–10 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Tel (café): 217-244-1792
Tel (office): 217-300-3666
Fax: 217-333-2922

Located at the west end of the Beckman Institute Atrium, the Beckman Café offers a variety of food and drink options, including breakfast, pastries, hot and cold coffees, and a rotating lunch menu.

The Beckman Café also caters for events held at the Beckman Institute, such as continental breakfasts, snacks, and drinks for seminars and other meetings, box and buffet lunches, and pre- and post-lecture receptions. The Café does not currently cater for events that require wait service. Learn more about Beckman Catering →

Served Every Day

Espresso Happy Hour (Weekdays, 2-3 p.m.)

Your afternoon just got better. The Beckman Café’s Espresso Happy Hour will move to 2-3 p.m. at the beginning of the spring semester. The café will continue to offer discounted prices on hot or iced espresso drinks at the new time. Enjoy a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, mocha, or espresso for just $1.10/small or $1.60/large (plus tax). Iced drinks available in large size only.

Hot Breakfast (8 A.M. – 10 A.M.)

  • Beckman Special: 2 eggs, choice of bacon, pork sausage with potatoes, biscuit, coffee or hot tea. $5.25
  • Biscuits and sausage gravy: full order, $4.20 (2 biscuits); half order, $2.10 (1 biscuit)
  • Oatmeal with choice of raisins or brown sugar: $1.70

Sandwiches, Drinks, & Snacks

* denotes vegetarian item
** denotes vegan item

  • Sandwiches: Ham, turkey, roast beef, tuna salad, chicken salad, cranberry pecan tuna salad, and hummus*. $5.35/$2.95
  • Bagel with cream cheese: $1.70
  • Salad bar - $3.99 lb., Greek salad* from our serving line
  • Fresh fruit salad, grapes and cubed cheddar cheese - $3.80
  • Ice cream bars: Klondike Bar ($2.00), Heath Bar ($1.50), Strawberry Shortcake Bar ($1.50)
  • Drinks: flavored coffees, iced coffee, espresso, cappuccino, mocha, Italian & French sodas
  • Pastries

Daily Specialty Menus

  • Thursday, April 26
  • Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Apple Walnut Chicken Salad
  • Mushroom Flatbread*
  • Southwestern Corn Chowder*
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Greek Salad*

  • Friday, April 27
  • Blackened Tilapia with Long Grain and Wild Rice and Mixed Vegetables
  • Shrimp Po’ Boy
  • Black Bean burger**
  • Tomato Basil Bisque*
  • Clam Chowder
  • Greek Salad*
  • Kale Salad**

  • Monday, April 30
  • Stuffed Shells with Marinara served with Salad and Breadstick
  • Dill Egg Salad*
  • Italian Beef
  • Lobster Bisque
  • Mediterranean Lentil Soup**
  • Greek Salad*
  • Kale Salad**

  • Tuesday, May 01
  • Shredded Chicken Tacos with Mexican Rice and Black Beans
  • Grilled Tofu Wrap*
  • Al Pastor Wrap
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda Bisque*
  • Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
  • Greek Salad*

  • Wednesday, May 02
  • Red Curry Chicken with Basmati Rice and Vegetables served with Naan Bread
  • Vegan Korean Wrap**
  • Bahn Mi Beef Wrap
  • Vegan Garden Soup**
  • Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  • Greek Salad*
  • Mixed Greens**

  • Thursday, May 03
  • BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters with Roasted Potatoes and Baked Beans and Dinner Roll
  • Black Bean Burger**
  • Grilled Hamburger on Bun
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup*
  • Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  • Greek Salad*

  • Friday, May 04
  • Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Super Foods Slaw & Fire Roasted Corn with Beans
  • 3-Grain Veggie Burger**
  • Philly Cheesesteak
  • California Medley*
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Greek Salad*