The Beckman Café

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


Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Breakfast: 8:30 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 Hours (Weekdays, 10-11 a.m. & 2-3 p.m.)

The Beckman Café offers two Espresso Happy Hours daily, from 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. During these times, the café will offer discounted prices on hot or iced espresso drinks. 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.

Punch Your Way to Free Drinks & Prizes*

Win free Beckman swag in a monthly drawing:

  • Buy a coffee, tea, or espresso drink & get your loyalty card punched (available for free at the café).
  • Get two punches on Wednesdays.
  • When your card is full, get a free drink and enter our monthly drawing by signing the back (with your name & email address) and placing it in the plastic bucket near the cash register.

Hot Breakfast (8:30 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

  • Sandwiches: Ham, turkey, roast beef, tuna salad, chicken salad, cranberry pecan tuna salad, and hummus(vegetarian offering). $5.35/$2.95
  • Bagel with cream cheese: $1.70
  • Salad bar - $3.99 lb., Greek salad(vegetarian offering) 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

This dish is vegetarian friendly Vegetarian

This dish is vegan friendly Vegan

  • Wednesday, July 17
  • Chana Masala with Basmati Rice, Vegetables, and Naan This dish is vegetarian friendly
  • Vegan Korean Wrap This dish is vegan friendly
  • Banh Mi Beef Wrap
  • Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
  • Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  • Mixed Greens This dish is vegan friendly
  • Thursday, July 18
  • BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters with Roasted Potatoes and Baked Beans and Dinner Roll
  • Black Bean Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  • Turkey Burger on Bun
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup This dish is vegetarian friendly
  • Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  • Friday, July 19
  • Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Super Foods Slaw & Fire Roasted Corn with Beans
  • 3-Grain Veggie Burger This dish is vegan friendly
  • Chicken Philly w/Cheese
  • New Eng. Clam Chowder
  • Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly
  • Monday, July 22
  • Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad, and Bosco Stick
  • Meatball Sub with Marinara
  • Mushroom Flatbread This dish is vegetarian friendly
  • Zuppa Toscana
  • Greek Salad This dish is vegetarian friendly