Common Ground loves to support students!


Did you know all students get a 10% discount on Sundays? Whether you’re looking to stock up on organic groceries, grab a latte and have a study date, or check out a local art installation, Common Ground is the place for you.


Common Ground is only a 10 minute bus ride from the Illini Union! The number 5 and number 10 bus will get you here in no time. You can also opt to ride your bike and enter to win a Common Ground gift card!


You don’t have to be an owner to shop - everyone is welcome!

We are a full service grocery store offering an array of organic pantry staples, local produce, frozen & refrigerated items, wellness products, a uniquely crafted beer & wine selection, ready to eat prepared foods, and so much more! End your weekend with a grocery trip to Common Ground and save 10%!

Our in-house cafe offers coffee, tea, lattes, bagels and breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, and even pizza slices! We have ample seating on our outdoor porch, in our Flatlander classroom, and in the Lincoln Square mall hallway. Grab a punch card to work your way up to a free coffee or sandwich!

Common Ground is more than just a grocery store.

We offer cooking classes, educational resources on local and sustainable food production, and even an art gallery.

Red Card
Are you a U of I athlete?

We’ve partnered up with Red Card Athletics to provide college athletes with access to healthy food products.