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Fresh Café

The CGH Fresh Cafe is now open to visitors. Limited seating is available. No food or drinks are allowed in patient care areas. Please see our updated Temporary Visitor Restrictions.

At CGH Medical Center, we take hospital dining to a whole new level. In our Fresh Café, we offer fresh meals prepared by a gourmet chef. And we're open convenient hours to serve you. Read up on what we offer, and be sure to stop by the next time you visit the hospital.

Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Our hospital café is open for:

  • Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Our café and grill are always open from 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Our food selections rotate, and we work hard to find meals everyone will like. Visit our online menu to see the options we offer.

We also offer a box lunch option for people who don’t have the time to sit and eat in our hospital café. Each lunch contains a sandwich, fruit, vegetables and a cookie. All lunches are made fresh daily. Our skinny lunch is prepared and in the cooler daily. It is always approximately 300 calories and has fresh fruits, fresh veggies and a main entrée protein item which is also on the daily menu.

We're located right in the heart of CGH Medical Center, just beyond the lobby.

CGH Coffee Shop

Our hospital coffee shop is open*:

  • Monday - Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Serving fresh gourmet coffee, full espresso bar, smoothies, and a variety of bakery treats the CGH Coffee Shop is a delicious experience. Located in the back of the hospital café.

*subject to change due to staffing availability.

Fresh Creations Inpatient Room-Service Meals

Fresh Creations...just for you, room service program. We offer a wide variety of freshly prepared meals, allowing you to order what you want, when you want during our service hours of 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There is no extra charge for patients ordering from Fresh Creations. Family or guest meals are available for $5 each for those wishing to dine with a patient during their visit. Your room service ambassador can assist you with pricing and ordering information on guest trays for visitors.

Meet Our Chef

Our café is run by Chris Polloway. Chef Chris attended Elgin Community College, and he has 20 years of professional experience. He recently worked for Q Center in St. Charles, the largest convention center in the Midwest. Chef Chris likes cooking with fresh ingredients, and he strives to provide a balance between great taste and great nutrition.