Miriam’s Café at the Smart

The finest coffee on campus

The bright and art-filled Miriam’s Café at the Smart is home to the finest coffee on campus. The café serves premium illy coffee, espresso drinks, hand-bagged tea, and a diverse selection of international fare from local businesses.

The menu includes a selection of fresh baked goods from The Bagelers, assorted tofu and veggie dishes from Snail Thai, sandwiches and salads from the Sit Down, Indian dishes from Rajun Cajun, and various sweets from Betty's Baked Goods .

The café and outdoor sculpture garden offer flexible seating for relaxing with friends, reading and studying, fueling up between class, and meeting with advisors and colleagues.

About Miriam Graham

Miriam’s Café was dedicated in 2016 in honor of Miriam W. Graham (1919–2013), a longtime supporter and art donor to the Museum. Her bequest to the Smart Museum helps us create a vibrant cultural destination for students and neighbors, families and scholars—a spot that brings art and museums into everyday life and routines. 


Smart books and more

The Museum shop offers a collection of Smart publications featuring in-depth essays by leading academics and emerging scholars, including catalogues from past exhibitions. The Shop also carries a variety of children's books aimed at cultivating a love of art.

Handmade jewelry and other gifts

Beyond books, the Museum Shop carries unique handmade jewelry from Maia Leppo, Lisa Slodki, Via Mia Design, and other local Chicago jewelers.

We also have one-of-a-kind recycled vinyl messenger and tote bags, unique scarves, and paper products from local letterpress artists a.favorite design, La Familia Green, and Starshaped Press.


SmartPartners save ever day

Become a SmartPartner and receive a 10% discount on all purchases at the shop and café.


Summer 2017 Café and Shop Hours

The Smart Museum and Miriam's Café will be closed on July 3 and 4, 2017.

Monday   8 am–3 pm
Tuesday   8 am–3 pm
Wednesday   8 am–3 pm
Thursday   8 am–3 pm
Friday   8 am–3 pm
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed

Regular hours will return in mid-September.