Esports Cafés - NIU Naperville and NIU Hoffman Estates

Our Esports Cafés are open in Naperville and Hoffman Estates! Stop in to play your favorite games or try your hand at a new one. Each café has 12 Dell Gaming PC stations with mechanical keyboards, gaming mice, gaming headsets and cameras for streaming. Prefer to play on a console? We've got an Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch consoles at each cafe in console gaming rooms.

Learn more about the hours and pricing for the Naperville Esports Café and the Hoffman Estates Esports Café

Reserving the Esports Cafés for Special Events

Both cafés are available thoughout the week for local high school and community college club practice or tournaments; corporate events; parties; or just a friendly drop-in game. Contact conferencecenters@niu.edu to find out more about making a reservation.

Questions?

Check out our FAQ page or contact esports@niu.edu

Esports Café FAQ

This is a café. Where’s the food?

There are several options for food!

At the Naperville Café

  1. You can order food and beverages at Arbor Vitae Java and Juice Café, located in the building on the other side of the main front desk. Their hours of operation are 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays and 7:30-2 p.m. on Saturdays.
  2. We have vending machines for snacks and drinks down the hall to the left.
  3. You can order in food from any local restaurant that delivers.

At the Hoffman Estates Café

  1. You can order in food from any local restaurant that delivers.
  2. We have vending machines for snacks and drinks down the hall to the left.
  3. In the summer, there are outdoor food vendors across the pond behind our building. There’s a walking path you can take to get there.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes!

Can I eat and drink at the computer stations?

No, we ask that you enjoy your food located at the tables in the café, in the lobby, or next to the vending machines. You can enjoy drinks with lids at your computer stations, but please keep the lids on when not drinking.

Can I bring alcoholic drinks?

No. We’re an alcohol-free establishment. However, if you book a private party at our Esports Café, you can arrange alcoholic drinks to be served.

What is Traditional Medicinals?

Traditional Medicinals is a sponsor of NIU Esports. They are proud to be the number one medicinal, organic, and fair trade herbal tea company in North America with over 60 varieties of herbal, medicinal teas. As our sponsor, they’re offering free tea samples to all NIU Esports visitors! For more information about Traditional Medicinals, visit traditionalmedicinals.com.

How much does a t-shirt cost?

$15, which includes tax.

Do I get an NIU student or alumni discount?

Not at this time on merchandise. However, NIU students get to play at our Café for free with a valid OneCard.

Do you take cash?

We don’t. We take credit or debit cards only.

Can I return this t-shirt if it doesn’t fit?

If the shirt hasn’t been worn and you have your receipt, we can credit your account. If you don’t have a receipt, and the shirt hasn’t been worn, you can exchange it for another size.

Can I hold a party at the esports café?

Yes! Our café is available during the week or weekends for your group event. Contact conferencecenters@niu.edu for pricing and planning. Review our flyer for basic event and party pricing.

Can I book an event outside of your normal hours?

Yes. Contact conferencecenters@niu.edu for pricing and planning.

Do you have any competitive leagues for the community?

We’re starting leagues and tournaments! Contact us at esports@niu.edu with your name, email address, game and location where you’d like to play.

Can my club or league team play/practice at your café?

Yes! Contact esports@niu.edu for more information.


Contact Us

NIU Esports Cafe - Naperville
1120 E. Diehl Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
630-577-9101
esports@niu.edu

NIU Esports Cafe - Hoffman Estates
5555 Trillium Blvd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60162
815-753-8850
esports@niu.edu