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Watch this timelapse video from Urbana’s Market at the Square’s 2017 season

The final installment of this year's Urbana's Market at the Square is coming up, they wrap things up on November 4th. I was taking a look through their Facebook page and noticed this timelapse video from this season, and yeah, it was posted back in August, but I thought it would be a good way to showcase the season here.

Check out the video below, and Jillian's recent look at what to expect in the coming weeks at the Market.


Columbia Street Roastery hosting tea cuppings starting November 4th

We've posted about Columbia Street Roastery's coffee cuppings before, but here's an opportunity for all you tea lovers out there to do a cupping session. There's one upcoming on November 4th — check out the Facebook event, and the info from it below:

If you’d like to join us for a tea cupping, the only way to do so is to call us at 217-352-9713 or email us at to reserve your spot. We don't take reservations through Facebook. These classes have limited seating and they fill up fast, so don’t wait.

Our tea cupping sessions are an introduction into the wonderful world of tea. We discuss the different processes used to create the different teas, as well as brewing and sampling teas. We typically compare about 5 varieties, learning how temperature and brew times affect the flavors.

Just for kicks, check out this feature from way back on CSR.


Marlon Wayans to headline U of I Homecoming comedy show October 24th

This week kicks of U of I's Homecoming week, and to get things started actor and comedian Marlon Wayans will be this year's guest at the Homecoming Comedy Show. Wayans is known for films such a White Chicks, Naked and Scary Movie 2. 

The show kicks off on Tuesday, October 24th at 7 p.m. in the Anniversary Plaza outside the Union, and is free for all students.

For more info, check out the Facebook event.


Watch Steve “The Hungry Hound” Dolinsky explore C-U eats for ABC 7 Chicago

Steve Dolinsky is a journalist and personality in the food and drink world, and resides in Chicago. His daughter attends the University of Illinois, so he and his ABC crew headed down to check out some establishments here in C-U to get a taste of what the scene is like before next weekend's Homecoming celebration at the U of I.

Check out a couple of videos below (from the accompanying article), where the Dolinsky's explore Courier Cafe, Watson's, Black Dog, MIGA, Hopscotch, and BrewLab. And hey! Even a beer from Triptych (as you can see in the top photo).

Top photo from the video.

Morgan Orion releases music video for “Genevieve”, filmed in C-U

Morgan Orion just released a music video for his song "Genevieve", from his album The Tunnel of Love and the Hell of Hot Licks. It was filmed/directed/edited by Sam Ambler of Ambler Video with creative direction by Orion's sister, playwright Gabrielle Reisman. The video was funded in part by The Urbana Public Arts Program and features many spots in C-U. See which ones you can identify.

Morgan Orion and The Afterburners play C-U Folk and Roots Festival on November 4th @ The IMC, 6:00-7:00 pm

Top photo from their Facebook


Smile Politely seeking Food & Drink writers

Smile Politely is always welcoming new writers into the fold, and that, of course, includes our Food & Drink section. Being a town with a plethora of dining and drinking options, there is constantly much to cover.

We're looking for some writers for this particular section, and in order for this to really work, you must have at least a mild grasp on food culture, and also have a fairly good grasp on local culture, and preferably be able to tie the two together. Don't worry, you don't have to be a perfect writer — we'll help with that part. Prospective writers must also be able to take at least 6 high quality photos to accompany their features.

Perks of being a Food & Drink writer include, but are not limited to:

  • Going to restaurants and providing a take on your experience for our readers.
  • Eating foods and drinking drinks, which isn't out of the ordinary, we hope.
  • Earning (a little) extra spending money.
  • Pick up some valuable writing experience along the way.

If this sounds like something you're interested in, fire an email off to


Illini Basketball lands five-star recruit PG Ayo Dosunmu

Illini Basketball will be here soon, thankfully enough, because Illinois Football is trash. That said, Brad Underwood has landed a massive recruit — Ayo Dosunmu out of Morgan Park High School in Chicago.

As the Champaign Room reports, this is a big deal:

A five-star point guard out of Morgan Park High School (Chicago), Dosunmu is surrounded with a lot of hype. The last time Illinois landed a five-star recruit from Chicago? Think back to Dee Brown. Brown was named Mr. Basketball, Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Illinois, and he was also a McDonald’s All-American among many other accolades. All of these awards and recognitions are realistic expectations for Dosunmu entering his senior season.

We need somethinganything for major Illini sports to have some sort of movement. 


Dress your dog up for Doggies in Disguise October 28th

Have fun and help raise money for the Douglas County Animal Shelter in Tuscola with Doggies in Disguise.

Dress your dog up for Halloween and bring him or her to The Vault Art Gallery from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. All proceeds from the entry fee of $5 per dog will go to the Douglas County Animal Shelter to help with spaying and neutering costs. There are three categories: children, adults ages 16 and over, and "Best in Show" (a people's choice award). Winners will receive a "doggie" gift basket. All well-behaved dogs are welcome! Must be up to date on all shots. Entry forms are at The Vault. Call 217.599.1215 or send an email to for more information.


Diwali celebration happening on the main quad Saturday

This week began the Hindu celebration of Diwali, or festival of lights. According to the Asian American Cultural Center website, this festival "signifies the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. The festival activities and rituals typically extend over a five day period. Hindus dress up in their best outfits, light small clay lamps and participate in prayers to goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of fertility, wealth and prosperity.  Diwali is a major holiday in South Asia, and celebrated by 3 million people in the USA."

The Indian Graduate Students Association will be hosting a Diwali celebration on the main quad from 6-10 p.m. this Saturday, October 21st. They will light up the quad with tea lights and there will be lots of Indian cuisine for sale. The event is open to to the community and kid-friendly. Check out the menu below...items are cash only:

Pav Bhaji-$6 (4 half pcs of Pav)
Samosa Chat-$3
Kachori chat-$3
Pani puri-$3 (5 pcs)
Idli+Sambar-$4 (2 pcs of Idli)

Mango lassi-$2
Gulab Jamun-$2 (3pcs)
Gulab jamun+Ice cream-$3
Vermicelli Kheer-$2

Indian masala tea (chai)-$1

Combo 1: Pav bhaji + Pani puri + Kheer for $10
Combo 2: Idli-sambar + Gulab jamun for $5