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#Urbanalove Movie Nights announces IndieGoGo campaign

Short Summary

Urbanalove’s Summer Movie Nights has gathered over 3000 individuals to enjoy outdoor movies in downtown Urbana. Over the past two years, a small group of volunteers has worked to raise funds, plan, and produce an annual event that showcases family-friendly movies in the summer. Entering our third year we are excited to invite you into the process of making these movie nights happen! We are raising money specifically to secure movie permits, acquire a dedicated speaker system, obtain proper insurance for the event to take place, and to ensure that it remains FREE and open to all! We hope that you will join us in continuing to build this community event that brings together young and old and to celebrate what's great about downtown Urbana in the summer. You can help us by donating and by spreading the word about our fundraiser to friends, family, neighbors and local businesses.

The Impact

Urbanalove has a simple focus of discovering and sharing all things happening in Urbana. Our Summer Movie Nights are a fun way to experience downtown, and also a throwback to one of Urbana’s most notable residents, movie critic Roger Ebert! Roger spent his childhood in downtown Urbana (see link below), and like Ebert, we believe movies are something we can all enjoy together. As we enter into our third year, we hope to carry on a little bit of this history and the joy of watching movies outside. For our screening location, we have specifically chosen the former home of the Hudson Dairy on Race Street (129 N. Race St.), which was frequented by Roger and his friends for its famous chocolate malts!

Risks & Challenges

We have an amazing team of organizers and volunteers committed to making Summer Movie Nights a success and we do our best to plan for evenings that are warm and dry. However, because these are outdoor events, we recognize that weather may prevent us from showing movies as scheduled.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you have enjoyed any of our movie nights or are excited about supporting community events in downtown Urbana, we strongly encourage you to select one of the donation levels below. For those of you who cannot give, please help us spread the word using the Indiegogo share tools.


Triptych Brewing to join Taste of C-U with other local craft brewers

News from Champaign Park District's Taste of C-U and Triptych Brewing, per their announcement and website:

It’s official! Triptych Brewing  and local craft breweries will be joining us for Taste of CU this August with new brews and opportunities to meet the people behind the beer.

The Taste of C-U will take place on Friday, August 19th (5-11 p.m.) and Saturday, August 20th (11 a.m.-11 p.m.) at Westside Park in Champaign.


Habitat for Humanity hosting Home Matters Breakfast this Friday

One of the best causes in Champaign-Urbana that I can think of is Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, which is located just east of 1st and University in Champaign. There, they provide a plethora of charitable endeavors, ranging from a re-sale store to educational services for prospective homeowners to their renown building program, Habitat truly does a lot of good in our community.

This Friday, you can show Habitat how much you care by attending their 2nd annual Home Matters Breakfast at CityView Banquet Center on top of Illinois Terminal. Registration is required for entry, which you can do here, and the program will run from 7:30-8:30 a.m. this Friday. The breakfast will include a video and presentation about some of the impact Habitat has had in C-U, as well as stories from homeowners who are building a house with Habitat.

A great cause and breakfast - what's not to love? This one's worth waking up for Friday morning.


University of Illinois announces 2016 summer construction projects

The University of Illinois has just released their plans for construction this summer - plan accordingly.

From the U of I:

CHAMPAIGN, IL – New doors and entryways for the Undergraduate Library, gallery renovations at Krannert Art Museum, and upgraded balcony seating in Huff Hall are several of the projects that will be completed this summer on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

A complete map and descriptions of the more than 40 construction projects underway during the period are available at:

Street Projects
Major road improvements will take place on First Street and Fourth to upgrade pavement condition and enhance pedestrian access. The work is scheduled to begin Monday, May 16, following Commencement Weekend, and be completed prior to the beginning of the fall semester. For more information, including approved closures and maps, visit:


Sylvia’s Irish Inn hosting Greek dinner

Sylvia's Irish Inn in Urbana is hosting a Greek dinner this Saturday, May 14th. Tickets are $40 per person, and include appetizer, entree, and dessert courses. Here's the menu:

Greek Salad
Tzatziki, Hummus, Eggplant Dip & Grilled Pita Bread.

Main Course
Roast Lamb
Roast Potatoes
Stewed Green Beans

Spiro's Home made Secret

Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 217-384-4800. For more info, check out the event's Facebook page

Photo from Facebook.