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Get ‘em early: jaywalker conversion

It's a little unsettling to be able to breeze down Green St. for two months without having to slam brakes and dodge random students who find new and creative places and ways to cross. Sometimes I feel like summer break is just an elaborate ploy to ease us into a false sense of security. 

For those of us who worry that one day this game of car-and-mouse may end when every single jaywalking possibility has been changed into a legal crosswalk —never fear— new students are here. They're just cutting their teeth on Illinois St. before moving up to the big leagues. 

Despite there being crosswalks within a half block on either side of this driveway, and people wearing orange "Staff" t-shirts to direct them to their legal options, most new arrivals and their families have gotten into the University of Illinois spirit by taking the most direct route to the sidewalk, and missing the breathtaking view of the landmark gateway and fountain. More's the pity for them, but 50 points for me! 


Flying Machine Coffee will have a special menu tomorrow

If you love coffee (and who doesn't?), there's a fairly good chance you're acquainted with Flying Machine Coffee in Downtown Urbana.

Generally, the shop has a pretty simple (and good) menu, but in a rare instance of "pop-up" storefronts, tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they will have a tent out on the curb and will be concocting some pretty cool sounding drinks.

Keep your eyes peeled to Flying Machine's Facebook for more info on the menu, but from a hunch, we think it may include some of these things, for prices between $3 and $5:

  • Iced pour-over coffee
  • Melon
  • Peach
  • Cucumber
  • Herbs
  • Soda Water

This throwback photo explains the Fu Dog arrangement at Allerton Park

Here is some insight into the Fu Dogs at Allerton Park — which provides a pretty cool history lesson:

"Over the years, Robert had showcased the Fu Dogs separately in various gardens, but in 1932 he gathered them into a new garden, a perpendicular extension from the House of the Golden Buddhas." -Robert Allerton: The Private Man and The Public Gifts #tbt

You can read all about them at the link above in ExploreCU, but I thought their post about this was super interesting and felt like sharing.


Grovestone olive oil opening next month

Grovestone Olive Oil will open up its doors next month at the Old Farm shopping center at Mattis and Kirby in Champaign.

This gourmet olive oil store will likely offer infused olive oils and vinegars, as well as other spreads and cheese plate accoutrement. 

There's not much info about the company available online, save for this brief info from the News-Gazette, this bit about the beautiful packaging for the products, and a non-used Twitter account

It looks like things are progressing within the store, and I took a peek under the cover of darkness to steal a few photos. We'll keep you posted about its opening and more info about the company as details become available. 

Photos by Jessica Hammie.


Known-birther Jerry Schweighart is ready to Make America Great Again, you guys

The former Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart was spotted at the Champaign County Fair, sporting this piece of Donald Trump merch, enjoying himself. None of this behavior is surprising, sadly. It is, after all, Republican Day at the fair.

We're not really about posting random photos of people, we're not paparazzi, after all. But this is 2016 people, a former political figure. This is acceptable?

Evidently, the GOP accepts this with open arms. This is insanity, truly.

Just remember, he doesn't believe President Obama was born in the United States of America:


Urbana temporary statuary—gotta catch them all?

Are we still doing that? Is that still a thing? Oh, good. 

Urbana Public Arts acquires artworks, sometimes on a temporary basis. Turns out, five of them are expiring between now and the end of 2016, so there's a limited amount of time to see them in the wild...before they are gone... forever. 

Also, four of them are Pokestops and one is a Gym, so you're going there anyway, right? Maybe it'll be the place you finally find a MewToo! (apparently some guy keeps finding them on campus, why not you?) 

Here's a list of the statues that will expire before the end of November, so get up, get out, and remember to look around you while you're hunting. If you want a few more hints, there's a .pdf map to download

Image blatantly stolen from said .pdf map, copyright UPA. 


Maize is serving watermelon water

And it's delicious.

This sweet, refreshing beverage is available in medium or large, and for about $2, is the perfect affordable foil to spicy food on a hot day.

Maize is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; call in your order at (217) 355-6400. 

Photo by Jessica Hammie. 


Apparently, the Pocket Prairie is now off-limits from 6 p.m.-6 a.m.

Do you know what the Pocket Prairie is? If not, you should. It is one of the best hidden-gems-of-sort in Champaign-Urbana.

I'm not sure who is to blame here, but if you've been messing with the Pocket Prairie and not respecting the Prairie Monk's work, we're gonna have problems.

This sign, above, posted last night. Typically you're able to go in there, but apparently that is no longer. At least, at the moment.