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Enjoy the weather with sangria and cheese

Summer is finally here, and I think there is no better way to celebrate than by sipping and snacking outside in Downtown Champaign. Restaurants with outdoor seating options are many, but I recently enjoyed a glass of sweet sangria ($5) and a cheese plate ($5 per cheese) at V. Picasso

I encourage you to do so, too. 

Photos by Jessica Hammie. 

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Illini Football really milking Lovie Smith’s Bears credentials

In what I assume is an obvious ploy to grab some more Chicago-area talent, the Illinois Football team has announced a series of "Chicago Camps," which will draw coaches and staff from 25 different schools.

What's funny about this, however, is the blatant attempt by the football team (or U of I DIA?) to really play that "Lovie-used-to-be-the-Bears-coach" card, almost to a totally transparent extent.

Check out the flier for the camp series, below, which features Lovie in a Bears hat and shirt. I wonder why they just couldn't get a photo of him in some Illini gear? Wouldn't that make sense, given that this is an Illini football camp? Or perhaps they just couldn't get a picture of him in Illini attire, because none of those exist, apparently.

In all seriousness, though, if this actually gets good recruits to Champaign-Urbana, bring it on. It's just too bad that it has to be such an obvious ploy. Go Illini.

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This seat at Espresso Royale in Urbana has the most chill

This might seem like a silly thing to post to the SPlog about, but it hit me like a ton of bricks. Minimal amount of students, a little bit of traffic, steady coffee shop, green tree overhanging, gorgeous afternoon in Urbana. Corner of Goodwin and Oregon.

I think this spot is the most chill spot right now.

Enjoy your Friday afternoon and Memorial Day weekend, all.