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Eric Show 2024 opens this week

It’s almost time for the annual Eric Show, which is a juried art exhibition at the Illini Union Art Gallery featuring the work of high school students from around the area. “Eric” is Eric Steffensen, …

Smith Burger Co is king of onion rings

I’ve tried many onion rings in this town, and in my humble opinion, absolutely no ring of onion compares to Smith Burger Co‘s onion rings. Fresh from the fryer, the onions come battered in a …

So how ’bout this weather?

Did anyone else experience elation over the ability to drive around with the windows down, in short sleeves, sun shining on your face, on February 27th, while simultaneously feeling a sense of existential dread over the …

Write for our Culture section

While we refer to ourselves as Champaign-Urbana’s culture magazine, our Culture section occupies a specific space within that. It attempts to capture the essence of this community that we call home. We write about the …

Ebertfest announces opening night and centerpiece films

Hold onto your hats, especially your bowler hats, because Bob Fosse’s final film, the controversial Star 80, will open Ebertfest’s 25th annual film festival at Champaign’s Virginia Theatre. The festival, which runs April 17-20, never …

Hang on to your hazardous waste for a bit longer

Right about now we would usually be sharing information about a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event for Champaign County. This has been an annual April event for a while now. Unfortunately, it’s on hold for …

Three questions with Dakota Danielle

Dakota Danielle, performer of the hit song “One Church” and a rising country music artist, responded to our query consisting of three quirky questions this week. You can catch her this Thursday at the Americana …

Aroma Garden restaurant opening soon in Urbana

A new Chinese restaurant named Aroma Garden will open soon in Urbana. Taking over the space that was once Rainbow Garden Urbana, Aroma Garden will offer an expansive menu of Chinese appetizers, mains, sides, and …

Got big plans for Leap Day?

How will you spend your extra day this year? A week from today is Leap Day. That day that comes around every four years to help our calendar align with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. …

I ate ramen at the new Susuru Ramen on Green Street

Champaign’s newest ramen bar Susuru Ramen opened today, February 21st on Green Street between Mid Summer Lounge and Cracked! / Dee Dee’s Beef. Here’s a look at the new Campustown restaurant. Susuru Ramen has a bright ramen-themed mural in the …

Lunch at ISHI is seriously excellent

ISHI is a true hidden gem, with no website and no sign on the outside of its building. Opened in 2021, the restaurant has a menu that gets hand-written on a white board each day, …

That time the President came to C-U

This Monday the nation observes President’s Day. It was established in 1885, and initially was a day to honoring our first president, George Washington. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act shifted the celebration from February …