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Okay, I’ll try to be excited about spring

The vernal equinox is upon us, falling on Tuesday, March 19th this year. Honestly, I don’t love spring. It seems like a season I should love. It’s supposed to be about things growing, temps getting warmer, days …

The Land Connection is hosting a book club

The Land Connection is partnering with Healthy Champaign County for a book club featuring Building Community Food Webs by Ken Meter. Meter was recently on campus, speaking about building equitable local food systems. There will …

Three questions with TyJon Charlie

This week, we catch up with TyJon Charlie of the Unemployed Architects, as well as his solo appearances. You can catch TyJon this Friday at Pour Bros. Craft Taproom in Champaign.  Smile Politely: In an …

Chong Qing House has closed on Green Street

Chong Qing House’s location on Green Street is permanently closed. The Campustown restaurant offered unlimited hot pot at the corner of Green and Fourth in the space that was once Lai Lai Wok. I am …

Prairie Fruits Farm has a new CSA

Prairie Fruits Farm has now set up a Farm Share Subscription, where you can get fresh cheese, bread, and other seasonal items for $20 per week. From their Facebook page: Each week our chefs will …

Prepare for Pi Day on March 14th

Have you made all the necessary preparations for Pi Day? Tomorrow is March 14th, and it is tradition on the date of 3/14 to consume pie, thanks to Larry Shaw. He first celebrated the day …

Makerspace is back 

Makerspace is a workshop full of art and technology supplies that can help you in your creative endeavors. The lab, located in the Independent Media Center basement, has sewing machines, 3d printers, circular saws, and …

Sign up for our Smile Politely Digest

Are you receiving our twice-weekly emails? If so, hooray! Thank you for signing up. If not, we forgive you and we’re giving you this opportunity to do so. We will not spam your inboxes. Instead, …

There are new stop signs at John and McKinley

There are new stop signs at the intersection of John Street and McKinley Avenue in Champaign, making the intersection a four-way stop. This is the third traffic adjustment in the area; in October the intersections …

Three questions with Garden Girl

This week in we caught up with Garden Girl, ahead of their show at The Canopy Club on Thursday night. Smile Politely: If each band member were an actual garden plant, which one would they …

Share your opinion on Smile Politely

Our Opinion section is mostly populated with our weekly Editorial Board offerings, but every once in a while someone with an opinion to share will reach out with a pitch. We’ve published articles on the foul smells emanating from Kraft, the emu, school district issues, jail …

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 …