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Attend the ninth annual BeeBlitz this weekend

National Pollinator Week comes to a close this weekend with the ninth annual BeeBlitz, which is Saturday, June 24th. Folks in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio are encouraged to snap photos of honey and bumble …

Cloud9 Cannabis is having a party in Champaign

While Champaign-Urbana’s newest dispensary has been open since March, the Cloud9 Cannabis store is celebrating an official grand opening with a party next week on June 29th and 30th. The event will have prizes and …

Krannert Uncorked is back this week

Krannert Center’s free, weekly music series is back this Thursday, June 22nd, with High Cotton Bluegrass Band performing at Stage 5. The summer series will run from June 22nd through July 20th on Thursdays from …

Japan House is 25 years old

Japan House celebrated a milestone birthday this past weekend. On June 18, 1998, the campus institution opened in its current location off Lincoln Avenue, under the direction of Kimiko Gunji. From Gunji, now a Professor …

Legend Buddy Guy coming to the Virginia Theatre

Experience an unforgettable evening with the legendary, multi-Grammy Award-winning blues artist Buddy Guy at the Virginia Theatre for his Damn Right Farewell Tour on Wednesday, November 8th. The iconic musician, known for his long and …

Altgeld Hall renovations have started

Construction is finally underway on the Altgeld Hall renovation and the new facility that will replace Illini Hall. We shared the renderings for what the finished building will look like in a previous post; you …

Carol Ross Barney gets the gold

Last week, University of Illinois alumna Carol Ross Barney received the 2023 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal at the A’23 Conference in San Francisco. Barney is the first living woman architect in AIA history …

More band announcements for PYGMALION

Momentum and excitement are growing as PYGMALION, taking place September 21-23 in and around Champaign-Urbana, announces more acts slated to play. In addition to the already-announced shows, these acts will be joining them in the …

Plant mode turns ten

Small businesses are such an important part of this community, which is why I was so excited to see that Plant Mode has been in business in Champaign-Urbana for ten years. Owner Matthis Helmick first …

Here’s a sneak peek of Gallery in Urbana 

Gallery, a new art bar, will open in Downtown Urbana, in the space formerly occupied by NOLA’s.  According to owner Jonah Weisskopf: Right now, we are entering the tech phase. We will hardwire 8-10 projectors …

Pandamonium Doughnuts is ten years old

Pandamonium Doughnuts celebrated its tenth anniversary last week. Ten years! Can you believe it? The doughnut store started out as a vendor at Urbana’s Market at the Square in 2013; we mentioned one of their …

A new bar in Urbana opens this week

A brand new bar and gaming parlor called Shots N Slots opens this week on Wednesday in Urbana with a grand opening on Saturday, June 17th. Shots N Slots is a full service bar with …

How will you celebrate Pride this month?

It’s Pride Month, and though Pride Fest happens in the fall when students are back on campus, there are many Pride-related events happening in C-U and beyond in June. You’ll see several of them popping up in our …

Friday Night Live set for round 2

Friday Night Live is back tonight, Friday June 9th! The downtown Champaign event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring incredible local street-side music. Here is the lineup for this week: Market & Taylor …

MTD is hosting a Juneteenth Block Party

Last week I shared that both the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts are hosting Juneteenth celebrations, on June 17th and 18th respectively. Now MTD is joining in with their own party on June 16th. It’s …

Another new mural going up near U of I campus

Looks like there’s a new mural getting painted in U of I’s Campustown. This time on the north side of “the HUB” on Daniel St. Work on it just started yesterday, and it’s very cryptic-looking so far. …

Here’s the ELLNORA lineup 

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ ELLNORA guitar festival returns September 8th and 9th. The lineup has been announced, and features Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Yasmin Williams and William Tyler.  Per …

PYGMALION announces first acts

PYGMALION is back and set to take place September 21-23 in and around Champaign-Urbana. PYGMALION is the perfect place to discover new music and immerse yourself in the vibrant indie rock scene. This annual event …

Audiofeed Festival in Urbana set for July 1-4

The Audiofeed Music Festival, held in Urbana, Illinois, is a vibrant four-day celebration over the Fourth of July weekend that offers an eclectic mix of music from genres like rock, indie, folk, and electronic. Besides …