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R.I.P. things in C-U: 2010-2019

If anything is true about Champaign-Urbana, it is the transient nature of these twin cities. People-wise, the University is a pretty big part of that. Folks come here for a season then leave to pursue other opportunities. 

It wasn’t until we sat down to discuss the “things” that left C-U in the past decade that we realized how much this is the case for non-people entities as well. It’s probably a phenomenon that happens in lots of communities this size, but it doesn’t change how startling it is to see how many things are on this list: some that were fleeting, some that were rather established. 

You, as readers, helped us come up with several of these, so thank you for that. You’ll notice many, many, many restaurants…that’s just part of the restaurant biz I suppose. We surely have not included everything, but I’m sure you’ll tell us what we missed. 

So, without further ado, farewell to the following…

Photo by Patrick Singer

Photo by Patrick Singer

Photo from Chester Street Facebook page

Photo from Cheat Sheet of Champaign County

Photo by Julie McClure

Photo by Patrick Singer

Photo by Sean O’Connor

Photo by Patrick Singer

Photo by Sam Logan

Photo from That’s Rentertainment’s Facebook page

Photo by Alexandra Pate

Seth Fein, Jessica Hammie, Julie McClure, and Patrick Singer contributed to this article.

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