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The Venue CU to open in former 51 Main and Memphis on Main spaces

The Venue CU, an “upscale urban wedding and event space” according to their website, will be opening in the spaces previously occupied by 51 Main and Memphis on Main in Downtown Champaign this coming spring. 51 Main vacated the venue and moved to the space where Rafters previously existed on Bradley Avenue just off Mattis, and where Memphis on Main closed last November. The Venue CU will take over both 51 and 55 Main Street.

While there is no exact opening date set, they are stating that “Spring 2020” is their goal. Their website (linked above) states the following:


The Venue CU is an upscale urban wedding and event space located in the resurging east end of downtown Champaign, Illinois. The Venue CU offers a wide range of services allowing you to create the event you desire in our unique and flexible space!


Our team believes each event should be an elegant representation of the people being celebrated.  Therefore, we offer a customizable, comprehensive, and virtually one-stop shop for all your event needs.  We partner with the best vendors in the industry, but WILL NOT tell you the vendors you have to use for your special occasion.  We have also created pricing packages that WILL NOT nickel and dime you.  You select your event package, work alongside us on the design that fulfills your dream, and our team and your vendors will collaborate to give you an amazing and memorable event!

You can read more about their vision over at their Facebook page as well.

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