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Best things to do in Champaign

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Cinema
“ A local co-op movie theatre in an old old building downtown champaign. They serve beer and wine. ”
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BBQ Joint
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“The best BBQ in town. There are many sauces to choose from but really the ribs are so delicious you don't even need sauce. Get there early because some favorites can sell out--ask for "burnt ends" which is a crazy name for something so good.”
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Brewery
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“They have great pretzels, Local Beers, and a wonderful chicken poblano dish!”
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Bar
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“Farm-to-table type fare, on the pricier end for Champaign but still not terrible! ”
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Bar
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“Seven Saints is my favorite restaurant. It has a cozy atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating, a variety of tasty plates, and the best cocktail list in town. It's a great value for the price, in my opinion. Expect to spend $10-$30 per person depending on what you choose to eat and drink. The kitchen stays open until 11 pm and the bar stays open later.”
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Shopping Centre
“Large mall in north Champaign. Many department stores and smaller outlets. ”
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Music Venue
“There are a variety of events and performances held here. Visit thevirginia.org for further information and upcoming events.”
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Coffee Shop
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“This is the best place to get a quiet cup of coffee at night when the other places are closed. They also serve food, but I have not tried much on the menu.”
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Restaurant
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“It is impossible to find another Chinese restaurant quite like Golden Harbor. Get ready for huge portions + an epic menu selection.”
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Cinema
“Seriously every employee we encountered said hello or asked how was the show. The friendliest crew east of the Mississippi (with the Art Theater coming in as a close second!).”
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Bakery
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“Incredible breads and deserts all made locally. Wonderful sandwiches and food too.”
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Restaurant
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“ Armando + his staff have brought C-U the greatest Mexican food I've ever had in my life.”
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Food
“Perhaps Champaign's favorite brewery/bar. A hip place with a lot of character and a pretty stellar selection, no matter what kind of brew you usually go for. A lot of good stuff on tap. It has two locations in downtown Champaign, both are pretty cool. This location has the brewing tanks, a greater selection on tap, and large outdoor patio. The other Blind Pig (the block next to this one, on Walnut street) has more indoor seating, some outdoor seating, and dart boards. ”
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Sports Bar
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“This restaurant is a bit of a sports bar and can get loud and crowded at night. I prefer going there at lunchtime or as a first stop in the evening for a gourmet boozy shake before the nighttime crowd rolls in. They have the best burgers in town and amazing nachos.”
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University
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Bar
“Buzzy, rustic offshoot of a local brewery featuring a vast array of tap and bottled craft beer. ”
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