Champaign Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Champaign; our list of the best things to see, including Assembly Hall, Krannert Uncorked and ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival.
  • Home of the Illini basketball team. Also hosts large rock performances. Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, U2, The Rolling Stones, Phish, and Garth Brooks have all performed here.
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  • Krannert Uncorked

    Krannert Uncorked

    500 S
    Goodwin Ave, Urbana. Th 5-7pm. free. Most Thursdays throughout the year (check calendar), Krannert Center holds a free wine tasting for those who are 21+. Each week, a different local bar/winery/store brings in one white and two red wines to sample. Generally, a sample of each will range from 1-3oz. Free chex-mix and cheese & crackers available.
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  • ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

    ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

    This biannual festival, started in 2005 and named after Ellnora Krannert the founder of KCPA, features live concerts and workshops by some of the greatest names in the music business. Adrian Belew, Bubby Guy, Taj Mahal Trio, Bill Frisell, Luther Dickinson, Dan Zanes, Sharon Isbin - they've all been there. Jazz, Rock, Steel Guitar, Blues, whatever! If it riffs, sizzles, strums, it's at this hot festival in September at Krannert Center for Performing Arts (KCPA).
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  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

    500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
    Goodwin Ave, Urbana, ☎ (217) 333-6700. The main venue in town for music, theater and dance. Features community, university, and world-famous performers.
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  • Champaign Surplus

    Champaign Surplus

    303 S Neil St, Champaign
    Clothing and gear for hiking, camping and other outdoors activities. Military surplus is in the back.
  • Virginia Theatre

    203 W Park St, Champaign
    Built in 1921, the historic theater is home to the annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival [2] and is also used for monthly film series, live concerts, and theatre. It retains its original Wurlitzer pipe organ,[3] which is played before many of the shows.
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  • Station Theatre

    Station Theatre

    223 North Broadway
    An intimate, "black box" playhouse, and home to the Celebration Company, the theatre is located in downtown Urbana. The theatre was originally a passenger station of the Big Four Railroad.
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  • Black Dog Smoke & Ale House

    Black Dog Smoke & Ale House

    201 N. Broadway Ave
    Su-Th 11am-10pm, Kitchen F-Sa 11am-11pm, open later for drink. Wide beer selection, also great food at a fair price with some of the best BBQ in the C-U. Small place, which fills up quickly at dinner time.
  • Boneyard Arts Festival

    Boneyard Arts Festival

    Occurs each April and is hosted throughout Champaign-Urbana.
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  • SoDo Theatre

    SoDo Theatre

    114 South Neil
    SoDo Theatre is a developing space for visual and performing artists and arts organizations. The stage hosts a variety of live entertainment on a regular basis, including improv comedy, music, magic, and much more.
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  • Early American Museum

    Early American Museum

    600 North Lombard S
    , Mahomet, IL. Mon-Fri.
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  • The Canopy Club

    708 S Goodwin Ave
    Located at the edge of campus in Urbana and is an excellent musical venue; it draws some big-name acts regularly. Must be 18+ to enter.
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  • Glass FX

    202 S First St, Champaign
    Stained and decorative glass gallery. Also sells supplies and teaches classes.
  • Krannert Art Museum

    500 East Peabody Dr
    $3 suggested donation. Both permanent and rotating collections on exhibit.
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  • Spurlock Museum

    600 S Gregory St
    $3 suggested donation. Cultural artifacts from around the world.
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  • Boneyard Pottery

    403 S Water St, Champaign
    Local pottery studio, for both decorative and functional items. Also offers classes.
  • Orpheum Children's Science Museum

    346 North Neil Street, Champaign
    Constructed in 1914 as a movie theater, it has been converted to a children's museum.
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  • Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

    1103 S Sixth Street
    The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music(SACAM) acquires and preserves significant archival records and historical artifacts in multiple media formats that document America's local and national music history and its diverse cultures. Tours are available at no charge though donations are accepted.
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  • Courier Cafe

    Courier Cafe

    111 N Race St
    For students, a popular place to have breakfast with their parents. For locals, a comfortable place to have burgers, malts, and fountain drinks. Several options for vegetarians.
  • Mike & Molly's

    Mike & Molly's

    105 N Market St
    Irish-style pub with a large bottled beer selection. Cover is charged when there's live bands playing upstairs.
  • A lounge that is available to be rented for private functions.
  • Crane Alley

    Crane Alley

    115 W Main St
    A bar with pool tables with the widest beer selection in Urbana. It has good but relatively expensive food.
  • A new steakhouse on mainstreet Champaign. Sometimes live jazz. OUT OF BUSINESS December 2011.
  • Bunny's Tavern

    Bunny's Tavern

    119 W Water St
    A chilled bar with daily food and drink specials.
  • Jupiters

    39 E Main St.
    Best thin crust pizza in town, pool tables, decent beer list
  • Za's Italian Cafe

    1905 N Neil St or 2006 W Springfield Ave
    Varies daily/by location. Italian, pizzas/paninis/soups. Can make your own by choosing ingredients. Free wi-fi.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Champaign uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.