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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
BBQ Joint
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“Ribs, brisket & burgers with craft beers set in a restored train depot (4 miles, 10 min)”
  • 16 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“ A local co-op movie theatre in an old old building downtown champaign. They serve beer and wine. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Brewery
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“They have great pretzels, Local Beers, and a wonderful chicken poblano dish!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“Farm-to-table American fare, craft cocktails & regional beers (4 miles, 11 min)”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Classy bar in DT Champaign that's not too loud with plenty of seating and elbow room. I go there just for their country fried chicken salad. They also have the longest list of bourbons in town.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Best little brewpub in Champaign, IMHO. No pretenses here, just good beer, chill atmosphere and indoor and outdoor seating. Also a second location on N. Neil Street about two blocks NE. I've found that one to be a little on the rowdier side, but whatever floats your boat. Oh. The U of IPA is awesome.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Incredible breads and deserts all made locally. Wonderful sandwiches and food too.”
  • 13 locals recommend
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.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great outdoor seating on Taylor Street. Full bar and unique texmex menu. Live music some evenings.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Music Venue
“There are a variety of events and performances held here. Visit thevirginia.org for further information and upcoming events.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“ Armando + his staff have brought C-U the greatest Mexican food. Check out their first location on First Street + Green and their one in downtown Champaign!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“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!).”
  • 2 locals recommend
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.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Large mall in north Champaign. Many department stores and smaller outlets. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“The upstairs balcony gives great views of downtown Champaign and it is a beautiful little hangout!”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

BBQ Joint
“Ribs, brisket & burgers with craft beers set in a restored train depot (4 miles, 10 min)”
  • 16 locals recommend
Brewery
“They have great pretzels, Local Beers, and a wonderful chicken poblano dish!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Farm-to-table American fare, craft cocktails & regional beers (4 miles, 11 min)”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Classy bar in DT Champaign that's not too loud with plenty of seating and elbow room. I go there just for their country fried chicken salad. They also have the longest list of bourbons in town.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Great outdoor seating on Taylor Street. Full bar and unique texmex menu. Live music some evenings.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“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.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ Armando + his staff have brought C-U the greatest Mexican food. Check out their first location on First Street + Green and their one in downtown Champaign!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stylish restaurant with an eclectic menu of contemporary American cuisine & classic sushi dishes.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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