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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.
Restaurant
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“3.1 miles - Authentic Pit BBQ, smoked slow 'n' low, tasty sides, daily specials, craft beer on tap, and much more. Open at 11 am every day.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This grocery is a cooperatively owned store in downtown Urbana's Lincoln Square Mall that promotes local and organic production, fosters conscious consumerism, and builds community. Though they are community-owned, membership is not required to shop in the store.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“3.1 miles - Upscale-casual gastropub with a menu of Modern American entrees, burgers, sandwiches & craft beers.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“Check out the KAM events page for up to date exhibits, speakers, and performers. We've been to a few of the talks on the provenance of artwork and it's been fascinating!”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“3.3 miles - Old-school American spot with an antique vibe, salad bar & menu of burgers, sandwiches & milkshakes.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Authentic Mexican in the middle of a quiet Urbana neighborhood. You can't go wrong with their tacos, but everything on their menu is fantastic.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“One of the best, catch a show at Krannert if you can and enjoy the unique acoustics!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This is the classiest place in town. There are some very well reknown artists and performers who come through here”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“3.2 miles - Quaint, seasonal New American eatery turning out inventive surf & turf, fresh-baked bread & brunch. Sunday brunch is best in town. Also great place for a date.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“Our favorite place for coffee in Champaign-Urbana. We recommend the specialty lattes, they're all phenomenal. Flying Machine Coffee is also a good work space to hunker down in for a few hours. Flying Machine Coffee also shares a space with "Pizza M", a kind of hipster pizzeria we frequent. Our favorite is probably the "Pear & Brie" pizza, with the titular "The Pizza M" a close second. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Place to eat
“If you want to check out campus, start here. Go south to walk down the Quad. Go west down Green Street to check out downtown campustown.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“If you happen to find yourself on campus, Murphy's has been around since 1969 and caters to the graduate crowd. Drink specials every day and great pub food. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Transportation
“MTD Bus Station is within walking distance of 217 South, located downtown Champaign, IL.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Indian restaurant in downtown Urbana. We love going here for lunch and ordering the lunch platter - you get to try a bit of everything!”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“3.1 miles - Authentic Pit BBQ, smoked slow 'n' low, tasty sides, daily specials, craft beer on tap, and much more. Open at 11 am every day.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“3.1 miles - Upscale-casual gastropub with a menu of Modern American entrees, burgers, sandwiches & craft beers.”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“3.3 miles - Old-school American spot with an antique vibe, salad bar & menu of burgers, sandwiches & milkshakes.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Authentic Mexican in the middle of a quiet Urbana neighborhood. You can't go wrong with their tacos, but everything on their menu is fantastic.”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“3.2 miles - Quaint, seasonal New American eatery turning out inventive surf & turf, fresh-baked bread & brunch. Sunday brunch is best in town. Also great place for a date.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is the best sushi spot in town. I'm particularly fond of their nigiri and sashimi. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Indian restaurant in downtown Urbana. We love going here for lunch and ordering the lunch platter - you get to try a bit of everything!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Vegan food that even meat eaters like! I recommend the veggie lasagna and the pasta Alfredo. Save room for giant cookies and (my favorite) chocolate cake. Or don't save room and get the dessert to go! Upstairs is a quirky and cool place to eat that's a living room/dining room overlooking Main Street.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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