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Bryant Cottage was built in 1856 by Francis E. Bryant (1818-1889), a friend and political ally of Senator Stephen A. Douglas. According to Bryant family tradition, on the evening of July 29, 1858, Douglas and Abraham Lincoln conferred in the parlor of this house to plan the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been “restored” and is interpreted as an example of a middle-class life in mid-nineteenth-century Illinois. The furniture on display is of the Renaissance Revival style, appropriate for a small-town family of the mid-nineteenth century. The cottage is accessible to persons with disabilities. The site hosts portions of a variety of locally sponsored events throughout the year.
Bement Old Glory Festival
Located in the beautiful City Park and lawns of the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site and Historic Bryant Home, the Old Glory Festival celebrates Bement’s patriotic and agricultural heritage by hosting 50+ events the second Saturday of every June. Events include patriotic themed events, live music, food, cricket spittin’ contest, stagecoach rides, volleyball tournament, 5K run/walk, antique tractor show, classic car show, plus much more. Many events are free throughout the day. Bement’s Old Glory Festival is one small town festival you don’t want to miss. The event is from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
A Petterson Springs B&B
Located in a very historic area of Camargo, IL at the well-known Patterson Springs where the spring water fills three concrete pools on the grounds, within three acres of wooded nature land, next to the Embarrass River. The Gothic Revival house with a mansard roof was built in 1880. History abounds on the grounds from Native Americans drinking from the springs, to 1906-16 Chautauqua's, to a $50,000 amusement park from 1927-1942. Relax in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the aura of a time gone by.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music holds diverse collections of personal papers, archival records, and museum artifacts documenting America’s music heritage from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as scholarship produced by nationally and internationally recognized composers, musicians, conductors, and inventors. The Center is home to the world’s largest concentration of original compositions by John Philip Sousa, one of many significant historical collections that document the American band movement and the early evolution of electronic and avant-garde music. The Sousa Archives strives to provide exceptional service, programming, access, and tours of our collections to all visitors.
Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois
Memorial Stadium, home to Fighting Illini Football, seating 60,670, was built in 1923 as a memorial to Illinois men and women who gave their lives for their country during World War I. Their names appear on 200 columns that support the east and west sides of the stadium. For the 2013 season, a new high-definition video display measuring 36 feet tall by 96 feet wide was installed in the south horseshoe.
Outdoor Center Fields
The Outdoor Center Fields are located at First Street, spanning either side of Stadium Drive. Not just for students, but very welcoming to the general public! Reservations for special group outings must be made! Outdoor Center Fields Amenities four lighted football fields two lighted soccer fields three lighted sand volleyball courts three lighted basketball courts six lighted Tennis courts Outdoor Center facility with exterior drinking fountains, restrooms, and a meeting room.
Prairie Farm features traditional farm animals such as sheep, pigs, horses, cows, goats, chickens, ducks and geese. Visitors are welcome to pet the farm’s animals in the petting area. Kids both young and old will enjoy crossing the footbridge that spans the farm’s miniature duck pond. Prairie Farm also offers educational programs and private party services. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day; Hours: Daily 1:00–7:00 p.m.; Free! (fee for trolley ride and some programs)
Olympic Tribute & Laborer's Memorial
Honoring the extraordinary achievements of Champaign County residents who have participated in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, this granite platform inscribed with the names of the athletes and the Olympic symbol is surrounded by playing fields, gardens and a community college campus. Tribute to Olympic Athletes rises from an ordinary prairie landscape transformed by playing fields, gardens and a community college campus.
Spalding Skate Park
18,000 square feet of concrete with 3 bowls, a snake run and an exciting street course.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Classic Buffalo Wild Wings with a vibrant atmosphere. Catch the big game, chow down on your favorite wings, and hang out with your fellow Illini Fans!
Blind Pig Brewery
Located in downtown Champaign, Blind Pig brews its own craft beers. With its beautiful wood interior, casks full of local brews and friendly locals, this bar is a must-see. When the weather is nice, venture outside and enjoy the large outdoor beer garden.
This traditional pub in Downtown Champaign is off the beaten path and likes it that way. A great selection of beers and a crowd of regulars keep this bar hopping. Live music weekly.
Located in Campus Town, The Clybourne is a University of Illinois student favorite. During the day have lunch with friends and at night enjoy cocktails in a refined atmosphere.
A place where everybody truly knows your name, patrons enjoy free peanuts (and throw their shells on the floor), stiff drinks, billiards, cold beer and hot food. Catch the game on one of seven TVs and outdoor seating. Large area with four pool tables, jukebox and more.
Market Place Shopping Center
Marketplace Shopping Center offers all of the big names from larger cities, but without the long wait lines! Shop everything from the Gap, Limited, and Banana Republic, to Sephora, Finish Line and Eddie Baur. Complete with four anchor department stores, this shopping center also offers a varied food court, multiple restaurants, and even a carousel for the little ones.
Walnut Street Tea Co.
Although this shop is located in downtown Champaign, it does not sit directly on the strip that gets the bulk of foot traffic, and thus it might be easily overlooked. Don't be afraid to go for a walk on the beautiful streets of downtown Champaign, and sooner or later you'll find this fine little establishment producing all sorts of tea beverages a tea lover would love to get their hands on!
Gold's Bed & Breakfast
3 rooms, 1874 farmhouse furnished with country antique furniture, continental plus breakfast. 6 miles west of Champaign on I-74.
Asian Cuisine & Coffee House located in Campustown this fun spot has the best Bubble Tea around! Stop in for a bite or lounge in the dining area as you get work done — it's very student friendly!
Flat Top Grill
Flat Top Grill is a neighborhood create-your-own stir-fry restaurant featuring fresh vegetables, a variety of proteins, and homemade sauces.
Brothers Bar & Grill
Built upstairs in one of the historic buildings located on Green St., Brother's is THE place for students to hang out with friends and, or make new acquaintances. This bar is not just for students of the U of I, but for other college students in neighboring cities and counties next to Champaign County to come hang out for a night with students of the University of Illinois! Brothers' ultimate mission is to provide a comprehensive entertainment venue, with an emphasis on fun, safety, and cleanliness. We will provide great service to our customers through a well trained and caring staff that pledges to get it right. We will strive to lead, not follow, and be better than we were the day before.
Pia's Sports Bar & Grill
Pia's is Chambana's Number 1 Sports Bar! Known for airing every University of Illinois game, both home and away, Pia's is the perfect spot to ensure that you never miss a beat. Grab a refreshing brew and hang with your fellow Illini Fans as you chow down on their delicious nachos.
Lil Porgy's BBQ
Li'L Porgy's Bar-B-Q specializes in genuine hickory-smoked barbeque. Choose from a wide selection of menu items, including ribs, chicken and sandwiches. Top off your order with their unique barbecue sauce, a secret recipe made fresh in their kitchens.
Merry Ann's Diner
Stop on in and have breakfast, lunch, dinner 24/7 at this newly refreshed look of an old time diner.
Sammy's Pancake House
Start your day off right with a stack of HOT pancakes, or whatever breakfast combo you'd like. Located on Mattis Avenue just across the street and few blocks from Dodds Softball & Soccer Complex and near Parkland College.