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Discover cute boutiques housed in historic storefronts in downtown Champaign, including antique and consignment shops. Be sure to stop at PACA’s Architectural Salvage Warehouse, where you’ll find everything from vintage stained glass to ceramic tiles.
An eclectic district filled with dining and multi-cultural attractions, Midtown Champaign, with the beautiful Boneyard Creek flowing, connects Downtown and Campustown Champaign.
Discover Green Street and the heart of campus at the University of Illinois. Restaurants, bars, shops, bookstores and more await your presence in this Orange & Blue themed area.
Pekara Bakery & Bistro
Pekara Bakery & Bistro is a clean label artisan bakery in downtown Champaign serving the community since 2005. Pekara prides itself on delicious handmade pastries, cakes, and breads in which all-natural ingredients are used. From omelettes made from local, organic eggs, breakfast sandwiches and bagels, savory sandwiches on artisan breads, salads, crêpes, and hearty soups, to sweet pastries, pies, and cookies, you can find most anything you'd like at Pekara. Pekara's well-trained baristas serve up superb coffee that has been responsibly sourced and harvested from Abakundakawa, the certified Fair Trade cooperative in Rwanda where the heart of our house blend is grown. Pekara Bakery & Bistro even helps you stay ahead for that special event, baking pastries, baklava, breads and other treats for those special occasions.
Big Grove Tavern
Big Grove Tavern is a Farm-to-Table restaurant in downtown Champaign featuring seasonal comfort food. Almost everything we serve at Big Grove Tavern is made from scratch, in house, using seasonal ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible. We source locally, not only to create delicious dishes, but to help support our neighbors.
Radio Maria is a restaurant and tapas bar run by artists. Head chef, Brian Wong, creates the eclectic dishes that suit the vibrant ambiance, such as his Coffee Crusted Filet and Green Curry Hot Pot.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the city offers dishes that include a macrobiotic plate and vegan desserts.
Longbranch Coffee House
Known for its urban atmosphere and delicious dining options, Longbranch Coffee House serves as Carbondale's only vegetarian restaurant. Located in the historic Town Square, Longbranch embraces the local art scene by often hosting art shows and exhibits. The food is nothing short of delicious, as all of the ingredients are grown in southern Illinois and served fresh every day. If you're looking for a delightful dining experience - this is your place!
Upscale wine bar in Downtown Champaign offering an eclectic menu and outstanding wine list. This local favorite utilizes resources from regional farms to create an outstanding menu. A lounge on one side is great for small groups desiring an intimate evening.
The Green Zebra, in Chicago, is a contemporary vegetarian restaurant that caters to a hip crowd with its imaginative seasonal cuisine. The organic and modern design match the seasonal ingredients at this upscale award-winning veggie-focused restaurant.
Arthur's Garden Deli
Fresh deli sandwiches, soups, salads, salad bar, ice cream, yogurt desserts and more in a contemporary and friendly setting. Just walk up to the long counter, grab your tray and start ordering from a variety of menu items prepared right in front of you. Fresh, delicious and healthy choices!
The Neighborhood Co-op
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
State Street Market
Looking for market fresh salads, homemade soups, paninis and sandwiches? State Street Market in Alton, Illinois has all that and more including daily special kitchen creations. Pair your meal with Mimosas, Craft Beer and Wine. On Saturday morning indulge in a special breakfast/brunch menu which features broiche french toast, house made porridge and gluten free quiches and much more. Now open Monday and Thursday evenings 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. with live music, shareable plates, wine and craft beer. Also open Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m and Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Turf Room has a winning combination of fine dining and exciting atmosphere. Cozy fireplace, fine wine, gourmet burgers. American eclectic menu that changes with each season. Whether in one of their three dining rooms, lounge, wine bar or track room, you're assured of a great experience. So relax and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere, friendly services and most of all the unique gastronomy.
Chapin's is an upscale, casual restaurant located in the heart of Morris's historic Downtown. Atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Menu offers a wide selection of fine steaks and seafood, as well as fresh salads, vegetarian dishes, and scrumptious desserts. Enjoy a cappuccino or glass of wine in front of the fireplace late in the evening. Come in a stranger and leave as a friend. Traditional olde world ambiance.
For more than 50 years Italian Village Pizza & Pasta has been a social gathering place for great food and fun in Carbondale. Thousands of locals, Salukis and area visitors have provided their autographs and notable memories on the walls of their main dining rooms. Enjoy delicious pizza, complimentary ice cream, and a full salad bar, all in the presence of good company!
Cristaudo's Cafe & Bakery
Situated in one of downtown Carbondale's oldest buildings, Cristaudo's Cafe and Bakery is definitely worth a stop! Treat your taste buds to the sweet flavor of their famous sugar cookies, or enjoy a delicious sandwich during lunch. And, if you give them enough notice, Cristaudo's will prepare vegan and gluten-free baked goods to your liking!
Bombay Spice features healthy, home-style cooked Indian cuisine by Executive Chef Sunil Kumar. The restaurant is able to accommodate any vegetarian requests.
Pig Minds Brewing Co.
Pig Minds Brewing Company specializes in handcrafted ales in a variety of styles, using the finest barley, wheat, malts and hops to produce their tasty beers. Try as many as seven of their beers including American Irish Red, Blue Collar American Wheat, Hopcore American Pale Ale or anything else they may be brewing at the time. The food menu has everything from appetizers to desserts.
El Greco is a greasy spoon — said in the BEST way. This delicious joint makes some of the best gyros around. Locally-owned and operated, El Greco has become a staple in downtown Carbondale. Don't forget to try the fried mushrooms!
MANA Food Bar
MANA is a globally inspired, meatless restaurant in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, focusing on seasonal ingredients, ethnic flavors, and providing a one of a kind eating experience.
Thara Thai Pan-Asian Restaurant
Loved by locals and students alike, Thara Thai serves the community a variety of Pan-Asian dishes that aren’t available anywhere else in town. The meals are prepared fresh and cooked with care by the family that owns the restaurant.
D & J Bistro
This chef owned since 1987 restaurant, offers a great line-up of "True Bistro Dishes", with special menu items available monthly. Offering Daily Specials available "A la Carte" or as a 3 Course Prix-Fixe Dinner. Gluten free, vegetarian and kids menus available. Private room for parties of up to 50 people.
Blind Faith Cafe
Chicago's premier, certified-green, vegetarian restaurant. For over 30 years guests have been enjoying the award winning food. Dedicated to offering beautifully prepared wholesome natural foods that nourish the body and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable environment. Their extensive menu is prepared with only the highest quality ingredients, complimented by a superb selection of beer and wine and finished with a delicious assortment of homemade desserts.