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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.
Curtis Orchard is an 80-acre apple orchard, pumpkin patch and entertainment farm offers activities for the whole family. Open July 20–December 20, the orchard country store and bakery offer a wide variety of gift and food items, including pies, fritters, apple crisp donuts and award-winning cider. Outdoor activities include seasonal apple and pumpkin picking, kids play structures, a giant slide, several mazes including the corn maze, petting zoo, toddler area, birthday parties and corporate picnics. Weekend activities include outdoor meals, live entertainment, seasonal pony rides, and an orchard wagon.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
What Lincoln Center is to New Yourk and Kennedy Center is to Washington D.C., Krannert Center is to the Midwest—a magnificent showcase for the performing arts. KCPA is a premier educational and professional performing arts complex and is the setting for over 300 performances each year. A professional laboratory for the University of Illinois dance, theatre, opera and music departments, the Center also hosts internationally famous artists such as Emmy Lou Harris, Herbie Hancock, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, and is home to the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Sinfonia de Camera.
An eclectic district filled with dining and multi-cultural attractions, Midtown Champaign, with the beautiful Boneyard Creek flowing, connects Downtown and Campustown Champaign.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Originally constructed in 1855-1865, the roundhouse was renovated and now houses Illinois' largest microbrewery and brewpub. Passion for beer, love of food, and appreciation for great architecture flourishes in the walls of this historic 70,000 square foot facility. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastropub, our sports tavern and music venue or our new cafe and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers!
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.
Lucy’s Place is an upscale neighborhood coffee house / pub located along major intersections where customers can play their favorite video poker and slot games while enjoying a snack with a soft drink or glass of wine without the crowd and noise of the bar scene.
The "staggering beer list" and creative, Belgian-focused menu has made the Hopleaf a destination restaurant. A favorite of the neighborhood and beyond, you can expect Hopleaf to always be hoping.
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.
Family owned for more than 50 years, Tony's is located in Alton on Third Street. Known for their mouth-watering pepperloin steaks, the family recipe has been a crowd pleaser for years. Homemade pastas and family recipes make for a memorable meal. Tony's offers the best of both worlds with a formal dining room, perfect for a romantic meal or to celebrate a special occasion. The Third Street Cafe entrance features a sports bar atmosphere perfect for kicking back to enjoy a slice of fresh secret recipe pizza, a juicy half-pound steakburger or a basket of wings. From casual family dining to a cozy meal together, Tony's is your place!
Max & Benny's Restaurant Deli and Bakery
Max and Benny's is an iconic north suburban deli-restaurant recently described by Chicago Magazine as the "best Jewish deli in the Chicagoland area." Specialties include corned beef, pastrami and Rueben sandwiches.
Every day, trained bakers craft and bake loaves of bread from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality breads. Panera Bread understands that great bread makes great meals, from made-to-order sandwiches to tossed-to-order salads and soup served in bread bowls.
Heirloom Market & Cafe
This rural style cafe will capture your senses. The decor is clearly slated rustic with a cozy and a distinctively pleasant ambience. The cafe is a staple of small town life with a sense of community as it embraces the environment that has been set forth by the Heirloom Market. We feature homemade baked goods and gourmet coffee. The espresso drink with steamed milk or variegated flavoring is designed for a picker upper or as a way to pass your time with a good book or to surf the free wi-fi internet.
Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
Cocktail, is one of the most inviting playful bars & restaurants in Lakeview, appealing to a broad-based clientele that is short on attitude and long on fun. Its two attractive bars (cocktail & garden bar) feature black crystal chandeliers, onyx-lit bar tops and a swank sidewalk café, known as the gardens. Cocktail is the perfect place to sip libations, enjoy great food and converse with friends, both old and new. Cocktail offers daily drink specials featuring djs that deliver the best music on Halsted & sexy go go boys!
The Vault Cafe on the Square
The Vault Café on the Square is located in a 100-yr-old historic 5-story building in downtown Marion, IL. The café is located on the first floor in what used to be a bank. The vault is still there, and we have seating for four inside of it! Seating is first come/first serve, but feel free to request it with the hostess!
Featuring local and Illinois made gifts, foods, and specialties. Enjoy specialty coffees, muffins, desserts and other goodies in their historic building built in 1906 which boasts the original art deco soda fountain from the 30's.
Enjoy a waterfront meal on the rooftop of this summer hot spot located right on Lake Michigan at the North Avenue Beach Boathouse (opening in mid-May). This casual Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant features sandwiches, salads and refreshing beverages. Scenes from The Break-Up were filmed on the nearby bike path.
Two Brothers Roundhouse
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Two Brothers Roundhouse is the oldest limestone roundhouse in the United States. As they bring new life to this 155 year old building, enjoy a casual atmosphere in the main dining room gastropub, our sports tavern and music venue or our new cafe and bakery. There is more to do than dinner at the Roundhouse. As with the beer and food, the live entertainment has a local flair. Whether it be a wedding, reunion or corporate event, they have a variety of spaces for friends and family to gather. Cheers!
Jolane's Café & Wine Bar
Abt Electronics CEO Bob Abt always wanted a restaurant of his own. Adjacent to his famous electronics store in Glenview is a Austrian-style café featuring an outdoor patio, an eight-foot long glass pastry case tempts with an array of croissants, Danish pastries, scones, Viennese tortes and slices of cake. The café serves three hearty meals daily. Coffee, of course, maintains its Old World dignity. The cafe also offers a full bar, 22 wines, three types of beer, including a Belgian Trappist ale.
Inspired by the regional flavors of the Italian Tre Venezie, Ombra is a space you can make your own. It’s where the casual comfort of the neighborhood meets the energy of possibility. You just might encounter the new and unexpected — whether the flavors, the wine list, or the conversations and people around you.
This eclectic dessert café makes everything from drop cookies, brownies and bars to cupcakes and specialty cakes, to a variety of pastries ranging from éclairs, tarts and pies.
The Annex Coffee & Deli
The Annex Building, built in 1912, is at the very heart of Herrin, Illinois’ thriving downtown on Park Avenue. The former Annex Movie Theater was converted into a bakery café and opened on Halloween 2011. The Annex Coffee & Deli is committed to delivering the best coffee house & bakery café experience in a clean and stylish environment which recalls the glory days of the historic building in which it is housed.
Big Jones brings you delicious dinner, brunch, and lunch inspired by Southern cooking from New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, the Carolina Lowcountry, and Appalachia. We are inspired by the history and richness of Southern cooking. Try our fried chicken with the Boarding House Lunch or for dinner during the week (featured on Hungry Hound and 190 North.)