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Life imitates art: Classic KAM’s mural repainted reflects history, brings familiarity

Photo courtesy of veronica martinez
Chicago-based painter Tracee Badway poses in front of her mural of the Alma Mater statue wearing a KAM’s jersey, which resides in the bar’s new location at 102 E. Green St. The original mural at the previous KAM’s bar on Daniel Street was a popular photo spot for students.

By Vi Aldunate, Staff Writer

February 24, 2020

When KAM’s, one of the University’s most popular undergraduate bars, relocated to a new building this winter, every step of the process was anticipated by fans of the establishment. Like its predecessor, the new KAM’s displays a mural of the Alma Mater donning a KAM’s jersey on one of its walls. T...

Local businesses shine at Lovey Dovey Hootenanny Pop-Up

Emily McKown performing at the RoseBowl tavern on Monday.

By Elizabeth Sayasane, Assistant Features Editor

February 12, 2020

The Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana was warmly lit as locals sat together to share a beer. Some gathered around the bar while others faced the stage, preparing for the live music of the weekly Urbana Hootenanny to begin. This week, however, booths were set up to the right of the stage for a special “Lovey...

Bangkok Thai worker serves pad thai, good vibes

By Rohit Jammu, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Editors note: The image used in a previous version version was taken without permission, and has since been removed. The Daily Illini regrets this error. Bangkok Thai has been on campus for several years now, and it is a favorite for many students. Heat or spice levels are customizable on every dish on...

New food delivery app expands options to CU

Pictured above is a Chowbus order next to the Chowbus app with the logo on the phone screen.

By Banu Gulecyuz, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

In the era of efficiency and fast food, students are constantly on the look-out for the quickest way to fill their stomachs with delicious meals. However, amid the midst of ordering quick meals, just how easy is it to access an authentic Asian meal? A relatively new downloadable app on campus, Chowbus, has bee...

Bubble tea craze grows on campus

Lillian Tate, a junior in ACES, and Elizabeth Murillo, a junior in Engineering, enjoy bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea on Friday. Bubble tea shops continue to pop up around the Champaign area.

By Ben Xia, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2019

In recent decades, more and more bubble tea stores are emerging around the world, which is something students have seen first hand. A few years ago, few places sold bubble tea in the area, but now several exist within a few blocks of each other.  The drink is typically made using milk tea as a base and then to...

New campus food truck wins students’ hearts

The new Just BEE Acaí food truck is parked on Goodwin Avenue and Oregon Street. The food truck has been soaring in popularity ever since its launch this summer.

By Banu Gulecyuz, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2019

On the corner of Goodwin Avenue and Oregon Street, an old camper painted with a yellow bottom and white top sits surrounded by a crowd of people waiting their turn to try the acai bowl many students have enjoyed. Parked several places around campus as well as having an increasing presence on social m...

Cheers! Illini Inn Mug Club celebrates 100,000 members

Josh Pearson, manager of Illini Inn, poses in front of the mug club sign on Tuesday

By Carmen Marie Martinez, Contributing Author

October 2, 2019

Over 100,000 students, alumni, Champaign-Urbana residents, visitors to the University and even Bill Murray are members of the Illini Inn's Mug Club. Exclusive to this bar on campus, the group has been around since its establishment in 1970. Today, anyone 21 and over can walk up to the bar and complete...

Antoni steps out of the kitchen, onto the stage

Antoni Porowski and Michelle Zauner make a salad during a cooking demonstration. Porowski brought his expertise to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Friday.

By Pari Apostolakos, Managing Editor for Reporting

September 29, 2019

Antoni Porowski, food and wine expert on Netflix’s Emmy-award winning reality series “Queer Eye,” spent an evening at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts during the Pygmalion Festival on Friday. Porowski entered Foellinger Great Hall and began a discussion moderated by Michelle Zauner ...

From dusk till dawn: 12 hours spent in a Merry Ann’s diner

From dusk till dawn: 12 hours spent in a Merry Ann's diner

By Features Staff Report

September 18, 2019

Merry Ann's Diner sits on Gregory Street in Urbana. The old-fashioned diner walls are decorated with 1940s memorabilia, retro Pepsi advertisements and it features nostalgia-inducing checkered linoleum floors. Breakfast food – the most popular section of the menu – is served all day, but lunch and...

Students veg out with meatless options

LAR dining hall offers a vegan egg substitute from JUST Eggs, which comes in both liquid and patty forms. The substitute is made out of mung beans and will help expand food options for students with special dietary needs.

By Ayse Pirge, Staff Writer

September 12, 2019

Staying healthy during the school year can be hard. For those with dietary restrictions, it is important to know the options available for students on campus.  Meggie Gaddy, senior in ACES, is a member of University Vegetarians, an RSO that began as a graduate club. Gaddy said this group “focused a...

Cracked goes from food truck to Chicago-area chain

The exterior of Cracked on Green Street on Saturday is pictured above. The business, founded by University alumnus Daniel Krause, announced plans to expand to Chicago.

By Erica Finke, Staff Writer

September 3, 2019

Many know the Green Street restaurant Cracked: The Egg Came First started in a small food truck run by owner and University alumnus Daniel Krause. The business has recently announced its expansion to the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago.   While this expansion has been a huge step for Cracked, the ro...

‘McDJ’ serves up last performance

David Wang plays music at a table in the Green Street McDonald’s on November 10. A prominent feature in the late-night atmosphere for the past three years, Wang, recent University graduate, announced the end of his tenure as the McDonald’s DJ this summer.

By Therese Pokorney, Features Editor

August 26, 2019

Some people end their night out with a hamburger and fries, but for others, the McDonald’s on Green Street is where the party begins. Three years ago, a member of the RSO Dance 2XS grabbed dinner at McDonald’s after dance practice and forgot to disconnect their portable speaker from their phone. After ...

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