5 best date locations in Champaign-Urbana

By Madeline Galassi, Supplements editor

Champaign-Urbana is a hot spot for college life, so finding a place for a romantic date night that doesn’t involve bars or fast food can be a challenge. Whether you’ve been together for years, or you aren’t quite sure if you’re together at all, there’s a place in town sure to please all of your dating needs.

For a girls night:

Getting together with the girls can be just as fulfilling as going out with a significant other. A great choice for a girls night is Buffalo Wild Wings (907 W. Marketview Drive) Although it could be a messy choice for a first date, Buffalo Wild Wings is a perfect spot for a carefree night with friends.

For a first date:

A first date always brings nerves, so not needing to stress about the date location can be a huge help. A great choice for this is Big Grove Tavern (1 E. Main St., Champaign.) Its atmosphere, complete with a ceiling full of twinkling string-lights and a unique menu, is a romantic choice for a date to impress.

For the long-time couple:

For a couple that has been together for years, it’s easy to let date nights get mundane and boring. A perfect spot for a nice night out is the classic Papa Del’s (1201 S. Neil St.). Its signature deep dish is a perfect beginning to a relaxed night of Netflix with a long-time sweetheart.

For the kind-of couple

Finding a date can be dreadful for two people who don’t know if they’re together yet, and aren’t sure if it’s too soon to go on a full-on date. A great option for this situation is a quick, casual stop at Cream & Flutter (114 N. Walnut St.) Stopping in for a delicious and inexpensive cupcake is a perfect option, and lets each other know you’re interested in pursuing the relationship further.

For a night out alone:

There’s no shame in taking a night to relax and treat yourself. What’s better than going to see a movie? Carmike 13 (910 Meijer Drive) is a great option. There will be no arguing about what to see, and you don’t need to share any of your popcorn.

For a bustling college town, there are plenty of options for a night out, no matter who you’re spending it with.

Madeline is a junior in Media
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