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Maize to open second location downtown

The new Maize location will be at the Station, Downtown Champaign (100 N. Chestnut, formally 116 N. Chestnut).

By Samuel Cheung

April 3, 2016

With a 4.6 star review on Google and a 4.5 star review on Yelp,ag Maize is a favorite restaurant of students on campus, but its cramped space turns some customers away. “Maize is the best Mexican restaurant on campus, but one of the main reasons I don’t go is the limited space,” said Jack Carrer...

Watch: C-U Pride Fest 2015

By JuYeon Kim

September 20, 2015

The C-U Pride Fest was from September 18th through the 20th. The festival celebrated individuality and freedom to love whomever. 

Cream & Flutter sweetens up for the holidays.

Cream & Flutter releases its holiday catalogue filled with sweets such as gourmet candies, homemade caramels, peppermint bark and mini pies.

December 8, 2014

Known for its gourmet cupcakes, Cream & Flutter is transforming the way the local community thinks of sweet treats.  Located in the heart of downtown Champaign at 114 N Walnut St., customers can find a wide variety of sweets, such as cookies, homemade macarons and marshmallows, along with custo...

Sifting through the VHS bin at the Found Footage Festival

The hosts, Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, open the Found Footage Festival, where they share VHS videos they find and collect. 

By Lillian Barkley

November 12, 2014

For most, VHS tapes are dusty memories in a forgotten box, technologically obsolete. But for Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, creators of the Found Footage Festival, the tapes are a comedic gold mine. The 10-year anniversary tour will be at The Art Theatre Co-op in downtown Champaign on Wednesday a...

Pop-up plant business plans to set down new roots at Furniture Lounge

J. Matthis Helmick, owner of Plant Mode, holds a jar of Marimo within the business's current location in downtown Champaign on Saturday.

By Frances Welch

September 8, 2014

For most college students, lacking a green thumb and having a shrinking wallet can scare away any thought of plant ownership. However, a new pop-up business, Plant Mode, located in downtown Champaign, may be the perfect solution.  The tropical houseplant business will be moving from its current loft space to Furnitur...

Local bands reunite for a triple performance

Hathaways

August 28, 2014

New and long-standing local music fans can unite Friday for a nostalgic reunion show at Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign. Current local bands, Elsinore and Hathaways, will join Champaign-Urbana native band Grandkids, which will be making a trip from Chicago on Friday.  “The idea was to have an end...

BARE project challenges stereotypes of beauty

The BARE Project features photographs of women's bodies paired with a write-up from the subject that shares her personal experiences with body image. The collection will be on display at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op until Tuesday.

By Frances Welch

August 27, 2014

Often, images in the media portray societal standards of beauty that do not reflect the average individual. In spite of this issue, three local women, Anna Longworth, Alisa Greene, and Emily Otnes took a stance and created The BARE project, a series of 43 photographed individuals paired with separate, ha...

Dish of the Week: Crepes from Pekara Bakery and Bistro

The Nutella served with Banana and Walnuts is one of Pekara Bistro and Bakery's top-selling sweet crepes. The warm tortilla is filled with Nutella and cream cheese and topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar and walnuts.

February 19, 2014

Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, Pekara Bakery and Bistro specializes in making fresh and organic foods. “We have a bake house on First Street that we use for our baked goods, and none of our breads have preservatives or artificial flavoring,” said Ryan Schwartz, a Pekara’s kitchen staff emplo...