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From lively eateries to welcoming shops, special events and public amenities, there’s something for everyone in Champaign Center. Comprised of the three historic commercial districts of downtown, midtown, and campustown, there are countless small businesses and community members who keep the heart of Champaign beating.

Remember to shop small this holiday season. Find gifts for everyone on your list when you shop at local businesses. For every $100 you spend at a local business, $68 stay in the community.

Enjoy a big-city feel on a micro-urban scale in the heart of Champaign Center. Downtown Champaign boasts over 100 locally-owned restaurants, retail shops, and services, where you’re certain to find your next favorite book or glass of beer. Enjoy entertainment at the historic Virginia Theatre or at community-wide events like the Parade of Lights, Friday Night Live, Champaign Farmer’s Market, and more. Downtown is the central transportation hub in C-U at the Illinois Terminal, where MTD buses and Amtrak trains both pick up and drop off. While Downtown’s beautiful historic storefronts are a cornerstone of the district, Downtown is always growing, always changing, and always a vibrant and inviting place to be!

Midtown’s eclectic feel is unmatched by any other district. Quickly growing and developing, Midtown’s business offerings vary from coffee to tattoo shops. Explore Champaign’s past at the Champaign County History Museum or connect with a little slice of nature at the Boneyard Creek. Midtown bridges the gap between Downtown and Campustown with the Boneyard Walkway, accessible to both bikes and pedestrians. Whether you’re looking for an interesting retail shop or a place to locate your business, Midtown’s potential is unparalleled.

Always bustling with activity and change, Campustown has grown from a student hub to a diverse place where all ages can find an event or fast-casual eatery to enjoy. Campustown is made for easy accessibility, connected to Downtown by Midtown’s Boneyard Greenway along with MTD bus stops. Enjoy the perpetual excitement in the air during the academic year or visit during the summer for a quieter experience. Throughout Campustown’s immense changes over the past decade, tradition remains strong among students, alumni, and C-U residents who count on Orange and Blue to bind our community together.

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Bentley’s Pub
Big Grove Tavern
Blind Pig Brewing
BodyWork Associates
BrewLab Coffee
Busey
C-U at Home
Cafe Kopi
Central Illinois Bakehouse
Champaign County Forest Preserve District
Champaign County History Museum
Champaign Park District
Champaign Public Library
Champaign Urbana Theater Company
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD)
Christie Clinic
Circles Boutique
City of Champaign
Clanin Marketing
Clark Dietz, Inc.
Community Choices
Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
Corson Music
Darrell Hoemann Photography
Developmental Services Center
Dixon Graphics
DREAAM
Edward Jones
Egizii Distributing
Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church
Esquire Lounge
Exile on Main Street
Farren’s Pub & Eatery
Fasprint
Fire Doll Studio
First Presbyterian Church
First State Bank
First United Methodist Church
Five Foot Productions
Flatland Tattoo Gallery
Furniture Lounge
Furry Overhead Door Co.
G.A.S Barbershop & Hair Salon
Gentle Giant Softwashing
Golden Weather Goods
Goosehead Insurance Guldbrandsen Agency
Greater Community AIDS Project
Hamilton Walker’s
Hickory Point Bank
HomeLight
Hopscotch Bakery Downtown
Housing Authority of Champaign County
Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana
Illini Hillel Cohen Center for Jewish Life
Illini Inn
Illini Media
Illini Union
Illini Union Bookstore
Illinois NeuroBehavioral Assessment Laboratory
INB
Jane Addams Book Shop
Jos. Kuhn & Co
JSM Living
Just BEE Açaí LLC
KAM’S
Kessler Optical
KoFusion
Kung Fu Tea
L M Thomas Group
La Bahía Grill
Latea Bubble Tea
Legacy 202
Legend’s Bar and Grill
Live Action Games
Lodgic Everyday Community
Magelli Office of Experiential Learning
Mark Dirksen / Nate Evans Group
Merrybeth Farm Carriage Service
MHM Properties & Management LLC
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
MMS Rentals & Production
MTD
Murphy’s Pub
Neil Street Blues
One Main Management
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois
Plant Mode
PokeLab from Hawaii
Pour Bros. Craft Tap Room
Preservation and Conservation Association
Punch! Bar & Lounge
R Rentals
Ragstock
Red Lion
Robbins Schwartz
Robeson’s Inc
Royse + Brinkmeyer Apartments
SJ Broadcasting
Smile Politely
Square1 Healthcare
Sticky Rice
Sunset Funeral Home
Szechuan Taste
Ten Thousand Villages
The Conservatory of Central Illinois
The Land Connection
The Literary
The United Way of Champaign County
The UP Center
The Venue CU
The Vintage Edge Barbershop
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
U of I Community Credit Union
University of IL – Willard Airport
University of Illinois – Office of the Chancellor
University of Illinois Athletics
University YMCA
UpClose Marketing & Printing
Urbana Theological Seminary
V. Mullen Media
Virginia Theatre
Visit Champaign County
Watson’s Shack and Rail
WCIA
WEFT-FM
Wurth Chiropractic Center
YG Financial