As COVID-19 precautions and closures take effect in Illinois and Champaign County, it’s important to consider some alternative approaches to shopping local and supporting the local economy. There are many ways you can support local businesses and their employees while also maintaining social distancing and stay-at-home recommendations. At the Champaign Center Partnership, we also encourage the public to take precautions recommended by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Stay at home when sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your face
- Maintain 6-ft distance between people
- Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people
- Stay at home
For more information about COVID-19 and preparedness resources, please visit the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on Facebook. The CUPHD hotline is 217-239-7877. You can also email questions to CUPHD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can you support local businesses?
Purchase gift cards/certificates
Many businesses offer gift cards or certificates for sale. Purchasing gift cards is a great way to support local businesses because it’s an investment in the places you love and investment in a great night out later on. Think about it: when social distancing restrictions are loosened, you will want to go out and enjoy a warm meal with friends at your favorite restaurants ! Most restaurants, bars, retail stores, and entertainment destinations sell gift cards and certificates – learn more.
Carry out and local delivery
Governor Pritzker mandated that all bars and restaurants must close for dine-in until the end of May. Curbside pickup, carry out, and delivery are still options for many businesses and customers! In Downtown Champaign, the City used its emergency powers to designate curbside pickup locations near many restaurants. Some businesses also use third-party delivery services like Uber Eats and Grubhub. Many retailers also offer curbside pickup and delivery. Call ahead to some of stores around town for instructions or follow their social media.
Follow and share on social media
Use some of the time on your hands to follow your favorite businesses who are constantly posting about their products and services. Many businesses also use social media to update followers about store closures, changes in hours, or how their store is responding or adapting to this ever-changing public health situation. Share some love and support by liking or following your favorite businesses on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Most businesses are updating their hours, menus, and posting items for sale on Facebook and other social media.
What businesses can you support?
Here’s an dynamic list of business members and supporters in the Champaign Center Partnership. For a more comprehensive list of businesses across the county, please visit Visit Champaign County’s website.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Big Grove Tavern | Downtown | Curbside takeout from Tue-Fri, 11 am – 7 pm; Sat, 11 am – 7 pm; and Sun 11 am – 7 pm – call 217-239-3505. *curbside pick-up zone on Main Street! *donate to support staff on GoFundMe.
Brewlab Coffee | Campustown | Carry out orders only, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day. Gift certificates available. Items for sale online.
Collective Pour | Downtown | Open for pickup and delivery for bottle sales, crowlers and gift cards – call 217-607-5292.
Esquire Lounge | Downtown | Open for carryout Wed-Sat, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (full menu)! *curbside pick-up zone on Chester Street!
Ko Fusion | Downtown | Takeout and curbside pickup during normal store hours *curbside pick-up zone in Neil-Washington parking lot!
Lodgic Everyday Kitchen | Out-of-district | Open for curbside pickup!
Pizzeria Antica | Downtown | Carryout or 3rd party delivery from 4 – 8 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 4 – 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. *curbside pick-up zone on Chester Street!
Signature Grill | Campustown | Curbside pickup and delivery during normal store hours – call 217-607-0893.
Sticky Rice | Downtown | Online orders and carry out Wed-Sun, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
RETAIL & SHOPPING
Gameday Spirits Fanstore | Campustown | Shop online and curbside pickup.
Jane Addams Book Shop | Downtown | Curbside order pickups and book drop-off, M-F 1 – 4 p.m. Gift cards available for purchase.
Live Action Games | Downtown | Open for normal hours, curbside only. Sales associate will shop for you and store pick-up – call 217-359-4263.
Plant Mode | Midtown | Curbside pickup available. Gift cards available.
Ten Thousand Villages | Downtown | Order over the phone — call 217-352-8200.
Walnut Street Tea Co. | Downtown | Bulk tea or coffee for sale online. Sales associate will shop for you and store pick- up – call 217-351-6975.
Weiskamp Screen Printing | Downtown | Closed on Saturdays; call ahead for pick-up. Delivery available.
ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Virginia Theatre | Downtown | Box office open by phone Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Gift certificates and tickets for sale now by phone and online only – call 217-356-9063.
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum | Downtown | Activities posted regularly to their Facebook and Instagram. Closed to the public. Gift cards available — message them on Facebook. *donations accepted online
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Illini Eyecare | Campustown | Closed to the public, open for appointments only — call 217-351-6110.
Kessler Optical | Downtown | Closed to the public, open for appointments only — call 217-356-5377.
Vintage Edge Barber Shop | Downtown| Closed to the public. Gift cards and product available — call 217-530-9609.
Busey | Downtown | Drive through and ATM banking only.
Goosehead Insurance: Gene & Charlene Guldbrandsen | Downtown | Open for normal hours.
Hickory Point Bank | Downtown | Drive through and ATM banking only.
What businesses are closed?
Austin’s Sportswear | Downtown | Closed until further notice.
Champaign County History Museum | Midtown | Closed until further notice *donations accepted online
Champaign Public Library | Downtown | Closed until further notice.
Christopher & Co.| Downtown | Closed until further notice.
Destihl | Downtown | Closed permanently.
G.A.S. Barbershop & Hair Salon | Downtown | Closed until further notice.
Illini Union Bookstore | Campustown | Closed until further notice.
Neil St. Blues | Downtown | Closed until further notice.
Pekara Bakery & Bistro | Downtown | Closed until further notice.
Pour Brothers | Downtown | Closed to the public. Gift cards available online.
Spritz Jewelers | Downtown | Closed until further notice.
Written by Xander Hazel, Executive Director of the Champaign Center Partnership. Updated May 5, 2020. For more information or to provide input and business updates, please email email@example.com.