ExploreCU

A project by University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

ExploreCU is a free web and mobile platform about the arts, culture, and history of Champaign-Urbana and its surrounding area. Developed by the University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, ExploreCU puts the people, places, and events that have shaped this region's history at your fingertips. Learn about Champaign-Urbana through layered, map-based, multimedia presentations, use social media to share stories, and experience informative tours of Champaign county.

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Drive or catch the bus to downtown Urbana for another local staple. Silvercreek, owned by Courier Café’s Allen Strong, is in their 27th year of business. Located just a short walk away from…

Out on South Neil Street sits The Ribeye, “The Great One Steak Place” as it is known to those who dine there, opened their doors in February 1979. They made their home in the relatively young…

Walking near the heart of campus puts visitors, students, faculty and staff alike near plenty of great places to eat, hang out, and have a good time. Tucked away on the corner of Oregon and St.…

If you have ever visited downtown Champaign, you probably noticed that most shops are packed tightly together, some with no spaces between them, while others have the smallest of alleyways. Radio…