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The first Matthew C. Farrell 5K Run/Walk will happen in June


Farrell was a well known local artist and graphic designer who was tragically killed in 2016. The 5K will benefit the Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund and Scholarship, set up shortly after his death. You can register for the event here.

First Annual Matthew C. Farrell 5K Run/Walk

Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund and Scholarship

Urbana, IL- On Saturday, June 2, 2018, a fun run/walk benefiting the Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund and Scholarship will be held beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Meadowbrook Park (101 W. Windsor Rd, Urbana). 

Check-in and onsite registration for the fun run/walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Windsor street pavilion. The fun run/walk is approximately 3 miles and can be taken at any pace. Runners, joggers, walkers, families, and leashed dogs are welcome to participate.

Registration is required and early online registration is encouraged. Early registration is $25 per participant and onsite registration is $30 per participant. Those who register online before May 19, 2018 will receive a $5 discount and memorabilia t-shirt.

This event is in memory of Matthew C. Farrell, who was a longtime supporter of the Arts, Education, and the Champaign-Urbana community. All proceeds for this event will go to The Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Fund giving a graduating UHS student who plans to study the Arts, a full ride to Parkland College.

“This event is fun and for a great cause,” Memorial Fund board member Rose Barnes said. “We invite everyone to get active with us on our first annual Matthew C. Farrell 5K Run/Walk.”

For more information and online registration:



There’s a parking lot art pop up happening on Saturday

We've all driven by the somewhat raggedy B-22 lot at the corner of Goodwin and University in Urbana. It sits in a space just on the edge of the university and long stretch of gas stations, fast food restaurants, and hospital buildings. On Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. it will be the site of an art exhibition, which is pretty cool.

NOLAS is a play on the French "salon", and seeks break down conventions and create something that is the opposite of a traditional art exhibition. Organizers Aimee Schneider and Samit Sinha plan to fill the lot with visual and participatory art, music, food, and discussion.

Check out the flyer below for details on this unique event:


Lodgic Everyday Community is hosting a Free Coworking Friday this week

Lodgic Everyday Community is opening it's doors this Friday, April 20th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a sneak peek into their workspace area. And hey, you can actually bring your work along and test out the new digs. Here are the details:

"Free Coworking Friday" – This is an opportunity for the public to engage with the Lodgic brand and concept – on a smaller scale, in the pre-opening office – and experience coworking in a fresh, new way. All are welcome and invited to drop by and learn more about Lodgic. Guests are encouraged to work in the shared workspace, take phone calls or meetings in the private offices, or utilize the Board room, which seats up to 10. The space will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout the day. Hard hat tours of the full-scale, Lodgic construction site – slated to open early Summer – will take place at 10 AM and 2 PM, limit ten per tour. Tours will begin in Little Lodgic, and guests will be escorted to the construction site; closed–toe shoes must be worn.

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Mutt Strut 2018 is May 6th at Colbert Park

Mutt Strut is an annual fundraiser for the Champaign County Humane Society, and includes a dog walk, games, activities, contests, food, and Triptych brews from 4 to 7 p.m. Dog owners are encouraged to register their dogs for the dog walk, then raise money for the organization by creating a fundraising page. You get prizes for your fundraising efforts, and the top fundraiser will have their dog featured on the label of Triptych's Fall Brew. 

Even if you don't have a dog, you should definitely attend the event and enjoy some cute puppers and Triptych beers on a spring afternoon. You can see some of last year's fun here

Photo by Sam Logan


The UP Center is hosting a Queer Prom on May 12th

Like spring, Prom season is upon us. To celebrate this, The UP Center is hosting a Queer Prom on May 12th. The dance is open to youths ages 13-18, and is free to attend. The location is TBD. You can RSVP to the dance here.

The UP Center is looking for volunteers for the event as well as donations of decorations, prom dresses, and shirts/pants/suits. You can contact them at for more info. 


Illini Hillel is celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Cohen Center on April 29th

On April 29th, Illini Hillel will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Cohen Center, which was founded in December of 2007. The event will be honoring the Takiff/Cohen Family, Maury Fertig, and Barry Weiner for their contributions to Illini Hillel.

The event will include lunch, special guest speakers including Dean Brown of the Gies College of Business, and graduates ranging from 1965 to 2017. To attend, RSVP on the event page. 


Illinois Theatre announces 2018-19 season

The Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois has announced their 2018-2019 season, which will be apart of their two season 50th anniversary celebration. The selected works “consider the interplay between power and pleasure and how these things are defined, operate, and manifest in people’s lives" and include contemporary plays, a classic, a musical, and one world premeire. 

Here's some more details: 

Urbana, IL — For nearly 50 years, Illinois Theatre, the producing entity of the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been producing enlivening, dynamic, and complex productions at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Illinois Theatre 2018-19 season will be a cornerstone of the Center’s two-season 50th-anniversary celebration. Known for consistently challenging its students to grow as artists while also engaging the community and campus in conversation, Illinois Theatre continues its legacy with the 2018-19 calendar of performances. The six works each consider the interplay between power and pleasure and how these things are defined, operate, and manifest in people’s lives. Plays both classic and contemporary, plus one musical and one world premiere, delve into the acquisition, use, and consequences of power across time, evoking equal parts laughter and thought.

Tickets for the 2018-19 season will go on sale Saturday, July 14, at 10am on, by calling 217.333.6280 (800.KCPATIX), or in-person at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Illinois. Single tickets for Illinois Theatre productions are $25 / Senior $24 / Student $15 / UI Student and Youth $10. Group and series discounts are available. Patrons who contribute at the $250 level and above will enjoy early ticket-ordering privileges.

An American Daughter
By Wendy Wasserstein
Studio Theatre: October 4-6; 10-14, 2018
Tom Mitchell, director
In this work set in contemporary Washington, DC, Dr. Lyssa Hughes—a descendant of Ulysses S. Grant—is being considered for the post of Surgeon General of the United States. In the 21st century, a woman’s progress in politics is fraught with challenge. The late playwright Wendy Wasserstein humanizes the political, creating an intelligent play that also bursts with humor and hurt.
Contains adult content
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Colwell Playhouse: October 18-20; 25-28, 2018
J.W. Morrissette, director
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum remains one of Broadway’s greatest musical farces. This 1962 Tony Award-winning, slapstick comedy combines the plays of ancient Roman comedian Plautus with the whimsical vaudevillian genius of modern musical theatre. Illinois Theatre will adopt a uniquely 21st-century lens in exploring how comedy has changed through the centuries and how this classic lives on today’s stage. To quote the show’s host Prologus, “Something familiar, Something peculiar, Something for everyone—a comedy tonight!”

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade
By Peter Weiss
Studio Theatre: November 1-3; 7-11, 2018
Laura Hackman, director
Peter Weiss’ 1963 classic exploration of madness, history, and revolution takes on new resonance this fall. At Charenton Asylum, the inmates reenact the final days of the French Revolution for the visiting director and his upper-class family. With found instruments, props, and imaginative costumes, the production uses song and story to craft a parable about the delights and dangers of revolutionary action.
Contains adult content

Hit the Wall
By Ike Holter
Studio Theatre: January 31-February 2; February 6-10, 2019
Robert G. Anderson, director
The Stonewall Riots, started during a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in June 1969, are mythologized as the beginning of the contemporary gay rights movement. Playwright Ike Holter reimagines that night, bringing desire and frustration to a sweaty, messy, sexy life. Featuring a live band and a multivoiced narrative, Hit the Wall remembers the past but points bravely to the future.
Contains strong adult content

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Mark Haddon
Colwell Playhouse: February 28-March 2; March 7-10, 2019
Guest director TBD
Based on Mark Haddon’s prizewinning 2003 novel, the play presents a young man’s search for answers—to his favorite math problems, about what it means to be different, to the question of who murdered the neighbor’s dog. A play-within-a-play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time explores the bonds between parent and child, and what it means to accept shortcomings in those we love.

Because I Am Your Queen
By Mina Samuels
Studio Theatre: March 28-30; April 3-7, 2019
Barbara McAdams, director
What would Mary Stuart, Shakespeare’s Hermione, Medea, Queen Christina of Sweden, and other queens of stage and screen say and do if they were all together at a day spa? What would they change? Illinois Theatre is thrilled to premiere this devised piece, created using Moment Work by Tectonic Theatre founding member Barbara McAdams and playwright Mina Samuels and further developed with our students. Please join us for a fast, funny, wicked take on femininity, power, and pleasure.
Contains adult content

Photo from Krannert Center Facebook page. 


First Federal is giving away free tomato plants on May 7th

Get two free tomato plants for your garden at First Federal's Tomato Plant Giveaway. They will be available at both the Neil Street and Springfield Avenue locations. Details below:

It's that time of year! Stop by either our Neil St or Urbana First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana locations on May 7th between 9am and 5pm to receive your 2 FREE Super Fantastic Variety tomato plants! (while supplies last at both locations)

You can also enter to win a wheelbarrow full of new gardening tools valued at $150 (need not be present to win, no purchase necessary).

NEW this year! From 2:30-5 we'll have games and activities for kids with Tony T!


Allerton Park’s Greenhouse Café will open on April 20th

Allerton Park is already a wonderful place, but it's about to get even better this week. On Friday, April 20th, The Greenhouse Café opens, providing food and beverages to park visitors. The café will have all the s-foods: soups, salads, sandwiches, and snacks.  

Details are in the press release below.

Contact: Bridget Frerichs                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
217-333-3287 |              April 13, 2018

Allerton’s Greenhouse Café to open Friday

Monticello – Visitors to Allerton Park and Retreat Center will now be able to enjoy fresh food and drinks from The Greenhouse Café, set to open Friday, April 20, with a ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public at 8:30am. The Café is located in Allerton’s Visitor Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Classic café refreshments - coffee, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more – will be available six days a week. Hours will vary by season, with April – October hours set to be: Tuesday-Thursday (8am-4pm), Friday and Saturday (8am-7pm), and Sunday (8am-4pm); closed Mondays.

“We often talk about the ‘Allerton experience’ and this addition will only improve the overall experience of our guests,” said Allerton’s Public Outreach Coordinator Mindy Brand. “From enjoying breakfast after an overnight in the Mansion, to being able to grab lunch and then hit the trails again, your experience at Allerton will only get better.”

Director Derek Peterson notes that this is the first step in many to providing a more complete user experience at Allerton. While Phase One of the Master Plan (2015) focused on engagement and accessibility, Phase Two will focus on improving and utilizing every square inch of current facilities.

“The historic buildings across the road from the Visitor Center are in prime locations, but are currently be used for storage and maintenance,” Peterson said. “We’re currently trying to secure funds to renovate Robert Allerton’s former Ice House – which would serve as additional lodging and provide programming possibilities, specifically an Artist in Residence program.”

Funding for the Café renovation was made possible through an estate gift from George M. Unger, and donations from the Friends of Allerton. The Greenhouse Café is operated by Monticello resident and business owner Samantha Koon of The Zybell House.

For more information visit or call 217-333-3287.

About Allerton Park and Retreat Center
Built as a private residence by artist and philanthropist Robert Allerton in 1900, Allerton Park and Retreat Center is a historical treasure that was donated to the University of Illinois in 1946. The property contains 1,500 acres of woodland and prairie areas, a Mansion and reflecting pond, a 10-acre meadow, formal sculpture gardens, hiking trails, a café, and several lodging facilities. For more information and to view other events, visit or call 217-333-3287.

Photo courtesy of Allerton Park and Retreat Center


Stango Cuisine opens today with regular hours

We first posted about Stango Cuisine a little while ago. The restaurant will open with normal hours today, April 17th. Located in the food court of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, Stango Cuisine offers barbecue, sandwiches, beef stew, curry chicken, and ox-tail stew (menu is here). The restaurant also offers a 75oz steak challenge. It sounds intense. 

300 S Broadway
Lincoln Square Mall
T-F 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sa 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Neutral Cycle is offering free bike tune ups on the quad next week

Bike season is upon really, it is. Some of you hard core cycling folks have been out there on two wheels all winter, but I'm one that has not even looked at my bike since about September. Neutral Cycle is offering a free opportunity for a bike tune up on April 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. to help you get your bike back in tip top shape for the summer. Here are the details:

It's a Bicycle Extravaganza! Get a free bicycle tune-up and $1 off any drink coupon at BrewLab with on-site bicycle registration to fight bike thefts.

We are here to help with all of your bicycle questions!

Join Neutral Cycle on the main Quad with University of Illinois Police Department and U of I staff to talk bicycle safety, theft, maintenance and more!