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Visit Urbana: Places to Eat, Drink, and Play This Weekend

Brennon Hightower

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Illinois has so many hidden gems and there is nothing more exciting than discovering special places to visit, especially locally. Urbana, Illinois is one of those places, and it is right in my backyard. This beautiful city is just next door to the hustle and bustle of Champaign but feels like a lifetime away with its quaint downtown and beautiful parks nestled throughout town.

Urbana has a little something for everyone! With this in mind, here is a weekend itinerary for great places to eat, drink, and play in Urbana, Illinois. And, guess what? I’ve tried them all!

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Casa Del Mar, 2870 S. Philo Rd., Urbana

Casa Del Mar is a Mexican restaurant located at 2870 S. Philo Rd. in Urbana. It’s tucked away in a quiet and quaint plaza off of Philo Road, across from the Meijer gas station.

They are open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM and 10:30 AM - 9:30 PM on Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant is very clean and modern looking. Customers have the option to sit indoors or outdoors. Therefore if you choose to enjoy tacos with your family, you have the option of where you would like to sit and enjoy your family experience.

The Courier Café, 111 N Race St, Urbana

The Courier Café is located in downtown Urbana. It’s an old-school American spot with an antique vibe, salad bar, menu of burgers, sandwiches, and milkshakes. I love the feel of the restaurant, as well as the murals on the building.

Huaraches Moroleon, 805 Philo Rd, Urbana

Huaraches Moroleon is located at 805 Philo Rd in Urbana. The food is delicious offering up hearty Mexican eats, imported beer, and jumbo margaritas. This is actually a favorite of ours. If we aren’t ordering to go, we’re dining in.

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Riggs Beer, 1901 S. High Cross Road, Urbana

Riggs Beer Company is a family-owned brewery that opened its doors to the public in June 2016 and is located at 1901 S. High Cross Road in Urbana, Illinois.

A few things that I appreciate about Riggs is that the establishment is family-friendly and you can actually bring your children with you while you relax in the Tap Room or Beer Garden.

Crane Alley, 115 W. Main Street, Urbana

Crane Alley was founded in 2003 and has been a local cornerstone in Downtown Urbana for about two decades now. It is located at 115 W. Main Street in Urbana and can be classified as an upscale-casual gastropub with a menu of delicious modern American entrees such as burgers, nachos, sandwiches, and, of course, craft beers. What I appreciate about Crane Alley is its unique World Wide Beer Tour.

Sipyard, 204 W Main St, Urbana

The Sipyard is one of the most unique places that I have experienced. They are the only beer garden in central Illinois that operates out of a shipping container which is located in the middle of downtown Urbana.

The space is shared with an amazing outdoor graffiti gallery which makes for an amazing photoshoot location during the day.

In the evening on weekends, however, you can enjoy good beer specials, live music, and events. Their season runs for six or seven months usually starting in April running all the way to early November.

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University of Illinois Arboretum, 2001 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana

The University of Illinois Arboretum is 2001 S Lincoln Ave in Urbana. There is plenty of parking in the parking lots or on the side of the road. This is a new arboretum with beautiful gardens and is currently under construction on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign campus.

There is no charge to get in and a wonderful place to walk through and take photos. Some of my favorite areas include walking near the Japan House, looking out over the pond, and checking out the wildlife. I also love walking through the Idea Garden and sitting under the Meditation Station.

Urbana–Champaign Scavenger Hunt: Hunting Illini

If you’ve never completed a scavenger hunt, this is an awesome way to learn more about the University of Illinois. Let’s Roam offers a scavenger hunt called Hunting Illini which takes you on a loop around campus in search of storied buildings, grand green spaces, and epic sculptures. For example, you’ll see the Krannert Art Museum, the Main Quad, and the Bardeen Quadrangle.

Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space, 302 N Broadway Ave Suite 100, Urbana

Lastly is Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space located at 302 N Broadway Ave Suite 100 in Urbana. Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space is an interactive real-life escape room game for friends, family, and coworkers.

We experienced this as a professional development activity and had so much fun working together as a team to escape.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it. Here’s an assortment of places to eat, drink and play on a visit to Urbana, Illinois.

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