Local Guide


The largest concentration of inexpensive lunch restaurants is on Green Street, west of the Illini Union. Local favorites include Murphy’s Pub for burgers, Zorba’s for gyros, and you can find quick and easy sandwich chains here as well (Subway, Jimmy John’s, Potbelly).

Other lunch possibilities include the mall-style food court in the basement of the Illini Union and a number of nearby restaurants located on Goodwin Avenue and Gregory Street, such as Basil Thai, Kofusion, J Gumbo’s, and Rosati’s Pizza, east of the Foreign Languages Building (FLB). The Intermezzo Café in the Krannert Center nearby serves baked goods, light lunches, soup, salads, and sandwiches.


If you have your own laptop at the conference, you can sign in to the campus Wi-Fi as a guest.


For copying, you may visit local business Notes & Quotes (502 E. John St.) or FedEx Kinko’s (613 S. Wright St.). The Main and Undergrad Libraries also provide copying services at 10 cents per page, but require the purchase of a copying card.


The regional chain Espresso Royale dominates the campus coffee business here, and the nearest locations can be found on 6th Street and E Daniel Street, or Goodwin Avenue and Oregon Street. Starbucks has a location in the courtyard in the Illini Union, and a number of other nearby locations. Additional nearby coffee shops include Dunkin’ Donuts and Caffe Bene.


If you’re looking to “live large” and experience the best that CU has to offer, there are several nice restaurants in the downtown Champaign triangle. Big Grove Tavern has tasty farm-to-table treats, Destihl is a fan-favorite gastropub, and Seven Saints offers some interesting sliders and cocktails. Black Dog Smoke and Ale House is a locally-renowned BBQ joint, with locations in Urbana and Champaign. Maize also offers authentic Mexican cuisine.