We work with a number of local partners to help us tell the stories Champaign-Urbana's past, present, and future. Working with and supporting local businesses and organizations helps us build connections to this CU community—both its places and its people.
The first free-standing theater built in Champaign was the Walker Opera House and it is where all celebrations for the city took place. After the Opera House burned down in 1917, the Hamilton Hotel was built in its place.
The founders of Champaign’s premier steakhouse converged the names from the two historic landmarks to create the name “Hamilton Walker’s.”
Pecha Kucha nights have been happening across the C-U area since CUDO hosted Champaign-Urbana’s first PK Night in September 2009 at the Canopy Club.
Today you can find events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide.
Untapt is an organizational health consulting firm that empowers leaders, teams and organizations to maximize their potential.
Headquartered in Urbana, Untapt is passionate about empowering a new generation of leaders, focusing on two key disciplines—improving team cohesion and enhancing organizational clarity.
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Our tour guides are passionate about this community's past, present, and future. In addition to their own individual areas of expertise and research, we have found the following resources particularly useful in directing our research and tour preparation.
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.
This blog is devoted to inspiring "a renewed sense of pride and history in the built environment of Champaign, Illinois." It is maintained by current Champaign Senior Planner for Economic Development, TJ Blakeman, who focuses on individual lots in downtown Champaign and traces the built environment of that address.
This project, hosted by the University of Illinois Library, takes a multilayered approach to telling the history of the University within an overarching narrative that integrates the idea of place via maps, 3D imagery, and archival content.
Champaign County History Museum
The Champaign County History Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization and exists to "collect and preserve artifacts relating to the history of Champaign County, Illinois, and, by using those artifacts in formal and informal educational activities, to interpret that history to the public."
Champaign County's history is an intriguing mix of hard living and higher learning, with a long tradition of bearing witness to progress. That progress was not without struggle, the arrival of the railroad came at a high cost in human life, and the arrival of racial integration was long overdue. These vignettes by former mayor Dannel McCollum provide a memorable glimpse into the heart of the county's history.
2013 marked the 100th anniversary of a movie theater in downtown Champaign. Originally called The Park, it is now known as The Art Theater. In honor of this centennial, Perry C. Morris, Joseph Muskin, and Audrey Wells produced a book celebrating its history.