Explore Champaign-Urbana in Summer
The hip hangout of Cafe Kopi has a sense of humor, from a Buddha draped with Mardi Gras beads presiding over the teas to a sandwich called the Cool Ham Cuke. See Midwest Living's review.
The decor at Kofusion falls somewhere between aquarium and neon-lit nightclub, but the rainbow of sushi rolls will steal your attention. They're a bargain on Sundays and Mondays for $1 each. See Midwest Living's review.
Bakers don't use preservatives or artificial flavorings at Pekara Bakery and Bistro; creative gelatos (like Mexican vanilla cafe mocha) tempt as well. See Midwest Living's review.
You can't get much closer to the action than Illini Union Hotel, an iconic campus gathering place. The 72 simple guest rooms have free Wi-Fi and reserved parking. The building has a bowling alley, several shops and an art gallery. See Midwest Living's review.
Contemporary sculptures (mostly abstract, geometric and metal) jut out of the prairie grass at Wandell Sculpture Garden. urbanaparks.org
For more information or to plan your trip., contact the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau. (217) /351-4133; visitchampaigncounty.org
Pictured: Century-old Allerton Park includes more than 100 sculptures.