September Urbana First Fridays Map!

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July 7 Urbana First Fridays

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July brings Urbana First Fridays three new businesses in downtown to enjoy! Blackbird Urbana, The Gilbert Gallery, and Spark Museum + Play Cafe! Boom. Pow. Wow.

What other newness can you experience? Some of UIUC’s top student startups from the University of Illinois College of Business’ iVenture Accelerator.

As you know, at 4pm lots of great activities start, but 5pm is when Main Street will start shutting down with content starting at 5:30.

Some of what’s on deck:

Imbibe Urbana craft station to launch the Flag Design Competition brought to you by Spark Museum + Play Cafe, Norden German Design Studio, Urbana Public Arts Program, and Weiskamp Screen Printing.
Main Street Carnival brings the love, style, and fire! Eclectic mix of flow arts entertainers on Main near Broadway.
Piato Cafe food truck, NitroCup, Pipapo & The Pop Stop, Inc in the main street mix.
Pop-Up Library from The Urbana Free Library & Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County
Startup Stations to meet UIUC’s newest and brightest student ventures from the iVenture Accelerator: Bilder, Dibbs, Idana, Optivolt Labs, Slayd, and Trala.

Art shows at Cinema Gallery, International Galleries & The Gilbert Gallery
Adventure games LabEscape & Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space
Live music at The Iron Post, Community Center for the Arts, and Pizza-M
Sock Hop at the Independent Media Center
Dinner & drink specials from Pizza-M, Bunny’s Tavern, The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery, Crane Alley, Blackbird Urbana, Sitara Indian Restaurant & Lounge, Black Dog and more.
Fun at Spark Museum + Play Cafe
Health & Welness from Amara Yoga & Arts and Urbana Acupuncture, llc.
Virtual Reality gaming at Collider Cowork
Food & wine tastings at Common Ground Food Co-op

Thanks also to the UBA, CITY OF URBANA, and First Federal Savings Bank.

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Urbana Flag Design Competition

Engage through expression.

Change through design.

Influence through art.

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The Urbana Flag Design Competition showcases the creativity of residents, visitors, & artists in the Urbana area. Combining the area’s density of design talent with its engaged community will result in flag designs that represent Urbana’s history, landscape & cultural vibrancy.

After the September 30th deadline, a committee will choose the final 30 designs to be judged publicly on Oct. 6th.

 The 5 overall winning designs from that night will be made into flags and displayed at future Urbana First Fridays. Winning designs may be used for Imbibe Urbana promotional material and products in conjunction with the designers.

Note: This is an “unofficial” flag design competition. There is no expectation that any design will be adapted as Urbana’s official flag… (but who knows?!)

Submissions begin July 7th.

Deadline: Sept 30th at 10pm.

To Submit Electronically: 

Email up to three designs in 12x18in PDF, JPEG, or PNG format to:

Include in the body of the email:

  • Name

  • Contact information (Phone number & preferred email)

  • Age

  • Occupation

  • Official City of Residence (Beyond C-U is fine!!)

  • School (if applicable)

  • Whether you make over $1000 a year as a graphic designer/artist (YES OR NO)

The information will not be made public; it will qualify you for certain award categories.

To Submit Hard Copies: 

Drop off up to three designs in 8.5x11in or 11x17in format to:

Urbana – Spark Museum & Play Cafe

142 Lincoln Square, Urbana, IL 61801

Monday-Saturday 10-7, Sunday 1-5


Champaign – Weiskamp Screenprinting

312 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820

Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30, Saturday 10-2

Fill out the submission form provided at the location and paper clip it to your submission.

By submitting designs to this contest, designers agree to allow Imbibe Urbana to make promotional material and products from submitted designs and split the profits of those products evenly between the designer and the fund for Urbana First Fridays.

 Email Kristin at with any questions!

Remember! Awards Ceremony Oct 6th!

Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted.



Downtown Urbana: June 2, 4-11 PM

Oh hey! Nothing to see here… no nothing at all…Except our most fun First Fridays yet! Downtown street shut down, party on!

On The Street!

Main Street Carnival
Music from Community Center for the Arts
Sticker making with Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Action Table, kids activities, sign-making and more with ACLU – Champaign County !
Bugs & Butterflies with UIUC’s Entomology Department
Kids’ Play with KOOP-Kid Owned & Operated Play
UHS Jazz Band (5pm!)
Pookie Phetchareune’s balloon animals
Crafts with Goodthingz Gina
The Pop Stop, Inc
Piato Cafe Food Truck!
…and more!

In The Buildings!

Girls Rock C-U music and art benefit in the Cohen Building with bar by Lumen
Piano Bar at the The Iron Post
Shopping at Bohemia, Bluebird boutique & See You CD & Vinyl
Adventure games at LabEscape & Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space
Riggs Beer Company party at Bunny’s Tavern brought to you by First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana
Dinner specials at Crane Alley & The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery
Tastings at Common Ground Food Co-op & Pizza-M
Wellness fun at Urbana Acupuncture, llc & Amara Yoga & Arts
Art at Cinema Gallery & International Galleries
… and more!




Downtown Urbana: May 5, 4-11 PM

Culture cruising towards summer with another spectacular Urbana First Fridays on May 5th. Main Street between Race and Broadway will be closed again to cars and open for festival fun!

Get ready for yet another night of unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

Imbibe Urbana CU Bike Rally (celebrate Bike to Work Week!) May is Bike Month! And in this Gold Status cycling town, we celebrate! Imbibe-style. Beer, music, art… slow bike races?
Main Street Carnival (Fire performers! Music! Hoops for the kids!)
Jason Patterson Art Show at the Cohen Building with Lumen cocktails
Live Painting on Main by Kirsten Elizabeth Gilmore
NitroCup (Iced coffee on tap! And on a bike!)
Popsicles by The Pop Stop, Inc
Piano bar at the Iron Post!
WEFT Community Radio
Thomas Skaggs artist meet-and-greet at Cinema Gallery
Expressions 5 Art Show at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
Parasol Pop-up – SideShow Gallery #3 featuring: Hooey Batiks, MoonshineJug, Lisa Kesler Studio, James Escher, Same Street Textiles, Started With a Stone Jewelry, Lydia Puddicombe
Free 10-minute science-based escape games at LabEscape
Comic Books (read and color!) at The Urbana Free Library
Arts and Music at Community Center for the Arts
Free Acupuncture for new clients at Urbana Acupuncture, llc
Free laughter yoga at Amara Yoga & Arts
Specials at The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery, Black Dog Smoke & Ale House Urbana and Crane Alley
Tastings at Pizza-M and Common Ground Food Co-op
Sales at Bohemia!

Other sponsors include First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana, Urbana Business Association, and Urbana, Illinois – City Government.

More events and specials announced soon!