There's a lot to love about Champaign-Urbana and we're here to foster your community pride.

This joint collaboration between Visit Champaign County You're Welcome CU, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation is providing you with ways to share why you live, work and play in Chambana.  

 

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Chambana Proud Podcast

Think you know all about Champaign-Urbana? Think again. With the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as our anchor, this area is bursting with impressive people, vibrant arts and culture, tantalizing local flavors, exciting sports, and endless activities. Carly from the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, and Terri from Visit Champaign County—two self-professed community gurus—catch up every other week on what’s going on and things you need to know. Good things happen in Chambana every day, so give Chambana Proud a listen to catch up with the many people, places, and events that will make you proud to live in the C-U area.

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ARTIST PROFILES

We partnered with 40 North and local artists to come up with a few fun t-shirt designs that put our points of pride out there for the world to see. 

Whether it's the life-changing innovations from the University of Illinois, the award-winning culinary scene, the micro-urban community feel, or the affordability, there's a lot to celebrate.

Hat tip to our local artists who created our t-shirt designs. Here's a bit more info about these talented designers and how you can support local art. 

Scott Barber 

T-SHIRT DESIGNS

Whipped Cream

We're Super Sweet

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Scott Barber is a designer and illustrator in Urbana who tries to create art that affect those who see it by putting a smile on their faces. He does everything from logos to murals, from chalk painting to oil painting. He also has a side project of building a hot sauce company. Most of his time, however, is spent with his clothing line, Scobar, which can be purchased locally at Dandelion and Bohemia. He has a lovely wife and a house full of more cats than he needs.

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David Michael Moore

T-SHIRT DESIGNS

Outside of Ordinary

Top Spots in CU

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David is a graphic facilitator who has called Champaign his home for 13 years. He has been working in graphic design since 2004, and six years ago began the practice of graphic facilitation—live, visual notetaking at meetings—illustrating strategic planning and visioning sessions for many local clients. He has served as the President of CUDO (Champaign-Urbana Design Organization) and volunteered on the PechaKucha Night committee through 15 volumes. He currently works from his office at Lodgic.

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Ralph Roether

T-SHIRT DESIGNS

Chambana Proud

Team CU & UC

We Made the Internet

Thumbs Up

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Ralph has been an award winning professional graphic designer for over twenty-five years. He has created logos and branding for many local businesses. He often infuses his graphic design sensibilities into his artwork and illustrations. He currently has a permanent gallery of work at Pour Bros. Taproom in Downtown Champaign.

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Matt Wiley

T-SHIRT DESIGN

Big Shot

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Matt Wiley works as a Design Specialist for University of Illinois Extension. He draws upon his illustration and design skills for storyboards, animation, and infographics. In his free time, he dabbles in conceptual design, 3D modeling, and long-exposure photography. He self-published a children’s picture book called “My Cat is Depressed,” and is currently developing a webcomic about propaganda, holograms, and punching nazis.

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Madelyn Witruk

T-SHIRT DESIGNS

#chambana

Heart CU

Champaign-Urbana Pride

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Madelyn is an artist, designer, illustrator and muralist who somehow found her way into the music business. I am a Chambana native who loves coffee, food, and my cat, Lilac. My 9-5 is at Polyvinyl Record Co. where I am the Merchandise Designer. When I’m not at Polyvinyl I am either working on freelance projects, making things for my brand (the OH,OK shop), or volunteering with the local design non-profit (CUDO) that I run.

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CELEBRATING CHAMBANA & OUR INNOVATIONS

Champaign-Urbana is a hotbed for innovation, ranging from the invention of the modern web-browser to whipcream in a can. To celebrate some of these innovations, and to put CU on the map, we asked four local artists to come up with their spin on some reasons why we're proud to call #Chambana home.

Shop shirts, totes and prints at:

Visit Champaign County, 17 E. Taylor St., Champaign, located between

the Blind Pig Beer Garden and Farren's Pub.

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

Shop online for items to be shipped or free pickup.

 

Select shirts also available at the Illini Union Bookstore!

Interested in carrying our products? Contact us for wholesale opportunities.

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Super Sweet

Touts the invention of Super Sweetcorn from University of Illinois professor, John Laughnan, that brought this tasty summer favorite to dinner tables and grocery stores for all to enjoy.

ARTIST: Scobar

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#chambana

We know you've used it. Our own slang for our twin cities, Champaign-Urbana.

ARTIST: Madelyn Witruk

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Whipped Cream

A nod to University of Illinois graduate student Charles Getz made whipped cream in a can a possibility.

ARTIST: Scobar

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Heart CU

Let's put Chambana on the map so you don't have to describe where to find East Central Illinois,

ARTIST: Madelyn Witruk

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Internet

Celebrates the invention of the modern web browser, Mosaic, from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications led by Marc Andreessen.

ARTIST: Ralph Roether

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Outside of Ordinary

Showcasing all those attractions and spots around Champaign County that make us Outside of Ordinary.

ARTIST: David Michael Moore

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Thumbs Up

We all learned that it's thumbs up or down for films thanks to Urbana native, film critic Roger Ebert.

ARTIST: Ralph Roether

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Big Shot

Vaccinated and want to share it? Show you're a Big Shot that got your vaccine in Champaign County with this Alma Mater-themed tee!

ARTIST: Matt Wiley

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C-U Pride

Team Champaign

Team Urbana

Chambana Proud

Pride is in Champaign-Urbana's roots. Show your support for all with this fun, colorful tee! Also available in Natural.

ARTIST: Madelyn Witruk

Are you Team Champaign-Urbana? Show which side of Wright St. you're one with this tee! 

*Available in kids sizes

ARTIST: Ralph Roether

Are you Team Urbana-Champaign? Show which side of Wright St. you're one with this tee! 

*Available in kids sizes

ARTIST: Ralph Roether

Show your Chambana pride in this cozy hoodie!

ARTIST: Ralph Roether

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Chambana Proud Hat

This trucker hat will become your go-to in showing your Chambana Pride. (charcoal/navy)

ARTIST: Ralph Roether

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Top Spots in CU

This quasi-map highlights our favorite spots on- and off-campus in

Champaign-Urbana.

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*Also available as a t-shirt and print!*

ARTIST: David Michael Moore

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