Ideas for Dates at UIUC

Dating often leads to the end of the beginning as the singular person that you once were disappears in favor of partnership that will endure the test of time.

Having said this, my recommendations for fostering dates is to avoid the classical “Movie and Dinner” date in favor of a more conversationlist or adventure driven approach. The rationale for later approach is I never really learn anything about the other person outside of their extravagent or plain tastes. I say this simply because societal norms around movies inspire the sound of silence and dinner is an awkward tango for two if the restuarant is sit-down since it is the first true moment of undivided attention leading anxiety to rear its head.

Warning: The content below may be stale. To ensure a great date, you should keep up-to-date with the events that are happening in the community. I find that the following sites are very helpful for Urbana-Champaign:

Adventure activities for dates

Laidback, autopilot activities for dates

Movies Theatre Location Appendix

Psst, you might want to consider getting a MoviePass or AMC Stubs membership.

Theatre Name Type Price Location
AMC Champaign 13 First run, Dolby atmos, IMAX Student: before 6pm $7.5 / after $ 8, Adult: $8 / $10 910 Meijer Dr, Champaign, IL 61822 (Marketplace)
Goodrich Savoy 16 First run, IMAX Student: before 6pm $7.5 / after $ 8.25, Adult: $8 / $10 232 Burwash Ave, Savoy, IL 61874 (Past South Farms)
The Art Theater Co-op Art, foreign & cult films S: $7.50/$8.25, A: $8.25$9.75 * 126 W Church St, Champaign, IL 61820 (Downtown Champaign)
Virginia Theatre Classics and community developed $5 or $6 203 W Park Ave, Champaign, IL 61820 (Downtown Champaign)
Harvest Moon Twin Drive In Movie Theatre Drive-in Movie Theatre $7 with $5 food permit 1175 S Sangamon Ave, Gibson City, IL 60936 (Far, Far Away)

* Note non-membership price was listed for The Art Theater Co-op.

Bar Trivia Location Appendix

Bar Name (Ranked best to worst) Trivia Time Location
Blind Pig Brewery Sunday 7:00 PM 120 N Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820 (Downtown Champaign)
Cowboy Monkey (Downtown Champaign) Sunday 7:30 PM 6 E Taylor St Champaign, IL 61820
Murphy’s Pub Sunday 10:00 PM 604 E Green St, Champaign, IL 61820 (Campus)
Memphis on Main Tuesday 7:00 PM 55 E Main St, Champaign, IL 61820 (Downtown Champaign)
Brothers Bar & Grill Tuesday 8:30 PM 613 E Green St, Champaign, IL 61820 (Campus)

Bar trivia is traditionally free, however, entrants are expected to buy a pint (about ~$5 or 6 dollars) to enter. Generally, each bar awards a gift certificate of a fixed value at the end of the evening to the best team.