Shopping for your Tailgate in Champaign-Urbana

Champaign-Urbana is full of choices to putting together a delicious, elaborate tailgate, with very little effort. From BBQ to local produce and artisan meats and cheeses, you can create a pretty great spread for all of your fellow football fans! Enjoy your shopping experience and browse the local markets, or make things really easy and order a catered meal!


Heirloom tomatoes at Urbana’s Market at the Square
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Champaign County Markets
331 Stoughton Street, Champaign, IL 61820; (217) 352-4123
2901 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821; (217) 351-8600

1914 Glenn Park Drive, Champaign, IL 61821; (217) 356-8242
All locations open 24 hours.
A full service grocery store with an elaborate deli, bakery and prepared foods department. Party trays can be ordered in advance.

World Harvest Foods
519 East University Avenue

Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 356-4444
Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-6pm

International cheeses, meats, olives, chocolates and snacks. Middle Eastern menu of sandwiches, salads, platters and desserts that can all be ordered ahead of time through their catering department.

Wal-Mart Supercenter
2610 N. Prospect Avenue
Champaign, IL 61822
(217) 352-0700
Open 24 hours.

Ribs from Hickory River Smokehouse
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Hickory River Smokehouse
1706 N. Cunningham Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

Mon-Sat, 10:30am-9pm; Sun, 11am-8pm
Catered BBQ Ribs, pulled pork, brisket, turkey, chicken, ham and side dishes, or if you have a big group, go for the whole hog roast.

The Black Dog Smoke and Ale House
201 North Broadway Avenue
Urbana, IL
(217) 344-9334

Mon -Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm (bar stays open later) ; Sun, 11am-9pm
Not only do they smoke the typical beef brisket, pulled pork and ribs, they also create other specialties such as Seafood Gumbo, Santa Fe Smoked Chicken Soup, Smoked Catfish Tacos and a smoked chorizo sausage sandwich.

Market at the Square
Outdoors on the corner of Illinois & Vine Streets in Downtown Urbana
Sat, 7am-12pm May-Nov.
Since 1979, vendors have been coming from all over the state to sell their Illinois grown produce, dairy products, meats, baked goods and plants. Create a fresh, healthy tailgate menu with sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, apples, breads and muffins. Local musicians perform, there are hands-on arts activities for the kids, and local craftsmen also sell jewelry, art and handmade clothing.


Gourmet cheeses and olives at World Harvest
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Papa Del’s
206 E Green St
Champaign, IL61820
(217) 359-7700
Mon-Thurs, 10:30am -11pm; Fri- Sat, 10:30am-12am; Sun, 11am-11pm
Hot and cold subs, as well as thin crust or deep dish pizzas. Place an order for pick-up or delivery.

DP Dough
33 E Green Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 365 9663
Mon-Wed, 11am-2am; Thurs-Fri: 11am-3am; Sat, 11am-3am; Sun, 11am-1am
Calzones are great for an easy tailgate entrée. There are dozens of combos to choose from, including meats, cheeses, veggies and breakfast calzones. Place your order online.

Old Time Meat and Deli
2018 South Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm
Call ahead for all kinds of meat and cheese deli trays or sandwich platters.

About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.