Today's Special: Courier Cafe among group's top lunch spots in state

URBANA — An Urbana eatery has been named one of the top 10 lunch spots in Illinois.

Best Things Illinois, part of Americantowns Media, named The Courier Cafe, 111 N. Race St., U, on its annual list of the top lunch spots in the Prairie State. It was ranked No. 7.

Carnival rides, a butter cow and musical superstars, oh my!

You've got your carnival rides, your funnel cakes and corn dogs, the traditional butter cow, a fair queen, Cullers fries and lots of people at the 2017 Illinois State Fair, today through Aug. 20 in Springfield.

Staff writer Paul Wood looks at some highlights, including an icy one:

Entertainment listings, Aug. 10-17, 2017


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What: Livestock auction and shows, carnival, tractor pull, rodeo, pedal tractor pull, demo derby, and music by Torn Labels are among the highlights.

When: Continues Aug. 10-12.

Where: Georgetown fairgrounds, 13 N. Seminary, Georgetown.

Meg Makes: An entree and a side, all from the garden

Garden season is in full swing. This week, I wanted to share both an easy entree and side that showcase two garden favorites: zucchini and eggplant.

My mom swears by the frittata — it serves two, but you could add eggs, zucchini and cheese for a bigger crowd.

My Amish Home: Another winding road to quilt completion

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of G

Top of the Morning, Aug. 9, 2017

After spotting our Instagram photo of Lovie Smith biking to training camp on Monday night, WILL NEWTON took to the comments with an offer: If Coach needs another set of wheels, his new business has a tricycle available.

Urbana developer opening locally based food hall

URBANA — A food hall containing up to five different restaurants and a small bar is under construction on Broadway Avenue in Urbana.

Urbana developer Matt Cho, best known as the owner of Sipyard in Urbana, said his Broadway Food Hall will open as early as this fall at 401 N. Broadway Ave., just north of the Station Theatre, on the site of the former Four Seasons Garage Sales building.

Weekend Planner: Treasure of the Prairibbean

If a week's stay on Martha's Vineyard appeals to you, then head to C-U in the Prairibbean tonight in downtown Champaign, benefiting Developmental Services Center, which serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Now open in Paxton: Harvest Ale House

PAXTON — Earlier this week, the time finally arrived that Ben Grice had been looking forward to for so long.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the 39-year-old Paxton restaurateur officially opened the Harvest Ale House in the long-vacant building at 102 S. Market St., once the home of The 102 Lounge.