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Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

VERMILION COUNTY FAIR

What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

Today's Special: Chinese friends prepare to open Lao Sze Chuan eatery

CHAMPAIGN — Two high school pals from China who attended different universities in the United States are partners in a soon-to-open Chinese restaurant.

Nikki Wan, 25, and Chuan Zhan, 25, are opening Lao Sze Chuan in the Latitude building, 608 E. University Ave., C, in August.

Nikki Wan owns Latea Bubble Tea Lounge at 601 S. Sixth St., C.

Today's Special: Vintage Bakery a labor of love in Homer

HOMER — When Crystal Allen isn't teaching classes at the University of Illinois, you can usually find her cheerfully smiling as she mixes cakes, pies and cookies in downtown Homer.

Allen, a professor of animal science, has opened Vintage Bakery, a bake shop at 111 S. Main St.

C-U's always had a craving for a taste of Chicago

Andy Seils grew up in suburban Elmhurst, a couple miles from the first Portillo's in Villa Park, and now works a couple miles from the new one in Champaign that opened last month and draws enormous lines.

Today's Special: HuHot 'grill warriors' taking heat in unique kitchen

CHAMPAIGN — Part of the experience of eating at HuHot Mongolian Grill is simply watching the process.

HuHot isn't a traditional restaurant. Customers grab a bowl and fill it with a variety of proteins, noodles, vegetables and sauces.

"Our food bar has all raw products," general manager Duane Davies said. "You can mix anything you want."

The Reluctant Townie: Diagnosing your Portillo's problem

Based purely on social-media engagement, I can say with full confidence that the new Portillo's restaurant is the biggest thing to happen to the 'Paign since Farm Aid '85. People all over town are legitimately losing their minds.

After my mother posted a Facebook status geotagged from Portillo's for the fifth time in less than a week, I knew she had a problem.

Illini Inn building set to come down over summer

Campus questions? Submit them here and Tom Kacich will chase down an answer

CHAMPAIGN — The Illini Inn building is coming down.

Entertainment listings, June 1-8, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

URBANA FIRST FRIDAYS

What: Presented by Imbibe Urbana. Main Street between Race Street and Broadway Avenue will be closed to cars and open for festival fun. Unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more.

When: 4 to 11 p.m. June 2.

Where: Downtown Urbana.

Today's Special: Food truck opening a home base

CHAMPAIGN — The owner of the popular Caribbean Grill food truck is opening a brick-and-mortar eatery this week.

Mike Harden, also the executive chef, said his new Caribbean Grill restaurant opens Tuesday at 2135 S. Neil St., C, in the Shoppes of Knollwood complex.

"We're doing a quick-service concept with 32 seats total, including outdoor seating," he said.

Entertainment listings, May 25-June 1, 2017

SPECIAL EVENTS

This weekend

ILLINI REGIONAL BRIDGE TOURNAMENT

What: Pair and team events for players of all skill levels. Kibitzers are welcome. Hosted by local players from Bridge at Ginger Creek community bridge club.

When:9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily May 25-29.

Where: Hawthorn Suites, Champaign.