This week's stop in our video series on local businesses with stories to tell: Champaign's Papa Del's, a pizza lover's paradise that is enjoying its new radio connection.

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This week's stop in our series on area businesses with stories to tell: The Beef House in Covington, Ind., a favorite stop of Illini teams (Lovie Smith's crew was there Friday) to and from Purdue.

Campus Ink co-owner Steven Farag was working on his business’ pop-up shop in the former C.O. Daniels midday on a Friday, not normally a busy time for campus bars. But on normal days, a campus institution isn’t closing down next door.

The seven-story Marriott Aloft is slated to open by the end of 2020 on the corner of Hill and Neil streets with 132 rooms, a bar on the first floor, and 'a robot that will come and deliver your food and beverage for room service.'

The downtown sections of Urbana and Champaign get some Mailbag love this week, particularly two hotels — one almost 100 years old and another about to begin construction.

Slim Chickens, 2037 S. Neil St., C, was bought by Gary and Carla Grewe of St. Louis on July 29 and celebrated with a grand reopening on Sept. 12.

The popular Campustown bar will close its doors at 618 E. Daniel St. for good on that date, owner Scott Cochrane said Wednesday. It is scheduled to reopen in January in its new location at First and Green streets, where construction is underway.

This week’s stop in our video series on local businesses with stories to tell: Champaign’s Original Pancake House, a decades-old breakfast joint that grows bigger by the day.

This week’s stop in our video series on local businesses with stories to tell: The Courier Cafe in Urbana, a newsroom-turned-restaurant run by a former paperboy.