The Quad at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Always great to be back in Urbana Champaign, a college town in the middle of rural Illinois where I spent four amazing years as an undergrad. The metropolitan area has been marketed as a “micro-urban” community formed a result of the college student population here.


Black Dog Smoke and Ale House

No trip to Champaign is complete without a trip to Black Dog Smoke and Ale House. Make sure to get their burnt ends because they do run out!


Well this was mostly a nostalgia trip but the blog is titled IlliniAbroad and we can’t have a post without UIUC (they’ve since rebranded to “Illinois”, but for those of us who were around during the controversial “Chief” era it’ll always be UIUC) in there.

The Alma Mater and Altgeld Hall

This post took way too long to do. I acknowledge this.


Have you visited an art museum recently? Did they happen to have a Monet? Did it look anything like these:

Water Lily Pond 1900 – Art Institute of Chicago
Nymphéas 1905 – Art Institute of Chicago

I’ve got nothing against Monet but too often I see his water lily collection. I am at the point where I am really tired of seeing the same type of painting everywhere. In this situation I was happy to report that there was a bit of variety in this exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.