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The Best After-Class Spots in Champaign

The life of a college student can be busy and stressful. Between classes, having a social life, and studying, the thought of merely existing between those moments can be daunting. It’s important to take the time you need to unwind after a long day of being studious. Here are some tips to help you do just that from the crew at West Quad.

Get Back to Nature

Spending time in the great outdoors is a great way to relax. It can reduce feelings of depression and stress, improve memory, and lower your stress hormones. A great place to unwind and become one with nature is Meadowbrook Park. This 130 masterpiece features a farmstead, 80 acres of recreated tallgrass prairie, as well as McCullough and Douglas creek corridors. Find paved and unpaved walking trails to roam, explore the Timpone Ornamental Tree Grove, check out organic garden plots.

Eat & Be Merry

If you’re in search of a great patio to relax with friends, The Bling Pig Brewery is the place for you. With its great menu and even better ambiance, you can relax and reflect on the day. Another great place to chill with a nice cup of coffee and great treats is Cafe Kopi. Serving coffee, tea, salads, sandwiches, pitas, paninis, and more, this staple over 20 years old is the perfect place to meditate, reflect, and forget about your day!

Other Great Places 

If the restaurant scene and the outdoors aren’t for you, there are so many other offerings available. There’s always the Illini Union Rec Room which boasts a wide variety of spaces and activities on campus. If you need to balance yourself, the Living Yoga Center offers yoga classes, educational opportunities, and services that promote a balanced, healthy, and spiritual lifestyle.

One great thing about West Quad and Champaign – there’s never a short supply of things to do and places to go. Check out our blogs for more ideas of things to see and do. 


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