Black Champaign County

Black Champaign County

Through events, live music, and history, the greater Champaign County area is rich in Black culture.  Home to many Black-owned businesses from restaurants to shops, you can listen to live music, pick up a sweet treat, enjoy some barbecue, and go shopping all while supporting our Black-owned business owners. Discover their Outside of Ordinary stories and ensure they continue to thrive in the greater Champaign County area.


For a comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses in the greater Champaign County area, visit


Wood N' Hog Barbecue

The smell of wood-fired BBQ hits you immediately as you enter the door to Wood N’ Hog BBQ, where you’re greeted by the smiles of the owners, siblings Okema and Michael. You know immediately this is a family venture, with years of finely-tuned family recipes that you’re now invited to partake in.



Stango Cuisine

Go behind the scenes at Stango Cuisine, a Zambian restaurant in Urbana, to learn about Nshima, a staple African dish. The University of Illinois International Student & Scholar Services program talks with Mubanga, owner and chef, to get the recipe and learn how to eat it.





CBPB Popcorn Shop

Sweet or salty? This is the choice you face as you look to select that must-have snack. At CBPB Popcorn Shop, you don’t have to make a choice. Upon entering the store, you’re greeted with bags of various flavors of popcorn from sweet to savory. Meanwhile, a display of decadent caramel apples will tempt you into a sweet treat you didn’t know you needed. 



Immerse Yourself in Local Black Culture

The Sounds of C-U

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Museum Exhibits to Explore During Black History Month

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