Spaces Speak: Sounds of CU’s Music Venues Opens Today

From spacious concert halls, to packed bars, people’s homes, sidewalks and local churches, the Champaign-Urbana community has been filled with the sound of music. For the last one hundred years, all of these performance spaces have helped shape our community’s music tastes—each venue speaking in its own unique way.

Champaign-Urbana’s diverse performance spaces — Mabels, Huff Gym, Red Lion, Nature’s Table, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Chances R, Parkland College, Red Herring, Foellinger Auditorium, Iron Post, Memorial Stadium, St. Matthew Parish, Smith Music Hall, Rose Bowl,  Altgeld Hall, Canopy Club,  Wesley Foundation, High Dive,  State Farm Center, Virginia Theatre, Panama Reds, Illinois Theatre — have played and continue to play a vital role defining who we are as a community.

With every artistic event, these spaces have been continually re-shaped by the performances given in them.   While it is  impossible to discuss every performance venue that has been used by artists to create and express their craft, this exhibition explores many of Champaign-Urbana’s well remembered venues through the lenses of the audiences and performers who performed in these unique spaces.  For further information about this new exhibit call 217-333-4577 or email

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