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CHAMPAIGN/URBANA

Favorite Grocery Stores:

CHAMPAIGN: Costco, Aldi and Harvest Market
SAVOY: Aldi, Walmart, and Meijer in Urbana

Favorite Restaurants/Local Eatery

Naf Naf (Middle Eastern Food)

Regs Cakes (gluten-free goodies)

Best local resource to learn about area (Apps, websites, private social media groups)

www.chambanamoms.com

Urbana Park District

Champaign Park District

Favorite Shopping

Kohl’s, Old Navy, H &M, Marketplace Mall

How do people find churches in your area? / Any recommendations?

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Popular Kids Resources

Search Chambana Moms
Park Districts
YMCA

Preschool Recommendations

See if you qualify for Free Preschool

Doctor/Dentist Recommendations

Doctors for Grown Ups Recs

Good Internet Companies

i3 Broadband (if you can get it)

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“We have the best farmer’s markets in the whole state.”
“Food trucks are super popular and available daily around campus.”
“Avoid Green Street for pretty much the whole month of August. College students have no shame about running out in front of your car.”

DUPAGE COUNTY

Favorite Grocery Stores

Mariano’s

Favorite Restaurants/Local Eatery

Portillo’s

Best local resource to learn about area. Examples: Apps, websites, private social media groups

Discover DuPage County

Calendar of Events

Favorite Shopping

Yorktown Mall

Oakbrook Mall

How do people find churches in your area? / Any recommendations?

Wellspring Alliance Church

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Popular Kids Resources

DuPage Children’s Museum

Cantigny Park

Preschool Recommendations

Doctor/Dentist Recommendations

Central DuPage Hospital Group

Good Internet Companies

AT&T

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Traffic is awful. It’s worth it to get an I-Pass and hop on I-355 rather than taking the roads at certain times of the day. 

The Wheaton French Market is worth a Saturday crowd.

MACOMB

Favorite Grocery Stores

Aldi

Favorite Restaurants/Local Eatery

Chick’s

Old Dairy

Chubby’s

Yummy Chen’s

Best local resource to learn about area. Examples: Apps, websites, private social media groups

 

Favorite Shopping

Maurices

How do people find churches in your area? / Any recommendations?

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Popular Kids Resources

Macomb Park District

Preschool Recommendations

St Pauls

Doctor/Dentist Recommendations

Dr. Lockard

Dr. Canter

Good Internet Companies

Xfinity

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If you want to attend any community activities, go early. They tend to shut things down earlier than advertised, and you may miss everything if you show up later than the start time.

QUINCY

Favorite Grocery Stores

Aldi

Favorite Restaurants/Local Eatery

The Abbey

Tower pizza

Chiks on the River

Tiramisu

Best local resource to learn about area. Examples: Apps, websites, private social media groups

Facebook groups: things happening in Quincy, Quincy restaurant guide

Favorite Shopping

TJ Maxx

How do people find churches in your area? / Any recommendations?

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Popular Kids Resources

The Park District is wonderful. Mormon park has so many activities and things to do.

Preschool Recommendations

 

Doctor/Dentist Recommendations

 

Good Internet Companies

Adams fiber

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ROCKFORD

Favorite Grocery Stores

Meijer

Favorite Restaurants/Local Eatery

Olympic Tavern

Best local resource to learn about area. Examples: Apps, websites, private social media groups

Asking staff for reccs

Favorite Shopping

 

How do people find churches in your area? / Any recommendations?

We went to First Free. We used google searches to find it though

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Popular Kids Resources

Discovery Center!

Preschool Recommendations

Grace Lutheran Loves Park

Doctor/Dentist Recommendations

Dr. Karen Phelan-pediatrician

Good Internet Companies

 

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Their downtown on Fridays in the summer has the best entertainment! Food trucks, live music, tents to shop. So fun

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Favorite Grocery Stores

IGA, Walmart

Favorite Restaurants/Local Eatery

Casey’s Gas Station actually has pretty good pizza!

Best local resource to learn about area. Examples: Apps, websites, private social media groups

Every town will have a group. Search by the town name. 

Favorite Shopping

Depending on where you’re located you’ll want to consider these locations. Regardless, be prepared to drive or order online. Amazon Prime is your best friend.

www.stclairsquare.com

White Oaks Mall Springfield IL

St. Louis Mo!

How do people find churches in your area? / Any recommendations?

There are rarely more than one or two options. You’ll know.

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Popular Kids Resources

Call the local school and ask for a calendar of events. Contact the park district and check with the library. 

Preschool Recommendations

You’ll have a KRP option and likely something at a church for a private school option.

Doctor/Dentist Recommendations

Most of the small rural hospitals are being purchased by the Holy Cross system. You won’t have many choices.

Good Internet Companies

New Wave, AT&T, and a local option are generally available

Tell Us Something Only a Local Will Know

Take your time getting to know the community. High school sports are a community event, which is both wonderful and challenging.