University of Illinois Class of 2020

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:54 am

Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Pinkpanda24 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:53 am

Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:26 am

Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Pinkpanda24 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:36 am

Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.

Interesting, I thought Schnucks was just a St. Louis thing. Some of them are actually really nice, but some are terrible-hopefully it's decent inside. :)

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby carasrook » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:11 pm

Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.


I'm originally from suburban Chicago and was REALLY hoping for a Jewel-Osco but nope... I've actually never been to a Meijer or a Schnucks. What are they like?

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Pinkpanda24 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:06 pm

carasrook wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.


I'm originally from suburban Chicago and was REALLY hoping for a Jewel-Osco but nope... I've actually never been to a Meijer or a Schnucks. What are they like?


It depends on the location honestly. The one near my apartment in St. Louis is god awful, but the one in the nice suburb I work in is super nice. It's pretty similar to Jewel-Osco, and the nice ones are almost comparable to Mariano's, though no piano player. (I'm also from the Chicago suburbs :) )

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:31 pm

Pinkpanda24 wrote:
carasrook wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.


I'm originally from suburban Chicago and was REALLY hoping for a Jewel-Osco but nope... I've actually never been to a Meijer or a Schnucks. What are they like?


It depends on the location honestly. The one near my apartment in St. Louis is god awful, but the one in the nice suburb I work in is super nice. It's pretty similar to Jewel-Osco, and the nice ones are almost comparable to Mariano's, though no piano player. (I'm also from the Chicago suburbs :) )


Yeah Schnucks is pretty hit or miss, I'm hoping one of them is really nice. In Bloomington-Normal there's one that's really nice and one that's like "what" so... (the one in Peoria is ok...it seemed really nice until Hy-Vee arrived)

Meijer is like Walmart only usually a little nicer/they're great at making it seem like that at least

I had kinda assumed I was going to have another Bloomington-Normal experience where I'd have my choice of Kroger, Jewel, Schnucks, Hy-Vee, and Shop n Save. (Peoria is similar just minus the Jewel) I'd prefer a Kroger but after almost three years in Chicago I wouldn't mind a Jewel. I just never utilized Schnuck's as my main one but I guess I'll have to learn (insert dramatic sigh)

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby CPAlawHopefu » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:44 pm

Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
carasrook wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.


I'm originally from suburban Chicago and was REALLY hoping for a Jewel-Osco but nope... I've actually never been to a Meijer or a Schnucks. What are they like?


It depends on the location honestly. The one near my apartment in St. Louis is god awful, but the one in the nice suburb I work in is super nice. It's pretty similar to Jewel-Osco, and the nice ones are almost comparable to Mariano's, though no piano player. (I'm also from the Chicago suburbs :) )


Yeah Schnucks is pretty hit or miss, I'm hoping one of them is really nice. In Bloomington-Normal there's one that's really nice and one that's like "what" so... (the one in Peoria is ok...it seemed really nice until Hy-Vee arrived)

Meijer is like Walmart only usually a little nicer/they're great at making it seem like that at least

I had kinda assumed I was going to have another Bloomington-Normal experience where I'd have my choice of Kroger, Jewel, Schnucks, Hy-Vee, and Shop n Save. (Peoria is similar just minus the Jewel) I'd prefer a Kroger but after almost three years in Chicago I wouldn't mind a Jewel. I just never utilized Schnuck's as my main one but I guess I'll have to learn (insert dramatic sigh)


Never heard of these markets other than walnart. What is the midwest equivalence of Vons and Ralph's? Any Trader Joes or Whole Foods around? Do you guys have Target? (I am from westcoast)

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Pinkpanda24 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:49 pm

CPAlawHopefu wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
carasrook wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.


I'm originally from suburban Chicago and was REALLY hoping for a Jewel-Osco but nope... I've actually never been to a Meijer or a Schnucks. What are they like?


It depends on the location honestly. The one near my apartment in St. Louis is god awful, but the one in the nice suburb I work in is super nice. It's pretty similar to Jewel-Osco, and the nice ones are almost comparable to Mariano's, though no piano player. (I'm also from the Chicago suburbs :) )


Yeah Schnucks is pretty hit or miss, I'm hoping one of them is really nice. In Bloomington-Normal there's one that's really nice and one that's like "what" so... (the one in Peoria is ok...it seemed really nice until Hy-Vee arrived)

Meijer is like Walmart only usually a little nicer/they're great at making it seem like that at least

I had kinda assumed I was going to have another Bloomington-Normal experience where I'd have my choice of Kroger, Jewel, Schnucks, Hy-Vee, and Shop n Save. (Peoria is similar just minus the Jewel) I'd prefer a Kroger but after almost three years in Chicago I wouldn't mind a Jewel. I just never utilized Schnuck's as my main one but I guess I'll have to learn (insert dramatic sigh)


Never heard of these markets other than walnart. What is the midwest equivalence of Vons and Ralph's? Any Trader Joes or Whole Foods around? Do you guys have Target? (I am from westcoast)

Schnucks is pretty similar to Ralph's IMO. Maybe a bit of a step down, at least from the one I went to in Irvine, CA.
No TJ's for 100 miles (my heart is breaking) but there's a Target in Champaign.

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby guynourmin » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:50 pm

y'all should check in viewtopic.php?f=47&t=276168

this thread has more active users than just CPAlawhopefu and carasrook.


have fun in chambana!

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby carasrook » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:05 pm

When is everyone planning to head down/move in?

Anyone doing anything specific to prepare for school?

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Pinkpanda24 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:08 pm

carasrook wrote:When is everyone planning to head down/move in?

Anyone doing anything specific to prepare for school?

My apartment is ready August 16, so I'm going to bring my first load of stuff then. :)
I'm reading a couple of books about law careers but other than that, I'm just relaxing and going on vacation.

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:24 pm

CPAlawHopefu wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
carasrook wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Pinkpanda24 wrote:
Watababe wrote:Can we talk about the disappointing choices for grocery stores in Champaign because...

Wait what do they have?


Schnucks. I mean, they also have County Market and Aldi's (and of course Walmart and Meijer) but Schnucks seems to be the only "big name" grocery store. I had high hopes because I grew up in one central Illinois town and went to undergrad in another and both had multiple big name options.


I'm originally from suburban Chicago and was REALLY hoping for a Jewel-Osco but nope... I've actually never been to a Meijer or a Schnucks. What are they like?


It depends on the location honestly. The one near my apartment in St. Louis is god awful, but the one in the nice suburb I work in is super nice. It's pretty similar to Jewel-Osco, and the nice ones are almost comparable to Mariano's, though no piano player. (I'm also from the Chicago suburbs :) )


Yeah Schnucks is pretty hit or miss, I'm hoping one of them is really nice. In Bloomington-Normal there's one that's really nice and one that's like "what" so... (the one in Peoria is ok...it seemed really nice until Hy-Vee arrived)

Meijer is like Walmart only usually a little nicer/they're great at making it seem like that at least

I had kinda assumed I was going to have another Bloomington-Normal experience where I'd have my choice of Kroger, Jewel, Schnucks, Hy-Vee, and Shop n Save. (Peoria is similar just minus the Jewel) I'd prefer a Kroger but after almost three years in Chicago I wouldn't mind a Jewel. I just never utilized Schnuck's as my main one but I guess I'll have to learn (insert dramatic sigh)


Never heard of these markets other than walnart. What is the midwest equivalence of Vons and Ralph's? Any Trader Joes or Whole Foods around? Do you guys have Target? (I am from westcoast)


I believe Ralph's = Kroger and there is not a Kroger in Champaign :cry: Idk about Vons and am struggling to get a vibe from the internet. No Trader Joes or Whole Foods, and I know there isn't a Fresh Market like Peoria and Blono have. (There is a Fresh International Market that looks a little Whole Foods-ish from the internet)

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:28 pm

Pinkpanda24 wrote:
carasrook wrote:When is everyone planning to head down/move in?

Anyone doing anything specific to prepare for school?

My apartment is ready August 16, so I'm going to bring my first load of stuff then. :)
I'm reading a couple of books about law careers but other than that, I'm just relaxing and going on vacation.


I don't have an apartment yet but my goal is to move probably first week of Augustish...I need to talk to my current landlord and see if they'd cut me a deal if I get out early enough for a college student to move in (current lease is up end of Sept but I pretty much live on Loyola Chicago's campus so I feel like I might get a win here) and in that case it may change.

I've read a bit of "Getting to Maybe" and plan on finishing it (stopped for a while because I decided I'd rather read it closer to classes starting)

Anyway we should do a meetup once we've all moved!

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby law444 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:21 pm

carasrook wrote:When is everyone planning to head down/move in?

Anyone doing anything specific to prepare for school?


Around August 18th or so. That seem to be the time that most of the leases started/ended when I was apartment hunting. I haven't been doing anything to prepare other than just trying to take it easy/relax...

I don't know any of the grocery stores in champaign besides walmart, so I guess I'll take a look around once I get there.

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Chardee_MacDennis » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:09 pm

Not sure what everyone's standard is for grocery shopping ITT, but you'll be fine. Schnuks and Meijer are probably your best bets, but they're both in Urbana and require transportation. Schnuks' quality is roughly = Jewel. County Market is nearby and has multiple locations, but it's kinda meh.

If you're looking for better quality and are willing to pay for it, Common Ground co-op in Urbana is good, and Olde Time Meat and Deli is fantastic.

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:39 pm

Chardee_MacDennis wrote:Not sure what everyone's standard is for grocery shopping ITT, but you'll be fine. Schnuks and Meijer are probably your best bets, but they're both in Urbana and require transportation. Schnuks' quality is roughly = Jewel. County Market is nearby and has multiple locations, but it's kinda meh.

If you're looking for better quality and are willing to pay for it, Common Ground co-op in Urbana is good, and Olde Time Meat and Deli is fantastic.


As the originator of the grocery store discourse, I would like to make it clear this was definitely all in jest I'm not that serious about grocery stores, only a little disappointed I'm still separated from my one true love, Kroger. (I'm also glad some good came of this in alerting people that have never heard of Schnucks and Meijer what to expect)

Also I saw on a random review of County Market that someone recommended going to the UIUC Meat Lab for meat do you know anyone that actually does this?

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby law444 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:57 pm

Watababe wrote:
Chardee_MacDennis wrote:Not sure what everyone's standard is for grocery shopping ITT, but you'll be fine. Schnuks and Meijer are probably your best bets, but they're both in Urbana and require transportation. Schnuks' quality is roughly = Jewel. County Market is nearby and has multiple locations, but it's kinda meh.

If you're looking for better quality and are willing to pay for it, Common Ground co-op in Urbana is good, and Olde Time Meat and Deli is fantastic.


As the originator of the grocery store discourse, I would like to make it clear this was definitely all in jest I'm not that serious about grocery stores, only a little disappointed I'm still separated from my one true love, Kroger. (I'm also glad some good came of this in alerting people that have never heard of Schnucks and Meijer what to expect)

Also I saw on a random review of County Market that someone recommended going to the UIUC Meat Lab for meat do you know anyone that actually does this?



having never heard of these stores before you made me worry a little bit lol. I wish there was a costco... guess its back to full price protein powder...

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:04 am

law444 wrote:
Watababe wrote:
Chardee_MacDennis wrote:Not sure what everyone's standard is for grocery shopping ITT, but you'll be fine. Schnuks and Meijer are probably your best bets, but they're both in Urbana and require transportation. Schnuks' quality is roughly = Jewel. County Market is nearby and has multiple locations, but it's kinda meh.

If you're looking for better quality and are willing to pay for it, Common Ground co-op in Urbana is good, and Olde Time Meat and Deli is fantastic.


As the originator of the grocery store discourse, I would like to make it clear this was definitely all in jest I'm not that serious about grocery stores, only a little disappointed I'm still separated from my one true love, Kroger. (I'm also glad some good came of this in alerting people that have never heard of Schnucks and Meijer what to expect)

Also I saw on a random review of County Market that someone recommended going to the UIUC Meat Lab for meat do you know anyone that actually does this?



having never heard of these stores before you made me worry a little bit lol. I wish there was a costco... guess its back to full price protein powder...


I know it's not the same but there is a Sam's club for your bargain bulk buying needs

Schnuck's is honestly just your standard grocery store, nothing too fancy but also has almost everything you want. County Market seems more along the lines of like a smaller "has the necessities" place. Meijer is is along the lines of Walmart and Super Target.

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Pinkpanda24 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:11 am

Watababe wrote:
Chardee_MacDennis wrote:Not sure what everyone's standard is for grocery shopping ITT, but you'll be fine. Schnuks and Meijer are probably your best bets, but they're both in Urbana and require transportation. Schnuks' quality is roughly = Jewel. County Market is nearby and has multiple locations, but it's kinda meh.

If you're looking for better quality and are willing to pay for it, Common Ground co-op in Urbana is good, and Olde Time Meat and Deli is fantastic.


As the originator of the grocery store discourse, I would like to make it clear this was definitely all in jest I'm not that serious about grocery stores, only a little disappointed I'm still separated from my one true love, Kroger. (I'm also glad some good came of this in alerting people that have never heard of Schnucks and Meijer what to expect)

Also I saw on a random review of County Market that someone recommended going to the UIUC Meat Lab for meat do you know anyone that actually does this?

lol I'm glad you brought it up though. I hadn't even thought about grocery stores. Although my apartment is across the street from a Taco Bell, so I don't know if I'll even need a grocery store :P

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby ChambanaMan » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:52 pm

There's also the brand new Harvest Market, which I believe is owned by the same people as County Market, but is more upscale like a Whole Foods. But honestly Meijer has pretty much everything you'd need, is cheap and is reasonably nice.

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:13 am

ChambanaMan wrote:There's also the brand new Harvest Market, which I believe is owned by the same people as County Market, but is more upscale like a Whole Foods. But honestly Meijer has pretty much everything you'd need, is cheap and is reasonably nice.


According to Harvest Market's website they have free WiFi and are open until midnight which are honestly two of my requirements for an excellent grocery store

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby carasrook » Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:46 pm

Watababe wrote:
ChambanaMan wrote:There's also the brand new Harvest Market, which I believe is owned by the same people as County Market, but is more upscale like a Whole Foods. But honestly Meijer has pretty much everything you'd need, is cheap and is reasonably nice.


According to Harvest Market's website they have free WiFi and are open until midnight which are honestly two of my requirements for an excellent grocery store


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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby Watababe » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:09 pm

Anyone else get the invite to the Chicago happy hour and if so are you going?

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Re: University of Illinois Class of 2020

Postby law444 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:14 am

Watababe wrote:Anyone else get the invite to the Chicago happy hour and if so are you going?

Yeah I got it... I'd love to go, but I'm on the other side of the country :( if any of you decide to go let us know how went!



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