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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Our Center

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is located in the historic Post Office building in the heart of downtown Urbana. We offer creative, inspiring and collaborative spaces to work and host your events -- at affordable rates. A variety of large and small spaces are available at competitive prices for retail services, offices, workshops, studios, and more. In addition, a large 4500 SF space available for rent for your events, art shows, or performances. Connect with diverse UCIMC artists in residence for additional artistic support and inspiration. Radio Free Urbana 104.5 FM is on-site and available for you to broadcast shows in areas of your expertise or simulcast your event.

--> Contact us today: ucimcoperationsdirector@gmail.com or 217-344-8820 to arrange a tour and apply for space.

Office and Studio spaces

We have a variety of sizes and suites with rents from $155 - $650/month with utilities and wifi included. Up to $2000 in grants are available from the City of Urbana for new businesses - we can help you apply!

Parking Spaces

We rent parking spots at the best rate in downtown Urbana at $30 per month.

Our Event & Meeting Spaces 

UCIMC houses a 299 capacity wheelchair accessible community center, complete with accessible stage, lighting and sound equipment. This provides an opportunity to hold performances, church gatherings, conferences, workshops, art exhibits and other events on-site at hourly or daily rates. Library, meeting space, and a public computer access lab are available off the Main Space. Access through the front doors (up steps) or accessible side entrance. All gender, accessible bathroom.

The Sun Room

  • Connected to the IMC Main Space.
  • Size: 2300 square feet
  • Sunny (hence the name) and quieter.
  • Moveable walls allow you to configure the space.
  • 15 tables and ~100 chairs available for use.

The Main Space

  • Connected to the Sun Room.
  • Size: 2500 square feet
  • Raised, accessible stage; lighting and sound equipment.
  • Moveable walls allow you to configure the space.
  • 15 tables and ~100 chairs available for use.

Gallery Space

  • Approx. 400 square feet of windowed space between the Sun Room and Main Space.
  • Consider showing your artwork here! We welcome your display free of charge -- hourly fees are charged for opening or closing events. The IMC collects 10% of all sales.

Library and Gathering space

Event Rate Schedule

  • Become an organizational or individual member to benefit from discounts!
  • Members can rent one space (main or sunroom) for $40/hr, or $400/day. Both spaces simultaneously go for $60/hr or $600/day.
  • Non-members can rent one space for $50/hr or $500/day. They can rent both spaces for $80/hr or $800/day.
  • For events aligned with our mission, our programming committee may consider charging a percentage or co-sponsorship.
  • A security deposit and down payment on the rental is required.
    • The event deposit is the greater of $100 or 50% of the amount of the space rental.
    • This is an event space security deposit that will be refunded pending inspection of space, confirmation of no damages, and completion of all required items.

Important Event Information

  • UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All events in the venue extending after 8pm must submit a special event permit to the City of Urbana no matter what the size or whether alcohol is used. 
  • All events are smoke-free. The building is smoke-free. Illinois law states that there is no smoking within 15 feet of an entrance/exit. 
  • Most events are all ages, alcohol-free and drug-free. Unless you have agreement from us, permit, and insurance, our NO ALCOHOL policy will be strictly enforced.
    • If you wish to have alcohol, you will need an agreement from us, a City of Urbana issued special event permit, and liability insurance.
  • Most events are alcohol-free with all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
    • To have alcohol, special permission must be granted by the Board and liquor liability insurance is required at time of signing

Sound System Information

For events requiring a sound system, there are three options:

  • You provide and use your own sound system
  • An IMC sound technician scheduled in advance; $50/a night
  • We train you as a sound tech, you offer to volunteer at future events; $25/a night.
  • Only venue approved sound technicians are allowed to use the venue sound system and access the Venue Equipment Cabinet.
  • Venue may or may not have sound technicians available.
  • Training is available by appointment.
  • No venue approved sound technician means no show.

Why Rent From UCIMC?

Transportation to and from UCIMC is easy.

  • Visitor parking: City parking meters in the downtown Urbana area are enforced Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking in the municipal garage at 100 W. Main St. (just kitty-corner from the IMC) is available for 25 cents an hour for the first two hours and 50 cents for each additional hour.
  • The local bus system, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, operates a main hub right across the street from the IMC. The 3 closest MTD bus stops are: (2 on Broadway) Lincoln Square Garage East and Lincoln Square Courthouse, Lincoln Square Garage South (on Elm Street).  

Connect with diverse UCIMC artists in residence for additional artistic support and inspiration.

WRFU 104.5 FM (Radio Free Urbana) is on-site and available for you to broadcast shows in areas of your expertise.

The Bike Project is located inside UCIMC, providing you with yet another means of healthy and eco-friendly transportation.