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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.  

  • Office and art studio space: A variety of large and small spaces are available at competitive prices for retail services, offices, workshops, studios, and more. Connect with diverse UCIMC artists-in-residence for additional artistic support and inspiration!
  • Event Space: A large 4500 SF space available for rent for your events, art shows, or performances. 

Contact us today:

Make an appointment to see what rooms are available by contacting our Operations Director or 217-344-8820.

You can also arrange a tour of the building through the Program Director

Office and Studio spaces

We have a variety of sizes and artist studios 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! City of Urbana business grants

Parking Spaces

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

Our Event Spaces & Meeting Spaces 

UCIMC houses a large community center, including a 4500 SF event space with 299 capacity. Our event space is complete with a 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.

Our library, meeting space, and a public computer access lab are available off the Main Space. Access through the front doors (up the front steps) or accessible side wheelchair accessible entrance. 

The main floor is wheelchair accessible and there is an all-gender, accessible bathroom. You can call 217.344-8820 if you have any accessibility questions. 

The Sun Room

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

The Main Space

  • Raised, accessible stage
  • Lighting and sound equipment for a small additional cost. Or you can bring your own.
  • Size: 2500 square feet 
  • Moveable walls allow you to configure the space.
  • 15 tables and ~100 chairs available for use.
  • Connected to the Sun Room.

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

  • Non-members can rent one space  (main or sunroom) for $50/hr or $500/day. They can rent both spaces (main and sunroom) for $80/hr or $800/day.
  • UCIMC Members can rent one space for $40/hr, or $400/day. Both spaces simultaneously go for $60/hr or $600/day. You can become an organizational or individual member to benefit from discounts!
  • Other options: 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

  • All events are drug free. Absolutely no illegal narcotics are allowed. 
  • Absolutely no fire arms are allowed in the building. 
  • All events are smoke-free. The building is smoke-free. Event attendees can smoke outside, but must be 15 feet from an entrance in accordance with the Illinois state law. 
  • Most events are all ages. For meetings, we do have children's books section in the library and a cart of children's art supplies.
  • Most events will need a written security plan. You provide the security, but the IMC can help you design the security plan that includes designated security people at the doors and checking all the public spaces. Usually that means 2 to 5 people doing security the entire time.   
  • Most events are alcohol-free. We are an community arts center where people of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • To have alcohol, you must have all of the following documented:
    • a City of Urbana issued special event permit and a temporary liquor license.
    • A licensed server.
    • Liquor liability insurance -- most caterers have both a trained server and liability insurance. 
    • A written security plan.   
    • You will need special permission granted to you by the IMC Board.
    • Unless you have all of the above, our NO ALCOHOL policy will be strictly enforced. The IMC is an all-ages community arts center and a safe environment. The IMC reserves the right to shut down an event. 

Sound System Information

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

  1. You provide and use your own sound system
  2. You can reserve an IMC sound technician for $50/a night. 
  3. We can have an IMC sound technician train you as a sound tech! Then you only pay to use our sound equipment at $15/event.

    Sound Tech Training!
    • Sound equipment tech training is available by appointment. Contact the Program Director to schedule a training.
    • Please take the training! It is fun and enlightening!  
    • Only venue approved sound technicians are allowed to use the in-house sound system and access the Venue Equipment Cabinet.
    • No venue-approved sound technician means no use of our equipment. Please do not attempt to use our sound equipment without training -- it takes our volunteers a lot of time to get the settings correct.

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

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 or simulcast your event.