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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

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The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center offers creative, inspiring and collaborative spaces to work, to host your events, and for meeting space -- all rates are discounted/subsidized by the UC-IMC as part of our mission. We have venue spacesoffice and artist spacesmeeting spaces, a public computer lab and parking spaces available for rental. We are located in the historic Post Office building in the heart of downtown Urbana Illinois. Our address is 202 S. Broadway, suite 100; Urbana, IL 61801.

If you'd like to schedule your event or a tour at the UCIMC: 

Public Computer Lab

We have a small public computer lab with 3 brand new PCs and two older computers. All computers are internet connected and equipped with the Microsoft Office suite, as well as other media creation software. Currently one computer is equipped with the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite if you would like to work on a project in Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, Audition, InDesign and more.

Computer Lab Hours:
Monday  -  Closed
Tuesday  -  5:00pm-8:00pm
Wednesday  -  5:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday  -  5:00pm-8:00pm
Friday  -  2:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday  -  2:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday  -  2:00pm-5:00pm

We are currently hosting a Design Help Desk with science artist Julia Pollack in the computer lab! Julia will be available from 2-5 pm on the second Saturday of each month throughout the summer (July 10th, August 14th, and September 11th). 

Julia has experience working in libraries, and is currently a science artist at the University of Illinois. She has experience using the Adobe Suite and many open-source alternatives, most often using the programs to make print designs, short abstract moving image pieces, and photoshop art works. If you are trying to make posters, business cards, or art projects, she would love to help you with what you're working on, no idea too little or too big, and if you can't figure it out together she is happy to see who she can connect you with to get you what you need!

If you would like to attend a Design Help Desk session, please fill out this form.


Meeting Spaces: Small group meeting spaces and Gathering spaces

We have beautiful, comfortable non-private meeting spaces with WI-FI. We can provide electrical power strips upon request.

Our zine (and book) library is one meeting space on the main floor. The library has a conference table and is a very productive space.

We also have a set of 8 comfortable chairs and a low table that can be set up in the gallery or other spaces.

Our library, meeting space, and a public computer lab are available off the Main Space. Depending on the other events happening in the building, there might be other spaces that can be used for smaller meetings.

  • If you are a non-profit organization with a similar mission, you must become an organizational or individual member to get up to one meeting per week up to 3 hours for free -- donations are encouraged (our utility bills for this big beautiful building are quite high). Often groups who meet will pass the hat to support the IMC.

  • If your group does not want to become a member of the IMC, you will be charged for meeting space usage.
  • You must schedule the space use through our staff. Please email <[email protected]> -- we have a lot of groups wanting to use our space.

  • NOTE: If there will be any type of performance, it is an event, not a small group meeting.  If more than 20 people are expected, it is an event. If you need access to the sound system, it is an event.

Office and Artist Studio spaces

A wide variety of large and small spaces are available at competitive prices for retail services, offices, workshops, studios, and more. You can connect with diverse UCIMC artists-in-residence for additional artistic support and inspiration!

We have a variety of sizes and artist studios with rents from $155 - $750/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

Make an appointment to see what rooms are available by contacting our Program Director <[email protected]> or call 217-344-8820.

Parking Spaces

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

Our Event Space 

  • Event Space: A large 4500 SF space available for rent for your events, art shows, or performances. 

The UC-IMC houses a large community center, including a 4500 SF event space with 299 capacity. This provides an opportunity to hold performances, church gatherings, conferences, workshops, art exhibits and other events on-site at hourly or daily rates.

Our main event space is complete with a stage, lighting and sound equipment.

Access is 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. 

Choose either The Main (Stage) Space, the Sunroom, (or Both), or the Gallery Space:

  • Moveable walls allow you to configure the spaces.
  • 15 tables and ~200 chairs available for use.

The Main Space


  • Raised, accessible stage
  • Lighting and sound equipment for a small additional cost. [Or you can bring your own.]
  • Projector and screen can also be arranged for a small additional cost. [Or you can bring your own.]
  • Size: 2500 square feet 
  • The Gallery space is directly connected to the Main Space.
  • The Sun Room is accessed through the Main Space as well.

The Sun Room


  • Sunny (hence the name Sun Room) and quieter.
  • Size: 2300 square feet
  • Connected to the IMC Main Space

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 -- people can visit your display during our normal open hours.
  • We do charge hourly fees for opening or closing events, as these are not usually during our regular hours of operation.
  • The IMC collects a percentage of all sales.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Rent From UCIMC?

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

How much does it cost?

How do I get member discounts?

What if I want to collaborate or propose a co-sponsored event?

  • For events aligned with our mission, our programming committee may consider co-sponsorship. You must be a member of the IMC for your event to be eligible for IMC co-sponsorship. Submit a co-sponsorship by filling out this form.

Contact us today: Program Director <[email protected]> or call 217.344-8820

What are the COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Phase 5? (Updated 6/15/21)

  • All participants must be asked to stay home if they have experienced any COVID Symptoms or been in contact with someone exposed or with symptoms 
  • All visitors for events, gallery, computer lab, or other visits must wear masks (Yep! Even if you're vaccinated)
  • For meetings with 25 people or less, masks are required unless the whole group consents to vaccinated individuals removing their masks.
  • For events, the total number of participants may not exceed 100 and the maximum number of unvaccinated people is 50. 
  • Sanitation checklist used before and after all events.
  • Hybrid events encouraged for more vulnerable individuals to be able to participate. 
  • When possible, hold meetings and events outside
  • If inside, continue to social distancing
  • All private rental events must end by 9pm and clear the building by 10pm

What else do I need to know?

  • Photo ID is required at time of contract signing. Minimum age to rent space is 18 years of age.
  • Youth events must have adequate adult supervision (25 years of age or older).
  • All events must end by 12AM and the building must be clear and locked by 1AM. Exceptions must go to the programming committee, so exceptions must be
  • Absolutely no fire arms or weapons are allowed in the building. 
  • All events are drug free. Absolutely no illegal narcotics are allowed. 
  • 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. 
  • IMC is an all ages venue. Most events welcome all ages. For meetings, we do have children's books section in the library and a cart of children's art supplies.
  • Parties and music events will need a written security plan. You will agree to provide the volunteer or professional security. The IMC can help you design the security plan that includes designated people at the doors and checking all the public spaces. Usually that means 2 to 5 people doing safety checks the entire time. You and your security people are empowered to ask any people violating the venue rules to leave.  
  • Our NO ALCOHOL policy is strictly enforced. We are an community arts center where people of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • To have alcohol at an event, it must be well-controlled and covered by your insurance. You must have all of the following documented:
    • A licensed server.
    • Liquor liability insurance. Most caterers have both a trained server and liability insurance, so this is the easiest way to accomplish these.
    • A written security plan.   
    • You will need special permission granted to you by the IMC Board.
    • The City of Urbana also has ordinances about alcohol at public events. So you will need a special event permit and a temporary liquor license from the city.
    • 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. 

How does the sound system work?

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 $20/hour. 
  3. We can have an IMC sound technician train you as a sound tech for events with one microphone or recorded music. Then you only pay to use our sound equipment at $12/event.

    Sound Tech Training
    • Sound equipment tech training is available by appointment. Contact the Program Director <[email protected]> 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.

I want to organize a show with a couple of local bands. We don't have any money for renting the space. Is there any way we can use the IMC as our venue?

While we are not currently able to offer the space for free, we have significantly reduced prices for co-sponsored events. Strong preference is given to local bands and performers. One person must take the hosting responsibility and they are encouraged to recruit a crew of volunteers to support set-up, clean-up, publicity and other tasks. The host must be responsible, understand and value the IMC's house rules, and respect the space.
  • You are strongly encouraged to make a donation to the IMC (utilities alone cost us up to $4,000 a month). While we love to have artists use the space, we must also be able to keep the space financially stable. Please help us recommend our amazing venue for private rental to help offset mission-aligned events. 
  • Our calendar is here: Please check it for available dates.
The IMC is an alcohol-free, drug-free, and weapon-free venue -- the IMC strives to be a safe space for all ages and it is your responsibility, as host, to keep it a safe space.

As host, you will need to:

  • have someone trained on our sound system and to get access to the microphones and wiring.
  • make sure your guests respect the space.
  • take out the garbage and clean up at the end of the event
  • return the space and sound board to its original state
  • fill out and follow-through on a security plan for events with more than 75 people
Let us arrange an appointment for you and your helpers to see the space. Contact the Program Director <[email protected]> or call (217)344-8820.