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The Roger Ebert ‘thumbs up’ statue outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Illinois
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Famed film critic Roger Ebert, who made the “thumbs up” sign universal in film review is from Champaign-Urbana. During the annual Ebertfest film festival, festival-goers uphold the unofficial tradition of taking a “thumbs up” photo with his statue.

A screenshot of Wolfram Alpha
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Siri on your iPhone gets some of her data from Champaign. Wolfram Alpha developed at Wolfram Research in Champaign provides a computational search engine to answer phone users’ analytical questions.

Undergraduate library at the University of Illinois in Champaign
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The undergraduate library at the University of Illinois was built underground so it wouldn’t cast a shadow on the Morrow Plots, the longest running experimental cornfield in the Western Hemisphere.

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