Watson's is a fine-casual chicken shack, bar, & restaurant. We are located in the heart of downtown Champaign, in the immediate vicinity of the University of Illinois in UrbanaChampaign (UIUC).


Our specialties included fried and rotisserie style chicken with our Nashville Hot Chicken and Fried Chicken & Waffles taking center stage on most nights. Our delicious chicken is supplemented with our house made biscuits, seasonal sides, and chef-driven appetizers and specials.


In addition, we offer a wide selection craft beers, local beers, small producer wines, and micro spirits along with a selection of our house made cocktails. A trip in to the shack would not be complete without tasting one of our delicious slushies which we have become famous for in the Champaign-Urbana area.


We pride ourselves on creating the most unique “Adult Slushies” and have ignited a trend among restaurants in downtown. For the young and young at heart, we transform from restaurant to full service bar & venue every Friday & Saturday night – offering live performances by local musicians, DJs, and artists in addition to Champaign’s best late night food! Other services we offer include catering, private events, and delivery/pick-up services. Stop in to the restaurant and try it all out for yourself!

Following the national food trend towards a more sustainable and transparent food system, we hope to contribute to our local food-ways by supporting regional agriculture, educating our restaurant patrons about sustainable farm practices, and provide an example by which affordable food can be made with higher standards of quality and integrity.


In addition, we strive to maintain an active

role in the Champaign-Urbana community.

We feel that as a central figure in the thriving downtown community we can utilize this position to lead by example and provide the people in the Champaign-Urbana area and the students at UIUC with support and leadership they may not otherwise receive from a typical restaurant.

We have made it our mission to support local food banks, provide our employees livable wages, and participate in community driven events and programs.


"Your idea of cooking connects someone's idea of farming to someone's idea of eating.


Never be the unjust messenger." 

- Laura Higgins


Our menu's change daily with seasonal sides and specials!

Click below for our current menu items. 


211 N Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820


(217) 607-0168

Sunday          4 pm - 9pm

Monday          Closed

Tuesday         11 am - 9pm

Wednesday   11 am - 9pm

Thursday      11 am - 9pm

Friday            11am - 9pm

Saturday       11 am - 9pm