Join the Illini Guardians & Chicago Illini Club for an Illinois vs. Wisconsin watch party at Joe’s on Weed St. in Chicago! Meet some Illini football players! Click here for more info.

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Upcoming Events

Watch Party at Joe's at Weed Street

Illinois vs. Wisconsin Watch Party

Saturday, January 28 at 1:30 PM
Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago

Join the Illini Guardians & the Chicago Illini Club for an Illinois vs. Wisconsin basketball game watch party on Saturday, January 28 starting at 1:30 PM (2 PM Tip-Off) at Joe’s on Weed St. in Chicago (940 W. Weed St.).

With appearances by the Illinois football team, including new QB Luke Altmyer and his teammates Reggie Love, Josh McCray, Caleb Griffin, Casey Washington, Isaiah Adams, Keith Randolph, and Johnny Newton (players subject to change).

Come meet the guys, watch the action, and enjoy food and drink specials.

Looking forward to seeing you there. I-L-L!


“The world of NIL has opened dynamic and exciting opportunities for student-athletes to market their individual name, image, likeness and voice.

This has created an unprecedented need for a trusted liaison group to raise NIL funds and match opportunities for students and the Illini Nation with integrity and innovation that will keep our athletic programs among the country’s elite. Illini Guardians is exactly such a group.”

-Kendall Gill, Illini Hall of Fame

“Illini Guardians is going to give us the opportunity, because of you, the Illini fans, to help maintain and retain athletes from going other places.
So it’s vital, to have your support for Illini Guardians.”

– Brad Underwood
University of Illinois, Men’s Basketball Coach.