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Exploring the Champaign-Urbana Area Post-Holiday Season

January 9, 2024

As the festive cheer settles down and the New Year ushers a fresh start, it’s easy to assume that there’s little to do in the Champaign-Urbana Area after the holidays. While Campustown is quieter with students away on break, there’s plenty of things to do and see in the weeks ahead. From sledding down the popular Colbert park Hill to discovering your next favorite restaurant during our coveted Champaign-Urbana Area Restaurant Week event, here’s a glimpse into how to make the most of your time this post-holiday season! 


Embrace the Cultural Scene

Our cultural landscape remains alive with museums, galleries, and live entertainment for the month of January and beyond. Dive into the art scene at Krannert Art Museum, with over 11,000 artworks from the 4th B.C.E. to the present. For a theatrical delight, catch a performance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, hosting an array of shows from classical music to modern dance. For the lovers of country and rock music, The Cadillac over at Paxton is a warehouse-style concert venue who hosted the likes of country star Priscilla Block and Gina Miles, the winner of the 23rd season of The Voice (and Paxton native)!


Indulge in Culinary Delights 

The local culinary scene in Champaign-Urbana is a treasure-trove for food enthusiasts and offers something for everyone, from cozy cafes to upscale restaurants. Not sure where to dine? Our 8th Annual Champaign-Urbana Area Restaurant Week (January 26 - February 4) will bring out specialized menus from over 40-plus local restaurants that span the world—discover flavors from Filipino, Indian, Cambodian, Thai, Laos, Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian, Zambian, Vegetarian, Vegan, soul food, and more! You can find a participating restaurant by visiting this link, and don’t forget to share your experience on our socials!


Nature’s Retreat

Despite the colder weather, the winter landscape makes for a fantastic backdrop in and around the Champaign-Urbana area. Enjoy a serene stroll through the University of Illinois Arboretum, or kickstart an adventurous spirit with a hike at one of our many Forest Preserves. Looking for a thrill with the family? Grab a sled, bundle up, and trek the large hill over at Colbert Park in Savoy. When there’s snow on the ground, Colbert Park becomes a hot spot for sledding, snowman-building, and snowball fights! 


Channel the Fighting Illini Spirit

The winter season in our area brings with it a unique kind of warmth—the fervor and excitement of University of Illinois sporting events! As the cold settles in and students drift back on campus, Illini Basketball, Track and Field, Gymnastics, and Tennis is at the forefront, drawing fans from all corners to support their beloved teams.

All of our spaces offer you a chance to explore and unwind. Stay tuned to our Calendar of Events to keep up-to-date on all opportunities to get out!

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