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Places to Swim in the Champaign-Urbana Area

May 10, 2024

Beat the heat this summer with local public swimming pools and splash pads!

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Places to Swim in the Champaign-Urbana Area

May 10, 2024

Beat the heat this summer with local public swimming pools and splash pads!

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Cicadas in CU: What to Know and Where to Find Them

May 6, 2024

We stopped by at the Natural Resources Building at the University of Illinois to get more insight on the cicadas, where to find them, how to contribute to their research, where to celebrate this momentous occasion, and much more!

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Cicadas in CU: What to Know and Where to Find Them

May 6, 2024

We stopped by at the Natural Resources Building at the University of Illinois to get more insight on the cicadas, where to find them, how to contribute to their research, where to celebrate this momentous occasion, and much more!

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Popular Trails and Outdoor Spaces to Visit Outside of the Champaign-Urbana Area

April 29, 2024

Whether you’re a hiker, bike-rider, dog walker, or simply an outdoor enthusiast, we’ve compiled some trails well-worth the drive for you to visit outside the greater Champaign-Urbana area.

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Popular Trails and Outdoor Spaces to Visit Outside of the Champaign-Urbana Area

April 29, 2024

Whether you’re a hiker, bike-rider, dog walker, or simply an outdoor enthusiast, we’ve compiled some trails well-worth the drive for you to visit outside the greater Champaign-Urbana area.

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Bike Paths to Explore This Spring and Summer in the Champaign-Urbana Area

April 26, 2024

From the historic Kickapoo Rail Trail to adventures waiting for you along farmlands, neighborhoods, and forests, the Champaign-Urbana area is a hot spot for Midwest bike enthusiasts. Here are a few paths and trails to check out.

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Bike Paths to Explore This Spring and Summer in the Champaign-Urbana Area

April 26, 2024

From the historic Kickapoo Rail Trail to adventures waiting for you along farmlands, neighborhoods, and forests, the Champaign-Urbana area is a hot spot for Midwest bike enthusiasts. Here are a few paths and trails to check out.

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Ebertfest: A Celebration of Cinema in the Champaign-Urbana Area

April 8, 2024

Each year in the Champaign-Urbana area, cinephiles from around the world gather for a remarkable celebration of film at the Roger Ebert Film Festival. This annual event, also known as Ebertfest, is a tribute to the legendary film critic Roger Ebert and a testament to the enduring power of storytelling through film.

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Ebertfest: A Celebration of Cinema in the Champaign-Urbana Area

April 8, 2024

Each year in the Champaign-Urbana area, cinephiles from around the world gather for a remarkable celebration of film at the Roger Ebert Film Festival. This annual event, also known as Ebertfest, is a tribute to the legendary film critic Roger Ebert and a testament to the enduring power of storytelling through film.

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Roger Ebert's Favorite Films (And Where to Stream Them)

April 1, 2024

Roger Ebert looms large in the greater Champaign County area to this day. Read his favorite films and find them on streaming services at home!

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Roger Ebert's Favorite Films (And Where to Stream Them)

April 1, 2024

Roger Ebert looms large in the greater Champaign County area to this day. Read his favorite films and find them on streaming services at home!

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Photography Spots to Visit During Spring in the Champaign-Urbana Area

March 13, 2024

Whether you’re looking to participate in family portraits, photograph flora and fauna, or you simply want to elevate your selfie game, here are 10 photography spots to visit during springtime in the Champaign-Urbana Area

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Photography Spots to Visit During Spring in the Champaign-Urbana Area

March 13, 2024

Whether you’re looking to participate in family portraits, photograph flora and fauna, or you simply want to elevate your selfie game, here are 10 photography spots to visit during springtime in the Champaign-Urbana Area

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Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Champaign-Urbana

March 12, 2024

Rediscover the bountiful outdoor spaces to explore, whether you want to hike along area rivers, kayak on our lakes, or camp under the stars.

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Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Champaign-Urbana

March 12, 2024

Rediscover the bountiful outdoor spaces to explore, whether you want to hike along area rivers, kayak on our lakes, or camp under the stars.

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Hot Spots to Get Your Art & Music Fix

March 12, 2024

Arts & culture are the foundation of the greater Champaign-Urbana area. At every turn, you’ll find public art sculptures, murals, live music, and local art. Spring and summer are the ideal times to get out and enjoy this vibrant scene, with options to explore both indoor and outdoor spaces. We’re giving you our top recommendations for outdoor live music, opportunities to shop local art, and what museums to visit.

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Hot Spots to Get Your Art & Music Fix

March 12, 2024

Arts & culture are the foundation of the greater Champaign-Urbana area. At every turn, you’ll find public art sculptures, murals, live music, and local art. Spring and summer are the ideal times to get out and enjoy this vibrant scene, with options to explore both indoor and outdoor spaces. We’re giving you our top recommendations for outdoor live music, opportunities to shop local art, and what museums to visit.

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Top Spots to Enjoy Champaign-Urbana's Local Flavors

March 12, 2024

Farms, large and small, surround our micro-urban community, providing fresh ingredients for local chefs to incorporate into their menus and for us to prepare at home. Here’s where you can enjoy or pick up the freshest ingredients of the season to support our local food system.

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Top Spots to Enjoy Champaign-Urbana's Local Flavors

March 12, 2024

Farms, large and small, surround our micro-urban community, providing fresh ingredients for local chefs to incorporate into their menus and for us to prepare at home. Here’s where you can enjoy or pick up the freshest ingredients of the season to support our local food system.

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Women-Owned Businesses to Support and Shop in the Champaign-Urbana Area

February 19, 2024

Shopping women-owned businesses helps to support the creative, innovative women in the Champaign-Urbana Area community who run our favorite shops and stores.

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Women-Owned Businesses to Support and Shop in the Champaign-Urbana Area

February 19, 2024

Shopping women-owned businesses helps to support the creative, innovative women in the Champaign-Urbana Area community who run our favorite shops and stores.

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Soak Up Summer in Champaign-Urbana

February 13, 2024

Summer in Champaign-Urbana includes a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered. While the students are away, come play and see what you’ve been missing. From daily live music to the tantalizing flavors of local delicacies and the boundless outdoor adventures, our brilliant Illinois community offers an array of opportunities to savor the season.

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Soak Up Summer in Champaign-Urbana

February 13, 2024

Summer in Champaign-Urbana includes a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered. While the students are away, come play and see what you’ve been missing. From daily live music to the tantalizing flavors of local delicacies and the boundless outdoor adventures, our brilliant Illinois community offers an array of opportunities to savor the season.

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Stay Comfortably in Champaign-Urbana

February 8, 2024

Regardless of what brings you to our brilliant community, we have ample choices to lay your head at the end of what we hope is a good day in the Champaign-Urbana area. With over 45 hotels, bed & breakfasts, camping, and a few unique overnight destinations, we have a cozy place to curl up for the night.

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Stay Comfortably in Champaign-Urbana

February 8, 2024

Regardless of what brings you to our brilliant community, we have ample choices to lay your head at the end of what we hope is a good day in the Champaign-Urbana area. With over 45 hotels, bed & breakfasts, camping, and a few unique overnight destinations, we have a cozy place to curl up for the night.

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Top Events for Spring & Summer in Champaign-Urbana

February 7, 2024

Don’t just cross off days on your calendar. Enjoy every day by getting out in the Champaign-Urbana area. Spring and summer bring daily events and major festivals for every interest and every age. What are you waiting for? Make your plans today!

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Top Events for Spring & Summer in Champaign-Urbana

February 7, 2024

Don’t just cross off days on your calendar. Enjoy every day by getting out in the Champaign-Urbana area. Spring and summer bring daily events and major festivals for every interest and every age. What are you waiting for? Make your plans today!

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Black History Month in the Champaign-Urbana Area

January 18, 2024

We compiled a growing list of BHM events, as well as Black-owned businesses and restaurants to support all-year-round!

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Black History Month in the Champaign-Urbana Area

January 18, 2024

We compiled a growing list of BHM events, as well as Black-owned businesses and restaurants to support all-year-round!

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Communal Comforts to Tackle Post-Holiday Blues

January 9, 2024

From sipping on locally roasted coffee to buying your next favorite read, here are some communal comforts to tackle the post-holiday blues.

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Communal Comforts to Tackle Post-Holiday Blues

January 9, 2024

From sipping on locally roasted coffee to buying your next favorite read, here are some communal comforts to tackle the post-holiday blues.

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Exploring the Champaign-Urbana Area Post-Holiday Season

January 9, 2024

Here’s a glimpse into how to make the most of your time in the Champaign-Urbana Area this post-holiday season!

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Exploring the Champaign-Urbana Area Post-Holiday Season

January 9, 2024

Here’s a glimpse into how to make the most of your time in the Champaign-Urbana Area this post-holiday season!

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Savoring Spring: A Culinary Tour of Champaign-Urbana's Local Flavors

January 3, 2024

As we await the vibrant hues of spring to emerge in Champaign-Urbana, we can plan to enjoy the do the flavors of the season. From farmers' markets bursting with fresh produce to local eateries crafting seasonal delights, our community offers a culinary adventure for foodies. Here’s the top spots showcasing local foods that make springtime in Champaign-Urbana an irresistible feast.

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Savoring Spring: A Culinary Tour of Champaign-Urbana's Local Flavors

January 3, 2024

As we await the vibrant hues of spring to emerge in Champaign-Urbana, we can plan to enjoy the do the flavors of the season. From farmers' markets bursting with fresh produce to local eateries crafting seasonal delights, our community offers a culinary adventure for foodies. Here’s the top spots showcasing local foods that make springtime in Champaign-Urbana an irresistible feast.

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Restaurant Openings During Christmas in the Champaign-Urbana Area (2023)

December 18, 2023

If you’re not planning on cooking this Christmas, the Champaign-Urbana area is full of options for dining out!

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Restaurant Openings During Christmas in the Champaign-Urbana Area (2023)

December 18, 2023

If you’re not planning on cooking this Christmas, the Champaign-Urbana area is full of options for dining out!

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New Year Celebrations in the Champaign-Urbana Area 2023

December 11, 2023

From local cuisine, live entertainment, to arts and crafts and celebrations during the day, here's a glimpse into the vibrant New Years celebrations in the Champaign-Urbana area.

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New Year Celebrations in the Champaign-Urbana Area 2023

December 11, 2023

From local cuisine, live entertainment, to arts and crafts and celebrations during the day, here's a glimpse into the vibrant New Years celebrations in the Champaign-Urbana area.

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Ways to Play in the Champaign-Urbana Area

December 7, 2023

From enriching educational experiences like the Engineering Open House to thrilling outdoor adventures, here's a comprehensive guide on ways to play (for all ages!) in the Champaign-Urbana area.

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Ways to Play in the Champaign-Urbana Area

December 7, 2023

From enriching educational experiences like the Engineering Open House to thrilling outdoor adventures, here's a comprehensive guide on ways to play (for all ages!) in the Champaign-Urbana area.

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Where to Witness Holiday Lights in the Champaign-Urbana Area

November 16, 2023

Here’s your guide to experiencing the most enchanting holiday lights in the Champaign-Urbana area!

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Where to Witness Holiday Lights in the Champaign-Urbana Area

November 16, 2023

Here’s your guide to experiencing the most enchanting holiday lights in the Champaign-Urbana area!

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The 2023 Champaign-Urbana Area Holiday Shop Local Guide

November 15, 2023

Embrace the spirit of the season and make this holiday truly special by supporting local businesses in the Champaign-Urbana area. Here’s your ultimate guide to shopping local and making this holiday season a memorable one!

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The 2023 Champaign-Urbana Area Holiday Shop Local Guide

November 15, 2023

Embrace the spirit of the season and make this holiday truly special by supporting local businesses in the Champaign-Urbana area. Here’s your ultimate guide to shopping local and making this holiday season a memorable one!

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2023 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings and Catering Options in the Champaign-Urbana Area

November 10, 2023

Thanksgiving is a busy day for families, and not just for those who are cooking! Whether you're looking to dine out, order catering for the family, or satisfy that holiday sweet-tooth, here's a guide of places & caterers that you could grab a meal on Thanksgiving!

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2023 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings and Catering Options in the Champaign-Urbana Area

November 10, 2023

Thanksgiving is a busy day for families, and not just for those who are cooking! Whether you're looking to dine out, order catering for the family, or satisfy that holiday sweet-tooth, here's a guide of places & caterers that you could grab a meal on Thanksgiving!

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Top 15 Halloween Events to Spook up the Champaign-Urbana Area

October 17, 2023

Dive into the spooky spirit with our list of Halloween events in the Champaign-Urbana area!

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Top 15 Halloween Events to Spook up the Champaign-Urbana Area

October 17, 2023

Dive into the spooky spirit with our list of Halloween events in the Champaign-Urbana area!

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Top Outdoor Spots for Fall

October 9, 2023

With a little chill in the air, and the leaves starting to change, fall is the ideal time to explore the outdoors. From spotting the best fall foliage to seeing the changing night sky, we’ve got the best spots for your fall outdoor adventures.

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Top Outdoor Spots for Fall

October 9, 2023

With a little chill in the air, and the leaves starting to change, fall is the ideal time to explore the outdoors. From spotting the best fall foliage to seeing the changing night sky, we’ve got the best spots for your fall outdoor adventures.

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5 Ways to Recharge During Fall in Champaign-Urbana

September 28, 2023

From comfort food to taking a stroll at one of our vibrant parks, here are 5 ways you can recharge your mental health in Champaign-Urbana.

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5 Ways to Recharge During Fall in Champaign-Urbana

September 28, 2023

From comfort food to taking a stroll at one of our vibrant parks, here are 5 ways you can recharge your mental health in Champaign-Urbana.

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

September 21, 2023

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in the Champaign-Urbana area!

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

September 21, 2023

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in the Champaign-Urbana area!

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Fall Comfort Items to Find Around the Champaign-Urbana Area

September 11, 2023

Fall Comfort Items to Find Around the Champaign-Urbana Area

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Fall Comfort Items to Find Around the Champaign-Urbana Area

September 11, 2023

Fall Comfort Items to Find Around the Champaign-Urbana Area

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Top Restaurants to try for Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

September 4, 2023

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve compiled a short list of the top restaurants you should try throughout September and October.

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Top Restaurants to try for Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

September 4, 2023

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve compiled a short list of the top restaurants you should try throughout September and October.

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A Guide to Half Century of Progress 2023

August 14, 2023

Half Century of Progress is one of the largest farm shows in the country. This year, it returns to Rantoul and is certain to be something curious onlookers will want to check out!

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A Guide to Half Century of Progress 2023

August 14, 2023

Half Century of Progress is one of the largest farm shows in the country. This year, it returns to Rantoul and is certain to be something curious onlookers will want to check out!

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Keep Summer Alive: A Before School Starts Bucket List for Kids

August 7, 2023

There’s plenty of time to keep summer alive before the kids go back to school, so we’ve compiled a before-school-starts bucket list for kids, including outdoor activities, amazing attractions, and some last-minute fun and games before the bell rings on the 2023-2024 school year.

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Keep Summer Alive: A Before School Starts Bucket List for Kids

August 7, 2023

There’s plenty of time to keep summer alive before the kids go back to school, so we’ve compiled a before-school-starts bucket list for kids, including outdoor activities, amazing attractions, and some last-minute fun and games before the bell rings on the 2023-2024 school year.

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Five Ways to Enjoy Fall in Champaign-Urbana

August 3, 2023

There’s something electric in the air when fall hits in Champaign-Urbana. With the return of University of Illinois students, the atmosphere around the community has an energy that can’t be matched. Fall activities from outdoor hikes to incredible festivals make this Big Ten college town a must-visit. Here’s our top five ways to get in on the fall fun.

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Five Ways to Enjoy Fall in Champaign-Urbana

August 3, 2023

There’s something electric in the air when fall hits in Champaign-Urbana. With the return of University of Illinois students, the atmosphere around the community has an energy that can’t be matched. Fall activities from outdoor hikes to incredible festivals make this Big Ten college town a must-visit. Here’s our top five ways to get in on the fall fun.

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Turning Your Tailgate into an Orange & Blue Weekend

August 3, 2023

Tailgating is a way of life in Champaign-Urbana, with Fighting Illini Football weekends taking center stage from September–November. The party doesn’t have to stop with game day. Take your orange & blue pride and make a weekend visit on the University of Illinois campus and beyond.

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Turning Your Tailgate into an Orange & Blue Weekend

August 3, 2023

Tailgating is a way of life in Champaign-Urbana, with Fighting Illini Football weekends taking center stage from September–November. The party doesn’t have to stop with game day. Take your orange & blue pride and make a weekend visit on the University of Illinois campus and beyond.

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Festivals for All this Autumn

August 2, 2023

Weekends in the Champaign-Urbana are filled with festivals and events to attend, filling our days with music, food, art, and pride. Check out what’s coming up and make your plans for your weekend visit around these must-attend events!

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Festivals for All this Autumn

August 2, 2023

Weekends in the Champaign-Urbana are filled with festivals and events to attend, filling our days with music, food, art, and pride. Check out what’s coming up and make your plans for your weekend visit around these must-attend events!

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Six Self-Guided Tours to Explore in Champaign-Urbana

July 17, 2023

Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff, film lover, or want to learn more about the Champaign-Urbana area, here are six self-guided tours you can participate in to get your discovery fix.

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Six Self-Guided Tours to Explore in Champaign-Urbana

July 17, 2023

Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff, film lover, or want to learn more about the Champaign-Urbana area, here are six self-guided tours you can participate in to get your discovery fix.

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Top places to Exercise Outside in the Champaign-Urbana Area

July 10, 2023

With an area so rich in nature, it's no surprise we're a popular destination for fitness enthusiasts! From biking, jogging, to yoga and pilates, you'll find a few places where you can go and get your sweat on.

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Top places to Exercise Outside in the Champaign-Urbana Area

July 10, 2023

With an area so rich in nature, it's no surprise we're a popular destination for fitness enthusiasts! From biking, jogging, to yoga and pilates, you'll find a few places where you can go and get your sweat on.

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A Guide to Historic Farm Days (2023)

July 3, 2023

At the I&I Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Showgrounds, attendees will see a ton of amazing things, so be sure not to miss these 8 highlights over the four-day Historic Farm Days in Penfield.

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A Guide to Historic Farm Days (2023)

July 3, 2023

At the I&I Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Showgrounds, attendees will see a ton of amazing things, so be sure not to miss these 8 highlights over the four-day Historic Farm Days in Penfield.

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Spotlight: Uniting Pride with Nicole Frydman

June 30, 2023

With over 14 years championing the needs of our local LGBTQ+ community, I sat down with Nicole Frydman, Director of Operations of the UP Center, to learn more about United Pride’s history, programming, and her role in helping sustain such an important organization in our community at large.

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Spotlight: Uniting Pride with Nicole Frydman

June 30, 2023

With over 14 years championing the needs of our local LGBTQ+ community, I sat down with Nicole Frydman, Director of Operations of the UP Center, to learn more about United Pride’s history, programming, and her role in helping sustain such an important organization in our community at large.

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4th of July Celebrations in the Greater Champaign-Urbana Area (2023)

June 22, 2023

Fourth of July events in the Champaign-Urbana area start as early as June 30th this year! Here's your guide to the major celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays taking place this year.

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4th of July Celebrations in the Greater Champaign-Urbana Area (2023)

June 22, 2023

Fourth of July events in the Champaign-Urbana area start as early as June 30th this year! Here's your guide to the major celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays taking place this year.

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Juneteenth: Where to Celebrate in the Greater Champaign-Urbana Area

June 13, 2023

Here are a few Juneteenth events to look forward to as you commemorate the significance and importance of this holiday.

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Juneteenth: Where to Celebrate in the Greater Champaign-Urbana Area

June 13, 2023

Here are a few Juneteenth events to look forward to as you commemorate the significance and importance of this holiday.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father's Day Weekend

June 13, 2023

If you’re looking for some inspiration for Father's Day plans, there’s plenty to do in the greater Champaign County this weekend, some of which is specifically themed around that special guy in your life.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father's Day Weekend

June 13, 2023

If you’re looking for some inspiration for Father's Day plans, there’s plenty to do in the greater Champaign County this weekend, some of which is specifically themed around that special guy in your life.

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Six Pride Month Events You Don't Want to Miss in Champaign County

May 31, 2023

We invite you to check out some of these queer-friendly events the greater Champaign County area this month.

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Six Pride Month Events You Don't Want to Miss in Champaign County

May 31, 2023

We invite you to check out some of these queer-friendly events the greater Champaign County area this month.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: THE HIVE

May 18, 2023

I sat down with Jessica Trefzger, proud owner and founder of The Hive by Maple Street Garden, to learn more about The Hive’s story and how she fostered a bee-loving, nature-loving community here in Mahomet.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: THE HIVE

May 18, 2023

I sat down with Jessica Trefzger, proud owner and founder of The Hive by Maple Street Garden, to learn more about The Hive’s story and how she fostered a bee-loving, nature-loving community here in Mahomet.

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Top Places to Spend Time with Animals in the Greater Champaign County Area

April 11, 2023

From exotic animals like Alaskan Reindeer & zebra to cuddly baby goats, here are some places where you can spend time with animals in the Greater Champaign County area!

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Top Places to Spend Time with Animals in the Greater Champaign County Area

April 11, 2023

From exotic animals like Alaskan Reindeer & zebra to cuddly baby goats, here are some places where you can spend time with animals in the Greater Champaign County area!

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It's Time to Boneyard

April 10, 2023

Each spring, we get a big reminder of how vibrant and talented our arts community is in the greater Champaign-Urbana area thanks to the Boneyard Arts Festival. An event like no other, this festival, happening April 14–16, takes place across over 70 venues countywide, showcasing hundreds of local artists. The goal is to create collaboration between artists and showcase the community, allowing us to visit spaces we’ve never been to and witness the creativity from the many artists that call this area home. Terri previews her top ten to help with your Boneyard plan!

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It's Time to Boneyard

April 10, 2023

Each spring, we get a big reminder of how vibrant and talented our arts community is in the greater Champaign-Urbana area thanks to the Boneyard Arts Festival. An event like no other, this festival, happening April 14–16, takes place across over 70 venues countywide, showcasing hundreds of local artists. The goal is to create collaboration between artists and showcase the community, allowing us to visit spaces we’ve never been to and witness the creativity from the many artists that call this area home. Terri previews her top ten to help with your Boneyard plan!

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Egg-celent Easter-Themed events in Champaign County

March 24, 2023

Here are a few Easter-themed events to hop into in Champaign County!

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Egg-celent Easter-Themed events in Champaign County

March 24, 2023

Here are a few Easter-themed events to hop into in Champaign County!

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St. Patrick's Day Events in the Greater Champaign County Area

March 7, 2023

Live performances, tasty Reuben sandwiches, a green light glow, and so much more—the greater Champaign County area is capturing the essence of St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of events this year! If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, check out this list below.

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St. Patrick's Day Events in the Greater Champaign County Area

March 7, 2023

Live performances, tasty Reuben sandwiches, a green light glow, and so much more—the greater Champaign County area is capturing the essence of St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of events this year! If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, check out this list below.

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Business Spotlight: Art Mart

March 3, 2023

It wasn’t always easy to start a women-owned business. Just ask Linda Ballard about her experience when seeking a loan for their small business, Art Mart, which is now the oldest women-owned business in Champaign County and the second oldest in the state of Illinois.

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Business Spotlight: Art Mart

March 3, 2023

It wasn’t always easy to start a women-owned business. Just ask Linda Ballard about her experience when seeking a loan for their small business, Art Mart, which is now the oldest women-owned business in Champaign County and the second oldest in the state of Illinois.

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Cold-Weather Goods to Keep You Warm and Comfy

February 21, 2023

From stocking up for sweater weather to comfort items to keep you cozy, here are some cold-weather goods that you rely on to get you through the final stretch of winter.

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Cold-Weather Goods to Keep You Warm and Comfy

February 21, 2023

From stocking up for sweater weather to comfort items to keep you cozy, here are some cold-weather goods that you rely on to get you through the final stretch of winter.

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Spotlight: Kreative Vision Photography

February 15, 2023

Evette Campbell, owner and founder of Kreative Vision Photography, is a seven-time published photographer and a natural born creative. Get to know Evette through her journey into photography in this greater Champaign County Area business spotlight!

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Spotlight: Kreative Vision Photography

February 15, 2023

Evette Campbell, owner and founder of Kreative Vision Photography, is a seven-time published photographer and a natural born creative. Get to know Evette through her journey into photography in this greater Champaign County Area business spotlight!

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Love is in the Air Throughout the Greater Champaign County Area!

February 8, 2023

From spending an intimate date night with your sweetie at the Literary to cozying up at the Rose Bowl accompanied by live music—regardless of your spirit for Valentine’s Day, we have a fun list of events for you to check out during one of the loveliest times of the year.

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Love is in the Air Throughout the Greater Champaign County Area!

February 8, 2023

From spending an intimate date night with your sweetie at the Literary to cozying up at the Rose Bowl accompanied by live music—regardless of your spirit for Valentine’s Day, we have a fun list of events for you to check out during one of the loveliest times of the year.

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Spotlight: Plant Mode

February 1, 2023

If you asked Matthis if he would ever have envisioned having his retail shop, Plant Mode, on Walnut St., one of the main roads heading through downtown, he wouldn't have believed it. To understand how he got there, you have to go on a little journey with him.

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Spotlight: Plant Mode

February 1, 2023

If you asked Matthis if he would ever have envisioned having his retail shop, Plant Mode, on Walnut St., one of the main roads heading through downtown, he wouldn't have believed it. To understand how he got there, you have to go on a little journey with him.

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What is Plan for Vacation Day?

January 30, 2023

There's a lot that goes into why vacation matters, so let's walk through some of the big things to know about National Plan for Vacation Day.

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What is Plan for Vacation Day?

January 30, 2023

There's a lot that goes into why vacation matters, so let's walk through some of the big things to know about National Plan for Vacation Day.

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Terri's 42 Reasons for Being Excited about Restaurant Week

January 24, 2023

As the 7th Annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week approaches, Terri shares tips to get the most out of the nine-day celebration, and highlights what is making her excited about this year's event.

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Terri's 42 Reasons for Being Excited about Restaurant Week

January 24, 2023

As the 7th Annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week approaches, Terri shares tips to get the most out of the nine-day celebration, and highlights what is making her excited about this year's event.

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Lunar New Year Celebrations at UIUC and Beyond

January 18, 2023

We sat down with Dr. Sang Lee, Assistant Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) at the University of Illinois, to get more insight on this important holiday, what it looks like throughout UIUC campus, and what events to look out for during the Lunar New Year festivities.

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Lunar New Year Celebrations at UIUC and Beyond

January 18, 2023

We sat down with Dr. Sang Lee, Assistant Director of the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC) at the University of Illinois, to get more insight on this important holiday, what it looks like throughout UIUC campus, and what events to look out for during the Lunar New Year festivities.

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14 Family-Friendly Events for the Month of January

January 4, 2023

We have plenty of family-friendly events for the month of January in Champaign County!

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14 Family-Friendly Events for the Month of January

January 4, 2023

We have plenty of family-friendly events for the month of January in Champaign County!

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10 Local NYE Events to Ring in the New Year 2022

December 27, 2022

From live music to dancing, fanfare or something lowkey—C-U has a variety of options to ring in the New Year!

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10 Local NYE Events to Ring in the New Year 2022

December 27, 2022

From live music to dancing, fanfare or something lowkey—C-U has a variety of options to ring in the New Year!

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2022 Champaign County Christmas Restaurant Openings and Catering Options

December 16, 2022

If you’re not planning on cooking this Christmas, the greater Champaign County area is full of options for dining out!

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2022 Champaign County Christmas Restaurant Openings and Catering Options

December 16, 2022

If you’re not planning on cooking this Christmas, the greater Champaign County area is full of options for dining out!

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Events to keep Yourself Entertained During Winter Break

December 14, 2022

It may feel like there's not much to do in the greater Champaign County Area during Winter Break, but that's far from the truth! Here are a few recommendations to ensure you're entertained during this period.

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Events to keep Yourself Entertained During Winter Break

December 14, 2022

It may feel like there's not much to do in the greater Champaign County Area during Winter Break, but that's far from the truth! Here are a few recommendations to ensure you're entertained during this period.

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5 Ways to Enjoy December in the Greater Champaign County Area

November 30, 2022

We compiled a short list of activities you can enjoy in the greater Champaign County Area this month, just to make your search a little bit easier.

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5 Ways to Enjoy December in the Greater Champaign County Area

November 30, 2022

We compiled a short list of activities you can enjoy in the greater Champaign County Area this month, just to make your search a little bit easier.

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2022 Champaign County Shop Local Guide

November 23, 2022

Tis’ the season to be out shopping! It’s time to throw on your favorite sweater, some comfy shoes, and get ready to spend your way across the greater Champaign County area!

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2022 Champaign County Shop Local Guide

November 23, 2022

Tis’ the season to be out shopping! It’s time to throw on your favorite sweater, some comfy shoes, and get ready to spend your way across the greater Champaign County area!

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Fall Comfort Items to Find Around Champaign County

November 11, 2022

The leaves may be disappearing, but our love for Fall-themed items is still going strong! Here are a few of our favorite seasonal comfort items as we head into the end of Fall!

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Fall Comfort Items to Find Around Champaign County

November 11, 2022

The leaves may be disappearing, but our love for Fall-themed items is still going strong! Here are a few of our favorite seasonal comfort items as we head into the end of Fall!

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2022 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings and Catering Options in Champaign County

November 11, 2022

Skip the kitchen stress and opt for a meal at a local restaurant this year! Here' who will be open on Thanksgiving Day!

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2022 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings and Catering Options in Champaign County

November 11, 2022

Skip the kitchen stress and opt for a meal at a local restaurant this year! Here' who will be open on Thanksgiving Day!

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Top Spots to Take Your Dad for Dad’s Weekend

November 1, 2022

We compiled a short list of top spots to take your Dad for Dad’s Weekend so they can have the best of both worlds: The Pride of being an Illini guardian, and the joy knowing Chambana is full of experiences for every visit!

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Top Spots to Take Your Dad for Dad’s Weekend

November 1, 2022

We compiled a short list of top spots to take your Dad for Dad’s Weekend so they can have the best of both worlds: The Pride of being an Illini guardian, and the joy knowing Chambana is full of experiences for every visit!

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25 Years of the Wandell Sculpture Garden

October 24, 2022

In commemoration of the 25th Year Anniversary of the Wandell Sculpture Garden, I sat down with Tim Bartlett, the Superintendent of Planning and Operations at Urbana Park District, and Janet Soesbe, the Community Program Manager at Urbana Park District, to discuss everything from the Garden’s history, its vision, how it has evolved over all these years, and what’s next for the Sculpture Garden.

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25 Years of the Wandell Sculpture Garden

October 24, 2022

In commemoration of the 25th Year Anniversary of the Wandell Sculpture Garden, I sat down with Tim Bartlett, the Superintendent of Planning and Operations at Urbana Park District, and Janet Soesbe, the Community Program Manager at Urbana Park District, to discuss everything from the Garden’s history, its vision, how it has evolved over all these years, and what’s next for the Sculpture Garden.

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

October 17, 2022

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in Champaign County!

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

October 17, 2022

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in Champaign County!

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5 Ways to Recharge During Fall in Champaign-Urbana

October 10, 2022

From comfort food to taking a stroll at one of our vibrant parks, here are 5 ways you can recharge your mental health in Champaign-Urbana

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5 Ways to Recharge During Fall in Champaign-Urbana

October 10, 2022

From comfort food to taking a stroll at one of our vibrant parks, here are 5 ways you can recharge your mental health in Champaign-Urbana

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Celebrating 35 Years of the Staerkel Planetarium

September 29, 2022

As the second-largest planetarium in the state with a robust history that spans over 35 years, I sat down with former Director of the Staerkel Planetarium, David Leake, and the current Planetarium Director, Erik Johnson, to get more insight behind the iconic dome, the Zeiss Star projector, and programming we all know and love today.

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Celebrating 35 Years of the Staerkel Planetarium

September 29, 2022

As the second-largest planetarium in the state with a robust history that spans over 35 years, I sat down with former Director of the Staerkel Planetarium, David Leake, and the current Planetarium Director, Erik Johnson, to get more insight behind the iconic dome, the Zeiss Star projector, and programming we all know and love today.

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Guide to Pride Fest 2022

September 21, 2022

Uniting Pride of Champaign County is showing out for this year’s C-U Pride Fest, gifting us with an array of events spanning from education, art, movie screenings, dancing, and of course–the coveted C-U Pride Parade!

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Guide to Pride Fest 2022

September 21, 2022

Uniting Pride of Champaign County is showing out for this year’s C-U Pride Fest, gifting us with an array of events spanning from education, art, movie screenings, dancing, and of course–the coveted C-U Pride Parade!

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5 Things I enjoy About the Krannert Art Museum

September 20, 2022

As the second largest general fine art museum in the state of Illinois, I had to make another stop in light of National Museum Day on the 17th of September.

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5 Things I enjoy About the Krannert Art Museum

September 20, 2022

As the second largest general fine art museum in the state of Illinois, I had to make another stop in light of National Museum Day on the 17th of September.

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Top Restaurants to try for Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

September 16, 2022

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve compiled a short list of the top restaurants you should try throughout September and October.

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Top Restaurants to try for Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

September 16, 2022

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve compiled a short list of the top restaurants you should try throughout September and October.

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Top Outdoor Spots for Fall

September 1, 2022

With a little chill in the air, and the leaves starting to change, fall is the ideal time to explore the outdoors. From spotting the best fall foliage to seeing the changing night sky, we’ve got the best spots for your fall outdoor adventures.

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Top Outdoor Spots for Fall

September 1, 2022

With a little chill in the air, and the leaves starting to change, fall is the ideal time to explore the outdoors. From spotting the best fall foliage to seeing the changing night sky, we’ve got the best spots for your fall outdoor adventures.

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My 1st Illini Football Game

August 29, 2022

If you’re a long-term resident of CU and you’ve never been to an Illini game, or if you’re new to town or a new student looking experience Orange & Blue pride, this blog may be right for you.

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My 1st Illini Football Game

August 29, 2022

If you’re a long-term resident of CU and you’ve never been to an Illini game, or if you’re new to town or a new student looking experience Orange & Blue pride, this blog may be right for you.

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Bring on the Beer

August 19, 2022

Across the greater Champaign County area, local breweries make art out of brewing. From all corners of Champaign County, you can find a beer that suits your tastes. Head to the tap room or pick up a growler to enjoy these crafted beverages.

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Bring on the Beer

August 19, 2022

Across the greater Champaign County area, local breweries make art out of brewing. From all corners of Champaign County, you can find a beer that suits your tastes. Head to the tap room or pick up a growler to enjoy these crafted beverages.

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Five Must-Do Activities for Fall

August 19, 2022

From sneaking a peak at the fall foliage to picking pumpkins, you’ll find countless activities to fill your autumn days. We’ve got five experiences that you can’t miss in the greater Champaign County area this fall.

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Five Must-Do Activities for Fall

August 19, 2022

From sneaking a peak at the fall foliage to picking pumpkins, you’ll find countless activities to fill your autumn days. We’ve got five experiences that you can’t miss in the greater Champaign County area this fall.

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Festivals for All this Autumn

August 19, 2022

Weekends in the Champaign-Urbana are filled with festivals and events to attend, filling our days with music, food, art, and pride. Check out what’s coming up and make your plans for your weekend visit around these must-attend events!

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Festivals for All this Autumn

August 19, 2022

Weekends in the Champaign-Urbana are filled with festivals and events to attend, filling our days with music, food, art, and pride. Check out what’s coming up and make your plans for your weekend visit around these must-attend events!

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7 Things you Should Try as a New Student at UIUC

August 19, 2022

We understand how daunting it can be to get adjusted to the new “home away from home” as a new student at UIUC. Here is a short list of experiences you should try as you settle-in for your first year!

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7 Things you Should Try as a New Student at UIUC

August 19, 2022

We understand how daunting it can be to get adjusted to the new “home away from home” as a new student at UIUC. Here is a short list of experiences you should try as you settle-in for your first year!

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Turning Your Tailgate into an Orange & Blue Weekend

August 19, 2022

Tailgating is a way of life in Champaign-Urbana, with Fighting Illini Football weekends taking center stage from August–November. The party doesn’t have to stop with game day. Take your orange & blue pride and make a weekend visit on the University of Illinois campus and beyond.

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Turning Your Tailgate into an Orange & Blue Weekend

August 19, 2022

Tailgating is a way of life in Champaign-Urbana, with Fighting Illini Football weekends taking center stage from August–November. The party doesn’t have to stop with game day. Take your orange & blue pride and make a weekend visit on the University of Illinois campus and beyond.

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Six End of Summer Stops to Make in Champaign County

August 7, 2022

Summer isn't over yet! Add these six stops to your seasonal plans before transitioning to Fall.

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Six End of Summer Stops to Make in Champaign County

August 7, 2022

Summer isn't over yet! Add these six stops to your seasonal plans before transitioning to Fall.

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Spotlight: Delight Flower Farm

August 1, 2022

From tulips to Dahlias, Snap Dragons to fresh cut Eucalyptus in the fall, Delight Flower Farm is known in the community for their bountiful array of fresh cut flowers and bouquets of the highest quality. We sat down with Maggie Taylor, owner and founder, to discuss her journey of becoming a farmer and opening up Delight Flower Farm.

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Spotlight: Delight Flower Farm

August 1, 2022

From tulips to Dahlias, Snap Dragons to fresh cut Eucalyptus in the fall, Delight Flower Farm is known in the community for their bountiful array of fresh cut flowers and bouquets of the highest quality. We sat down with Maggie Taylor, owner and founder, to discuss her journey of becoming a farmer and opening up Delight Flower Farm.

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Keep Summer Alive: A Before School Starts Bucket List for Kids

July 27, 2022

There’s plenty of time to keep summer alive before the kids go back to school, so we’ve compiled a before-school-starts bucket list for kids, including outdoor activities, amazing attractions, and some last-minute fun and games before the bell rings on the 2022-2023 school year.

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Keep Summer Alive: A Before School Starts Bucket List for Kids

July 27, 2022

There’s plenty of time to keep summer alive before the kids go back to school, so we’ve compiled a before-school-starts bucket list for kids, including outdoor activities, amazing attractions, and some last-minute fun and games before the bell rings on the 2022-2023 school year.

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Top places to exercise outside in Champaign County

July 22, 2022

With an area so rich in nature, it's no surprise we're a popular destination for fitness enthusiasts! From biking, jogging, to yoga and pilates, you'll find a few places where you can go and get your sweat on.

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Top places to exercise outside in Champaign County

July 22, 2022

With an area so rich in nature, it's no surprise we're a popular destination for fitness enthusiasts! From biking, jogging, to yoga and pilates, you'll find a few places where you can go and get your sweat on.

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There's a new Chinese Restaurant in Town: Lao Sze Chuan

July 15, 2022

When I found out that Lao Sze Chuan, an award-winning Chinese restaurant opened up a brick and mortar in Champaign a couple weeks ago, I had to see what the fuss was all about!

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There's a new Chinese Restaurant in Town: Lao Sze Chuan

July 15, 2022

When I found out that Lao Sze Chuan, an award-winning Chinese restaurant opened up a brick and mortar in Champaign a couple weeks ago, I had to see what the fuss was all about!

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Top Places to Experience Nightlife in Champaign

July 13, 2022

From live music, DJ sets and plunging garden lights: Here are the top spots to experience nightlife in Champaign-Urbana!

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Top Places to Experience Nightlife in Champaign

July 13, 2022

From live music, DJ sets and plunging garden lights: Here are the top spots to experience nightlife in Champaign-Urbana!

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2022 Fourth of July Events in the Champaign County Area

June 30, 2022

If you're eager to make plans for the holiday weekend, then there's good news. Fourth of July events in the Champaign County Area start as early as this weekend! Here's your guide to the major celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays taking place this year.

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2022 Fourth of July Events in the Champaign County Area

June 30, 2022

If you're eager to make plans for the holiday weekend, then there's good news. Fourth of July events in the Champaign County Area start as early as this weekend! Here's your guide to the major celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays taking place this year.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father's Day Weekend

June 14, 2022

If you’re looking for some inspiration for Father's Day plans, there’s plenty to do in the greater Champaign County this weekend, some of which is specifically themed around that special guy in your life.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father's Day Weekend

June 14, 2022

If you’re looking for some inspiration for Father's Day plans, there’s plenty to do in the greater Champaign County this weekend, some of which is specifically themed around that special guy in your life.

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Six LGBTQIA+ Events to Participate in for Pride Month 2022

June 7, 2022

Drag shows, live music, dancing, face-painting, and so much more—we invite you to check out all of the queer-friendly events the greater Champaign county area has to offer this month.

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Six LGBTQIA+ Events to Participate in for Pride Month 2022

June 7, 2022

Drag shows, live music, dancing, face-painting, and so much more—we invite you to check out all of the queer-friendly events the greater Champaign county area has to offer this month.

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Eight Fishing Spots to Try in Champaign County

May 30, 2022

There are many great spots to fish around the greater Champaign County area for newcomers and long-time aficionados.

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Eight Fishing Spots to Try in Champaign County

May 30, 2022

There are many great spots to fish around the greater Champaign County area for newcomers and long-time aficionados.

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5 Top BBQ Destinations for Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2022

We’ve included our top 5 BBQ destinations you must try for Memorial Day Weekend. It’s time to whip out your napkins and get those wet-naps ready!

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5 Top BBQ Destinations for Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2022

We’ve included our top 5 BBQ destinations you must try for Memorial Day Weekend. It’s time to whip out your napkins and get those wet-naps ready!

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5 AAPI Restaurants to Support in May

May 20, 2022

Explore the various flavors and findings at these five AAPI-owned restaurants in May and all year long.

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5 AAPI Restaurants to Support in May

May 20, 2022

Explore the various flavors and findings at these five AAPI-owned restaurants in May and all year long.

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10 Experiences for your Summer Road Trip that Won’t Break the Bank

May 17, 2022

Keeping your summer road trips close to home this year? While we continue to fill our tank to get us around, missing out on summer experiences is still a must. Champaign County is bursting with budget-friendly activities so you don’t have to miss out on summer fun. Here are our top ten ideas for low or no-cost activities to enjoy this summer.

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10 Experiences for your Summer Road Trip that Won’t Break the Bank

May 17, 2022

Keeping your summer road trips close to home this year? While we continue to fill our tank to get us around, missing out on summer experiences is still a must. Champaign County is bursting with budget-friendly activities so you don’t have to miss out on summer fun. Here are our top ten ideas for low or no-cost activities to enjoy this summer.

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Greener Goods: An Earth Day Experience

May 3, 2022

In lieu of Earth Day, I decided to visit Greener Goods—an eco-friendly pop-up shop in Mahomet, Illinois. I admit, I didn’t know much about “sustainability” other than opting out of the plastic bags when I shop at Aldi’s, or drinking out of straw-less cups provided by Starbucks. I assumed these little changes made a difference, but after chatting with Tara Allen, owner and founder of Greener Goods—boy was I wrong.

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Greener Goods: An Earth Day Experience

May 3, 2022

In lieu of Earth Day, I decided to visit Greener Goods—an eco-friendly pop-up shop in Mahomet, Illinois. I admit, I didn’t know much about “sustainability” other than opting out of the plastic bags when I shop at Aldi’s, or drinking out of straw-less cups provided by Starbucks. I assumed these little changes made a difference, but after chatting with Tara Allen, owner and founder of Greener Goods—boy was I wrong.

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5 Unique Sports to Try in Champaign County

April 14, 2022

Five unique sports you can play in Champaign County are beginner-friendly. Additionally, they provide a great change of pace for your usual spring and summer activities.

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5 Unique Sports to Try in Champaign County

April 14, 2022

Five unique sports you can play in Champaign County are beginner-friendly. Additionally, they provide a great change of pace for your usual spring and summer activities.

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Where To Hunt Easter Eggs in Champaign County

April 13, 2022

We're hopping into Easter weekend and getting our baskets ready for community Easter Egg Hunts. Young or old, there's a hunt on the horizon for you to enjoy this weekend. Check out our list and make your plans!

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Where To Hunt Easter Eggs in Champaign County

April 13, 2022

We're hopping into Easter weekend and getting our baskets ready for community Easter Egg Hunts. Young or old, there's a hunt on the horizon for you to enjoy this weekend. Check out our list and make your plans!

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2022 Boneyard Arts Festival Preview

March 30, 2022

Celebrating 20 years, the Boneyard Arts Festival returns this weekend to Champaign County. Happening April 1–3 in over 70 venues representing over 100 artists, this annual event is like no other arts festival around, and that’s a really good thing.

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2022 Boneyard Arts Festival Preview

March 30, 2022

Celebrating 20 years, the Boneyard Arts Festival returns this weekend to Champaign County. Happening April 1–3 in over 70 venues representing over 100 artists, this annual event is like no other arts festival around, and that’s a really good thing.

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5 Ways that Shopping Local Helps Your Community

March 28, 2022

Everyone knows that supporting local businesses is important, but it's worth a reminder just how much of a difference it can make.

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5 Ways that Shopping Local Helps Your Community

March 28, 2022

Everyone knows that supporting local businesses is important, but it's worth a reminder just how much of a difference it can make.

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Extraordinary Things You'll Only Find in Champaign County

March 21, 2022

When you're considering where to go in the near future, make sure to add these five views you can only see in Champaign County to your list!

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Extraordinary Things You'll Only Find in Champaign County

March 21, 2022

When you're considering where to go in the near future, make sure to add these five views you can only see in Champaign County to your list!

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Top Events & Activities for Warmer Weather in the Greater Champaign County Area

March 9, 2022

Don’t just cross off days on your calendar. Enjoy every day by getting out in the greater Champaign County area. Spring and summer bring daily events and major festivals for every interest and every age. What are you waiting for? Make your plans today!

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Top Events & Activities for Warmer Weather in the Greater Champaign County Area

March 9, 2022

Don’t just cross off days on your calendar. Enjoy every day by getting out in the greater Champaign County area. Spring and summer bring daily events and major festivals for every interest and every age. What are you waiting for? Make your plans today!

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Celebrate Local Foods

February 14, 2022

Farms large and small surround our micro-urban community, providing fresh ingredients for local chefs to incorporate into their menus, and for us to prepare at home. Here’s where you can pick up the freshest ingredients of the season to support our local food system.

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Celebrate Local Foods

February 14, 2022

Farms large and small surround our micro-urban community, providing fresh ingredients for local chefs to incorporate into their menus, and for us to prepare at home. Here’s where you can pick up the freshest ingredients of the season to support our local food system.

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas Around Champaign County

February 10, 2022

Looking to put something together for a memorable Valentine's Day date? Here are some ideas!

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Valentine's Day Date Ideas Around Champaign County

February 10, 2022

Looking to put something together for a memorable Valentine's Day date? Here are some ideas!

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Take Advantage of These Fun Activities in the Snow

February 8, 2022

With tons of snow on the ground and plenty to do, here's how you can have some fun before winter is on its way for the season.

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Take Advantage of These Fun Activities in the Snow

February 8, 2022

With tons of snow on the ground and plenty to do, here's how you can have some fun before winter is on its way for the season.

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What is Plan for Vacation Day?

January 25, 2022

Need a recharge, refresh, or just a little getaway? As we #PlanForVacation this week, explore why a trip away can be incredibly beneficial to your mental health!

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What is Plan for Vacation Day?

January 25, 2022

Need a recharge, refresh, or just a little getaway? As we #PlanForVacation this week, explore why a trip away can be incredibly beneficial to your mental health!

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5 Unique Reasons Champaign County is a Top Tourist Destination

January 24, 2022

Here are just five reasons that Champaign County is a great place to #PlanForVacation.

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5 Unique Reasons Champaign County is a Top Tourist Destination

January 24, 2022

Here are just five reasons that Champaign County is a great place to #PlanForVacation.

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Terri’s Restaurant Week Preview

January 21, 2022

Terri Reifsteck, Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement, shares a few of her favorite options for Restaurant Week 2022!

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Terri’s Restaurant Week Preview

January 21, 2022

Terri Reifsteck, Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement, shares a few of her favorite options for Restaurant Week 2022!

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Hiking Trails to Explore in the Champaign County Area

January 6, 2022

The greater Champaign County area is full of incredible options for walking and running amongst incredible nature scapes.

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Hiking Trails to Explore in the Champaign County Area

January 6, 2022

The greater Champaign County area is full of incredible options for walking and running amongst incredible nature scapes.

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2021 Champaign County Christmas Restaurant Openings and Catering Options

December 17, 2021

If you're looking for where to eat on Christmas in Champaign County, then you're in the right place! Plus, check out catering options for your at-home holiday celebrations.

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2021 Champaign County Christmas Restaurant Openings and Catering Options

December 17, 2021

If you're looking for where to eat on Christmas in Champaign County, then you're in the right place! Plus, check out catering options for your at-home holiday celebrations.

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Shop Local 2021: Books and Games to Keep You Entertained All Winter Long

December 16, 2021

Whether it's winter break from school or a little extra time off from work, the holidays are a great time to kick back with a good read or a fun game.

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Shop Local 2021: Books and Games to Keep You Entertained All Winter Long

December 16, 2021

Whether it's winter break from school or a little extra time off from work, the holidays are a great time to kick back with a good read or a fun game.

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Shop Local 2021: Favorite Stops for Clothes and Accessories

December 2, 2021

There are so many great options for shopping clothes and accessories in the greater Champaign County area. We have boutiques and name-brand stores, local outlets and so much more!

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Shop Local 2021: Favorite Stops for Clothes and Accessories

December 2, 2021

There are so many great options for shopping clothes and accessories in the greater Champaign County area. We have boutiques and name-brand stores, local outlets and so much more!

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2021 Champaign County Shop Local Guide

November 17, 2021

Throw on your favorite sweater, some comfy shoes, and get ready to shop your way across Champaign County!

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2021 Champaign County Shop Local Guide

November 17, 2021

Throw on your favorite sweater, some comfy shoes, and get ready to shop your way across Champaign County!

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2021 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings and Catering Options in Champaign County

November 15, 2021

Skip the kitchen stress and opt for a meal at a local restaurant this year! Here' who will be open on Thanksgiving Day!

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2021 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings and Catering Options in Champaign County

November 15, 2021

Skip the kitchen stress and opt for a meal at a local restaurant this year! Here' who will be open on Thanksgiving Day!

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5 UIUC Sustainability Efforts You Should Know About

November 2, 2021

UIUC looks to become a model for other campuses when it comes to sustainability implementation.

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5 UIUC Sustainability Efforts You Should Know About

November 2, 2021

UIUC looks to become a model for other campuses when it comes to sustainability implementation.

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Our Community Highlights: The Champaign Public Library

October 27, 2021

Terri shares her love of the Champaign Public Library for our "Your Places. Your Spaces. Your Community" campaign.

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Our Community Highlights: The Champaign Public Library

October 27, 2021

Terri shares her love of the Champaign Public Library for our "Your Places. Your Spaces. Your Community" campaign.

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Mama Meta's Canteen to Serve Up African Cuisine to C-U

October 15, 2021

Mama Meta's Canteen plans to provide African food with some American twists for pick up, catering options for events, and pop up locations.

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Mama Meta's Canteen to Serve Up African Cuisine to C-U

October 15, 2021

Mama Meta's Canteen plans to provide African food with some American twists for pick up, catering options for events, and pop up locations.

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Soup Season in Champaign County

October 8, 2021

We can talk about sweater weather, sure. But we'd rather talk about soup season. As the chill in the air returns to the greater Champaign County area, soup hits the spot unlike any other dish.

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Soup Season in Champaign County

October 8, 2021

We can talk about sweater weather, sure. But we'd rather talk about soup season. As the chill in the air returns to the greater Champaign County area, soup hits the spot unlike any other dish.

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U of I Library Home to Nation's 2nd Largest Children's Book Collection

October 5, 2021

This recent headline caught our eye: the U of I's Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library is home to the 2nd largest Children's Book Collection in the country!

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U of I Library Home to Nation's 2nd Largest Children's Book Collection

October 5, 2021

This recent headline caught our eye: the U of I's Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library is home to the 2nd largest Children's Book Collection in the country!

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Five Must-See Events at Pygmalion 2021

September 21, 2021

To help highlight a few you won't want to miss at Pygmalion 2021, here are five events you'll certainly want to make time for this weekend.

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Five Must-See Events at Pygmalion 2021

September 21, 2021

To help highlight a few you won't want to miss at Pygmalion 2021, here are five events you'll certainly want to make time for this weekend.

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Inside Allerton's Gardens: 5 Facts You Might Not Know

September 17, 2021

When you're looking for adventure in your backyard, consider visiting these historic gardens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center.

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Inside Allerton's Gardens: 5 Facts You Might Not Know

September 17, 2021

When you're looking for adventure in your backyard, consider visiting these historic gardens at Allerton Park and Retreat Center.

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Inside the 3rd Annual C-U Black and African Arts Festival

September 15, 2021

Co-Founders Susan Ogwal and Cindy Owusu to talk about returning favorites and new features of the 3rd annual C-U Black and African Arts Festival.

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Inside the 3rd Annual C-U Black and African Arts Festival

September 15, 2021

Co-Founders Susan Ogwal and Cindy Owusu to talk about returning favorites and new features of the 3rd annual C-U Black and African Arts Festival.

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U of I School Year Guide: Food Bucket List in Champaign-Urbana

August 31, 2021

In our last blog for new U of I students, we're laying out a Food Bucket List to help get newcomers to our community introduced

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U of I School Year Guide: Food Bucket List in Champaign-Urbana

August 31, 2021

In our last blog for new U of I students, we're laying out a Food Bucket List to help get newcomers to our community introduced

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A Guide to Half Century of Progress 2021

August 26, 2021

Half Century of Progress is one of the largest farm shows in the country. This year, it returns to Rantoul and is certain to be something curious onlookers will want to check out!G

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A Guide to Half Century of Progress 2021

August 26, 2021

Half Century of Progress is one of the largest farm shows in the country. This year, it returns to Rantoul and is certain to be something curious onlookers will want to check out!G

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Illini School Year Guide: 7 Tips for New U of I Students

August 24, 2021

No matter where you go after college, our #OutsideofOrdinary community will always be yours. Here are our tips for new U of I students in the first entry of our Illini School Year Guide!

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Illini School Year Guide: 7 Tips for New U of I Students

August 24, 2021

No matter where you go after college, our #OutsideofOrdinary community will always be yours. Here are our tips for new U of I students in the first entry of our Illini School Year Guide!

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Pumpkins, Mazes, and Farm Fun

August 17, 2021

While area farms serve a purpose of growing or producing food, there’s also plenty of opportunities to visit a farm for fun. Here’s our top list of must-do activities on our local farms this fall.

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Pumpkins, Mazes, and Farm Fun

August 17, 2021

While area farms serve a purpose of growing or producing food, there’s also plenty of opportunities to visit a farm for fun. Here’s our top list of must-do activities on our local farms this fall.

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Fall Festivals Make a Return

August 17, 2021

After a year off, our fall festivals are making a safe return to our community, providing everything from film-going experiences to live music to cultural celebrations. Check out what’s returning and make your plans for your weekend visit around these must-attend events!

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Fall Festivals Make a Return

August 17, 2021

After a year off, our fall festivals are making a safe return to our community, providing everything from film-going experiences to live music to cultural celebrations. Check out what’s returning and make your plans for your weekend visit around these must-attend events!

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Main Street Cookies & Cream in Fisher Thrives on Sweet and Local Treats

August 12, 2021

Something sweet opened a couple of weeks ago in the heart of downtown Fisher.

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Main Street Cookies & Cream in Fisher Thrives on Sweet and Local Treats

August 12, 2021

Something sweet opened a couple of weeks ago in the heart of downtown Fisher.

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Interview: Rad Lad Games Opening Soon in Mahomet

July 27, 2021

Rad Lad Games is planning to open on Mahomet's Main Street in August and you can learn more about the store in this Q+A with the owner!

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Interview: Rad Lad Games Opening Soon in Mahomet

July 27, 2021

Rad Lad Games is planning to open on Mahomet's Main Street in August and you can learn more about the store in this Q+A with the owner!

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2021 Champaign County Fair Guide

July 15, 2021

Curious about how to tackle the Champaign County Fair’s robust schedule of events and activities? We’ve got you covered with our 2021 Champaign County Fair Guide.

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2021 Champaign County Fair Guide

July 15, 2021

Curious about how to tackle the Champaign County Fair’s robust schedule of events and activities? We’ve got you covered with our 2021 Champaign County Fair Guide.

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Disability Pride Month: How Champaign-Urbana Helped Shape Accessibility

July 8, 2021

As the birthplace of the disability rights movement, we're proud to say that thanks to leaders in our community, Disability Pride is a year-round feature of Champaign-Urbana.

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Disability Pride Month: How Champaign-Urbana Helped Shape Accessibility

July 8, 2021

As the birthplace of the disability rights movement, we're proud to say that thanks to leaders in our community, Disability Pride is a year-round feature of Champaign-Urbana.

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A Guide to Historic Farm Days

July 6, 2021

At the I&I Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Showgrounds, attendees will see a ton of amazing things, so be sure not to miss these 8 highlights over the four-day Historic Farm Days in Penfield.

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A Guide to Historic Farm Days

July 6, 2021

At the I&I Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Showgrounds, attendees will see a ton of amazing things, so be sure not to miss these 8 highlights over the four-day Historic Farm Days in Penfield.

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Summer Food and Drink Stops to Explore Outside Champaign-Urbana

June 29, 2021

Champaign-Urbana might be the Best Midwest Food Town according to Midwest Living, but good eats and drinks don't stop when you leave C-U.

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Summer Food and Drink Stops to Explore Outside Champaign-Urbana

June 29, 2021

Champaign-Urbana might be the Best Midwest Food Town according to Midwest Living, but good eats and drinks don't stop when you leave C-U.

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Making the Most of a Student-Free Campustown

June 25, 2021

Here are just a few ideas to make some time in Campustown a fun little adventure in your own backyard before students return!

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Making the Most of a Student-Free Campustown

June 25, 2021

Here are just a few ideas to make some time in Campustown a fun little adventure in your own backyard before students return!

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Art is Alive Again

June 17, 2021

After a long, challenging year, we’re excited to once again celebrate our local arts scene during the Boneyard Arts Festival, hosted by 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council. This annual event, typically held over the University of Illinois Mom’s Weekend in April, was rescheduled for June to allow time for safety efforts and vaccinations to be widespread. We couldn’t be happier that this popular arts & culture festival is kicking off a return of events and festivals to the greater Champaign County area at a time when our local artists and venues need it most.

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Art is Alive Again

June 17, 2021

After a long, challenging year, we’re excited to once again celebrate our local arts scene during the Boneyard Arts Festival, hosted by 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council. This annual event, typically held over the University of Illinois Mom’s Weekend in April, was rescheduled for June to allow time for safety efforts and vaccinations to be widespread. We couldn’t be happier that this popular arts & culture festival is kicking off a return of events and festivals to the greater Champaign County area at a time when our local artists and venues need it most.

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Exploring Arthur: Favorite Things to Do and See

June 15, 2021

Christy Miller, director of Simply Arthur, spoke with us to hopefully change that for those who haven't been to Arthur, or to entice you back if you've visited before.

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Exploring Arthur: Favorite Things to Do and See

June 15, 2021

Christy Miller, director of Simply Arthur, spoke with us to hopefully change that for those who haven't been to Arthur, or to entice you back if you've visited before.

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Summer Edition

June 11, 2021

Jane Addams shares some great options for summer reads signed by the author!

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Summer Edition

June 11, 2021

Jane Addams shares some great options for summer reads signed by the author!

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Aikman Wildlife Adventure's New Summer Hours are Here!

June 2, 2021

Aikman Wildlife Adventure is operating with new summer hours. If you haven't been in awhile (or ever) it's time to make the trip to Arcola!

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Aikman Wildlife Adventure's New Summer Hours are Here!

June 2, 2021

Aikman Wildlife Adventure is operating with new summer hours. If you haven't been in awhile (or ever) it's time to make the trip to Arcola!

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AAPI Anti-Bias Resources in Champaign County

May 27, 2021

We want to highlight a few resources available to visitors and residents alike as we wrap up AAPI Heritage Month and continue improving our community for all.

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AAPI Anti-Bias Resources in Champaign County

May 27, 2021

We want to highlight a few resources available to visitors and residents alike as we wrap up AAPI Heritage Month and continue improving our community for all.

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AAPI Heritage Month Artist Talk: EKAH

May 25, 2021

In our continued celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, we sit down with EKAH, a local artist whose work inspires and connects with audiences far and wide.

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AAPI Heritage Month Artist Talk: EKAH

May 25, 2021

In our continued celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, we sit down with EKAH, a local artist whose work inspires and connects with audiences far and wide.

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Engaging with AAPI Culture in Champaign County

May 19, 2021

Getting started with these ways to engage with AAPI culture can help to expand our knowledge of the traditions and values our neighbors and friends share here in Champaign County and beyond.

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Engaging with AAPI Culture in Champaign County

May 19, 2021

Getting started with these ways to engage with AAPI culture can help to expand our knowledge of the traditions and values our neighbors and friends share here in Champaign County and beyond.

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Unique Innovations from Champaign-Urbana

May 18, 2021

In Champaign County, innovation is around every corner. Here are a few of the area's most notable contributions!

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Unique Innovations from Champaign-Urbana

May 18, 2021

In Champaign County, innovation is around every corner. Here are a few of the area's most notable contributions!

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Five AAPI-Owned Restaurants to Visit in May

May 14, 2021

These locally-owned restaurants are the perfect place to visit during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

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Five AAPI-Owned Restaurants to Visit in May

May 14, 2021

These locally-owned restaurants are the perfect place to visit during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

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Three Ways Tourism Will Help Communities Recover from the Pandemic

May 7, 2021

Tourism will help the greater Champaign County area and other communities like it to restore jobs and a sustained economic impact on local businesses.

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Three Ways Tourism Will Help Communities Recover from the Pandemic

May 7, 2021

Tourism will help the greater Champaign County area and other communities like it to restore jobs and a sustained economic impact on local businesses.

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The Power of Travel: The Road to Recovery

May 6, 2021

As we celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, we reflect on the losses over the past year and look towards the role travel will play in our economic recovery.

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The Power of Travel: The Road to Recovery

May 6, 2021

As we celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, we reflect on the losses over the past year and look towards the role travel will play in our economic recovery.

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Recent Wins for Our Community: National Travel and Tourism Week

May 4, 2021

While 2020 may be remembered as a year we'd rather forget, a few wins in our community will continue to shape those who visit, work, and live in Champaign County for years to come.

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Recent Wins for Our Community: National Travel and Tourism Week

May 4, 2021

While 2020 may be remembered as a year we'd rather forget, a few wins in our community will continue to shape those who visit, work, and live in Champaign County for years to come.

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It's Back! Urbana's Market at the Square Returns May 1st

April 21, 2021

Urbana's Market at the Square returns May 1st and we couldn't be more excited.

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It's Back! Urbana's Market at the Square Returns May 1st

April 21, 2021

Urbana's Market at the Square returns May 1st and we couldn't be more excited.

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Five Unique Inspirations for Public Art in our Area

April 20, 2021

We have an incredible array of public art to explore from murals to sculptures and so much more. Here are five that have a particularly interesting story behind their creation!

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Five Unique Inspirations for Public Art in our Area

April 20, 2021

We have an incredible array of public art to explore from murals to sculptures and so much more. Here are five that have a particularly interesting story behind their creation!

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Four Spring Cocktails to Try Around Champaign-Urbana

April 14, 2021

With the beautiful weather we've been having, we have patio season and spring cocktails on the brain

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Four Spring Cocktails to Try Around Champaign-Urbana

April 14, 2021

With the beautiful weather we've been having, we have patio season and spring cocktails on the brain

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Spring Shopping Checklist - Fresh Additions to the Home, Wardrobe, and More!

April 12, 2021

Read through our guide to freshening up your home and wardrobe for the new season!

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Spring Shopping Checklist - Fresh Additions to the Home, Wardrobe, and More!

April 12, 2021

Read through our guide to freshening up your home and wardrobe for the new season!

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5 Unique Sports You Can Try in Champaign County

April 9, 2021

Itching to try a new sport? We have five you should try this spring and summer!

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5 Unique Sports You Can Try in Champaign County

April 9, 2021

Itching to try a new sport? We have five you should try this spring and summer!

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Explore These Bike Paths Around Champaign County

April 1, 2021

Check out these popular bike paths around the greater Champaign County area

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Explore These Bike Paths Around Champaign County

April 1, 2021

Check out these popular bike paths around the greater Champaign County area

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Eight Fishing Spots You Need to Try in Champaign County

March 30, 2021

If you're thinking of casting a reel this spring, then be sure to try one of these community favorites for fishing in Champaign County!

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Eight Fishing Spots You Need to Try in Champaign County

March 30, 2021

If you're thinking of casting a reel this spring, then be sure to try one of these community favorites for fishing in Champaign County!

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Rantoul Sports Complex: A Game-Changer for Sports Tourism

March 23, 2021

The new Rantoul Sports Complex, poised to open for tournament play in April, is already proving to be quite impactful for all involved.

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Rantoul Sports Complex: A Game-Changer for Sports Tourism

March 23, 2021

The new Rantoul Sports Complex, poised to open for tournament play in April, is already proving to be quite impactful for all involved.

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Six Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Visit Events in Champaign County

March 23, 2021

Here's a breakdown of six Easter events worth checking out in the greater Champaign County area!

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Six Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Visit Events in Champaign County

March 23, 2021

Here's a breakdown of six Easter events worth checking out in the greater Champaign County area!

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Get to Know the Japan House Gardens

March 17, 2021

It doesn't take an expert to acknowledge the serenity the Japan House Gardens offer, but learning a bit about their history makes a visit to these spaces all the more special.

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Get to Know the Japan House Gardens

March 17, 2021

It doesn't take an expert to acknowledge the serenity the Japan House Gardens offer, but learning a bit about their history makes a visit to these spaces all the more special.

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A History of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament in Champaign-Urbana

March 12, 2021

Legends Play Here in Champaign County, and we can't wait to welcome you next year for the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament in 2022.

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A History of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament in Champaign-Urbana

March 12, 2021

Legends Play Here in Champaign County, and we can't wait to welcome you next year for the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament in 2022.

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Get to Know the Kickapoo Rail Trail

March 10, 2021

Before heading out to explore the Kickapoo Rail Trail this spring, get to know a few of the unique aspects that make this feature Outside of Ordinary.

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Get to Know the Kickapoo Rail Trail

March 10, 2021

Before heading out to explore the Kickapoo Rail Trail this spring, get to know a few of the unique aspects that make this feature Outside of Ordinary.

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Spring Edition

March 8, 2021

As you hunt for a spring read, these books are just a few of the eye-catching titles you'll find during a visit to Jane Addams Book Shop in Downtown Champaign.

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Spring Edition

March 8, 2021

As you hunt for a spring read, these books are just a few of the eye-catching titles you'll find during a visit to Jane Addams Book Shop in Downtown Champaign.

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Celebrating Agriculture Innovation

March 5, 2021

It’s no secret that Champaign County is home to and is surrounded by acres and acres of farmland with some of the richest soil in the world. This coming week, we're celebrating agriculture innovation through the AgTech Innovation Summit and through our local agricultural leaders.

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Celebrating Agriculture Innovation

March 5, 2021

It’s no secret that Champaign County is home to and is surrounded by acres and acres of farmland with some of the richest soil in the world. This coming week, we're celebrating agriculture innovation through the AgTech Innovation Summit and through our local agricultural leaders.

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Local Plant Shops to Help Wave Goodbye to Winter

March 3, 2021

Whether you're someone who likes to garden outside or you're just eager to bid winter adieu, we have a few local plant shops in town that can help you.

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Local Plant Shops to Help Wave Goodbye to Winter

March 3, 2021

Whether you're someone who likes to garden outside or you're just eager to bid winter adieu, we have a few local plant shops in town that can help you.

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The Sounds of C-U

February 28, 2021

The saying “the music never stopped” reigns true when it comes to the sounds of the greater Champaign County area. Consider this our entertainment bucket list, compiled with the music lover in mind.

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The Sounds of C-U

February 28, 2021

The saying “the music never stopped” reigns true when it comes to the sounds of the greater Champaign County area. Consider this our entertainment bucket list, compiled with the music lover in mind.

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Museum Exhibits to Explore During Black History Month

February 22, 2021

Check out these exhibits on Black culture, racial and social justice, and history that are poignant for Black History Month.

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Museum Exhibits to Explore During Black History Month

February 22, 2021

Check out these exhibits on Black culture, racial and social justice, and history that are poignant for Black History Month.

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Must-Visit Gardens for Capturing Spring's Beauty

February 18, 2021

We social distanced during fall and winter of 2020 so we can catch the blooms rise this spring. These spaces showcase annuals and perennials that are sure to inspire. Snap a pic for your Instagram and share with #outsideofordinary!

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Must-Visit Gardens for Capturing Spring's Beauty

February 18, 2021

We social distanced during fall and winter of 2020 so we can catch the blooms rise this spring. These spaces showcase annuals and perennials that are sure to inspire. Snap a pic for your Instagram and share with #outsideofordinary!

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On the Patio

February 17, 2021

There’s something special about dining al fresco with the fresh air and the sunset providing the ambience. Our downtown districts offer hundreds of outdoor seats to enjoy with social distancing, but these iconic patios provide the perfect backdrop for dinner or a drink.

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On the Patio

February 17, 2021

There’s something special about dining al fresco with the fresh air and the sunset providing the ambience. Our downtown districts offer hundreds of outdoor seats to enjoy with social distancing, but these iconic patios provide the perfect backdrop for dinner or a drink.

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Show Local Businesses Some Love This Valentine's Day

February 10, 2021

On top of the headaches that COVID-19 brought our way almost a year ago, thinking local could go a long way this Valentine's Day!

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Show Local Businesses Some Love This Valentine's Day

February 10, 2021

On top of the headaches that COVID-19 brought our way almost a year ago, thinking local could go a long way this Valentine's Day!

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Champaign County Valentine's Day Ideas

February 4, 2021

From lowkey lovebirds to fun-loving family plans, we have your Valentine's Day ideas covered!

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Champaign County Valentine's Day Ideas

February 4, 2021

From lowkey lovebirds to fun-loving family plans, we have your Valentine's Day ideas covered!

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A New Hobby Webinar Series Celebrates Down-Time

January 27, 2021

The Urbana Park District kicks off a new webinar series in February celebrating hobbies. With increased down-time during COVID-19, the series will focus on what keeps us busy and interested during the quiet hours.

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A New Hobby Webinar Series Celebrates Down-Time

January 27, 2021

The Urbana Park District kicks off a new webinar series in February celebrating hobbies. With increased down-time during COVID-19, the series will focus on what keeps us busy and interested during the quiet hours.

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