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5 Things to do in Champaign, IL

by Rose Price

Champaign Public Library: This beautiful, resource rich, library is something Champaign, IL residents can be proud of. Friendly, informative staff are always available to help you. This is a truly amazing local library in a town the size of Champaign. This beautiful facility is bright, open and airy with lots of natural lighting and offers easy access parking.The meeting room is great  and you'll enjoy the small coffee area. Oh, I can't forget the awesome children's area.

The Art Theater: The Art Theater is a single screen, community art house,owned by members. The Theater provides a place to see films that major corporate distributors overlook; including a great many films that win international awards. The theater consistently shows a broad selection of art films and mainstream sleepers, that have been overlooked . This refreshing, little indie,art house screens fine films, at a time when society and big movie companies have increasingly limited movie goer's choices.  The Art Theater's liquor license, and home baked treats also contribute to a unique, enjoyable experience.

Memorial Stadium: The stadium is rich in history and tradition. The first thing you'll notice is the beautiful, old facade. The name "Memorial" Stadium comes from the nearly 200, Illinois, limestone columns. These amazing columns each contain the name of an Illinois soldier, who died in WWI. (More recently,service personnel who have died in subsequent wars, have been added.

Krannert Art Museum: Who would have guessed there would be such a cool art museum in Champaign, IL? The Krannert is a beautiful place, with easy access, on the University of Illinois campus. Whether you visit to see the eclectic range of art or to hear a concert, the Krannert will not disappoint.  Also, enjoy the espresso royal on the main level.

Hessell Park: This is a fantastic, big park, boasting roughly 27 acres of grass and  trees; just west of Kirby and S. Neil St. The park offers something for everyone. There's a nice 1/2 mile long, curved path surrounding the park, a big playground, a ball field, lighted tennis courts and more.Come out to run  walk your dog, play tennis or bring the kids to the playground. Hessell Park also offers the only splash pond in town. It is a small area with ground fountains and sprinkler tunnels that the kids will love. Oh, don't forget Jarlings Custard Cup for a nice Summer treat.

Downtown Champaign Illinois Things To Do

by Rose Price


Every Friday through August 16, Friday Night Live continues around downtown. One of the sites is One Main Plaza. This terrific event, sponsored by M2 tenants BankChampaign and Champaign Center Partnership among others, showcases talent from the area each Friday evening from 5-7p. Sit outside at Big Grove Tavern or Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works for the best viewing and listening angles. Loving summertime!


Best of Summer Blockbusters Series: All summer long, The Virginia Theater is showing recent and well-known films on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays for just $4. Click on the link to view the schedule. A great way to beat the heat for just a little cash!

The Public Art League will unveil its latest round of sculptures it hopes to bring to C-U on Wednesday, June 19, 5:30-7p at Big Grove Tavern. Join them for beer and hors d'oeuvres to hear a presentation about the pieces.



The Champaign Park District presents the 43rd Annual Taste of Champaign in Westside Park on June 21-23. Stroll through the park, grab something to eat from a variety of restaurants around town, including our own Ko Fusion, and listen to live music. Lots of craft vendors and kid stuff to do also.

Blues & Brews

The Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, June 28-29, will be held behind The News Gazette building all weekend. Come eat and hear great blues music. There is also a motorcycle show. Great fun for the whole family.


Top 5 Ways to Find the Right Neighborhood for Your Family

by Rose Price

Top 5 Ways to Find the Right Neighborhood for Your Family

When making the decision to move your family, it's imperative that you find a neighborhood that best suits your family's lifestyle, needs and wants. Researching a new neighborhood before getting too far into the home-search process is critical to making the right choice. Talk to a local real estate professional and keep the following five considerations from in mind while scoping out new locations:

1. Keep your eyes peeled. Observing the neighborhood at various times of the day is a good way to get a feel for the overall vibe of the neighborhood. Be sure to visit at night as well as during the day. Pay attention to things like noise, traffic and parking. Though these may not be the first things you would think about when visiting, they will be highly important to you should you decide to move there.

2. Research the local hospitals. How far away will your potential new home be from a hospital? Is that particular hospital well established? Conducting some online research about the hospital's reputation is a good idea as well, especially for families with ailing members.

3. Check up on the school system. For those with - or planning to have - children, the school system should be one of the top areas of concern when considering a move. School ratings can be viewed online, along with various forums of parental commentary. What are others saying about the town's teachers, education, after school programs, etc.? If you can, ask others in your neighborhood about the schools, as their personal feedback speaks volumes more than an online report.

4. Research crime rates. Crime rates in a town or city are a large concern for many new homeowners. Visit the local parks both during the day and at night. How safe do they appear? What sort of police presence do you observe around town?

5. Dive deep into local amenities and public transportation. Convenience can be a make-or-break factor for a particular neighborhood, especially if you're relying on public transportation to get to work or schools. What kinds of stores are in the neighborhood and do the store hours match your lifestyle? Look into schedules and routes for busses, trains or taxis, if necessary.

A successful move doesn't solely depend on the property you purchase. To increase your family's chances of happily settling into your new home, do your due dilligence on the neighborhoods and communities you are considering. A professional real estate agent will also have a wealth of local expertise to tap into, so select the right person to work with. The more you know, the better home choice you'll make.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.


Rose Price
Prudential Landmark
Office: 217-352-1933
Mobile: 217-202-8843

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