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Chocolate Fantasy 2018 in Downtown Monticello!

by Rose Price

Satisfy your chocolate cravings at the Chocolate Fantasy 2018 in beautiful, historic Downtown Monticello. Get a jump start on Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or have a fun evening out on the town with friends this Friday, February 9th!

 

This favorite annual event, presented by Monticello Main Street, features all things deliciously chocolate! Around 20 businesses around the courthouse square will be offering unique and decadent chocolate concoctions from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Explore all that downtown Monticello has to offer as you dine, shop, and socialize during Chocolate Fantasy 2018!

 

Ticket Information

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a deliciously good time in Monticello for Chocolate Fantasy 2018!  

Image Credit: Monticello Main Street

27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018!

by Rose Price

Come see 30+ of the best bands in the Champaign/Urbana area this February! The 27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018 is here! This favorite event will take place the first 3 weekends in February at 3 different venues located throughout town. Not only will you hear incredible music but you will be supporting a great cause! Proceeds from the 27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018 will be donated to the CU One-to-One Mentoring Program, the Matthew C. Farrell Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Urbana Middle School Bands program. Tickets can be purchased for each evening or you can enjoy the Great Cover Up Mega Ticket for only $50 (Purchase HERE) to attend every concert! See the full lineup below!

THE CANOPY CLUB | 708 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Cost: $10 per person [ages 18+] | Purchase tickets HERE

Friday, February 2nd

Saturday, February 3rd

 

THE CITY CENTER | 505 South Chestnut Street, Champaign

Cost: $10 per person [ages 19+] | Purchase tickets HERE  

Friday, February 9th

Saturday, February 10th

 

51 MAIN | 51 East Main Street, Champaign

Cost: $10 per person [ages 19+] | Purchase tickets HERE  

Friday, February 16th

  • Nick Rainey | 8:30 pm - 8:50 pm

  • Motes | 9:15 pm - 9:35 pm

  • Ryan Groff of Elsinore | 10:00 pm - 10:20 pm

  • Tigerbeat | 10:45 pm - 11:10 pm

  • Airacobra | 11:35 pm - 12:00 am

  • The Dirty Feathers | 12:30 am - 1:00 am

Saturday, February 17th


Champaign Rose wishes everyone a great time at the 27th Annual Great Cover Up 2018!

 

Image Credit: The City Center

Champaign County Area Restaurant Week is Fast Approaching!

by Rose Price

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!! Explore the best culinary delights Champaign County has to offer from during Friday, January 26th, through Saturday, January 3rd. Discover the best restaurants in communities all over Champaign County. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals all week long! Enjoy special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner from $9 to $39. All you need to do is ask your server for the special restaurant week menu! During the week, share your mouthwatering pictures with #CCRestaurantWeek to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice. Check out the list of participating restaurants below! Come discover some delicious new meals at one of these awesome Champaign County restaurants! Restaurant Week Menus are now available so start planning your culinary adventure!

 

Participating Restaurants

Baxter's American Grille | 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano | 2235 South Neil Street, Champaign

The Bread Company | 706 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

C & C Kitchen | 107 East Sangamon Avenue, Rantoul

Crane Alley | 115 West Main Street, Urbana

The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery | 126 West Main Street, Urbana

Hamilton Walker's | 201 North Neil Street, Champaign

Houlihan’s | 1902 South First Street, Champaign

JT Walker's | 401 East Main Street, Mahomet

Kohinoor Indian Restaurant & Lounge | 6 East Columbia Avenue, Champaign

Miga | 301 North Neil Street, Champaign

Monarch Brewing Company | 212 South Independence Street, Monticello

Nando Milano Trattoria | 204 North Neil Street, Champaign

Pizzeria Antica | 10 East Chester Street, Champaign

Project 47 Smokehouse | 101 West Lombard Street, Mahomet

Radio Maria | 119 North Walnut Street, Champaign

Scotty’s Brewhouse | 2001 South Neil Street, Champaign

Silvercreek Restaurant | 402 North Race Street, Urbana

Sun Singer Wine & Spirits | 1115 West Windsor Road, Champaign

V. Picasso | 112 North Neil Street, Champaign

Watson's Shack & Rail | 211 North Neil, Champaign

The WheelHouse | 109 North Main Street, St. Joseph


 

Rose Price wishes you happy dining throughout Champaign County!



Image Credit: Visit Champaign County

Winter Fun in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

The weather in Champaign/Urbana has been freezing! Beat the cold weather blues and appreciate the stunning winter wonderland in our area by checking out these upcoming outdoor events for some great family fun in our area!


 

The Wonders of Winter: Winter Drop-In Event

Date: Friday, January 12th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Homer Lake Forest Preserve (2573 South Homer Lake Road, Homer)

Learn what the animals are up to doing the winter months. Look for animal tracks, learn which ones are hibernating, create a craft, and warm up with some hot chocolate. This is a fun event for all ages. Call (217) 896-2455 or email jwick@ccfpd.org for more information.

 

MPRD Skate on Main

Dates: Friday, January 12th - Saturday, January 13th

Times: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Downtown Mahomet (Main Street, Mahomet)

Head to beautiful downtown Mahomet for some ice skating fun. Sponsored by YoYo's Frozen Yogurt, this event will feature a 40x48 foot synthetic ice rink on Main Street between the Village Administrative office and Cornbelt Fire Protection District. Along with skating, enjoy Disney characters, music, food trucks, fire pit, and more family fun. The cost is $9 per person.

 

Night at the Museum: Polar Party

Date: Saturday, January 13th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Orpheum Children's Science Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Drop off your children (ages 4-12) for a night at the museum. Children can check out their favorite exhibits and learn about the penguins, polar bears, and the polar world. A pizza dinner is included. The cost is $25 per child and $20 for museum members. Register HERE.

 

Frozen 5K

Date: Saturday, January 20th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Hessel Park (1400 Grandview Drive, Champaign)

Stay fit and explore 3 beautiful community parks during this new winter run. Awesome winter gear will be provided for participants who register before January 6th. The cost to participate is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Register HERE.

 

Ring in the New Year in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

2018 will be here before you know it! Start the New Year off right by celebrating throughout the Champaign-Urbana area! Get your NYE plans set now! Check out our recommendations for the best events to ring in the New Year!

 

Party Like it’s 1900! New Year’s Day Noon Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Museum of the Grand Prarie (950 North Lombard, Mahomet)

Cost: FREE!

Learn the history of New Years Eve celebrations and traditions. Step back to 1900 with snacks, games, crafts, and more that were popular at that time. Enjoy a fun balloon drop at noon!

 

Noon Day Drop

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Orpheum Children’s Science Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per member | $8 per non-member | $28 per family of 4

Enjoy crafts, music, noisemakers, fun hats, and a 4,000 count balloon drop at this favorite annual celebration for the whole family.

 

New Years Eve 2017

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: Noon - 1:00 am

Location: Riggs Beer Company (1901 South High Cross Road, Urbana)

Celebrate the New Year with the Riggs Family. Sip on delicious handcrafted beer, listen to live music by Vinny Santanelli (6:00-8:00 pm), and dine on delicious snacks throughout the evening.

 

New Years Stand Up Comedy

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Times: 7:00 pm | 9:00 pm

Location: Soma Ultralounge (320 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person (7:00 pm) | $25 per person (9:00 pm)

Laugh your way into the New Year with a stand up comedy show headlined by Chris Schlichting.

 

New Year's Eve Bash with Feudin' Hillbillys!

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: The City Center (503 South Chestnut Street, Champaign)

Cost: $25-$60 per person

Rock into the New Year at City Center with the Feudin' Hillbillys and Josh Holland Band!

 

NYE Celebration: A Masquerade Ball

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:30 pm - 12:30 am

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $80 per person

Put on your best masquerade mask and cocktail best and enjoy a spectacular evening in the mansion. With cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, dancing, photo booth, and champagne toast, this is the NYE celebration you do not want to miss!

 

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a Happy & Safe New Years Eve!

 

Celebrate the holidays at the beautiful Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road) in Monticello! The Allerton Park & Retreat Center is truly one of the gems of our area. It becomes even more spectacular at this time of year! Fill yourself with festive good cheer this weekend at these fun, holiday events!

 

All is Bright

Date: Friday, December 8th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy a magical evening filled with delicious treats, sparkling lights, beautiful music, and so much more! Sip on hot cocoa and dine on light snacks in the Visitor Center. Take a tour of the museum at 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm. Make some holiday decor to take home with the Monticello Area Art’s Council during their Natural Ornament-Making Workshop from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. And, check out these special events kicking off this evening:

  • Holiday Showcase

    • Dates: Friday, December 8th - Sunday, December 10th

    • Times: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Friday) | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Weekend)

    • Admission: $10 (Showcase ONLY) | $28 (Showcase & Lunch)

    • Find unique Christmas gifts for the whole family from local artisans and businesses. As you stroll through the handmade wares, enjoy refreshments and live entertainment! Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at the Mansion on Saturday or Sunday.

  • Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

    • Dates: Friday, December 8th - Saturday, January 6th

    • Times: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Tuesdays - Saturdays)

    • Admission: FREE, Donations appreciated

    • Take an enchanting stroll through a garden of lights around the center’s outdoor campus.

 

Holiday Affair

Date: Saturday, December 9th

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate the season with an evening of elegance. Dress up in your finest cocktail attire and enjoy a delicious dinner, bubbly champagne, delectable dessert, and more before dancing the night away to vintage holiday records! Tickets are $90 and can be purchased online HERE!

 

 

Photo Credit: Allerton Park Photography Group

Festive Holiday Events!

by Rose Price

After enjoying your Thanksgiving feast with family and friends, it is time to get in the festive spirit! Kick off the holiday season throughout the Champaign/Urbana this weekend at two great community events! Jingle your way to fun!

 

Reds of Christmas 2017

Date: Friday, November 24th

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with some good old fashioned fun in beautiful Monticello! Enjoy unique shopping, delicious treats, beautiful carols, and more while sampling red wine. Take a fun carriage ride and have your photo taken with Santa and his reindeers! Tickets must be purchased in advance online. The cost is $15 per person through November 22nd and will increase to $20 on November 23rd.  Purchase Tickets HERE! You must print off your receipt and bring to one of the following check-in locations:

 

Christie Clinic 17th Annual Parade of Lights

Date: Saturday, November 25th

Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign

Enjoy endless holiday fun at the 17th Annual Parade of Lights! See Santa on his sleigh along with all the festive floats, marching bands, and more as they head down Neil Street. Be sure to check out all the free activities taking place before and after the parade for even more celebrating!

Event Schedule:

  • 2:00 pm | Classic Christmas Shorts | The Art Theater

  • 3:00 pm | Visits with Santa | Big Grove Tavern

  • 3:30 pm | Horse & Carriage Rides | Orpheum Children's Science Museum

  • 4:00 pm | Kris Kringle Kids' Scavenger Hunt | Jane Addams Bookshop

  • 4:30 pm | VIP Ticket Holder Reception | Hamilton Walker's

  • 5:00 pm | Pre-Parade Entertainment & Carolers | Various Locations

  • 6:00 pm | Parade

  • 7:00 pm | Christmas Tree Lighting | One Main Plaza

Festival of Trees 2017

by Rose Price

Come to one of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite holiday traditions this weekend…..the FESTIVAL OF TREES 2017!!! Join the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana for their 22nd annual event. Head to the Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center (1501 South Neil Street, Champaign) this Saturday, November 18th (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) and

Sunday, November 19th (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) for some festive fun! Shop for great holiday gifts and enter win raffle and silent auction prizes. All proceeds from this event benefit families and children in the Champaign-Urbana area. Help support a great cause and celebrate the start of the holiday season!

 

TICKETS

Adults | $5.00

Senior Citizens and Children (ages 4 to 12) | $3.00

Children (ages 3 years & under) | FREE

Tickets available for purchase at the door.

 

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Date: Friday, November 17th

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AND 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Tickets are $25 per person — Includes dessert, dancing, raffle prizes and auction items! Admission for guests under 3 years old are included in the adult ticket price. Purchase tickets HERE!

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

Date: Saturday, November 18th

Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Tickets are $15 per person with free admission for children under 3 years old. Tickets include breakfast plus free admission to Festival of Trees public hours. Every family will have the opportunity to take their own photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus during the event, so bring your phones & cameras! Purchase tickets HERE!

FESTIVAL OF TREES GALA

Date: Saturday, November 18th

Time: 6:00 pm

Includes heavy appetizers, dessert, and open bar.  Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today to make sure you have a place at the premier event of the holiday season!

$85/person or $680 for a table of eight. Purchase tickets HERE!

PICTURE WITH SANTA & MRS. CLAUS

Date: Sunday, November 19th

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

Image Credit: Junior League of Champaign-Urbana

Find Spectacular Holiday Decor in Champaign/Urbana

by Rose Price

It might seem hard to believe but the holidays are fast approaching! Christmas will be here before we now it! Get your Champaign-Urbana home ready for the holidays by stocking up on some incredibly festive decor! Your home will be glowing with cheer and the Christmas spirit. Find beautiful, unique decorations to help your home look its best ever this Christmas and one of these fantastic sales taking place this weekend!

 

38TH ANNUAL CHRIS CRINGLE CRAFT SALE

Date: Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th

Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Wyndham Garden Urbana Champaign (1001 Killarney Street, Urbana)

Cost: $5 per adult | FREE for children (ages 12 & under)

Featuring 80+ vendors, this holiday arts and crafts shows is one of the largest in the Midwest. Find a wide variety of handcrafted items created by local and regional artisans. There will also be refreshments available for purchase. Be one of the first 100 attendees on either day to receive a great goodie bag. Enter the raffle for your chance to win a stunning holiday quilt. All proceeds from the show support the charitable work of Illinois Heartland Decorative Artists.

 

 

HOLIDAY TREES/WREATHS AND CRAFT SALE

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium (801 North County Fair Drive, Champaign)

Cost: $2 per adult | FREE for children

Find the most beautifully decorated trees and wreaths for your home at this great sale sponsored by the Champaign County Home and Community Education. There will also be unique handmade crafts and delicious holiday baked treats for you to stock up on!

Trick or Treating Hours for Halloween 2017!

by Rose Price

Halloween is here! Time to don your best costume, grab your goodie bag, and stock up on all the candy! Each of the communities in our area are having special trick or treating hours on Halloween night. Worried that won’t be enough candy?! Be sure to check out the other fun trick or treating opportunities on the days leading up to this festive holiday!

 

Community Trick or Treat Hours

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Special Trick or Treating Events

Friday, October 27th

Sunday, October 29th

Monday, October 30th

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Make sure everyone has a happy and safe Halloween by following these trick or treating safety tips!

  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.

  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.

  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.

  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.

  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the lookout for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.

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