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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!

 

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.

University of Illinois Homecoming Week 2017!!!

by Rose Price

It's time for all Champaign-Urbana to don their best blue and orange. It's University of Illinois Homecoming Week 2017!!! Get ready for the 150th Homecoming! The celebration will take place throughout our beautiful community on Sunday, October 22nd, through Saturday, October 28th. Whether you are a student, alumnus, or just a proud Champaign-Urbana resident, there is something for everyone during the week long celebration. Come enjoy everything that makes the University of Illinois unique and show of your pride! Here is the full list of Homecoming activities. Click on the links below for all the details!

 

Sunday, October 22th

Monday, October 23rd

Tuesday, October 24th

Wednesday, October 25th

Friday, October 27th

Saturday, October 28th

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy & Safe Homecoming Week!!!


 

Image Credit: University of Illinois

 

Frightful Fun in Champaign-Urbana

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy spooks, frights, and more all October long throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for family friendly frights or the ultimate terror filled adventure, check out these great Halloween activities in our area!  Happy Halloween!!

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Baldwin Asylum

Prepare to scream at one of Illinois’s top 10 haunted attractions! Find terror hidden in every corner of the 10,000 square foot space. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.

 

Freak Show

For one weekend only, test your nerves at Freak Show. This truly terrifying haunted attraction is not for the faint of heart. Check it out on Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st. It is open from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $10 per person. Skip the line by purchasing a fastpass for $20. Come see all the “freaks” at 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign.

 

Midway of Madness

You won’t find furry farm animals or fun entertainers this October at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana). The fairgrounds have been overtaken by zombies, monster, ghouls, and more! This favorite haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person.

EVENTS

 

All-Nite Horror Marathon

Date: Friday, October 13th

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: The Art Theater (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person

Will you survive an all night movie marathon? Enjoy screenings of all your gore filled favorites, including Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Last House on Dead End Street, Eaten Alive, and Nightmare Sisters.

 

Haunted Hike

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: River Bend Forest Preserve (1602 West Mid America Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $3 per person

Explore the River Bend under the crescent moon. Don your best costume and enjoy a spooky hike with creatures of the night! Register by calling (217) 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

 

Halloween FunFest

Date: Thursday, October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Market Place Mall (2000 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This great family friendly event is filled with Halloween fun. Enjoy trick-or-treating, festive games, costume contest, and a haunted house.

 

An Evening with Poe

Dates: Thursday, October 26th, Sunday, October 29th, & Monday, October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Cost: $20 per person

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most haunting. Listen to his suspenseful stories and poems while sitting in the mysterious setting of the Allerton Mansion. After the Poe readings, enjoy a candlelight tour of the Mansion. There will be a cash bar available at the event.

 

Fall Festivities ALL Weekend Long in Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Celebrate FALL all weekend long throughout the Champaign-Urbana area this weekend! Enjoy seasonal activities, food, and fun at these incredible community events!

 

Flannel Fest

Date: Saturday, October 7th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Hessel Park

Cost: FREE

Don your favorite flannel and head to Hessel Park for some fall festivities! With live entertainment, art demonstrations, hayrides, games, crafts, contests, food trucks, and more, there is something for everyone at this fun annual event.

Schedule of Events

11:00 am | Live Music

12:00 pm | Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show

12:30 pm | Mustache Contest

1:30 pm | Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show

2:00 pm | Live Music

3:00 pm | Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show

 

Harvest Fest

Date: Saturday, October 7th

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 PM

Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve

Cost: $3 per person | FREE for children 2 and under

Find all the things you love to do during the fall at this fun event. Pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, spooky storytelling, hayrides, and more await you and your family. Each registered guest receives one pumpkin per family. Register in advance by calling (217) 586-2612 or emailing bgarvey@ccfpd.org.

 

C-U Oktoberfest

Date: Saturday, October 7th

Time: 3:00 pm - Midnight

Location: Downtown Champaign (Corner of Neil & Washington Streets)

Cost: $5 per person

Celebrate fall like the Germans at C-U Oktoberfest. Wear your best dirndl or lederhosen and spend the evening enjoying delicious local beer, traditional food, and live polka music. There are also fun activities for children, such as bounce house, face painting, games, and more. Proceeds benefit the Developmental Service Center.

Schedule of Events

11:00 am | Dirndl Dash | Crystal Lake Park

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Family & Children's Activities                               

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Die Musikmeisters (Live Music)

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm | The Polkaholics (Live Music)

10:30 pm - Midnight | Bolzen Beer Band (Live Music)

 

Fall Festival

Date: Sunday, October 8th  

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

Cost: FREE

Head to the farm on Sunday for some autumnal fun with the whole family. Enjoy delicious apple cider floats while watching cider pressing demonstrations. Take a fun hayride, visit the goats on the farm, and more!

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very happy Fall weekend in Champaign-Urbana!

 

Image Credits: Champaign Park District and Developmental Services Center  

Pygamalion Festival!

by Rose Price

 

The Pygmalion Festival is a week long celebration celebrating ALL that the incredible community of Champaign-Urbana has to offer. Despite our relatively small size, Champaign-Urbana is a thriving community bursting with talent. Come discover our cultural, artistic, and technological innovation at this favorite community festival. Purchase Tickets HERE! Pygmalion takes place in Champaign­-Urbana, Illinois —Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Canopy Club, 51 Main, Memphis on Main, and the intersection of Main and Market in Downtown Champaign. This year, the festival takes place over the course of September 20-24.

 

FULL SCHEDULE

Dates: Wednesday, September 20th - Sunday, September 24th

Locations: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Canopy Club | 51 Main | Memphis on Main | Intersection of Main & Market (Downtown Champaign)

Purchase Tickets HERE!

 

MUSIC

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE | SUPERDUPERKYLE | THUNDERCAT | BADBADNOTGOOD  | JULIEN BAKER | NONAME | SHLOHMO | CORBIN | BIG THIEF | ODDISEE | SMINO | WILD BELLE | THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE | EL TEN ELEVEN | SALES | NOW, NOW | PALEHOUND | CHARLY BLISS | GOGO PENGUIN | DEAR NORA | THE KICKBACK | FLINT EASTWOOD | THE LIL SMOKIES | WERTICO, CAIN, AND GRAY | ZESHAN B | RATBOYS | THE APPLESEED COLLECTIVE | ZXO | THE BASHFUL YOUNGENS | CJ RUN | CROFTON COLEMAN & THE AMBER SKY | SUNJACKET | SNAYL | MOTES | MARATHON | TENT | CURB SERVICE | TROUBLE CHASIN’ | SLEEPING OKAMI | ETHERPHONIC THEREMIN ORCHESTRA

 

TECH

PYGHACK | DEMO | SHARE THE VISION | PECHAKUCHA NIGHT | ASTRONOMY ON TAP

 

MADE

FULL LIST OF ARTISANS

 

FOOD

BIG GROVE TAVERN | BLACK DOG SMOKE & ALE HOUSE | COLUMBIA STREET ROASTERY | FARREN’S PUB | MAIZE MEXICAN GRILL | PAPA DELS PIZZA FACTORY | PEKARA BISTRO | THE POPSTOP | WATSON’S SHACK & RAIL

 

LIT

GEORGE SAUNDERS | JAVAKA STEPTOE | ALISSA NUTTING | ANTHONY MARRA | HUMAN LIBRARY | GALE WALDEN | AMY PENNE | NAFISSA THOMPSON-SPIRES | ADAM VOITH | DEAN BAKOPOULOS | CHEKWUBE DANLADI | TAYLOR MICKS | SKYLER LALONE | WILL SCHWARTZ  

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