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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  

Monticellobration FestiFall!!

by Rose Price

Celebrate the beginning of the fall season in the beautiful community of Monticello! Come to downtown Monticello on Saturday, September 16th, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, for the Monticellobration FestiFall!!!

This favorite annual community festival is filled with fun for the whole family! Paint The Town on Washington Street with the Monticello Area Arts Council. Head to Independence Street for the SunDowners Car Club’s Car Show. See the adorable animals in the Pet Parade hosted by the Monticello Animal Shelter. Check out all the incredible vendors and kids activities around the square. Other great activities include Pony Rides and Horse & Buggy Rides, Joyful Bubbles creations, bounce houses, and so much more. After grabbing a bite to eat from one of the many delicious restaurants or food trucks on hand, walk around downtown to for the Scarecrow Walk and vote for your favorites!

 

Live Music Lineup

 

 

Champaign Rose hopes everyone has a fun filled weekend at the Monticellobration FestiFall!  

 

Image Credit: Monticello Main Street, Inc.

 

Greatest Midwest Food Town Celebration!

by Rose Price

Champaign-Urbana has been named The Greatest Midwest Food Town by Midwest Living!!! We cannot say that we are surprised! There are endless delicious and unique restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and more located throughout the Champaign-Urbana metro area. Come celebrate our town's victory at the Greatest Midwest Food Town Celebration!!! Representatives from Midwest Living Magazine will be heading to town on Saturday, September 9th, from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm for a day filled with fun, food celebration. Enjoy a full day of delicious samples, foodie raffles and prizes, live performances, games, and so much more!

 

 

9:00 am – 11:00 am | Urbana's Market at the Square

Corner of Illinois & Vine Streets

Activities

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12:45 pm – 2:45 pm | The Blind Pig Brewery

120 North Neil Street

Activities

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4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Grange Grove at Memorial Stadium

South 1st Street

Activities



Want to live in the Greatest Midwest Food Town?! Check out our Current Homes for Sale! Give Champaign Rose a call today or visit our website at http://www.champaignrose.com/.

 

Image Credit: Visit Champaign County

Fighting Illini Season Opener this Labor Day Weekend!

by Rose Price

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with the ultimate Champaign-Urbana tradition…...Fighting Illini Football! That’s right! The season opener is finally here! Our University of Illinois will kick off against Ball State on Saturday, September 2nd, at 2:30 pm in beautiful Memorial Stadium. Wear your best blue and orange and help cheer our boys onto victory!


Head to Grange Grove before the game for the ultimate tailgate party! Dine on delicious food that you create in your tailgate area or enjoy the numerous food trucks on site. Find fun games and activities in the family zone. Listen to live music by Andy Mo Band. Do not miss the Marching Illini pregame show and Fighting Illini Walk! It’s the perfect opportunity to show your team your support as they had into the stadium! The gates of Grange Grove open at 7:00 am for you to check out all the fun!  

 

Want to host your own Fighting Illini party at home? Gather all the Illini fans in your family and catch the game on BTN.

 

Saturday’s Fighting Illini season opener marks the 128th year of football at the University. We are incredibly proud of this tradition in our community.

 

For everything you need to know about the 2017 team, season schedule, and more, check out the official webpage for Illini Football.

 

Whether you are catching the game or enjoying the last weekend of summer celebrating with friends and family, Champaign Rose wishes you a very happy and safe Labor Day Weekend!

 

Image Credit: University of Illinois Admissions

 

 


Not sure how to spend this last weekend in August? End the summer celebrating with your family, friends, and neighbors at one of the THREE incredible, community festivals occurring this weekend! There is something for everyone at this fun annual events. Check out all of the details below to make the most of your weekend in Champaign-Urbana!


Krazy Daze Festival & Carnival

Enjoy 3 days of family fun in charming downtown Homer. Throughout the weekend, there will be live music, a carnival, bounce house, food vendors, beer tent, and fun exciting contests, such as tug of war and water balloon tosses. Saturday is filled with extra special events, including a breakfast at the Methodist Church (7:30 am), parade (9:30 am), car show (10:00 am), and bags tournament (4:00 pm).

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, August 24th - Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Thursday) | 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 7:30 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Downtown Homer

  • Cost: FREE Admission!

Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th


 

Sangamon River Music Festival

Come to this great 19th annual music festival in downtown Mahomet. The finest live bands from around the area will be performing a variety of music. Check out the awesome street vendors and crafter’s village, parade, carnival rides, cornhole tournament, and so much more.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, August 25th & Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 11:30 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Main Street, Mahomet

  • Cost: FREE Admission!

Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th

 

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

Check out Urbana’s favorite summer festival since 1975. Help devour delectable, locally grown corn. Although food might be the main attraction at this festival, it is also filled with incredible live music and fun family activities.

Event Details

  • Date: Friday, August 25th & Saturday, August 26th

  • Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) | 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

  • Location: Downtown Urbana

  • Cost: FREE admission!

Main Stage Music Lineup

Friday, August 25th

Saturday, August 26th

FULL ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

 

Campustown Sidewalk Sale!

by Rose Price

Celebrate BACK TO SCHOOL at the last 13 Thursdays of the year! Head to Campustown in Champaign this Thursday, August 17th, for an evening of fun! Along with the regular 13 Thursdays’ activities, this week will feature the following special events:  

 

 

CAMPUSTOWN SIDEWALK SALE  

Get your back to school shopping done with great discounts and deals during the Sidewalk Sale. Several merchants will be expanding their storefronts outside! Find great items from Apricot Lane Boutique (627 South Wright Street), Gameday Spirit (519 East Green Street), Illini Union Bookstore (809 South Wright Street), Ragstock (627 South Wright Street, Suite B01), and more.   

 

Summer Quad Cinema Series

Stick around after shopping to see the hit blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) for FREE outside in the Illini Quad (607 South Mathews Avenue)! Pack some tasty snacks and enjoy the film under the stars! The screening begins at 9:00 pm.

 

This 13 Thursdays is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Campustown before all the Illini students return! Spend some time with your family, find incredible deals to look your very best for back to school, and explore all that Champaign has to offer this Thursday!

 

St. Joseph Community Festival 2017

by Rose Price

Head to the beautiful Village of St. Joseph on Thursday, August 10th, through Saturday, August 12th, for the St. Joseph Community Festival 2017!!! This great annual community event has something for the entire family. With carnival rides, games, community meals, live music, parade, and so much more, the weekend will be filled with family-friendly fun. Explore downtown St. Joseph and all this quaint community has to offer at this favorite area festival!

 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 10th

  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Carnival Rides (armbands needed), Games, Food

  • 5:00 pm | American Legion Fish Fry

  • 9:00 pm | American Legion 50/50 drawing

Friday, August 11th

  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Carnival Rides (armbands needed), Games, Food

  • 5:00 pm | American Legion Fish Fry

  • 6:00 pm | Quilts for Valor Presentation

  • 6:30 pm | Little Prince and Princess Coronation

  • 7:00 pm | SJO FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull

  • 9:00 pm | American Legion 50/50 drawing

  • 9:00 pm | DJ Matt Walsh

Saturday, August 12th

  • 6:30 am - 10:00 am | St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

  • 9:00 am | 3 on 3 Soccer Tourney

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Lawn Mower Tractor Pulls

  • 10:30 am | Mutt Show

  • 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Carnival Rides (armbands needed), Games, Food

  • 3:00 pm | Community Festival Parade

  • 4:00 pm | American Legion Fish Fry

  • 5:00 pm | Talent Show

  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | BIG GUNS

  • 8:30 pm | American Legion 50/50 drawing

  • 8:45 pm | Senior Citizens drawing

  • Dusk | Aerial Fireworks Display | Community Park

  • 9:00 pm | DAVID CLEMONS BAND

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a happy and fun time at the St. Joseph Community Festival 2017!

 

 

Image Credit: Visit Champaign County   

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