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Easter Fun in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Easter is a few weeks away but the fun is starting now! Get in the holiday spirit throughout greater Champaign/Urbana! There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy. Come enjoy all the Easter festivities in the communities throughout our area!


Sensory Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 17th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Prairie Farm (2202 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This special event is for children with special needs and their siblings. The eggs will be specially designed with lights, sounds, and textures. There will be opportunities for socializing and enjoying treats after the hunt. Register HERE.  


Egg Hunt with a Splash  

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center (102 East Michigan,  Urbana)

Enjoy a special egg hunt in the pool! Grab your plastic bag to fill with the eggs you find. Register HERE.  


Bunny Brunch

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Come to the first ever Bunny Brunch! Enjoy delicious treats and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny! Register HERE.


Fetch! Pet Care Hoppin’ Hound Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Champaign Bark District (5001 West Windsor Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE! (residents) | $5 per person (non-resident)

Your furry friend can get in on the Easter fun! Let your dog participate in their own egg hunt. There will be treats for dogs and their owners, family activities, pet photography, and more!


Nite Lite Egg Pursuit

Date: Friday, March 30th

Time: 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Hessel Park (1400 Valley Road, Champaign)

Cost: $10 per person

Harken back to your childhood as you participate in this adult's only flashlight egg hunt. Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS has filled the eggs with great prizes. Search for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze eggs to win spectacular prize packages.


10th Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Elks Lake Pavilion - Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 South Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet)

Come meet the Easter Bunny while you fill your basket with eggs. The child that finds a golden egg will win a special prize! There are 3 separate egg hunts. Children ages 0 to 3 can participate at 9:00 am. Children ages 4 to 6 can hunt at 9:30 am. The hunt for children ages 7 to 10 starts at 10:00 am. All proceeds from this event benefit the Mahomet Parks & Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. Register HERE.  



Date: Saturday, March 31st

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Fill your basket with eggs at this old-fashioned hunt. The hunt is open for children 10 and under. Hop on a hay-rack ride after the hunt.


Children's Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Sunday, April 1st

Time: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Your whole family will love this event. Enjoy a delicious cold brew while your children search for eggs in the beer garden.

Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

Located in the heart of Champaign/Urbana, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of our nation's best public universities. It is not only a great institution of higher learning for the students that attend it but also helps to strengthen our community. We are incredibly proud of the academic and extracurricular achievements of UI students.


Did you know that the University of Illinois is home to one of the world’s top ranked engineering programs? Come celebrate the innovative work and research completed by remarkable UI engineering students at the Engineering Open House 2018: Drafting the Future this Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th!


Since the 1920s, this FREE event has become a highlight for the community every year. It is open to all ages and offers fun programming both days for students and community members to explore all areas related to science and engineering while showcasing the work of the university's students. Download the Visitor's Guide for exhibit information, map, and full schedule. Be sure to check out these special events!


Friday, March 9th

Middle School Design Competition

  • 8:30 am - 2 pm | ECEB 3002

Midwestern Robotics Design Competition

  • 9 am - 4 pm | Kennedy Gym Annex


  • 9 am - 4 pm | Bardeen Quad

Startup Showcase

  • 9 am - 4 pm | Siebel Atrium

“Seeing the Beginning of Time” Screening

  • 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm | NCSA Auditorium 1122

Dorm Room Burn Demo

  • 10 am - 2 pm | Bardeen Quad

Keynote Speaker: Parisa Tabriz (UI Alumna & Google’s Engineering Director)

  • 4:30 pm | ECEB 1002

Tesla Coil Concert

  • 7:30 pm | Bardeen Quad


Saturday, March 10th

Middle School Design Competition

  • 9 am - 2 pm | ECEB 2nd & 3rd Floors

Midwestern Robotics Design Competition

  • 9 am - 3 pm | Kennedy Gym Annex


  • 9 am - 4 pm | Bardeen Quad

Startup Showcase

  • 9 am - 4 pm | Siebel Atrium

“Seeing the Beginning of Time” Screening

  • 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm | NCSA Auditorium 1122

Dorm Room Burn Demo

  • 10 am - 2 pm | Bardeen Quad


Come celebrate the achievements of our area's students and have fun learning more about science and engineering with our community. We cannot wait to see you at the Engineering Open House 2018!


Experience the Hops 2018 and Other Great Community Events!

by Rose Price

Enjoy a weekend of delicious beer and good company at Experience the Hops 2018! Head to Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello) on Saturday, February 24th, at 1:00 pm for this unique, fun event! Spend the day or all weekend at the estate. The event includes beer sampling, interesting educational seminars from local brewers, delicious Six-Course Dinner, fun late night games, and so much more!


Tasting Event (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Educational Seminars (Times are TBA)

  • Quality Control – Micheal, Quality Control Manager of Half Acre Beer Company
  • Contract Brewing – Todd, Owner of Main Street Brewing Company

There are multiple registration options!

  • Tasting Event Only – $5 per person (in advance) | $10 per person (at door)
  • Event + Dinner – $89 per person
  • Event + Dinner & Overnight Lodging* – $198 per person (includes 20 drink tickets)
  • Event + Dinner & Overnight Lodging** – $298 per couple (includes 40 drink tickets)
Overnight guests will enjoy breakfast (8:30 am - 10:00 am) and a hike (10:15 am) on Sunday morning. Check out all the available Guestrooms.
Do not miss out on this great event! REGISTER today!
Other Fantastic Community Events

Fighting Illini Men's Basketball vs. Purdue

Date: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: State Farm Center (1800 South First Street, Champaign)


Maple Sugar Days

Date: Saturday, February 24th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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


Oscars Trivia Night

Date: Sunday, February 25th

Time: 7:00 pm

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

For more great community events throughout the year, check out our Website and follow us on Facebook!  


Image Credit: Eventbrite

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 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

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