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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!

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

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!


Local Spots for Holiday Gift Shopping!

by Rose Price

Still have family and friends to buy for this holiday season? Skip the mall or the internet and find them an unique gift they will love or get a gift card from one of the fabulous, locally-owned stores and businesses throughout the Champaign-Urbana area! Our friends over at Visit Champaign County released their Local Shopping Guide for this year's holidays. We thought it was so great we just had to share! Stop by these fantastic establishments OR swing by your own favorite local spot for EVERYONE on your list! Happy Shopping in Champaign/Urbana!


For the Artist

Art Coop

Cinema Gallery

Cracked Glass

Prairie Fire Glass


For the Athlete

Body N’ Sole

Champaign Park District’s Leonhard Center

Champaign Surplus

Neutral Cycle

Urbana Boulders

Urbana Park District’s Indoor Aquatic Center


For The Book Worm

G-Mart Comic Books

Jane Addams Book Shop

Orphan’s Treasure Box


For The Fashionista

Bluebird Boutique

Circles Boutique


Joseph Kuhn and Company

Rumours Hat Shoppe

Small Town Chic Boutique


For The Gourmand

Alto Vineyards

Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch

Hopscotch Bakery + Market

Page Roasting Company

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Wyldewood Cellars

Area Resturants


For the Illini Fan

GameDay Spirit

Illini Athletics

Illini Union Bookstore

The Illini Shop


For The Interior Designer

Furniture Lounge

Monticello Mercantile

Ms. Becky’s Country Primitive Gifts & Décor

Texture Home


For The Little Ones

Art Mart

Brainstorm Escapes

CU Adventures in Time & Space

Dr. G’s Brainworks

Dallas & Co.


Live Action Games

Spark Museum + Play Café


For The Musician

Exile on Main St.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Skins-N-Tins Drum Shop

The Upper Bout




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!



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.



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!


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!


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!


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!



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.




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.

Celebrate Freedom in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Celebrate Independence Day throughout the Champaign/Urbana area! It is time to show off your patriotic pride as we celebrate our nation’s founding and the freedoms that we enjoy everyday as citizens of this great country! There are too many fun activities planned for this 4th of July weekend for us to list them all! But, there are 2 annual community festivals that cannot be missed!  Head to Rantoul and Champaign this holiday to have the ultimate patriotic fun!



Rantoul Freedom Celebration

When: Thursday, June 29th - Tuesday, July 4th

Where: Throughout Rantoul

Rantoul offers a full weekend of activities to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy a carnival in Wabash Park from Thursday through Saturday. Check out a car show on Saturday and Monster Truck Show on Sunday. The following day bring the family for more fun at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. Watch the excitement of monster trucks or participate in the 5K. There will also be food, live music, inflatables, firework display, and many more activities available all day. Wind down the holiday weekend on Tuesday with a delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary from 7:00 am until 11:00 am. The 4th of July parade begins at 9:40 am so be sure to claim your spot to watch all the fun!



Champaign County Freedom Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 11:05 am (Parade) | 7:00 pm (Evening Program)

Where: Downtown Champaign

This amazing annual event has something for everyone to celebrate Independence Day. Start the day off participating in the Youth Run or 5K Race/Walk which takes participants along the parade route. After being active in the morning, find your spot along the parade route. The parade starts at 11:05 am and will feature great patriotic bands, live music, and much more. Finish off your celebration at the evening program which starts at 7:00 pm and will be located along Kirby Avenue. The festivities include musical entertainment, kids activities, and a great fireworks display at the end of the night.  



Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!


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