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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

 

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

 

 

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!

 

Kickoff for this year’s Fighting Illini Football Season on September 1st might still seem like a long ways off for us in Champaign/Urbana but you can start gearing up for your hometown team next week!

 

 

Training camp for Illinois Football begins on Monday, July 31st. All practices are open to the public and FREE to attend. Head on down to the Campus Rec Fields to see this year’s team get in shape for the upcoming season. Click HERE for the full schedule.


 

Want to get to know the team better? Come to Movie Night at Memorial Stadium, hosted by Illini Athletics. Enjoy an evening with friends and family on Sunday, July 30th, on the field of Memorial Stadium (1402 South 1st Street). Get your favorite players’ autographs starting at 5:15 pm. Then find the perfect spot on the field or in the stands to enjoy a showing of Disney’s Moana on the stadium’s big screen at 6:15 pm. Admission this fun community event is FREE! Fans are encouraged to bring their own blanket and pack a picnic dinner for the event. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. The doors at Gate 24 will open at 5:00 pm for the event.

 

Don your best Fighting Illini gear and get in the spirit for the upcoming season with your favorite team!

 

Image Credit: Illini Athletics

Live Music and Good Times OUTSIDE at Research Park!

by Rose Price

Head on down to the beautiful University of Illinois on Friday, July 21st, for the 2017 OUTSIDE Concert at the Research Park! Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC, and the University of Illinois, this favorite, FREE concert series brings incredible live music, fresh food, sustainable practices, and community development to the people of Champaign/Urbana. Come enjoy the beautiful summer weather and celebrate the University of Illinois’s Sesquicentennial in peaceful Research Park.  

 

Find the perfect spot on the grass before Mank & Sass hit the stage at 6:30 pm. Bassist Jared Manker (Mank) and guitarist Sara Siders (Sass) bring incredible acoustic funk and blues to audiences in the area. Following behind this favorite local duo will be Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio at 7:30 pm. This national blues and R&B trio features bassist Bob Welsh Jr., drummer Willy Jordan, and legendary guitarist Elvin Bishop. It will surely be a performance that you do not want to miss!

 

The concert will take place in Research Park, just south of the Atkins Building (First Street & St. Mary’s Road). Free parking will be available in the south parking lot of the Caterpillar Building (1901 South First Street).

 

Along with incredible live music, explore the Green Fair with booths and exhibits by the Allerton Park and Conference Center, UI Extension units, and Urbana Business Association. Enjoy children’s activities hosted by Soccer Planet. Enter the raffle for the the chance to win a bike from Champaign Cycle. Dine on some delicious food from Chester's BBQ, Cracked, Dave's Dogs, Hendrick House, Kona Ice, or Piato.

 

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a happy and fun evening at this year’s OUTSIDE at Research Park!

 

Image Credit: Research Park University of Illinois

Explore Campustown During 13 Thursdays!

by Rose Price

College students might have left Champaign/Urbana for the summer but Campustown is still the place to be!! All summer long the Champaign Center Partnership is presenting 13 Thursdays! Find incredible deals and discounts at your favorite Campustown restaurants and retail businesses every Thursday between May 25th and August 17th. Enjoy the opportunity to explore Campustown this summer to avoid the hustle and bustle that occurs during the school year.

 

Participating businesses include:

Apricot Lane Boutique | 622 East Green Street

Auntie Anne's | 1401 West Green Street  

Azzip Pizza | 505 East Green Street

Einstein Bros. Bagels | 1401 West Green Street  

Fat City Bar and Grill | 505 South Chestnut Street

Firehaus | 708 South 6th Street  

Gameday Spirit | 519 East Green Street

The Hub | 601 South 1st Street

Illini Eye Care | 518 East Green Street

The Illini Shop | 707 South 6th Street  

Illini Union Bookstore | 809 South Wright Street

Illini Union Tech Zone | 1401 West Green Street  

Latea Bubble Tea Lounge | 601 South 6th Street #105

Legends | 522 East Green Street

Murphy's Pub | 604 East Green Street

Qdoba Mexican Grill | 1401 West Green Street  

Ragstock | 627 South Wright Street

Seoul Taco | 608 South 6th Street

 

Receive 1 hour validated parking at the Campus Center Public Parking Deck (509 East Healey Street) when you patronize any of the aforementioned businesses.

 

Mark your calendars for special 13 Thursdays events:

June 29th - Campus Takeover! Pub Crawl

August 17th - Sidewalk Sale!

 

Champaign Rose hopes everyone enjoys their summer in Campustown and throughout Champaign/Urbana!  

Celebrate some of the best films ever made at the the best films ever made at the University of Illinois College of Media’s 19th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival 2017! This incredible annual event is a favorite in Champaign/Urbana. The festival is taking place Wednesday, April 19th through Sunday, April 23rd at the beautiful Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign).

 

The Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert founded the festival in 1999 to celebrate past films that deserve more recognition. A native of Urbana and a University of Illinois graduate, Ebert believed it was important to offer the community a world class film festival every year. Now in its 19th year, the festival continues to delight audiences. Special guests, such as actors, directors, producers, and writers, attend the screenings and provide in depth panel discussions for audiences to enjoy. Check out all the films being offered at this year’s EbertFest!

 

Film Screenings

Wednesday, April 19th

7:00 pm | Hair

 

Thursday, April 20th

1:00 pm | Hysteria

4:00 pm | To Sleep With Anger   

8:30 pm | The Handmaiden

 

Friday, April 21st

1:00 pm | July and Half of August (short film)

1:15 pm | They Call Us Monsters

4:00 pm | Varieté with accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra

8:00 pm | Elle

 

Saturday, April 22nd

11:00 am | Mind/Game

1:30 pm | Pleasantville

4:30 pm | Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

8:30 pm | Being There

   

Sunday, April 23rd

11:00 am | De-Lovely

 

Film Tickets and Festival Passes

Individual Tickets

$15 for general public

$13 for students and seniors

Purchase tickets HERE or at the Virginia Theatre Box Office.  

 

Festival Passes

$150 for individual festival pass

$510 for 4-pack festival passes

$100 for UI student pass (only available at Box Office)

Purchase passes HERE or at the Virginia Theatre Box Office.

 

Champaign Rose cannot wait to see you at the 19th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival!  

 

Image Credit: RogerEbert.com

University of Illinois Engineering Open House This Weekend!

by Rose Price

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 2017: Illuminate New Horizons this Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th!

 


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. Here's a list of the weekend's events that you cannot miss! 

 

On Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, check out the 250 Student Exhibits in the Engineering Quad and other campus buildings. Overwhelmed by which exhibits to visit? Take a tour leaving every hour from the Visitor’s Booth on the south side of Grainger Library. The tour will take you to the biggest exhibits and will also be able to recommend exhibits to check out!

 

From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, elementary and middle school students can Discover EOH! This fun scavenger hunt takes students on a journey to find the best exhibits. Participants will collect signatures as they explore and can receive a prize upon completion at the Engineering Council Office (103B Engineering Hall).

 

From 9:00 to 3:00 pm, all community members can participate in the Illini Engineering Challenge! This fun experience allows the public to join in on an onsite design challenge for a chance to win a prize!

 

There will be two special events held on Friday evening. At 7:00 pm, attend a lecture by Guest Speaker Vilas Dhar, a social impact investor and attorney, in the Grainger Auditorium (ECEB 1002). Stay for the Tesla Coil Concert at 8:30 pm for a stunning light show choreographed to renditions of everyone's favorite songs.

 

The Engineering Open House also allows area students to get involved with engineering and design. Local high school students are competing in the Engineering (Bard) Quad High School Design Competition. The teams have built a Rube Goldberg machine. Come check out all the amazing designs by these teams throughout the event at the I Hotel and Conference Center (1900 South 1st Street). On Saturday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 6th and 8th grade students can enter the Middle School Design Competition. Students are challenged to build a bridge. The winning bridge will have the best design and hold the most weight. This competition will take place at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. 

 

 

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 2017!

 

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Fighting Illini Season Opener!

by Rose Price

Kick off Labor Day weekend with our hometown favorites, the Fighting Illini! On Saturday, September 3rd, don your best blue and orange and head down to Memorial Stadium for the season opener. The University of Illinois will be taking on the Murray State Racers at 2:30 pm.

You can make a whole day of it by tailgating at Grange Grove before the game. Enjoy food trucks, live music, and lots of games. And, be sure to check out the Illini Walk at noon, in order to give support to your team as they head to the stadium.

 

Can’t make it to the stadium for the game? Host a party at home with the other Illini fans in your family and catch the game on BTN.

 

Saturday’s season opener for the Fighting Illini marks the 127th year of football at the University. We are incredibly proud of this tradition in our Champaign/Urbana community.

 

There are so many exciting things to look forward to this football season for UI from the coaches to the players. It is the debut of Lovie Smith as the head coach. He brings years of college and professional experience to the team and leads a dedicated coaching staff. We are also keeping our eye out for several key players. As it is his last season in orange, quarterback Wes Lunt is sure to lead his team to victory. Defensive end Dawuane Smoot will be making big plays on the field this Saturday and in the future games to come. He is a preseason All-American and was named by Pro-Football focus as one of the top 20 best college football players in the country! With this winning combination, we are certain that the Fighting Illini will have their 19th consecutive win in a home season opener!

 

Whether you are catching the game or enjoying the last weekend of summer celebrating with friends and family, we wish you a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend! 

Illinois Fighting Illini Football is Back!

by Rose Price

Our beloved University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football season kicks off on September 3rd at Memorial Stadium (1402 South 1st Street, Champaign)! Cheer our team on as the take on Murray State at the season opener. Games will be every Saturday through December 3rd, with a bye-week on Saturday, September 24th. Here is the 2016 Fighting Illini Football Schedule! Whether you make it down to the stadium or are watching from the comfort of your home, it's time to support our boys in orange!

 

Coach Lovie Smith and the rest of the UI coaching staff have developed an impressive team for the 2016 season. Here are 5 of the top players to keep your eye out for on the field:

 

1. Hardy Nickerson, Middle Linebacker: A senior transfer student from California, Nickerson is expected to make big plays this season. A master of tackling and for causing turnovers, he will help strengthen the Illini's defensive line.

2. Wes Lunt, Quarterback: The backbone of the team, this quarterback is an excellent passer. As a senior, Lunt has much experience behind him and is ready to lead the team to victory on the field.

3. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Running Back: Getting a team high of 6 rushing touchdowns last season, Vaughn is expected to make big plays once again. Now that the team also has a fullback, this player will have any more opportunities to run the ball.

4. Dawuane Smoot, Defensive End: An opposing quarterback's nightmare, Smoot is excellent at getting the sack. With a coaching team dedicated to the defensive line, we expect this player to improve from his impressive season last year.

5. Desmond Cain, Wide Receiver: This young player is expected to continue to be a favorite target for Lunt. His ability to get open on the field for passes will help lead the team to success in the end zone.

 

 

We wish the Fighting Illini much success in this upcoming football season!!!

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