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It is officially the first day of Spring! Warmer weather is ahead and plants and flowers will soon begin to blossom. The Champaign/Urbana area is home to great outdoor recreational spots to enjoy the first couple weeks of spring and throughout the warmer months of the year. Be sure to check out our favorite spots to explore nature and have fun in the sun this spring!

 

 

Meadowbrook Park  (2808 South Race Street, Urbana)

Come discover all that Meadowbrook Park has to offer. There are great natural spaces to explore along the walking and bicycling trails. The park is dedicated to restoring habitats that are native to central Illinois. These areas include the Timpone Ornamental Tree Grove, McCullough and Douglas creek corridors, and 80 acre prairie. Spend time in the park’s plant and herb gardens, as well as the amazing Wandell Sculpture Garden. The highlight of the park is PrairiePlay, a 13,000 square foot play structure!

 

University of Illinois Arboretum (1800 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)

A favorite outdoor spot in the Champaign/Urbana area, the Arboretum covers 160 acres of the University of Illinois’s south campus. While it serves as a spot for university students to learn, it is open to the public to explore. Visitors love spending time in the arboretum’s numerous Gardens, which boast a wide variety of plant life. Be sure to swing by the Idea Garden and nearby Japan House. The arboretum is truly one of our area’s most peaceful and beautiful spaces to spend time outside.

 

Crystal Lake Park (206 West Park Street, Urbana)

Crystal Lake is a community park filled with spectacular amenities. Everyone in your family will find something they love in this park. Residents that enjoy spending time exploring natural landscapes should visit the Anita Purves Nature Center and wander through Busey Woods. If you prefer spending time in or on the water, be sure to check out the Family Aquatic Center for swimming or the park’s lake for boating and fishing.  This park also offers a playground and picnic areas for a family fun afternoon.

 

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

Spend time in the great outdoors in this beautiful forest preserve. Covering over 280 acres, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife and marvel at the natural landscape. There are several miles of trails to enjoy throughout the forest. Visitors can also spend time on crystal clear waters on one of the preserve’s two lakes. Boating and fishing are available on both.

 

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

Allerton Park is considered one of Illinois’s Seven Wonders. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city within the 1,500+ acres included in this spectacular park. With 14 miles of hiking trails, 500 acres of contiguous forest, opportunities for bird watching, 30 acres of prairie land, and part of the Sangamon River, there is much to explore this spring. Be sure to also stop by the Formal Gardens, which houses some of the most beautiful flowers and sculptures you have ever seen.

 

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!!!

The Great Farmer's Markets of Champaign County!

by Rose Price

Summertime means the return of fresh produce to Champaign/Urbana and the surrounding communities. There is a FARMER'S MARKET throughout the area almost every day of the week!! These great weekly events connect local farmers and artisans to the community, help economic development and promote a healthy lifestyle. Stop at any of these markets to stock up on fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, baked goods, flowers, handmade goods, and so much more!!!

Tuesdays

Land Connection Farmer's Market

When: Every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, May through October

Where: Downtown Champaign in Parking Lot M (310-330 North Neil Street)

 

Wednesdays

Rantoul Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, June through October

Where: Rantoul Market (133 South Gerrard Street)

Homer Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Caboose Park (Corner of Main Street and First Street)

 

Thursdays

Sustainable Student Farm

When: Every Thursday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (or when supplies run out), May through November 

Where: University of Illinois Quad (1401 West Green Street)

Paxton's Market on Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Majestic Park (135 South Market Street)

Monticello Farmer's Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, June 16 through October 6th

Where: Corner of State Street and Livingstone Street

 

Saturdays

Urbana's Market at the Square

When: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, May through November

Where: Downtown Urbana, Corner of Illinois Street and Vine Street

It’s time to celebrate Mom!

THIS SUNDAY is Mother’s Day and if you have not already made plans to celebrate your mom, don’t fret, it’s not too late! A fun and delicious brunch to thank your mom over a mimosa or a cappuccino may just be your perfect solution!

Here are some ideas of fabulous restaurants in the community to take your mom on Sunday:

Minnecis Restaurant in Champaign

Radio Maria in Champaign

JT Walker’s in Mahomet

Milo’s in Urbana

Silvercreek in Urbana

Big Grove Tavern in Champaign

Dublin O’Neils in Champaign

 

A big thanks to all the Mother’s in the community for everything you do!

 

Champaign IL 18th Annual Ebertfest: 2016!

by Rose Price

It's that special time of year, where film lovers from all over Illinois come to Champaign to celebrate and enjoy films inspired by the Great Roger Ebert's exquisite taste and his dedication and passion to the art of film. Founded in 1999 by Roger himself, the film festival features films that didn't receive the recognition they deserved the first time around.  Though he passed in 2013, he is a constant influence on the festival.  Some of the films come from Roger's own lists of possible films for his festival while others are selected by Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn, based on Roger's criteria for a Ebertfest film of course. Having both worked closely with Roger for 15 years, they know pretty darn well what he would approve of and what would make him cringe.   

As Roger himself said:

"Every great film should

seem new, every time you see it."  

Well at EbertFest every film will certainly seem new!  It's core mission is to celebrate films, genres and formats that have been overlooked by distributors, audiences and/or critics; including independent, international and studio films that did not win wide audiences; overlooked formats such as 70mm; and overlooked genres such as documentaries and musicals. One of our favorite parts of the festival is that it screens one film at a time, so everyone sees the same films at the same time, which promotes a strong sense of community among audiences, filmmakers, guests, students and scholars.  

"No good movie is too long

and no bad movie is short enough." 

We know that not everyone has the same taste in movies, but if you're going to trust one critic's opinion, it should definitely be Roger's, so hopefully the above quote won't apply this week.  Come see some great films, meet fascinating directors, actors, and filmmakers and celebrate the art of film and the life of one of the world's most beloved Film Critics.  

Schedule

Tickets

FAQ

 

 

Yes, Niche is at it again, and with more praise for Champaign IL.  This time the praise is for the professors.  

Anyone who went to College knows that a big part of the College experience relies on the Professors who teach the courses.  There are those that INSPIRE and then those that just PERSPIRE.  There are even websites dedicated to helping students pick the Best Professors before registering for classes. Well Champaign clearly has enough inspiration to go around, coming in at #3 on Niche's Top 10 Illinois Colleges With The Best Professors.

Niche analyzed more than 1,700 four-year public and private universities across the U.S., in order to put together a list of the schools with the top professors based on factors like the professor salary index (average salary normalized against the local median salary), how much is spent on research, student surveys, faculty awards, student to faculty ratio and faculty diversity.

Below are the Top 10 Illinois Colleges with the Best Professors, and note the three highest ranked Illinois colleges (Champaign Included) are also ranked nationally. 

10) Illinois Wesleyan University

9) University of Illinois at Chicago

8) DePaul University

7) Columbia College Chicago

6) Loyola University Chicago

5) Illinois Institute of Technology

4) Western Illinois University

3) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2) Northwestern University

1) University of Chicago

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Top 9 Universities In Illinois. One Is In Champaign IL!

by Rose Price

Nine universities in Illinois have been ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, and two of them have been ranked in the top 12.  

Even more exciting...Guess who comes in at #3 in Illinois?... That's right! The University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign.  

It doesn't surprise me, after all, it is the #11 Ranked Public University in the country. The Students and Faculty here are pioneers of innovative research, tackling global problems and expanding the human experience ever single day! Alumni of the University Of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana continue to make a significant and positive impact on our human society and with 18 Pulitzer prize winners, their track record is pretty remarkable. So it is to them we say, 

Congratulations!!!  

We are proud to have you in our communities.

The following criteria was used to rank the schools: Undergraduate Academic Reputation, Freshmen Retention Rates, Six-Year Graduation Rates, ACT/SAT Test Scores, Class Sizes and Faculty Resources, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Resources and Alumni Giving.  The analysis was based on the class that began in the fall of 2014. 

According to the report, its two “pillars” upon which the rankings were based:

"First, regionally accredited schools are categorized by their mission, which is derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions as refined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. The Carnegie classification, which is used extensively by higher education researchers, has been the basis of the Best Colleges ranking category system since our first rankings were published in 1983…"

"Once schools have been divided by category, we gather data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects our judgment about how much that measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score."

As the report on the rankings points out, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of “intangibles,” or other factors that go into college choice decisions by students and their families. On top of the metrics measured by U.S. News & World Report, finances, location, student life, areas of specialty, sports, student activities and many other factors must be considered before enrollment. There is no real way to account for all of these intangible variables, but this list helps quantify a small portion of the variables facing future college students.

*The test scores are displayed as a range of scores of whichever test (SAT/ACT) taken by the most students

1. University of Chicago

National rank: 4

Acceptance rate: 8.8 percent

6-year graduation rate: 93 percent

Test score range: SAT math and verbal: 1430-1590

2. Northwestern University

National rank: 12

Acceptance rate: 13.1 percent

6-year graduation rate: 94 percent

Test score range: SAT math and verbal: 1390-1560

3. University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

National rank: 41

Acceptance rate: 59 percent

6-year graduation rate: 84 percent

Test score range: ACT composite: 26-32

4. Loyola University Chicago

National rank: 99

Acceptance rate: 63.3 percent

6-year graduation rate: 73 percent

Test score range: ACT composite: 25-29

5. Illinois Institute of Technology

National rank: 108

Acceptance rate: 50.6 percent

6-year graduation rate: 65 percent

Test score range: ACT composite: 25-31

6. DePaul University

National rank: 123

Acceptance rate: 69.9 percent

6-year graduation rate: 71 percent

Test score range: ACT composite: 23-28

7. University of Illinois–Chicago

National rank: 129

Acceptance rate: 72.7 percent

6-year graduation rate: 60 percent

Test score range: ACT composite: 22-27

8. Illinois State University

National rank: 149

Acceptance rate: 73.9 percent

6-year graduation rate: 72 percent

Test score range: ACT composite: 22-26

9. Southern Illinois University–Carbondale

National rank: 153

Acceptance rate: 81.7 percent

6-year graduation rate: 44 percent

Test score range: ACT composite: 19-26

The report also listed these Universities in Illinois that were scored but unranked. These schools didn’t fit into the parameters used by U.S. News to rank the schools (they might not use the SAT or ACT tests to admit students, for example), or they might not have been ranked by enough peer schools for the report authors to gather an accurate picture of the schools.

The Illinois schools on the unranked list are:

Benedictine University

National Louis University

Northern Illinois University

Trinity International University

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Urbana IL Makes the List for Best Main Streets in Illinois!

by Rose Price

Everyone knows that the heart and soul of a town is their "Main Street", and in Central Illinois we have many wonderful, quaint downtown area's that have great Main Street's!  Now, however, we have two town's in Central Illinois that can actually lay claim to the phrase "One of the Ten Best Main Streets in Illinois"!

DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....Urbana  & Monticello IL have made this coveted list!  What makes these two downtown's worthy of the Best of the Best? Let's dig deeper.

                           

Urbana IL has gone through quite a bit of revitalization over the last few years. during that time they have also brought back many great small businesses to the Main Street to service the great University of Illinois community as well as the growing millennial generation. From quaint Diners and unique Shops that cater to every type of personality to the Sports Bars and incredibly delicious BBQ Joints you'd more than likely find in bigger cities! Yes, the Urbana downtown has something for everyone while still keeping the charm of the older days very much alive and well.

                             

Monticello IL is the newcomer to this fabulous list of Main Street "must visit" locale's and I must say, it most certainly deserves to be on this list! Monticello was, and always will be, a TRAIN TOWN. From the Wabash Depot and Monticello Railway Museum as it's anchors and definitely the highlights of downtown,  Monticello is actually accredited as a National Main Street Community! It will endear you to it's lovely little shops and restaurants from the moment you step on the streets of this charming little community. But don't be fooled! While the looks of yesteryear are very much alive and well in Monticello, the technology of today is very much being used behind the scenes!

The best way to learn about both of these extraordinary, and Best Main Streets of Illinois is to come and visit them yourself! The people are friendly, the establishments are excellent, the service, food and merchandise is always top notch and there's always Champaignrose.....that's me, to be your personal tour guide of our excellent central Illinois oasis!
 
If you're interested in homes for sale in either Urbana IL or Monticello IL please give me a call or visit my website at champaignrose.com.

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