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Champaign County Restaurant Week!

by Rose Price

Explore the best culinary delights Champaign County has to offer during Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!! On Sunday, January 29th, through Sunday, February 5th, Visit Champaign County will be hosting the first ever restaurant week throughout all of the greater Champaign County area. Discover the best restaurants in communities all over Champaign County. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals all week long! Enjoy special lunch menus starting at $8 and special dinner menus for $15, $25, or $35. 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! More will likely be added before the start of Restaurant Week. Come discover some delicious new meals at one of these awesome Champaign County restaurants!



Baxter's American Grille | 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano | 2235 South Neil Street, Champaign

Big Grove Tavern | 1 East Main Street, Champaign

The Bread Company | 706 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Crane Alley | 115 West Main Street, Urbana

Hamilton Walker's | 201 North Neil Street, Champaign

JT Walker's | 401 East Main Street, Mahomet

Minneci's Ristorante | 2501 Village Green Place, Champaign

Nando Milano Trattoria | 204 North Neil Street, Champaign

Piato Cafe | 201 Lincoln Square Village, Urbana

Radio Maria | 119 North Walnut Street, Champaign

Siam Terrace | 212 West Main Street, Urbana

V. Picasso | 112 North Neil Street, Champaign

Watson's Shack & Rail | 211 North Neil, Champaign

Yoder's Kitchen | 1195 East Columbia Street, Arthur

There are many reasons why the Champaign/Urbana area is filled with amazing communities for families to live. One of these reasons is the excellent school districts. Top notch school districts ensure that children are receiving the highest quality education and helps improve home values!



Educational review website Niche recently ranked 404 school districts within Illinois to find out which were the best of the best in 2017. The website looked at several key factors from the U.S. Department of Education and reviews from millions of Niche users. The factors looked at included academics, athletics, teacher quality, diversity, resources and facilities, administration, and more.


Once the results came in, 4 area school districts came in the top 85! 


#30 Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 | Mahomet


This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and college readiness. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, administration, health and safety, sports, and food. Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3 was ranked as the 24th best district for athletes in Illinois!


#33 Monticello Community Unit School District 25 | Monticello

This school district received an overall Niche grade of an A. It earned top grades for academics, teachers, and health and safety. It also ranked high in the areas of clubs and activities, college readiness, and sports. Monticello Community Unit School District 25 was recognized for being the 20th Illinois school district with the best teachers!


Other area school districts that ranked high in our area include (#78) Urbana School District 116 | Urbana and (#85) Champaign Community Unit School District 4 | Champaign.


If you are interested in Buying a home in one of these great local public school districts, give me a call today or visit my website at

New Year's Eve Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

This Saturday marks the last day of 2016. Celebrate all that happened this past year and all you have to look forward to for 2017 this weekend. There are many incredible New Year's Eve events planned for December 31st throughout the Champaign-Urbana area. Check out these great events for you to enjoy with your family during the day or for an adult night out on the town.




Noon Year's Eve

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Children’s Discovery Museum (101 East Beaufort Street, Normal)

Cost: $2 per member, $9 per non-member

Your kids do not have to stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year! Head to the Children’s Discovery Museum for a special countdown to noon! There will be a confetti blast! Also, enjoy fun activities, arts and crafts, face painting, noise makers and more. Register HERE.


Party Like It’s 1900! New Year’s Day Noon Day Celebration!

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie (950 North Lombard Street, Mahomet)

Cost: FREE!

Learn all about the history of New Year’s Eve celebrations and traditions, such as resolutions, the story of Baby New Year and Father Time, and more. Party like it’s 1900 with music, snacks, games, and crafts popular at that time. There will also be a balloon drop at noon!


Noon Day Drop

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm  

Location: Orpheum Children’s Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per member, $8 per non-member, $28 for group of 4 people

Celebrate the New Year with your little ones at the Orpheum Children’s Museum. There will be crazy hats, arts and crafts, noise makers, and music. There will be a countdown to noon with a balloon drop!


New Year's Eve Countdown Party

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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

Cost: FREE!

Have a fun, unique New Year’s Eve celebration at Riggs Beer Company. Enjoy a delicious buffet with German food, beer-braised beef sandwiches, stew, drunken chicken, and more. There will also be a special keg of 100% Riggs Estate Barleywine especially for the celebration. Play fun games throughout the night.


Speakeasy New Year's Eve Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 5:00 pm and 2:00 am

Location: Seven Saints (32 East Chester Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Step back in time as you look forward to 2017. Get dressed up in your most dapper gear to celebrate at a speakeasy themed party. Dine on delicious appetizers and featured cocktails as you celebrate.




NYE at Jupiter's at the Crossing

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: Jupiter’s at the Crossing (2511 Village Green Place, Champaign)

Cost: $60 per person (general admission), $90 per person (prime rib dinner package)

Come to the largest New Year’s Eve party in Champaign! There will be an open bar, pizza buffet, musical performance by 90’s Daughter, photo booth, party favors, and more. Cheers to 2017 with a champagne toast. Enjoy an after party with DJ Shane Canfield. Tickets can be purchased HERE.  


WCIA 3’s Champaign Toast to the New Year!

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: Corner of Market and Main (Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Celebrate with WCIA 3 for their New Year’s Eve Toast! There will be a two story bottle of champagne in downtown Champaign! Dance to live entertainment provided by Radio 6. This free event will help you ring in the New Year right!


Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2017!

Election Day Polling Places for Champaign County!

by Rose Price

Election Day, November 8th, is here! No matter which candidates you are voting for this year it is important to have your voice heard! It is one of the great freedoms that we get to enjoy in this country. There is still plenty of time to get to the polls today. All polls in Illinois will be open until 7:00 pm. As long as you are in line by that time, you will be allowed to vote. Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.


Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all polling places for Champaign County:


To find your exact polling place, click HERE!



  • Douglass Center Annex (804 North Fifth Street)

  • Cohen Hillel Center at UIUC (503 East John Street)

  • University YMCA (1001 South Wright Street)

  • Student Dining and Residential Programs (301 East Gregory Drive)

  • The Church of the Living God (312 East Bradley)

  • Skelton Place Community Room (302 South 2nd Street)

  • Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) (201 East Peabody Drive)

  • IL Employment and Training Center  (1307 North Mattis)

  • Holy Cross Parish Center (405 West Clark - West Entrance)

  • E.H. Mellon Administration Center (703 South New)

  • Faith Methodist Church (1719 South Prospect Avenue - South Entrance)

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (2101 South Prospect Avenue - North Entrance)

  • Jericho Missionary Baptist Church (1601 Bloomington Road)

  • Farm Bureau (801 County Fair Drive)

  • Salvation Army Corps (502 North Prospect)

  • Grace Lutheran Church (313 South Prospect Avenue)

  • St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (905 South Russell - Main Entrance)

  • Hessel Park Christian Reformed Church (700 West Kirby - East Entrance)

  • Hays Center (1311 West Church)

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church (509 South Mattis Avenue - Mattis Entrance)

  • Champaign Church of Christ (1509 West John - South Entrance)

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (1700 Crescent Drive)

  • Leonhard Recreation Center (2307 West Sangamon - Main Entrance)

  • Free Methodist Church (1913 South Mattis Avenue)

  • Meadowbrook Community Church (1902 South Duncan Road - North Entrance)

  • Parkland College Tony Noel Ag Center (2400 West Bradley Avenue)

  • Bresnan Meeting Center (706 Kenwood Road)

  • Stratford Park Bible Chapel (2801 West Kirby)

  • Carpenters’ Local No. 243 (402 South Duncan Road)

  • Windsor Road Christian Church (2501 West Windsor Road)

  • First Christian Church (3601 South Staley Road)



  • Mahomet Area Community Center (510 East Main Street)

  • Hatchers Cars (103 West Oak)

  • Lake of the Woods (Pavilion No. 1)

  • Mahomet Nazarene Church (702 Turkey Farm Road)



  • The Gathering Place - First United Methodist Church (200 South Century Boulevard)

  • Eagle’s View Retirement Center (200 West International)

  • American Lutheran Church (500 Church Drive)

  • Thomasboro Fire Station (101 North Church Street)

  • Rantoul Youth Center (1306 Country Club Lane)


St. Joseph

  • St. Joseph Township Building (400 West Sherman)

  • Living Word Fellowship Church (1000 Park Avenue)

  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (802 East Douglas)



  • Tolono Public Library (111 East Main)

  • Savoy Municipal Building (611 North Dunlap)

  • Tolono West Fire Station (202 West Linden)



  • Church of Christ (2601 South Philo Road)

  • Carroll Fire Protection District Building (1811 Brownfield Road)

  • Vineyard Church (1500 North Lincoln)

  • Edge-Scott Fire Department (201 Smith Road)


We look forward to seeing everyone in Champaign County at the polls today! Happy Election Day!

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Champaign/Urbana Communities!

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the neighborhood Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Champaign/Urbana area communities! All trick-or-treating for the listed communities will occur on Monday, October 31st.


Champaign: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Mahomet: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Monticello: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Paxton: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Rantoul: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Savoy: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Urbana: 6:00 to 8:00 pm


It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:


  • 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 look out for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.



Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Two Great Festivals This Weekend in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

There is always something exciting going on during the summer in the Champaign/Urbana area! And this last weekend of August is no exception!!! This Friday, August 26th, and Saturday, August 27th, your family will have tons to do at one of two great festivals in our area…..the Mahomet Sangamon River Music Festival and Urbana Sweetcorn Festival!


Sangamon River Music Festival in Mahomet

Head over to Downtown Mahomet this Friday and Saturday for their Annual Sangamon River Music Festival. This great family friendly event features incredible live music, bags tournament, parade, carnival rides and so much more!


This festival takes place from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday evening and all day Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm. Both days you can dine on delicious food and buy crafts from the numerous vendors. Pop into the Mahomet Lion’s Beer Tent for a frothy beverage. Carnival rides will be available both days. Buy a $20 armband for unlimited rides!


The highlight of this festival is truly the music. Both days are jam packed with incredible live musicians and bands. Check out the headliners on Friday and Saturday night, Uncle Kracker and Phil Vassar, respectively! For a full schedule of the bands playing, click HERE


Saturday will have additional fun events for you and your family to enjoy. Set up along the Festival Parade route, starting at Lincoln Trails School and ending on Franklin, on Saturday morning between 9:00 am and 10:30 am. Grab a friend and enter the Bags Tournament for a chance to win cash prizes! Print out the Bags Tournament Registration and bring $40 cash at 12:30 in front of the fire station to join in the fun!


Event Details

Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016 and Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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

Location: Main Street, Mahomet

Cost: FREE admission, including all musical performances!

Parking: FREE festival parking with Shuttle Service in Mahomet IGA’s grassy area on Eastwood Drive.


2016 Sweetcorn Festival in Urbana

Can’t make it over to Mahomet, or want to make the most of your weekend by hitting up an additional festival?? Check out the Sweetcorn Festival in Downtown Urbana this Friday and Saturday. Dine on perfectly steamed sweetcorn, marvel at vintage cars, see your favorite bands, and much more.


This long running annual festival takes place from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am on Friday evening and on Saturday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Did you know that offer 30,000 ears of corn are consumed at this festival annually?! See what the hype is about as you mow down on delicious corn provided by local farmers! If you aren’t a corn enthusiast like the rest of us, there are plenty of other incredible festival food options for you to choose from.


Delight your ears with the talented local, regional, and national musicians performing both days. There are 3 different music stages at the festival! Check out the headliners on Friday and Saturday night, Diamond Rio and Smash Mouth, respectively! For a full schedule of the bands playing, click HERE!


In addition to the food and music, there are lots of other entertainment for you and your family during this festival. Your kids will love all the activities provided specifically for them. Check out the merchandise and informational vendors. On Saturday, head over to the Motor Muster Car Show, which showcases vintage automobiles!


Event Details

Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016 and Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - Midnight (Friday) and 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Downtown Urbana

Cost: FREE admission. $1 per food, drink, and game tickets.

It’s almost time to head back to school! The quality of the local school districts within a state helps strengthen the local economy, improve home values, and creates a sense of pride. We are happy to announce that our state has made the grade.......Illinois was ranked as the #13 state with the best school districts in the country!!!


To determine the rankings, financial website Wallethub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia and looked at two key dimensions, School System Quality and School System Safety. Within these dimensions, 17 metrics were used to evaluate the scores. These metrics included factors such as student to teacher ratio, standardized test scores, dropout rate, percentage of certified teachers, school safety, and disciplinary incident rates. Illinois came out at the top of the class! Not only did our state rank 13th for the overall score, but the School System Quality ranking was the 14th best in the country! Our students continue to excel academically, earning the HIGHEST average SAT scores of all the states!


Our local school districts are stand outs amongst the state’s 100 best school districts, according to Niche.


Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District No. 3 ranks #26 in Illinois! This school district ranked 18th overall for best academics in the state and #24 for the safest school district! Current Homes for Sale in Mahomet.


Monticello Community Unit School District No. 25  ranks #58 in the state. With a graduation rate of 95%, excellence is a top priority in Monticello. This school district received high grades for academics and health & safety. Current Homes for Sale in Monticello.  


Urbana School District No. 116  is the #73 best school district in Illinois. It is the #11 most diverse school district. The student to teacher ratio is 12:1, meaning that your child while receive excellent attention in the classroom. Current Homes for Sale in Urbana.


Get your child on the path to academic success by enrolling them in one of these fantastic school districts today!

Congrats to Illinois and our local Champaign/Urbana  area school districts for your recognition and for proving why there is no better place to call home!!!

Do you Live in a Relaxed or Stressed Out Town?

by Rose Price

We all deal with stresses in our lives and try to find ways to eliminate them. Although not the ultimate determining factor, where you live has an impact on the stress level in your daily life. Why not live some place recognized as a RELAXED town?! When compared to 340 other cities analyzed throughout the state…MOUNT ZION (#3), MONTICELLO (#13), and MAHOMET (#16) made it into the TOP 20 LEAST STRESSED OUT cities in Illinois!

How was the stress level of Illinois’ cities determined? Career website Zippia analyzed six root causes of stress and applied them to 340 cities throughout Illinois with a population over 5,000 people. The stress determinants included…

(1) population density

(2) long commute time per percentage of population

(3) unemployment rate

(4) number of hours worked

(5) income to rent ratio

(6) percentage of people with no health insurance.

Cities were deemed to be more stressed out the higher any of these numbers were.

Zippia’s research found that MOUNT ZION (population of 5,830) had a low percentage, 28.1%, of the population paying high rent and only 11.8% of the population having to deal with commute times over 30 minutes. MONTICELLO (population of 5,400) also maintained low percentages with regards to people paying high rent and dealing with long commutes. Plus, the rich history and beautiful architecture throughout the city maintain a relaxed environment for its residents. Located only 10 miles from Champaign, the people of MAHOMET (population of 7,592) have shorter commute times. Additionally, the excellent school system and extensive outdoor recreational facilities allow for the community to stay less stressed out. 

Congrats to MOUNT ZION, MONTICELLO, and MAHOMET for helping their communities keep relaxed!!

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Mahomet IL is One of the Best School Districts in Illinois!

by Rose Price


I am so happy to work in the communities that I service!  Four of the school districts that I work with clients who Buy & Sell Homes in everyday have been ranked on NICHE'S Best Public School Districts in Illinois, which ranks 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly. In addition to that, Illinois has 200 School Districts in the state.  200...that means that our wonderful, albeit small in comparison to many in the state, has 4 that have ranked extremely well, in a category that is a PRIORITY for every family that is living here today and is contemplating a move to our communities in the future!

So, without further ado...let's take a look at those districts that made this coveted list!

Mahomet Seymour Community Unit School District #3 Ranked #25

Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District No. 3 is centered in the Mahomet Township, Illinois. It has 2,981 students attending 5 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 74% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $30,358,000, spending an average of $10,454 per student. There have been 65 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Tuscola Community Unit School District #301 Ranked #38

Tuscola Community Unit School District No. 301 is centered in Tuscola Township, Illinois. It has 1,010 students attending 3 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 66% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $9,992,000, spending an average of $9,903 per student. There have been 14 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Monticello Community Unit School District #25  Ranked #63

Monticello Community Unit School District No. 25 is centered in Willow Branch Township, Illinois. It has 1,664 students attending 5 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 71% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $17,451,000, spending an average of $10,302 per student. There have been 55 reviews written and they have been mixed.

Mount Zion Community Unit School District #3 Ranked #85

Mount Zion Community Unit School District No. 3 is centered in Mount Zion Township, Illinois. It has 2,410 students attending 5 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 76% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $22,448,000, spending an average of $8,968 per student.

**Some extra special news for those of you considering a move to the gorgeous Mount Zion area!  I have an incredible new, premier development...WOODBINE PARK PRAIRIE ESTATES that offers the "Peaceful coexistence between Neighbor and Nature"! An amazingly beautiful community that offers Home Buyers  Premium Lots in sizes of 1 to 10 acres....almost unheard of today!


If one of these School Districts sound like a place you'd like to live & raise your children...Give me a call at 217-202-8843 or visit my website at!

You can also search homes in each of these cities by clicking on the links below:

Homes for Sale Mahomet IL          Homes for Sale Tuscola IL       Homes for Sale Monticello IL       Woodbine Park Prairie Estates

Mahomet IL One Of the Top 100 Places To Live In America!

by Rose Price

For those living in Mahomet, Illinois, it comes as no surprise that this thriving village has made Niche's 2015 list of Top 100 Communities to live in America. Niche ranks US suburbs based on livability; grading each for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation.  A high ranking then, indicates those particular suburbs offer a high quality of life to those living there.


This midsize Illinois town of 7,412 is a great all around mid-western town.  Home Values are in the range of $185,300.  Rent Values are average and the Unemployment rate is extremely low at 3.1% (half of the national average).  Citizens here are usually highly educated and enjoy high income levels, with an average household income of $80,529. Housing here is varied; from turn of the century beautiful homes to high end new construction, so there's really a home to fit every taste and need.  The people are friendly and there's no shortage of unique local shops.  There are great parks in the area, providing many options for outdoor activities.  A favorite among residents is Lake Of The Woods Forest Preserve, which offers multiple walking/biking trails, swimming, boating, fishing and prime picnic spots, as well as a museum, botanical garden and golf course and in the wintertime, the preserve is a great spot for sledding, snowshoeing and other winter activities.  

If this sounds like the perfect town for you, give me a call! I'd be happy to show you around the town and find a home that fits your personal needs. If you'd rather look at what is available first, follow this link to see all available homes for sale in special mid-western town. Mahomet IL Homes for Sale

I'm here to help make your Home Buying as easy & painless as possible, so please contact me with any questions you may have at 217-202-8843.

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