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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

Champaign County Fair Fast Approaching!

by Rose Price

County fairs are a great summertime tradition and there are none better than our beloved Champaign County Fair!!! Mark your calendars for Friday, July 21st, through Saturday, July 29th. Spend 9 days celebrating our great Champaign/Urbana community with family fun and amusement!

 

 

Full Fair Schedule

Head on down to the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler Avenue, Urbana) for all the festivities. There is something for everyone on the Midway! Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddie Land, animal shows, and much more! On Friday July 28th, see country star Chris Young headline at the main stage. The concert begins at 7:00 pm and also features Drew Baldridge and Kassi Ashton. Purchase Tickets Here!  For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand for Motor Madness, the demolition derby, motorcycle races, and so much more!

 

Admission to the fair is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult. A season pass can also be purchased for $25. Tickets for Grandstand events are $10 per person. Purchase Tickets Here!

 

Champaign Rose cannot wait to see everyone at the 2017 Champaign County Fair!!

It's time to celebrate dad in Champaign/Urbana. Looking for something truly unique to do this Father's Day weekend? Beyond taking your dad to out to eat at one of his favorite local spots, check out one of these fun fantastic community events for a Father's Day celebration he will never forget!

 

 

Father's Day Weekend at Monticello Railway

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Monticello Railway Museum (992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello)

Hop aboard a vintage train with the family this weekend in Monticello. Each ride runs approximately 1 hour. You may board at the main Museum site (Nelson Crossing) or downtown Monticello (Wabash Depot). After the ride, check out all the fun train exhibits in the museum. The best part? Dads ride FREE this weekend with the purchase on a paid fare!

 

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Times: 11:30 am (Saturday & Sunday), 10:00 pm (Saturday)

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

Watch Indiana Jones on a great adventure with his own father during the special Father’s Day screenings of this Steven Spielberg film. Bring your dad and snack on some yummy popcorn during this fun movie.

 

Sholem Father's Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Sholem Aquatic Center (2205 Sangamon Drive)

Enjoy a fun filled day at the pool! Along with all the regular water attractions at the center, this day will feature a “Hop & Flop Daddy Drop” cannonball contest, “Draw your Dad” picture contest, and half priced rootbeer floats! Dads get in FREE with one paid child admission.

 

Sounds at Sunset Concert Series

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Toalson Park (502 Bardeen Lane, Champaign)

Celebrate dad in beautiful Toalson Park with a fantastic performance by Katie Flynn! This great jazz singer hails from Champaign. Pack a picnic with all of dad’s favorite food and beverages and enjoy a relaxing evening with live music.

 

Champaign Rose wishes all the fathers in the Champaign/Urbana area a very happy Father's Day!

Great Champaign-Urbana Community Events All Weekend Long!

by Rose Price

Champaign/Urbana residents can enjoy a weekend filled with fun activities! Enjoy the summer weather and all the talent that our area has to offer at fantastic community events this Friday and Saturday! Whether you are looking for great live music, some recreational fun, or a sampling of delicious food and beverages, you will find the perfect event to attend this weekend!

 

Friday Night Live!

Date: Friday, June 9th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign

Come to the first of this year’s Friday Night Live! in Champaign. Enjoy a wide variety of live music throughout the downtown area. Whether you love folk, blues, pop, rock, or jazz, you will find a band to dance the evening away to this Friday. The concerts will take place at the intersections of Walnut & Chester, Neil & Park, and Neil & Church (One Main Plaza).

 

Meadowbrook Full Moon Night Hike

Date: Friday, June 9th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Meadowbrook Park (520 County Road 1400 North, Urbana)

Get active this Friday evening during this fun moonlight bike ride. The 22 mile round trip ride will follow low traffic country roads between the park and Sidney Dairy Barn for an ice cream social. Lights are required to participate.

 

Uncork Urbana Wine Festival

Date: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Meadowbrook Park (520 County Road 1400 North, Urbana)

Head to the park for the most delicious wines that Illinois has to offer. There will also be delicious food from your favorite local chefs and great live music. Tickets are $15 per person (ages 21+) and $5 per person (ages 6-20). Children 5 and under are FREE. Purchase tickets in advance HERE or on the day of!

 

StreetFest

Date: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Location: Downtown Champaign

The intersection of Neil Street & Main Street will be filled with music this Saturday night by Mank N’ Sass, Church Booty, and Davina and the Vagabonds. Stop by your favorite downtown spots for food and drinks as you listen to these great Champaign-Urbana bands.

 

 

Champaign Rose cannot wait to see you this weekend throughout Champaign-Urbana!

 

Image Credits: 40North and Urbana Business Association   

 

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: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: Parking Lot by Neil & Main in Downtown Champaign

 

Wednesdays

Homer Farmer's Market

When: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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

 

Thursdays

Sustainable Student Farm

When: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (or when supplies run out)

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

Paxton's Market on Market

When: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Majestic Park (135 South Market Street)

Monticello Farmer's Market

When: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm **Starts June 15th**

Where: State Street in Downtown Monticello

 

Saturdays

Urbana's Market at the Square  

When: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Corner of Illinois & Vine Street in Downtown Urbana

 

Ride in the 1st Annual C-U Food Cruise this Saturday!

by Rose Price

Celebrate National Bike Month and all the delicious cuisine Champaign/Urbana has to offer during the inaugural C-U Food Cruise! Grab your bike, helmet, and family and hit the road as you cruise along Champaign/Urbana tasting great bites at some of your favorite local establishments this Saturday, May 20th!

 

Everyone will ride within guided groups. No matter what your skill level or preference, there is a perfect tour for you! Select one of the following 7 tours to participate in for the C-U Food Cruise:

 

“SWEET” Tour | Champaign Family Friendly | 13.4 miles | 3 stops

“MILD” Tour | Family Friendly Beginner/Intermediate | 16.3 miles | 5 stops

“HONEY” Tour | Urbana Intermediate | 17.6 miles | 5 stops

“BUFFALO” Tour | Champaign Intermediate | 18 miles | 5 stops

“ZESTY” Tour | Urbana Advanced | 18.6 miles | 5 stops

“SPICY” Rider Tour | Champaign Advanced | 15.5 miles | 5 stops

“HOT” Tour | Experienced All Vendors | 28.5 miles | 8 stops

More details regarding the distance and timing of each tour can be found HERE!

 

All groups should meet at Hessel Park (1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign) at 2:00 pm. Tours will leave at 2:30 pm. Each tour will last between 3.5 to 5 hours. For rides that will be out after sunset, a bicycle light is required. Every tour will end at Jarling’s Custard (309 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign).

 

Check out the incredible participating restaurants below! Each food stop will feature sample size portions that cost around $2.

 

Black Dog Smoke & Ale House | 201 North Broadway Avenue, Urbana

The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery | 126 West Main Street, Urbana

Sidney Dairy Barn | 311 West Main Street, Sidney

Piato | 300 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana

Triptych Brewing | 1703 Woodfield Drive, Savoy

Riggs Beer Company | 1901 South High Cross Road, Urbana

Jarling’s Custard | 309 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign

Li'L Porgy's Bar-B-Q | 101 West University Avenue, Urbana

Chester's BBQ | 302 South Neil Street, Champaign

Dragon Fire Pizza | Corner of Vine & Illinois Streets, Urbana

Hickory River Smokehouse | 1706 North Cunningham Avenue, Urbana

 

The cost to participate in this fun event is $15 per person (ages 12 and up). Children under 12 can participate for free with a registered adult. In order to participate, you MUST register by midnight on Thursday, May 18th, HERE! Don’t miss out on all the fun!

 

 

Image Credit: Prairie Cycle Club

Unique Ways to Celebrate Mom this Weekend!

by Rose Price

It's time to celebrate mom in Champaign/Urbana. Looking for something truly unique to do this Mother's Day weekend? Beyond taking your mom to brunch at her favorite local spot, check out one of these fantastic community events for a Mother's Day celebration she will never forget!

 

 

Mother's Day Tea & Hat Show

Date: Friday, May 12th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Douglass Annex (804 North Fifth Street, Champaign)

Cost: $3 per person

Mother's Day can be celebrated no matter your age. Honor all mothers with this fun hat party. The best hat will win a special prize! There will also be plenty of rounds of bingo!

 

 

Mother's Day Weekend Special

Dates: Saturday, May 13th - Sunday, May 14th

Times: See site for departure times

Location: Monticello Railway Museum

Cost: FREE for moms! | $10 per adult | $6.00 per child (ages 2-12) | $8 per senior (ages 62 & up)

Take a relaxing vintage train ride through the area with mom.

 

Mother's Day Painting

Date: Saturday, May 13th

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Guido’s Bar & Grill (2 East Main Street, Champaign)

Cost: $35 per person

Create a beautiful painting with mom while you enjoy some delicious appetizers. There will also be great raffle prizes to win!

 

Mother's Day Picnic

Date: Sunday, May 14th

Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Cost: FREE admission!

Bring the whole family out for this fun picnic. Moms can show off your best potato salad recipe! Gregory Street Catering will provide the rest!


Champaign Rose wishes all the mothers in the Champaign/Urbana area a very happy Mother's Day!

Fun Shopping Events in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

Whether you are looking for unique gifts to surprise mom this upcoming Mother's Day or just want some new items for your home, there are several great shopping events planned this weekend in the Champaign/Urbana area! Check out these 3 events to pick up some incredible gifts, housewares, plants, and so much more!

 

 

The Whites of Spring

Date: Friday, May 5th

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Cost: $15 per person.

Enjoy an evening of wine sampling and shopping in historic downtown Monticello. Check out the great variety of stores and restaurants in this charming town. Participating locations will be offering white wine samples and spring refreshments as you shop your way around Courthouse Square. Purchase tickets HERE now through Thursday, May 4th, at noon. Tickets can be picked up from one of the 4 check-in locations (Bergie's: The Occasional Place, Canvas & Corks, Monticello Mercantile, and Out of the Blue Polish Pottery).

 

 

Lincoln Street Market

Date: Saturday, May 6th

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Downtown St. Joseph

Cost: FREE admission!

Head to beautiful downtown St. Joseph for this great outdoor market. There will be 50 vendors set up on 2 blocks of Lincoln Street. Find food products, antiques, housewares, repurposed items, handmade arts and crafts, and so much more. There will also be music and children activities between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm around Sherman Street. Come discover all that St. Joseph has to offer!

 

 

Fourth Annual Plant Sale

Dates: Saturday, May 6th - Sunday, May 7th

Times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (daily)

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

Cost: FREE admission!

Bring some spring beauty into your Champaign/Urbana home by stocking up on flowers at Allerton's annual Plant Sale! There will be Allerton Bluebells, annuals, arranged hanging baskets, herbs, perennials, and more. The sale will be located next to the Visitor Center. All proceeds benefit Allerton Park!

 

Happy shopping this weekend in 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

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