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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! 

Grand Reopening of the Champaign County History Museum!

by Rose Price

Come celebrate the history of our county at the Grand Reopening of the Champaign County History Museum (102 East University Avenue)! On Saturday, April 29th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, the museum will be reopening its doors after 18 months to showcase its new and improved renovations!

 

Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen will kick the festivities off at 10:00 am with a ribbon cutting. Stop by the museum throughout the day to enjoy tours, children’s crafts, balloons, and free popcorn from the beautiful Popcorn Wagon. The museum is featuring four new, interesting exhibits, including When We Went to War, Champaign County History Uncrated, A Second Home: 150 Years of Student Living at the University of Illinois, and The Art of Louise Woodroofe. Abraham Lincoln will be “visiting” with museum guests throughout the day as well.

 


The Champaign County History Museum’s mission is “to discover, collect, preserve, exhibit, study and interpret objects relating to the history of Champaign County, and to provide educational programs about the County’s heritage and the Museum’s collections.” Let’s celebrate the much deserved renovations to the museum and celebrate all that the organization does throughout the years to keep the history of our wonderful communities alive!

 

Image Credit: Champaign County History Museum

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

Celebrate Urbana at First Fridays!

by Rose Price

Celebrate all that the community of Urbana has to offer every month at their First Fridays! Downtown Urbana becomes a fun, free, family friendly street festival every first friday. The festival highlights local Urbana businesses, activities, performers, and more. April’s First Friday on the 7th promises to be one of the best ones yet!

 

From 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, head to the Cohen Building (136 West Main Street) for the Revelry Market. There will be art, body care products, home goods, jewelry, and more available for purchase. Sip on a delicious cocktail by Lumen Events as you watch live performances by Dewclaw. Get a boost of energy at UIUC’s pop up booth.


The fun continues outside from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for the Main Street Carnival. The highlight of the evening is the live performances by flow artists Satina and Michael Moxie along with special guests. Swing by the IMC for the DISRUPT art show by Ghardzadegi Art Collective. See a fashion show at H2O Salon. Try to escape within 10 minutes at the fun LabEscape. Relax with some free yoga at Amara Yoga & Arts or with acupuncture at Urbana Acupuncture. Try some wine at Pizza-M. Common Ground Food Co-op will also be offering free food and drink tastings. Take advantage of great deals throughout downtown Urbana at restaurants such as Siam Terrance and Crane Alley and stores like Bohemia and See You CD & Vinyl.

 

Champaign Rose can't wait to see you this month and every First Friday in downtown Urbana! 

 

Image Credit: Imbibe Urbana

Family Fun Easter Events Throughout Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Easter is a few weeks away! You can get into the holiday spirit in the weeks leading up to the big day at fun events throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy. Come enjoy all the Easter festivities in the communities throughout our area.

 

10th Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

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)

Cost: $5 per child

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.  

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Pells Park (Paxton)

Cost: FREE!

The Paxton Emergency Response Services is hosting an egg hunt at Pells Park. Each child has the opportunity to find 10 eggs. There will be prizes for children children ages 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10.

 

Eggs-ploration!

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Fill your basket with eggs at this old-fashioned hunt. The hunt is open for children 13 and under and will begin right at noon.

 

Hoppin’ Hound Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 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!

 

Sensory Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 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.  

 

Fabergé Egg Decorating Party

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Zahn Learning Center - Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $3 per person

All ages can decorate their own Fabergé eggs! Get creative as you design the papier-mâché eggs with fun embellishments. All materials will be provided.

 

Nite Lite Egg Pursuit

Date: Friday, April 14th

Time: 7:15 pm - 10:00 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.

 

2017 Egg Hunt with a Splash

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 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.  

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Forest Preserve Park (1411 North Market Street, Monticello)

Cost: $1 per child

The Monticello Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their egg hunt. There are two designated areas for children 4 and under and children 5 to 10 years old.

 

27th Annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Start the morning with hayrack rides between 10:00 and 10:45 am. Then, fill up your basket with all of the eggs that you find throughout the park. There will be a special guest there as well!

 

Bunny at the Ballpark

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Illinois Field (1605 South Wright Street, Champaign)

Come cheer on the Fighting Illini as they take on Northwestern. After the game, stay for an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny!



Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

Starting this weekend, you can marvel at the work of amateur artists throughout our local area at the Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show 2017. This great annual event allows nonprofessional artists throughout the state to showcase their creative, visual works of art.

 

The show for Champaign County will be held at the Springer Cultural Center located in downtown Champaign. It will be held March 18th through April 29th. Come marvel at art work in a variety of mediums, including digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, pottery, sculpting, and more.

 

 

There is a youth and adult division for the artists. There will be a public critique by the show's juror at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 29th, to conclude the art show. Blue Ribbon and Best of Show winners at the Champaign County show are eligible to enter the Illinois State Town & Country Amateur Art Show this upcoming fall.

 

 

Come support the incredible works by these talented, amateur artists of all ages and cheer on the winners who will be heading off to state to showcase their work to the rest of Illinois!

 

 

Event Details

Dates: Saturday, March 18th - Saturday, April 29th

Times: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (Mondays-Thursdays) | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Springer Cultural Center (301 North Randolph Street, Champaign)  

Cost: FREE Admission!

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!

 

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