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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

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!

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!

 

Great Events in Champaign/Urbana This Week!

by Rose Price

As February comes to an end and March begins, there is much to do to celebrate a new month. Throughout Champaign/Urbana, there are events occurring all week long to give you something fun to do. Here are our recommendations for fun events to attend this week.

 

 

Tuesday, February 28th

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

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

Join Lola’s Brush to celebrate Mardi Gras with a special painting party! The public painting party will allow you to create a special holiday themed piece of artwork that you can display in your Champaign/Urbana home. Enjoy time with friends during this fun event. The cost is $30 per person.

 

Sense and Sensibility

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign)

Watch Ang Lee’s film adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility. The 1995 drama stars Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Enjoy an evening at the beautiful Virginia Theatre for only $5!

 

Friday, March 3rd

Urbana First Friday

Time: 4:00 - 11:00 pm

Location: Downtown Urbana

Head to downtown Urbana for this free event filled with fun activities all evening long. This evening will feature the 2017 Community Supported Agriculture Fair at the Urbana Civic Center from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Learn more about local growers, try some delicious vegan cocktails, watch a flower demo, and enjoy live music. Other highlights from the evening include 10 minute games at Lab Escape, food and drinking tastings at local establishments, live music at the Iron Post, an art opening at Amara Yoga & Arts, and so much more!

 

Tastings - A Night of Food, Wine, and More

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

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

Help raise money for educational programming for children during this fun event. The evening will include over 200 wine samples from vineyards around the world and an auction with unique items. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP admission, which includes hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. All guest must be at least 21 years of age.

 

Saturday, March 4th

Hinamatsuri: Girls' Day at Japan House

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Location: Japan House (2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)

Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and craft session to celebrate Girls’ Day, a traditional holiday in Japan. Marvel at the traditional Hinamatsuri dolls on display. Everyone who attends will also receive a special sweet to take home! Children 12 and under cost $10 and accompanying adults are $6.

 

Twin City Squared Presents Broadway Backwards  

Midsummer’s Night Swing

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: SoDo Theatre (111 South Walnut Street, Champaign)

Come to this special one night only show put on by Twin City Squared. Broadway songs will be “backward”, meaning women will sing men’s Broadway tunes and vice versa. It is sure to be a fun filled night of entertainment. Tickets are $20 per person.

 

Tips for Spring Home Buyers and Sellers in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring is fast approaching. As the flowers bloom and the weather warms, home buyers and sellers start looking to enter the real estate market. If you are ready to Buy or Sell you home in Champaign/Urbana this spring, it is important to be prepared and know what to expect. Here are my helpful tips for spring buying and selling in our area.

 

Spring Buyers!

As a buyer, your first step is to know the Champaign/Urbana market. Research what housing options are available to you as well as the current list prices. Before you begin to seriously search for your new home, it is important to have your Financing situated ahead of time. This allows you to accurately know what you can afford and makes you a more attractive buyer when you enter negotiations with a seller. Realize that the spring market means increased competition from other potential buyers. Once you find your dream home, you want to stand out from other offers. Consider writing a personal letter to the seller expressing why you love their home and know that it would be a good fit for you and your family. Also, remain flexible during the negotiation process to ensure that you can get the home you want.  


 

Spring Sellers!

As a seller, you need to know Your Home's Value before you list. This will enable you to price your home correctly. Since other sellers will be listing their homes this spring, you want to stand out from the competition. You can do this by improving your home’s curb appeal, staging your home, and completing any home improvement projects. Consider some updates to your home that will give you a great return on investment. To get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly, work with Champaign/Urbana’s Top Realtor!






Champaign Rose is here to help you buy or sell this spring!  Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ to get started today.

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