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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.

Ways to Take Care of Your Champaign Home this Winter

by Rose Price

Although winter is slowly winding down, there is still a chance for more snowfall in the Champaign-Urbana area before the season is through. It is important to protect your home during these cold winter months to make sure that you do not have any lasting problems into the future. Before and after the next snowfall, examine these areas where damage can occur and take measures to prevent and correct any potential issues. Doing so will keep your Champaign-Urbana home looking and working its very best!

 

Driveway and sidewalks. Ice and snow on concrete can lead to cracks. On top of that, it makes for hazardous walking conditions for your family and your guests. Be sure to remove all ice and snow immediately. Use eco-friendly gravel or salt to melt ice and remove those slippery areas.

Dead, large branches. Large branches that hang over your home, garage, or yard can cause serious damage. When the branch is dead, it can easily break away under heavy snow. On nicer days, go outside and cut away these branches to avoid any potential problems.

 

Roof. Large accumulations of snow on your roof can lead to cracking. This can turn into water leaking into your home and causing damage. After the snowfall, make sure to remove any areas with heavy accumulation. Also, check inside your home for water spots or bends that could indicate that the roof has already been damaged this season. If you find any problems, hire a professional to fix it as soon as possible.

 

Foundation. Moisture can enter into your foundation if there is too much ice and snow up against your home. After the snowfall, be sure to shovel around the base of your home. Also, check inside your home to make sure that there aren’t any new cracks.


Pipes. Pipes will burst if they become too cold. This can lead to a huge expense if they do due to flooding. Always keep your home’s temperature at least at 55 degrees. Add insulation to the pipes if they feel cold to the touch.

Chocolate Fantasy in Downtown Monticello!

by Rose Price

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the 14th Annual Chocolate Fantasy in historic downtown Monticello. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with your sweetheart or have a fun evening on the town with friends on Friday, February 10th!

 

This favorite annual event in Monticello features all things deliciously chocolate! 20 businesses downtown will be offering unique and decadent chocolate concoctions from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Whether you love chocolate mousse, chocolate stout beer, or a chocolate chicken mole, there will be something to satisfy your chocolate craving. Explore all that downtown Monticello has to offer as you dine, shop, and socialize during Chocolate Fantasy.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets can be bought in advance for $10 online HERE or at one of these locations throughout town:

Monticello Mercantile (116 East Main Street)

Out of the Blue Polish Pottery (223 East Livingston Street)

These Four Walls (101 South State Street)

 

To redeem your advance tickets, please visit one of the following check-in locations:

Bergie's - The Occasional Place (106 South Charter Street)

Canvas & Corks (208 South Market Street)

Monticello Mercantile (116 East Main Street)

Zybell House Baking Company (116 East Main Street)

 

 

Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $20. But, don’t delay! Tickets are limited and past events have sold out. You don’t want to miss out on this year’s Chocolate Fantasy!

 

Event Details

Date: Friday, February 10th, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Cost: $10 (in advance); $20 (day of)

 

What Happens Before, During, and After the Home Inspection

by Rose Price

You’ve found your dream home in Champaign/Urbana! Congrats! You are ready to head into the final stages of the home buying process, namely closing. But before you start packing the moving truck to head over to your new address, it is important to take one last look at your potential new home….this time with a Home Inspector!

 

A home inspection is an important step to protect the buyer. It allows you to find out about any potential structural or mechanical issues with the home. It will help you determine whether or not you want to move forward and close on the home or if you need to renegotiate the agreement with the seller. No matter what is revealed in the home inspection, it is important to remember that knowledge is power and you are getting the necessary assurances for your investment. Don’t know where to begin or what to expect in the home inspection? Don’t worry! Champaign Rose is here to help.

 

 

Before the inspection

 

Your first step is to find the best home inspector for the job. In order to do so, you should interview several different inspectors to discover their background and areas of expertise. Ask to see their past inspection reports. If you find one with a highly detailed report that offers recommendations for found issues, they are a keeper. If you would like a list of great home inspectors in our area, contact me today!


During the home inspection.

 

The inspector will spend several hours examining the home. They will look at the physical structure of the home, including roof, ceilings, walls, doors, windows, and floors, as well as mechanical and electrical systems. The plumbing and major appliances will be reviewed. It is highly recommended that you attend the home inspection. This allows you to find out about issues as they are find and ask any questions. There is one important thing to remember during the home inspection. It is not a total x-ray of the home. There are still some issues that can remain hidden within the home or that the home inspector simply isn’t qualified to recognize. Keep this in mind as you continue to budget for your new home. While you can renegotiate your deal based on the findings of the home inspector, you should still expect some potential costs once you move in.

 

After the inspection.

Review the home inspection report. Discuss the findings with your realtor to determine how your deal can be renegotiated if issues were find or if it makes more financial sense to walk away from the home and find a different property. 

 

Check out my other Home Buying Tips! Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ so that I can help you find your dream home in Champaign/Urbana today.

Great Valentine's Day Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! The Champaign/Urbana  area has tons of great events planned for the holiday. Whether you are looking for a romantic date idea for you and your significant other or something fun for the whole family to do, there is an event for you in our area. Check out our recommendations for things to do this Valentine's Day!

 

Adult Events

Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner

Dates: Friday, February 10th - Saturday, February 11th

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 am

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

Cost: $220 - $240 per couple

For a truly unique Valentine’s Day experience, bring your sweetheart to an interactive murder mystery party. You will need to gather clues to find the suspect and solve the mystery! Dinner and a continental breakfast are included. Choose whether you would like to lodge in the Gate House, House in the Woods, Evergreen Lodge, or Mansion. Call (217)333-3287 to make reservations.  


 

Endless Love in the Afternoon

Date: Sunday, February 12th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: FREE admission!

Celebrate love around the world with your significant other. Listen to multicultural love stories, admire love-related artifacts, and create a handmade card. There is a $2 charge per craft.


 

Casablanca Screening

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: Check their website for showing times

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

Cost: Check with theatre

See one of Hollywood’s greatest love stories on the big screen when The Art Theatre Co-op presents a special Valentine’s Day showing of Casablanca.


 

Failure: A Love Story

Dates: Wednesday, February 8th - Sunday, February 12th

Times: 7:30 pm (Wednesday-Saturday performances); 3:00 pm (Sunday performance)

Location: Krannert Center (500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana)

Cost: $25 per adult; $24 per senior; $15 per student; $10 per UI Student and youth

Take in a show during date night. The Krannert Center is putting on a spectacular performance about 3 sisters in 1920s Chicago. The show is filled with laughs and tears. Purchase tickets HERE.  

 

Family Events

Daddy Daughter Dance 2017: Under the Sea

Date: Friday, February 3rd

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn (1501 South Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $26 per person

Fathers and daughters will love a night of dancing, food, and fun at the Hilton Garden Inn. There will be a full dinner. All girls will receive a goodie bag. There are photo packages available for an extra fee. Dance the night away under the sea! Girls should be 12 and under and accompanied by an adult. Register HERE.


 

Kids Valentine & Chocolate Making Party

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Allerton Public Library District (4000 Green Apple Lane, Monticello)

Cost: FREE!

Kids will love making crafts and treats for someone special at this fun event. Call (217)762-4676 or info@monticellolibrary.org to reserve a spot.  


 

Valentine's Day Storytime

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Barnes & Noble (65 East Market View Drive, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Come here some Valentine’s Day stories as a family! The featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose and Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean.

 

 

Wishing you a happy and fun Valentine’s Day in Champaign/Urbana!

 

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 http://www.champaignrose.com/.

Wishing you the Best New Year!

by Rose Price

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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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