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Illinois Named Top 10 State to Make a Good Living!

by Rose Price

There are many reasons to choose a state to move to. A great educational system, climate, and access to amenities are all important considerations when house hunting. One of the most important factors, though…..your ability to make a living. Personal finance website MoneyRates.com recently ranked the top ten states to make a living in 2016. We are proud to announce that Illinois made it to this elite group of states at #9!!

 

 

To find these rankings, MoneyRates.com compared all 50 states based on several key factors that help determine the ability for residents to make a good living. These factors included average wages, state tax rates, cost of living, state unemployment rate, and workplace safety.

 

 

Illinois made its way to the number 9 spot due to its above average wages, with a median income at $37,320, and low cost of living. That winning combination allows for workers to keep more of their income for other necessities. The state also did well with relation to workplace injuries, illness, and fatalities, ensuring that employees in Illinois have safe working environments.

 

 

If you’re thinking of moving to Illinois, Champaign/Urbana is a great place to call home. With a thriving art and educational scene, access to great medical facilities and amenities, and low median house prices, there are many reasons to move to the area. Check out my Current Homes for Sale. Contact me today to help you find your dream home or visit my website at www.champaignrose.com/.

Champaign/Urbana Days this Weekend!

by Rose Price

Celebrate all that the Champaign/Urbana community has to offer at CHAMPAIGN-URBANA DAYS!!! This amazing family-fun event is occurring this weekend on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th at the recently renovated Douglass Park.

 

Start the festivities off on Friday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The kids will love all of the activities planned! From face painting and joyful bubbles to touch-a-truck and  inflatables, there are activities galore. Put your creativity to the test with Cardboard Car Making! “Ride” your automotive creation over to the “Drive-In” movie where you will see the great summertime classic The Sandlot. The screening will begin at dusk.

 

Be sure to get some rest on Friday night because the fun continues all day Saturday at CU Days! Cheer your team onto victory as they compete in the CU Days Basketball Tournament. See all the local talent in our community at the CUperStars vocal competition and CU Day Fashion & Talent Show. Activities are planned for people of all ages, including the Senior Luncheon and Bingo at Douglass Community Center!  There will also be live entertainment all day with performances by Deshawn Music, Kevin Cory, and Young One.

 

Spend the weekend at the park while enjoying some delicious food and tons of fun activities for the family at Champaign-Urbana Days!

 

Event Details

Dates: Friday, August 12th – Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday) and 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Douglass Park (501 East Eureka Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!


Event Map and Activities Schedule

Great Events coming up for Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

It's the last month of Summer but there are still plenty of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy. Savor these warm days in Champaign/Urbana by exploring all that our great area has to over. Here is a list of the top events we recommend to keep you entertained over the next week!

 

Friday, August 5th

40 North's Friday Night Live

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign - intersections of Neil & Church, Neil & Park, and Walnut & Chester

This amazing free street side performance is a summertime favorite in Champaign. Held every Friday during the summer, it features the talents of some of the best local musicians. Whatever your musical tastes, there is something you will love to hear during August 5th’s performances. At Walnut & Chester, blues musicians Jeff Arrigo and Reverand Robert will be performing. Swing by Neil & Park, to check out indie rock band Northern Border and R&B/Reggae band Nfinite Soul. For those that prefer Americana or country music, head to Neil & Church to hear Riders of the Golden Maize and the Caleb Cook Band.

 

Rogue Flyer's Art Show Opening Reception

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Gallery 217, 9 East University Avenue, Champaign

Come to the opening reception for the upcoming Rogue Flyer’s Art Show, which will be on display August 6th through 28th. The show features the work of local artists Hugh Bridgeford and Kelly Hieronymus. Later this month, catch a special artist talk with them both on August 17th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

 

Oklahoma!

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign

Come to this spectacular historic venue to see the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company perform Oklahoma! with live musical accompaniment. See your favorite songs from this beloved award-winning musical. Purchase Tickets.

 

Dreamgirls

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

Talented local performers from the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy will be presenting Dreamgirls, the story of the trials and tribulations of a 1960s R&B female group. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (217)333-6280 or stop by in person.

 

Saturday, August 6th

Read in the Park

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Location: Carle Park, 400 West Indiana, Urbana

Grab your favorite book and a blanket for this awesome free event. Join other book lovers of all ages as you enjoy quiet reading time for 45 minutes. Afterwards, you will have a chance to socialize and delicious treats.

 

Midsummer’s Night Swing

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Courthouse Square, 101 West Washington Street, Monticello

Put on your dancing shoes and swing the night away at the 4th Annual Midsummer’s Night Swing. From 6:00 to 9:00 pm, enjoy live music from Peoria band Jim Markum Swing Band. This free event will be fun for the whole family!

 

Adult Swim Party

Time: 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Location: Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center, 1401 North Broadway, Urbana

Adults want a day at the pool too! Beat the summer heat and come to the Adult Swim Party. This event is for ages 18 and up. Admission is $4 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Wondering what to do with the kids as you splash around? A special late night event will be held for them at Anita Purves Nature Center from 8:00 to 10:30 pm. Cost is $3 per child and includes a snack.

 

Wednesday, August 10th

Tour the Virginia Theatre

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign

Get unique access to this national historic landmark during a free one-hour tour. Learn the history of this newly restored movie palace and live performance space, including information about the amazing 1921 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.

 

Thursday, August 11th

Sunset Paddle

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Location: Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 South Homer Lake Road, Homer

Watch the sunset as you enjoy a canoe ride at the beautiful Homer Lake Forest Preserve. All equipment will be provided. Admission is $8 per person. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate and accompanied by an adult.

Photo Credit: Patrice Raplee

Illinois Fighting Illini Football is Back!

by Rose Price

Our beloved University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football season kicks off on September 3rd at Memorial Stadium (1402 South 1st Street, Champaign)! Cheer our team on as the take on Murray State at the season opener. Games will be every Saturday through December 3rd, with a bye-week on Saturday, September 24th. Here is the 2016 Fighting Illini Football Schedule! Whether you make it down to the stadium or are watching from the comfort of your home, it's time to support our boys in orange!

 

Coach Lovie Smith and the rest of the UI coaching staff have developed an impressive team for the 2016 season. Here are 5 of the top players to keep your eye out for on the field:

 

1. Hardy Nickerson, Middle Linebacker: A senior transfer student from California, Nickerson is expected to make big plays this season. A master of tackling and for causing turnovers, he will help strengthen the Illini's defensive line.

2. Wes Lunt, Quarterback: The backbone of the team, this quarterback is an excellent passer. As a senior, Lunt has much experience behind him and is ready to lead the team to victory on the field.

3. Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Running Back: Getting a team high of 6 rushing touchdowns last season, Vaughn is expected to make big plays once again. Now that the team also has a fullback, this player will have any more opportunities to run the ball.

4. Dawuane Smoot, Defensive End: An opposing quarterback's nightmare, Smoot is excellent at getting the sack. With a coaching team dedicated to the defensive line, we expect this player to improve from his impressive season last year.

5. Desmond Cain, Wide Receiver: This young player is expected to continue to be a favorite target for Lunt. His ability to get open on the field for passes will help lead the team to success in the end zone.

 

 

We wish the Fighting Illini much success in this upcoming football season!!!

The Great Farmer's Markets of Champaign County!

by Rose Price

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: Every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, May through October

Where: Downtown Champaign in Parking Lot M (310-330 North Neil Street)

 

Wednesdays

Rantoul Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, June through October

Where: Rantoul Market (133 South Gerrard Street)

Homer Farmer's Market

When: Every Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm 

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

 

Thursdays

Sustainable Student Farm

When: Every Thursday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (or when supplies run out), May through November 

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

Paxton's Market on Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Where: Majestic Park (135 South Market Street)

Monticello Farmer's Market

When: Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, June 16 through October 6th

Where: Corner of State Street and Livingstone Street

 

Saturdays

Urbana's Market at the Square

When: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, May through November

Where: Downtown Urbana, Corner of Illinois Street and Vine Street

It's Time for the 2016 Champaign County Fair!!!

by Rose Price

County fairs are a great summertime tradition and there are none better than our beloved CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FAIR! Celebrate our great CHAMPAIGN/URBANA community and the surrounding area at the fair Thursday, July 21th, through Saturday, July 30th. That’s 10 days filled with family fun and amusement!

 

Head on down to the Champaign County Fairgrounds located at the intersection of Coler Avenue and Fairview Avenue 525 South Randall Road in 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! For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand to watch several different special events such as the demolition derbies and the 25th Annual Custom Car, Truck and Semi-Truck Show on July 23rd! On Thursday, July 28th, groove to the music of Granger Smith and Dylan Scott. The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Purchase Tickets Here.

 

Start of the Champaign County Fair tonight from 5 to 9 pm for a special Benefit Preview Night. Admission is free with a can of perishable food. Donations will go to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. A portion of the proceeds from the carnival and food vendors will go to fund future agricultural programs at the fair! 

 

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. Carnival ride tickets are $1.25, with each ride usually costing two tickets. Take advantage of the bracelet days on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 9 pm, Sunday, July 24th, from 12 to 5 pm, and Saturday, July 30th, from 12 to 5 pm where you can get unlimited rides for $25!

 

Schedule of Events

 

We cannot wait to see you this week at the 2016 Champaign County Fair!!

15 Native Plants for Gorgeous Champaign/Urbana Gardens!

by Rose Price

Spruce up the landscaping of your CHAMPAIGN/URBANA HOMES with a garden! After those long winter months, gardens are a great way to add a bit of color and cheer to your yard. You can ensure gardening success during the warmer seasons by turning to plant varieties that naturally grow throughout the Midwest. As an added bonus, native plants require less maintenance. Here are the 15 top native plants for Midwestern gardens!

 

SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia sp) – These perennials will blossom with three-petaled flowers in the spring. They can be placed anywhere throughout your garden, whether in the sun or the shade.

 

SWAMP MILKWEED (Asclepias incarnata) – Attract monarch butterflies to your garden in the summer with these pink beauties. As an added bonus, this resilient plant can thrive in average growing soil.

 

COMPASS PLANT (Silphium laciniatum) – Growing up to 9 feet tall, this stunning plant blooms yellow, sunflower-like petals. Interestingly, the Compass Plant naturally aligns itself north to south allowing it to conserve water throughout the summer.

 

WILD ANEMONE (Anemone canadensis) – Add a lovely border to your garden in the spring with Wild Anemone. This plant grows easily in moist soil and will blossom with lovely, large white flowers.

 

PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Echinacea pallida) – With pale pink petals and dark red cones this beauty adds color to your garden in the summer. It will naturally spread across areas of your garden due to the fact that it will self-seed.

 

BLOODROOT (Sanguinaria canadensis) – For shady areas of your garden, plant the Bloodroot. In early spring, there will be beautiful white flowers arranged in the shape of a pawprint. By summer, however, the plant's cycle has ended.

 

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT (Arisaema triphyllum) – Since the Bloodroot goes dormant in the summer, plant Jack-in-the-Pulpit in the same area to maintain interest throughout your garden despite the season. Also thriving in shaded areas, this unique green flower is hooded and reveals little red markings inside. In the fall, red berries also appear for continued color.

 

BUTTERFLY WEED (Asclepias tuberosa) – This resilient plant resists droughts, disease, and pests! Its beautifully bright orange flowers attract butterflies in the summer months.

 

LITTLE BLUESTEM (Schizachyrium scoparium) – This native grass will add beauty to your garden all year round! In the spring and summer, the foliage is blue-green. Starting in the fall and lasting throughout the winter, this plant turns a stunning purple-bronze.

 

POPPY MALLOW (Callirhoe involucrata) – A perfect addition to the front of your garden, this low growing plant blossoms with wine colored flowers. It can grow in dry soil, lasts several seasons, and resists pests!


PENSTEMON (Penstemon digitalis) – Returning every year to your garden in the summer, the Penstemon grows up to 2 feet tall and blossoms white flowers among its burgundy colored leaves.

 

COLUMBINE (Aquilegia canadensis) – Hummingbirds and butterflies will flit among your garden when you add this plant. These delicate yellow and red flowers will flourish in the shade or sun.

 

CULVER'S ROOT (Veronicastrum virginicum) – Make sure to always water the Culver's Root. These white flowers will grow in light shade and attract butterflies.

 

GOLDENROD (Solidago sp) – Keep your garden looking lovely throughout the fall with this plant. The golden-yellow clusters of flowers need full sun and well-drained soil.

 

BLUE SAGE (Salvia pitcheri) – Add this perennial to your garden for a splash of lovely sky blue in the early fall. Blue Sage thrives in growing conditions similar to the Goldenrod.

 

Adding these beautiful blooms to your landscape and gardens, along with stones, ponds and other accents add value to your homes and instant curb appeal! If you're thinking of selling your Champaign/Urbana home, this is one of the areas to plan on spending a little money before putting your home on the market!

 

For more Home Selling Tips  visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com or call my office to speak with me personally about your home!

Resource: Better Homes & Garden July 2016

4th of July Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

The 4th of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout the Champaign/Urbana area that we wanted to share with you! Spend the holiday with live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!

CHAMPAIGN

67 Years Champaign County Freedom Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: University of Illinois campus locations

This amazing annual event has something for everyone to celebrate Independence Day. Start the day off participating in the Youth Run or 5K Race/Walk which takes participants along the parade route. After being active in the morning, find your spot along the parade route. The parade starts at 11:05 am and will feature great patriotic bands, live music, and much more. Finish off your celebration at the evening program which starts at 7:00 pm and will be located along Kirby Avenue. The festivities include musical entertainment, kids activities, and a great fireworks display at the end of the night.  

RANTOUL

Rantoul Freedom Celebration

When: Saturday, July 2nd – Monday, July 4th

Where: Wabash Park (Saturday), Rantoul National Aviation Center (Sunday), RTHS Cafetorium (Monday)

Rantoul offers a full weekend of activities to celebrate Independence Day. On Saturday, check out a great car show from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm before watching the Rantoul Rocks Talent Show and the band 90s daughter in the evening. The following day bring the family for more fun at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. Watch the excitement of monster trucks or participate in the 5K. There will also be food, live music, inflatables, and many more activities available all day. Wind down the holiday weekend on Monday with a delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary from 7:30 am until noon. The 4th of July parade begins at 9:00 am so be sure to claim your spot to watch all the fun!

MONTICELLO

Monticello Freedom Festival

When: Sunday, July 3rd | 4:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Lodge Park

Cost: FREE!

Bring the family to this great event filled with live music, inflatables, delicious food, and a spectacular fireworks show.

MAHOMET

Light Up the Lake Freedom Fest

When: Monday, July 4th | 3:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 S. Lake of the Woods Rd.)

Cost: $2.00, Free for children 5 and under

Watch the lake light up under the fantastic fireworks display the night of the 4th. Before the show, enjoy family activities, food, and live music all day in the beautiful setting of Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.

PAXTON

July 4th Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: Pells Park (700 E. Pells St.)

Enjoy a full day of activities at Paxton’s July 4th Celebration. Check out the car show and flea market in the morning starting at 9:00 am. Listen to patriotic music from the Community Choir. Kids will love the games area and reptile exhibit in the afternoon. Play bingo or participate in a watermelon eating contest! Marvel at the fireworks at the end of the night.

Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in Champaign/Urbana!

Champaignrose & Landmark Real Estate wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

It's the Champaign Blues, Brews & BBQ Festval 2016!

by Rose Price

Join us downtown CHAMPAIGN for the 9th Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival! Enjoy this free two day event this weekend on Friday, June 24th, and Saturday, June 25th.

Bring the entire family down for live entertainment, delicious food, and much more. The two stages will feature some of the best blues musicians from around the country. Get down to the music of David Dunavent & Evol Love, Slam Allen, Edward David Anderson, and many more contemporary blues artists.

Prepare to get your hands dirty as you savor some of the best BBQ around. Delicious ribs and pulled pork will be available from some of the great local BBQ joints in the Champaign/Urbana area. Other festival food favorites will also be available for purchase.

There are many other things to enjoy doing the festival as well. Swing by the 5th Annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show. This is the biggest bike show in the state. Take some time to enjoy all that downtown Champaign has to offer with the multitude of restaurants, stores, and entertainment located right by the festival grounds. The festival truly has something for everyone to enjoy!

Come get your groove on with us this weekend at the 9th Annual Champaign Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival!!

Event Details

Date: Friday, June 24th – Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Location: Downtown Champaign behind the News Gazette (15 East Main Street)

Cost: FREE!

     The Music

    The Food

    The Motorcycles

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day! Time to celebrate the dad in your life. No matter what your dad loves to do, there is something for everyone happening this weekend around CHAMPAIGN/URBANA. Here’s a list of the top activities for you to show your dad how much you appreciate all that he does!

SHOLEM FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION. Head over to the Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign for a fun filled day at the pool. Let dad lounge on the lazy river and speed down the three slides. Your dad gets in for free. Enjoy half priced root beer floats while you watch your father in the entertaining cannonball competition.

FATHER'S DAY CAR SHOW. For the car loving dad, check out some hot wheels at First Christin Church (3601 South Staley Road) in Champaign for the Father’s Day Car Show on Sunday, June 19th. The show will feature awesome cars, a bounce house, and food.

SOUNDS AT SUNSET CONCERT. Enjoy a relaxing evening on Father’s Day at Eisner Park in Champaign for the Sounds at Sunset Concert. Listen to great music and snack on the picnic that you packed with all of your dad’s favorite foods.

TAKE ME FISHINGGrab your fishing rods and your father and head to Walnut Hill Shelter Homer Lake Forest Preserve for the free Take Me Fishing event. From 9 until 11 am, enjoy the great outdoors with your dad. Kids can win awards for the fish they catch and beginning lessons will be offered.

MONTICELLO RAILWAY MUSEUM. Enjoy a vintage train ride with dad at the Monticello Railway Museum. Dad gets to ride for free on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. After your train ride, explore the museum to see railway artifacts and exhibits.

FATHER'S DAY STORYTIME. For the little ones, head over to Barnes and Noble (65 East Market View Drive) in Champaign for a special Father’s Day reading of two children’s books, Grandpa Loves You by Helen Foster James and Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke. There will be activities held afterward for the fathers and children.

CRYSTAL LAKE PARK FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER. Dad’s swim for free on Sunday at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center when accompanied by one child. Beat the summer heat and have a day at the pool!

A big thank you to the dads in our community for all that you do!

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