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Urbana IL Makes the List for Best Main Streets in Illinois!

by Rose Price

Everyone knows that the heart and soul of a town is their "Main Street", and in Central Illinois we have many wonderful, quaint downtown area's that have great Main Street's!  Now, however, we have two town's in Central Illinois that can actually lay claim to the phrase "One of the Ten Best Main Streets in Illinois"!

DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....Urbana  & Monticello IL have made this coveted list!  What makes these two downtown's worthy of the Best of the Best? Let's dig deeper.


Urbana IL has gone through quite a bit of revitalization over the last few years. during that time they have also brought back many great small businesses to the Main Street to service the great University of Illinois community as well as the growing millennial generation. From quaint Diners and unique Shops that cater to every type of personality to the Sports Bars and incredibly delicious BBQ Joints you'd more than likely find in bigger cities! Yes, the Urbana downtown has something for everyone while still keeping the charm of the older days very much alive and well.


Monticello IL is the newcomer to this fabulous list of Main Street "must visit" locale's and I must say, it most certainly deserves to be on this list! Monticello was, and always will be, a TRAIN TOWN. From the Wabash Depot and Monticello Railway Museum as it's anchors and definitely the highlights of downtown,  Monticello is actually accredited as a National Main Street Community! It will endear you to it's lovely little shops and restaurants from the moment you step on the streets of this charming little community. But don't be fooled! While the looks of yesteryear are very much alive and well in Monticello, the technology of today is very much being used behind the scenes!

The best way to learn about both of these extraordinary, and Best Main Streets of Illinois is to come and visit them yourself! The people are friendly, the establishments are excellent, the service, food and merchandise is always top notch and there's always Champaignrose.....that's me, to be your personal tour guide of our excellent central Illinois oasis!
If you're interested in homes for sale in either Urbana IL or Monticello IL please give me a call or visit my website at

It's GIVING TUESDAY Champaign/Urbana IL!

by Rose Price

We had Black Friday to kick-off the Champaign/Urbana Holiday shopping season, then Small Business Saturday to support all our wonderful local shop owners and Cyber Monday to grab all the last minute deals we didn't get on the previous 2 days.   Now we have the opportunity to Give Back to our fantastic local Community Centers, Charities, Families and Businesses with...GIVING TUESDAY! is Giving Tuesday, a national day of generosity started in 2012, and the spirit of giving is in the air!! Today we can choose which of the fantastic Champaign/Urbana organizations we'd like to support. All of these organizations give to our local residents all year long in a variety of ways and are very deserving of our support. For those of us who may be feeling stretched this holiday season, consider one of these options in lieu of a monetary donation:

  • Donate your Time: Money is always needed, but it’s not the only thing we have to give. Homeless Shelters, schools, hospitals, and nursing homes often need extra individuals on hand to help with various duties.
  • Benevolent Spending: Some companies make it possible to simultaneously give to charity while taking care of your gift list too! Look for companies that donate part of your Holiday Spending to a charity of your choice with each Gift Purchased.
  • Bring in your Coins: You might be surprised by how quickly those little coins laying in the bottom of your Purse, in your Car, or stuck in Couch Cushions can add up. You may end up giving more than you thought you could give. Besides, many organizations take any amounts and put it towards bigger goals.
  • Donate your Air Miles: If you haven’t already used them for holiday travel, you can donate any extra airline miles or hotel points to charity. Check with your airline for all the specifics, but many work with the American Red Cross and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

To locate which Champaign/Urbana Organization you'd like to support, you can search this main GIVING TUESDAY website:  GIVING TUESDAY

Here are some quick links to Champaign/Urbana Organizations we know are looking for support;

University of Champaign YMCA

Christie Foundation



Illinois Walk & Run for Wishes


Champaign Park District


Feeding Illinois

To find any Illinois Organization:


Champaign IL Top 3 Style Preferences of Home Buyers!

by Rose Price

Champaign/Urbana IL Home Owners if you're looking to "Freshen-up Your Decor" and get your homes on the market, take note of the Style Preferences below! In a recent promotion taken of prospective Home Buyers by Realtor dot com, buyers were asked to vote for their favorite type of decor as part of their “Get This Look” promotion. The styles below won overwhelmingly over any other home styles. 

The following is a breakdown of the TOP 3 STYLE PREFERENCES of BUYERS:

Good-Bye Hollywood's Spectacular looking but "don't touch" decor! Follow these tips for an easier to sell home!

INVITING: This is described as a welcoming atmosphere that includes fun bar ware, plenty of seating, and a gather-worthy kitchen that can serve as the LIFE OF THE PARTY!

RUSTIC: This look is for those who prefer natural elements: wood, stone, water and light. This design style usually incorporates organic materials from the outside/ inside for a perfect balance.

BEACHSIDE CHARM: This design has a relaxed and casual feel, often incorporating terra cotta tile, patio umbrellas, sun decks, and scattered shells.

Meanwhile, the design styles least favored in the survey: Regal (a design that uses fine fabrics and antiques), Urban, eclectic Mid-Century Modern, and Earthy.

Happy decorating...Look for more tips to come here on my Blog and on my Facebook Page!

If you'd like more information about homes for sale in the Champaign/Urbana IL area, please give me a call at 217-202-8843 or visit my website at

Resource: Realtor Mag.

Champaign IL Univeristy of Illinois Homecoming 2015!

by Rose Price

Yes, it's underway.  It's the University of Illinois Homecoming 2015!  A week dedicated to welcoming back Alumni from our wonderful school.  This fantastic tradition includes tons of fun activities for both current students and Alumni.  For a full schedule visit University Of Illinois.  

Here are the highlights this year!

Homecoming Court

Every year 20 Senior students are selected (based on academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement) to serve as role models for their peers as well as represent the University of Illinois Student body.  For a full list of this years court, visit Homecoming Court.  Congratulations new court members!

Grange Grove

The much anticipated Grange Grove is now ready for game day!  The lot formerly known as Lot 36 has been dramatically transformed into a high-energy tailgating area, for students and the public of all ages.  The lot will open at 7 am on game days and will follow the standard street closure policies of the area.  There will be live music, and children's areas.  The lot will close around 10pm, or an hour after the game ends.  Along with free tailgating for the public, attendees also have the option to purchase packages that include tents, tables, chairs and other essential tailgating gear. These packages can be purchased through:  

Dormancy Of Dusk

One of the more creatively exciting events is going on right now; The Dormancy Of Dusk, an exhibit featuring the work of U of I faculty member Bryan Warsaw.  The exhibit features photography and poetry by the artist exploring ideas of dusk, the mysterious time between day and night when the natural world goes dormant.

Dormancy Of Dusk: Illini Union Art Gallery, 1401 W. Green St. Urbana


Lou Liay Spirit Award

Every year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association bestows the Lou Liay Spirit Award upon a UI alumnus or alumna who has consistently demonstrated extraordinary loyalty, commitment, dedication and service to the UI Alumni Association and related groups. The award, established in 1997, is named after Lou Liay, EDM '62, executive director of the UI Alumni Association from 1983 to 1998.​

This year the honor has been awarded to Gayl Pyatt LAS ’64. A retired attorney and former member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Pinckneyville resident was the first female president (now called chair) of the UI Foundation.  Get the rest of the story here.

Special Guests this year:

Lyle Orwig whose maintained a passion for agriculture, marketing communications, reputation management and corporate social responsibility, continues to garner recognition and awards for his work. Read more about him here.

James E. Sparks, current leader of The Sparks Group, a communications and branding firm he founded in 2012 to help companies propel growth and navigate the challenges that come with business cycles and expansion​.  Read more about his passion and work with the homeless here.

Parade Marshall:

Bill Geist, noted columnist, author, correspondent and proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will serve as grand marshal of this year’s homecoming parade.  Read about his successes here.  

Get the Parade Route Here!

The parade is going to be incredible again this year! Getting your prime location picked out ahead of time is going to be click on the parade route above and select your location today!

Still need tickets for the Big Game on Saturday? I don't want you to miss out on this phenomenal game between our beloved Fighting Illini & the Wisconsin click on the ticket link below and grab those tickets NOW!   Get your TICKETS HERE!

This is such an exciting week for all our U of I students, alumni and the Champaign/Urbana community! Don't get left behind. There are so many great events taking place for individuals and families all over our city. Just click on the links above, select and event and go have some fun! I'll see you at the game!


ORGANIZATION! A word that haunts many homeowners, especially active families; when football cleats, hockey sticks, and various balls of shapes and sizes start invading your living room, But family and organization don't have to be contradictions.  Here are some simple home organization tips to help stay organized during your child's season.  The key here is variety and adaptability.  All of these storage tips can be easily modified, allowing you to adapt to your child's growing needs.  

Bungee Storage

Maybe the easiest way to stay organized in places like your garage, and still making it easy for the kids to grab balls or equipment in a hurry when they're late for practice is this phenomenal Bungee Storage system!  A Super easy & simple DIY project, but a great garage organizer too! 

Garage Cubbies

One of the keys to an organized garage is shelving!  Lots and lots of shelving.  So, nothing beats a great cubbie system.  You can make it even more convenient by using various sized cubbies; storing balls, bikes, helmets, bags, anything your little heart desires! 

Hockey Pad Drying Rack

One of my favorites!  This little guy is a life saver for all the hockey moms out there.  If you have a hockey player living in your home, you know that you'd rather keep that stuff outside, due to the stench it will leave in your home for days after every practice & game.  What's worse, is that if equipment doesn't dry completely, bacteria will grow on your child's pads, making them smell worse and lead to rashes and other health risks.  Not to worry, the problem has been solved.  Invest in a rack drying system!  If you're a really crafty parent,  these can easily be made cheaply with some PVC and some ingenuity.  Here's a guide to a DYI Drying Rack.

Peg Board Rack

The thing about child athletes is...they grow and so do their interests.  After a few seasons, you almost have enough equipment to open your own used sports store.  The answer to this is simple, a peg board!  It can constantly adapt to your child's growing arsenal of balls and equipment and coincidentally it's another easy DIY project.  DIY Pegboard.

Rollable Bins

For equipment used most frequently this Rollable Storage Bin is the perfect solution. It allows you to organize equipment by sport (soccer, tennis, baseball, etc.) and because it is on wheels, you can move it whenever necessary.  The Container Store has a few great options.

Hopefully this list helps lower the stresses of a busy fall sports season, allowing you to put all your effort into cheering on your little athlete!

For more Home Improvement & Organizational tips checkout my Facebook Page & my website. If you're interested in Real Estate in the Champaign/Urbana area, please give me a call!  I'd be happy to show you around our fantastic community or meet you and answer any questions you may have.

Champaign IL September Highlights of Things To Do!

by Rose Price

45th Annual Broom Corn Festival

Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13

Celebrate Arcola's Heritage as the Broom Corn Capital of the World at the 45th Annual Broom Corn Festival.  Located at Main Street in historic downtown Arcola; an all day/all weekend affair, with plenty of family fun.  Visitors can see Broom activities as well as arts and crafts, children's activities and of course, the parade with the famous Lawn Rangers.  Visitors can also participate in a 5K or 10K race.

Ellinora Guitar Fest

September 9, 10, 11

The Extraordinary Ellinora Guitar Festival at the Krannert Center.  3 Incredible Days; 7 Performance Spaces with 29 Performances.  Come experience a prestigious array of the world's most distinctive and influential guitarists and best of all, it's FREE! 

Performance Schedule             The Musicians            Who Is Ellinora?           Welcome

6th Annual Pride Fest & Parade

September 19 & 20

The event includes a parade and a kids area full of children’s activities, bounce houses and carnival games.

Make A Wish Illinois WALK & RUN For Wishes

Saturday September 19 at Hessel Park, Champaign

Come dressed as your favorite character! Registration opens at 8 a.m. A short children's parade will follow at 9 a.m. The actual walking and running begins at 9:30 a.m. Both individuals and teams can participate and raise funds for the foundation.  Participants can join the 5K fun run or a 1 mile fun walk.  There will be Refreshments, Music and other entertainment, which will end with prizes awarded for the top fundraisers and best youth and adult costumes.  Register with Make A Wish

Punkin Chunkin

September 26 at Hessel Park

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Kid Friendly! Live music, food, games, mazes and of course a pumpkin chucking contest! 

11th Annual Race Against Racism

Sunday, September 27  Brought to you by YWCA of U of I 

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

One of the main goals of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and their annual 5K aims to support that Mission; promoting equality in a fun, active and creative way.  Anyone 10 years and older can sign up to participate; choosing to walk or run.  You don't need to be a serious runner to participate!  Everyone is welcome!  Help create social change, one step at a time!  

Lunar Eclipse Party

Sunday, September 27 at the Staerkel Planetarium 2400 W Bradley Avenue

A total Lunar Eclipse will be visible from Central Illinois on Sunday night.  The main eclipse will begin around 8 p.m. and will end around 11:30 p.m. What better place to view this event than the CU Astronomical Society?  Viewing will take place right outside the planetarium, where attendees can view the eclipse through a telescope!

Oh how I LOVE CHAMPAIGN/URBANA in the Fall! So many great choices of things to do...and there's even more! Give me a call if you'd like some more great idea's, I'm always willing to share. 217-202-8843.

Urbana IL Sweetcorn Festival celebrates it's 40th Year!

by Rose Price

ARE YOU READY?  It's time to help Urbana IL celebrate this festival's "Sweet" 40th Anniversary!   What am I referring to?  The 40th Annual Urbana SweetCorn Festival! 

WHEN:   Friday (08/28)- Saturday (08/29)

WHERE: Downtown Urbana IL

TIME:     Friday- 5:00- 11:00 pm, Saturday- 11:00- 11:00pm

COST:     Admittance to the festival is FREE, and that includes see the bands! You will need to purchase tickets for food, drinks and games. The tickets are $1.00 each.

 A little HISTORY of the fest:

The first Urbana SweetCorn Festival  took place in the parking lot at Main & Race St, downtown Urbana, and was put on by the Busey Bank employees.... in August 1975. 

The Urbana Business Association is now responsible for the planning of the festival, over the years adding a local car show, an expanded family area, live music on multiple stages, food, vendors, and beer all in the heart of downtown Urbana. It is also the LARGEST FREE FESTIVAL in Champaign County!


  • Around 30,000 ears of sweet corn are consumed each year at the festival.
  •  The wonderful Sweet Corn comes from FRESH, our own LOCAL FARMERS! It's what makes it so delicious! 
  • Bet you didn't know that they use an antique steam engine to cook the corn. (I thought that was amazing!)
  • The festival promotes "Green Efforts" by offering recycling receptacles throughout the festival, and they even compost all the corncobs!


Some Common Q & A:  Check out this link- Commonly Asked Questions

There is a FANTASTIC line-up of music this year!  Bands from the The Psychedelic Furs to the Urbana High Marching Band! For the Complete Schedule click here: Musical Line-Up

Vendors, Vendors and more Vendors! Check out this link for a complete list: VENDORS

This is going to be a KIDS DREAM ZONE! From Bounce Houses to Meeting Box Turtles and more....the kids will have a blast! Here's the complete kids schedule: KIDS ZONE



I hope you all enjoy the festival as much as I have over the years! If you've never attended, make this year your first.  It's the 40th Anniversary after all, there's never a better reason that that!  HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY URBANA SWEETCORN FESTIVAL!!                 

Top 10 Restaurants in Champaign IL

by Rose Price

Champaign/Urbana has so many GREAT restaurants to choose from depending on your mood and purpose of the meal. 

Here are the Top 10 Restaurants in Champaign....according to Yelp.
Do you agree?  If not, tell us who you'd pick!

1. Bacaro

Definitely a special occasion or date night restaurant!  Best of Italian fine dining in the classic Italian date night atmosphere.  The wine menu is terrific and you may just find yourself greeted with free Prosecco.  The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and will help you pair the perfect wine. Chefs Thad Morrow and Drew Starkey work with over 12 local and sustainably driven farms to prepare these delicious meals, and the menu certainly reflects that.  They also host Market Monday, which features a weekly prix fixe dinner menu inspired by the local farmers market, where guests can enjoy the flavors of the season.  

2. Maize Mexican Grill 

Absolutely Amaize-ing, sorry couldn't help myself.  Maize is an authentic Mexican grill inspired by the wonderful restaurants in the owners home town of Mexico City.  Maize emphasizes fresh ingredients in order to make true authentic Mexican food.  

3. Hot Pot Lab

You can never go wrong with homemade noodles! It's been called the best hot pot place in town.  Completely authentic Chinese made with the freshest ingredients.  The staff are friendly.  Perfect place to grab some quick food with friends.  

4. Golden Harbor Restaurant

Another great authentic Chinese joint.  This place has a lot more variety than Hot Pot, May be the biggest menu I've seen in a Chinese place.  Portions are great. Quality is great and service is quick!  The meats are of incredibly high quality.  

5. Sakanaya 

Sakanaya means fish market, so it's no wonder this place has the best Sushi joint in town!  Sakanaya orders more fish than any other place in town, so they naturally get the first pick, so if it's quality you're looking for, you've found it.  The prices are a little higher than neighboring restaurants, but once you eat here you'll understand why.  The place is always packed, call before and make a reservation so you don't have to wait.  

6. Papa Dell's Pizza

Papa Dell's never disappoints!  It's been compared to Gino's East and Giordano's in Chicago.  The reviews are some of the best reviews I've ever read on Yelp.  Dine in, take out, delivery, whatever you need.  They also ship their pizza anywhere in the USA, so if you're really craving Papa Dell's, they'll make it happen. 

7. Destihl Restaurant

Upscale gastropub known for it's award winning microbrews and unique entrees, featuring new twists on classic brewpub foods (stout ice cream sandwich anyone?!). Celebrate by enjoying a handcrafted draft brewed on site.  The selection of wines and specialty cocktails is extensive.  

8.  Seven Saints

Great upscale pub, known for it's sliders and easy going fun atmosphere!  Get a side of cheese curds and wash it down with a Bloody Mary and you have the perfect lunch or dinner!

9. Miga

Miga, which means "beautiful place" in Korean, is brought to you by the same people behind Sakanaya (also on this list) this modern restaurant and lounge won't disappoint.  The exposed brick offers a unique industrial dining experience, add the old projected movies and your in for a real treat.  Chef Jae prepares Asian influenced American cuisine, using as many fresh local ingredients as possible.   

10. Big Grove Tavern

This place is fantastic!  Big Grove offers the very best in fresh Farm-to-Table-New American Cuisine with a wide selection of house cocktails, Midwestern craft beers and carefully curated wines.

Champaign IL It's Back 2 School Time!

by Rose Price

School is right around the corner or in most cases in the Champaign/Urbana area, has already begun.  It can be a rocky transition from summer to school for many kids, here are some tips to help your child make the transition into a happy successful school year.  

Get on a regular school year sleep and meal schedule, and keep that schedule.  Talk about school, make sure they are familiar with their school environment and what will be expected of them.  Let them know what to expect moving up into a new grade.  Help them make a gradual adjustment rather than waiting until the last minute.  They will be better prepared physically and mentally, and will get off to a great start, which is important, as getting off to a lousy start can impact the rest of the year.  


Build Excitement! 

Get your children ready for school, by making it fun.  Back to school shopping is a perfect way to do this.  Bring the whole family out for a shopping trip!  Have your child make a list.  Let them pic out their folders, notebooks, etc.  Have them cross things off the list as they get them…this will keep them engaged and excited during the process.


Establish a school year schedule

It's important to start getting back into your school-time routines.  That means everything from meals, showers, friend time and bedtime. Summers are the time when we eat differently, at different times and usually not at the dinner table. Get yourselves back to the routines that help children get into the "Good Habit's" that also help them get better grades.  Believe it or not, doing the same routines with meals, bedtime, friends, etc, help a child feel safe & secure and definitely boost their confidence in school with schoolwork, and with friendships.  So let's start the school year off right and give our children the best start we can. A schedule and routine that they can count on at home....everywhere else may be a little chaotic, but at home, they know what to expect!

Talk about school often

Discuss anxieties.  Keep the door of communication open and ask a lot of questions.  Stay engaged with your child. Don't let them get off with one word answers to your questions....engage them in a conversation before allowing them to go off and do other things.

It Begins:

Back To School Activities
Find back to school activities for your school; meet and greets with teachers, back to school picnics, a Back to School night where all the kids and teachers meet as school for an informal get to gather.  Many schools also offer athletic events, contests and fun things to get the kids relaxed about coming back to school.  Check their websites or visit the school office.

Practice your morning routine
It may sound funny but getting yourself ready for the beginning of school is as important as the kids routines.  For you to be calm, confident and positive & upbeat in the mornings, sets the tone for your kids day.  So figure out how ahead of time how long it takes to get everyone ready and out the door.  If your kids are walking… walk the route with them.  If they ride the bus, meet the driver with them.  Lay out their clothes, schoolbags, and shoes the night before. Help them feel completely confident about the process and the day.


Check yourself
Know what you need in order to keep these busy morning smooth.  Any prep you can do the night before, do it.  Make lunches. get the coffee ready, review homework & notes, etc. All of this makes for an easier morning.  Practice your own routine before the school year stresses accumulate. Believe me, it helps!


A little planning can make back-to-school time more exciting and fun rather than hectic and exhausting!  


Follow the links below for more information and upcoming activities for you school!

Champaign Unit 4 School District  Fisher CUSD 1  Gifford  Heritage CUSD 8  Mahomet-Seymour

Monticello  Paxton-Buckley-Loda  Prairieview-Ogden  Rantoul City Schools  Rantoul Township High School  St. Joseph CCSD 169   St. Joseph-Ogden High School 305  Tuscola 301 Unit 7 Schools

Urbana School District 116 Villa Grove

                            HAVE A POSITIVE SCHOOL YEAR!

CHAMPAIGN IL, Top 40 Commuter City in Illinois!

by Rose Price

Obviously there are many great reasons to live in the Champaign/Urbana IL area, but one often overlooked is commute time!  A bad commute can get old quickly and the daily back-and-forth to work can have a serious impact on your overall well being, turning your new dream home into a cage of sorrow. Well, no worries because now we've added a great commute to our list of great Champaign/Urbana traits.  Each of these cities are well below the average American commute time of 25.5 minutes.  

#7 Champaign

Coming in at number seven is Champaign!  That's pretty high on the list and here's why:  

Champaign IL is home to the University of Illinois' Research Park, which has received numerous high profile rewards over the past few years for it's unparalleled innovation and consistent creation of new high tech jobs.  The increasing job opportunities provided from the University means that residents no longer have to travel far to work a great job.  9 out of 10 Champaign residents make it to work in 29 minutes or less, with an average commute time of 16.4 minutes. 

#8 Urbana

Urbana IL, gets the green award on this one!  Over 10% of residents carpool and 4% telecommute!  So, obviously, less cars helps commuters get to work an average of 35 percent faster than workers across America and due to technological advancements, it looks like more and more people will be working from home, which will reduce commute times even more.    

#32 Rantoul 

The University of Illinois' Research Park isn't the only innovator in the area.  The Business Center in Rantoul IL is gaining a reputation as a new hub for innovation.  Not only does it offer new businesses high tech office spaces it is also home to the Rantoul Business Incubator and the Illinois Small Business Development Center and like The Research Park, more and more high tech jobs are being created here.  So Residents here don't have to travel far for a great job either.  Half of all workers in Rantoul travel less than 15 minutes to get to work, making the average total commute time 19.2 minutes.   

*All information and graphs taken from Obrella Insider.

Visit Obrella for a complete list of the 40 Best and Worst Commuter Cities in Illinois and check back with us for more information and useful tips for living in the Champaign/Urbana area.  

If you're sick of the lousy commute time in your area, then Champaign/Urbana may be the perfect town for you! give me a call, I'd be happy to show you around my fabulous community. If you'd rather look at some homes that are available first, visit the links below for homes available in each of the area's listed.  Then give me a call with any questions you have!

Champaign/Urbana Homes for Sale

Urbana Homes for Sale

Rantoul Homes for Sale

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