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Chocolate Fantasy 2018 in Downtown Monticello!

by Rose Price

Satisfy your chocolate cravings at the Chocolate Fantasy 2018 in beautiful, historic Downtown Monticello. Get a jump start on Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart or have a fun evening out on the town with friends this Friday, February 9th!

 

This favorite annual event, presented by Monticello Main Street, features all things deliciously chocolate! Around 20 businesses around the courthouse square will be offering unique and decadent chocolate concoctions from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Explore all that downtown Monticello has to offer as you dine, shop, and socialize during Chocolate Fantasy 2018!

 

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Champaign Rose wishes everyone a deliciously good time in Monticello for Chocolate Fantasy 2018!  

Image Credit: Monticello Main Street

Champaign County Area Restaurant Week is Fast Approaching!

by Rose Price

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!! Explore the best culinary delights Champaign County has to offer from during Friday, January 26th, through Saturday, January 3rd. Discover the best restaurants in communities all over Champaign County. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals all week long! Enjoy special prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner from $9 to $39. 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! Come discover some delicious new meals at one of these awesome Champaign County restaurants! Restaurant Week Menus are now available so start planning your culinary adventure!

 

Participating Restaurants

Baxter's American Grille | 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano | 2235 South Neil Street, Champaign

The Bread Company | 706 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

C & C Kitchen | 107 East Sangamon Avenue, Rantoul

Crane Alley | 115 West Main Street, Urbana

The Dancing Dog Eatery & Juicery | 126 West Main Street, Urbana

Hamilton Walker's | 201 North Neil Street, Champaign

Houlihan’s | 1902 South First Street, Champaign

JT Walker's | 401 East Main Street, Mahomet

Kohinoor Indian Restaurant & Lounge | 6 East Columbia Avenue, Champaign

Miga | 301 North Neil Street, Champaign

Monarch Brewing Company | 212 South Independence Street, Monticello

Nando Milano Trattoria | 204 North Neil Street, Champaign

Pizzeria Antica | 10 East Chester Street, Champaign

Project 47 Smokehouse | 101 West Lombard Street, Mahomet

Radio Maria | 119 North Walnut Street, Champaign

Scotty’s Brewhouse | 2001 South Neil Street, Champaign

Silvercreek Restaurant | 402 North Race Street, Urbana

Sun Singer Wine & Spirits | 1115 West Windsor Road, Champaign

V. Picasso | 112 North Neil Street, Champaign

Watson's Shack & Rail | 211 North Neil, Champaign

The WheelHouse | 109 North Main Street, St. Joseph


 

Rose Price wishes you happy dining throughout Champaign County!



Image Credit: Visit Champaign County

Ring in the New Year in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

2018 will be here before you know it! Start the New Year off right by celebrating throughout the Champaign-Urbana area! Get your NYE plans set now! Check out our recommendations for the best events to ring in the New Year!

 

Party Like it’s 1900! New Year’s Day Noon Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Museum of the Grand Prarie (950 North Lombard, Mahomet)

Cost: FREE!

Learn the history of New Years Eve celebrations and traditions. Step back to 1900 with snacks, games, crafts, and more that were popular at that time. Enjoy a fun balloon drop at noon!

 

Noon Day Drop

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

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

Cost: $6 per member | $8 per non-member | $28 per family of 4

Enjoy crafts, music, noisemakers, fun hats, and a 4,000 count balloon drop at this favorite annual celebration for the whole family.

 

New Years Eve 2017

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: Noon - 1:00 am

Location: Riggs Beer Company (1901 South High Cross Road, Urbana)

Celebrate the New Year with the Riggs Family. Sip on delicious handcrafted beer, listen to live music by Vinny Santanelli (6:00-8:00 pm), and dine on delicious snacks throughout the evening.

 

New Years Stand Up Comedy

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Times: 7:00 pm | 9:00 pm

Location: Soma Ultralounge (320 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person (7:00 pm) | $25 per person (9:00 pm)

Laugh your way into the New Year with a stand up comedy show headlined by Chris Schlichting.

 

New Year's Eve Bash with Feudin' Hillbillys!

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Location: The City Center (503 South Chestnut Street, Champaign)

Cost: $25-$60 per person

Rock into the New Year at City Center with the Feudin' Hillbillys and Josh Holland Band!

 

NYE Celebration: A Masquerade Ball

Date: Sunday, December 31st

Time: 8:30 pm - 12:30 am

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

Cost: $80 per person

Put on your best masquerade mask and cocktail best and enjoy a spectacular evening in the mansion. With cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, dancing, photo booth, and champagne toast, this is the NYE celebration you do not want to miss!

 

 

Champaign Rose wishes everyone a Happy & Safe New Years Eve!

 

Celebrate the holidays at the beautiful Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road) in Monticello! The Allerton Park & Retreat Center is truly one of the gems of our area. It becomes even more spectacular at this time of year! Fill yourself with festive good cheer this weekend at these fun, holiday events!

 

All is Bright

Date: Friday, December 8th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy a magical evening filled with delicious treats, sparkling lights, beautiful music, and so much more! Sip on hot cocoa and dine on light snacks in the Visitor Center. Take a tour of the museum at 5:30 pm or 6:30 pm. Make some holiday decor to take home with the Monticello Area Art’s Council during their Natural Ornament-Making Workshop from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. And, check out these special events kicking off this evening:

  • Holiday Showcase

    • Dates: Friday, December 8th - Sunday, December 10th

    • Times: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Friday) | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Weekend)

    • Admission: $10 (Showcase ONLY) | $28 (Showcase & Lunch)

    • Find unique Christmas gifts for the whole family from local artisans and businesses. As you stroll through the handmade wares, enjoy refreshments and live entertainment! Enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at the Mansion on Saturday or Sunday.

  • Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

    • Dates: Friday, December 8th - Saturday, January 6th

    • Times: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Tuesdays - Saturdays)

    • Admission: FREE, Donations appreciated

    • Take an enchanting stroll through a garden of lights around the center’s outdoor campus.

 

Holiday Affair

Date: Saturday, December 9th

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate the season with an evening of elegance. Dress up in your finest cocktail attire and enjoy a delicious dinner, bubbly champagne, delectable dessert, and more before dancing the night away to vintage holiday records! Tickets are $90 and can be purchased online HERE!

 

 

Photo Credit: Allerton Park Photography Group

Festive Holiday Events!

by Rose Price

After enjoying your Thanksgiving feast with family and friends, it is time to get in the festive spirit! Kick off the holiday season throughout the Champaign/Urbana this weekend at two great community events! Jingle your way to fun!

 

Reds of Christmas 2017

Date: Friday, November 24th

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with some good old fashioned fun in beautiful Monticello! Enjoy unique shopping, delicious treats, beautiful carols, and more while sampling red wine. Take a fun carriage ride and have your photo taken with Santa and his reindeers! Tickets must be purchased in advance online. The cost is $15 per person through November 22nd and will increase to $20 on November 23rd.  Purchase Tickets HERE! You must print off your receipt and bring to one of the following check-in locations:

 

Christie Clinic 17th Annual Parade of Lights

Date: Saturday, November 25th

Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign

Enjoy endless holiday fun at the 17th Annual Parade of Lights! See Santa on his sleigh along with all the festive floats, marching bands, and more as they head down Neil Street. Be sure to check out all the free activities taking place before and after the parade for even more celebrating!

Event Schedule:

  • 2:00 pm | Classic Christmas Shorts | The Art Theater

  • 3:00 pm | Visits with Santa | Big Grove Tavern

  • 3:30 pm | Horse & Carriage Rides | Orpheum Children's Science Museum

  • 4:00 pm | Kris Kringle Kids' Scavenger Hunt | Jane Addams Bookshop

  • 4:30 pm | VIP Ticket Holder Reception | Hamilton Walker's

  • 5:00 pm | Pre-Parade Entertainment & Carolers | Various Locations

  • 6:00 pm | Parade

  • 7:00 pm | Christmas Tree Lighting | One Main Plaza

Trick or Treating Hours for Halloween 2017!

by Rose Price

Halloween is here! Time to don your best costume, grab your goodie bag, and stock up on all the candy! Each of the communities in our area are having special trick or treating hours on Halloween night. Worried that won’t be enough candy?! Be sure to check out the other fun trick or treating opportunities on the days leading up to this festive holiday!

 

Community Trick or Treat Hours

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Special Trick or Treating Events

Friday, October 27th

Sunday, October 29th

Monday, October 30th

Tuesday, October 31st

 

Make sure everyone has a happy and safe Halloween by following these trick or treating safety tips!

  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.

  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.

  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.

  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.

  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the lookout for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.

Frightful Fun in Champaign-Urbana

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy spooks, frights, and more all October long throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for family friendly frights or the ultimate terror filled adventure, check out these great Halloween activities in our area!  Happy Halloween!!

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Baldwin Asylum

Prepare to scream at one of Illinois’s top 10 haunted attractions! Find terror hidden in every corner of the 10,000 square foot space. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.

 

Freak Show

For one weekend only, test your nerves at Freak Show. This truly terrifying haunted attraction is not for the faint of heart. Check it out on Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st. It is open from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm both nights. Tickets are $10 per person. Skip the line by purchasing a fastpass for $20. Come see all the “freaks” at 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign.

 

Midway of Madness

You won’t find furry farm animals or fun entertainers this October at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana). The fairgrounds have been overtaken by zombies, monster, ghouls, and more! This favorite haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person.

EVENTS

 

All-Nite Horror Marathon

Date: Friday, October 13th

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: The Art Theater (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person

Will you survive an all night movie marathon? Enjoy screenings of all your gore filled favorites, including Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Last House on Dead End Street, Eaten Alive, and Nightmare Sisters.

 

Haunted Hike

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: River Bend Forest Preserve (1602 West Mid America Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $3 per person

Explore the River Bend under the crescent moon. Don your best costume and enjoy a spooky hike with creatures of the night! Register by calling (217) 896-2455 or email cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

 

Halloween FunFest

Date: Thursday, October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Market Place Mall (2000 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This great family friendly event is filled with Halloween fun. Enjoy trick-or-treating, festive games, costume contest, and a haunted house.

 

An Evening with Poe

Dates: Thursday, October 26th, Sunday, October 29th, & Monday, October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Cost: $20 per person

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most haunting. Listen to his suspenseful stories and poems while sitting in the mysterious setting of the Allerton Mansion. After the Poe readings, enjoy a candlelight tour of the Mansion. There will be a cash bar available at the event.

 

Monticellobration FestiFall!!

by Rose Price

Celebrate the beginning of the fall season in the beautiful community of Monticello! Come to downtown Monticello on Saturday, September 16th, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, for the Monticellobration FestiFall!!!

This favorite annual community festival is filled with fun for the whole family! Paint The Town on Washington Street with the Monticello Area Arts Council. Head to Independence Street for the SunDowners Car Club’s Car Show. See the adorable animals in the Pet Parade hosted by the Monticello Animal Shelter. Check out all the incredible vendors and kids activities around the square. Other great activities include Pony Rides and Horse & Buggy Rides, Joyful Bubbles creations, bounce houses, and so much more. After grabbing a bite to eat from one of the many delicious restaurants or food trucks on hand, walk around downtown to for the Scarecrow Walk and vote for your favorites!

 

Live Music Lineup

 

 

Champaign Rose hopes everyone has a fun filled weekend at the Monticellobration FestiFall!  

 

Image Credit: Monticello Main Street, Inc.

 

Back to School in Champaign County!

by Rose Price

School bells are about to start ringing throughout Champaign County! The first day of school is fast approaching for students throughout our area. It is time to pack those back packs with your new supplies and start the 2017-2018 school year! Here is a list of all the first days of school for our area districts!

 

 

Champaign Unit 4 School District | 703 South New Street, Champaign

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: Grades 1-9

  • Thursday, August 17th: Grades 10-12 and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Friday, August 18th: ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools | 1301 South Bulldog Drive, Mahomet

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Monticello CUSD #25 | 2 Sage Drive, Monticello

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Paxton Buckley Loda CUSD 10 | 700 West Orleans Street, Paxton

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul City Schools District #137 | 400 East Wabash, Rantoul  

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: All Grades K-8

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Rantoul Township High School District 193 | 200 South Sheldon, Rantoul

First Day of School

  • Tuesday, August 22nd: All Grades 9-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

St. Joseph CCSD 169 | P.O. Box 409, St. Joseph

First Day of School

  • Wednesday, August 16th: All Grades K-8  

    • Early dismissal

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Tuscola CUSD #301 | 409 South Prairie, Tuscola  

First Day of School

  • Monday, August 21st: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar

Unit Seven Schools | P.O. Box 720, Tolono

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

Urbana School District #116 | 205 North Race Street, Urbana

First Day of School

  • Friday, August 18th: Grades 1-6, 9, and ½ of Kindergarten Class

  • Monday, August 21st: All High and Middle School Students and ½ of Kindergarten Class

2017 - 2018 District Calendar   

Villa Grove CUSD #302 | 400 North Sycamore, Villa Grove

First Day of School

  • Thursday, August 17th: All Grades K-12

2017 - 2018 District Calendar  

 

Champaign Rose wishes all of the students in Champaign County a successful and fun 2017-2018 school year!!!

 

It's time to celebrate dad in Champaign/Urbana. Looking for something truly unique to do this Father's Day weekend? Beyond taking your dad to out to eat at one of his favorite local spots, check out one of these fun fantastic community events for a Father's Day celebration he will never forget!

 

 

Father's Day Weekend at Monticello Railway

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Monticello Railway Museum (992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello)

Hop aboard a vintage train with the family this weekend in Monticello. Each ride runs approximately 1 hour. You may board at the main Museum site (Nelson Crossing) or downtown Monticello (Wabash Depot). After the ride, check out all the fun train exhibits in the museum. The best part? Dads ride FREE this weekend with the purchase on a paid fare!

 

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Times: 11:30 am (Saturday & Sunday), 10:00 pm (Saturday)

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

Watch Indiana Jones on a great adventure with his own father during the special Father’s Day screenings of this Steven Spielberg film. Bring your dad and snack on some yummy popcorn during this fun movie.

 

Sholem Father's Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Sholem Aquatic Center (2205 Sangamon Drive)

Enjoy a fun filled day at the pool! Along with all the regular water attractions at the center, this day will feature a “Hop & Flop Daddy Drop” cannonball contest, “Draw your Dad” picture contest, and half priced rootbeer floats! Dads get in FREE with one paid child admission.

 

Sounds at Sunset Concert Series

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Toalson Park (502 Bardeen Lane, Champaign)

Celebrate dad in beautiful Toalson Park with a fantastic performance by Katie Flynn! This great jazz singer hails from Champaign. Pack a picnic with all of dad’s favorite food and beverages and enjoy a relaxing evening with live music.

 

Champaign Rose wishes all the fathers in the Champaign/Urbana area a very happy Father's Day!

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