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Flying the W in Champaign/Urbana?

by Rose Price

After 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are headed back to the World Series! Around the Champaign/Urbana people are showing their support for our team! Will you be flying the W?

 

In their 145th season, the Chicago Cubs are returning to the championships! This storied season began on April 4, 2016 against the Los Angeles Angels and ended on October 2, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs ended with the best record in Major League Baseball with a total of 103 wins! They won the National League Central title, winning by a total of 17.5 games. In the National League Championship Series, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers after 6 games, securing their journey to the 2016 World Series.

 

The Chicago Cubs will be going head to head against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Here is the pending schedule of games on FOX so you do not miss out on any of the action!

 

Game 1

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

Game 2

Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

Game 3

Friday, October 28th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

 

Game 4

Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

 

Game 5*

Sunday, October 30th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

 

Game 6*

Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

Game 7*

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

*Game played if necessary.

 
 

Congrats to the Chicago Cubs! Bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy!!

It's MIDTOWN SUNDAZE in Champaign!

by Rose Price

Enjoy some frightful fun with the whole family at the 2016 Midtown Sundaze: Halloween Extravaganza! Join the Champaign Center Partnership and area businesses on Sunday, October 23rd, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Boneyard Creek Second Street Basin in Champaign.

Celebrate Halloween early at this great FREE family event. Explore the Midtown Shops and the beautiful Boneyard Creek area at Midtown Sundaze. There are so many fun activities planned for everyone, including games and arts and crafts. Children will receive candy at each station throughout the park!

 

Starting at 2:00 pm, our favorite local storyteller Kathleen Brinkmann will be sharing spooky interactive stories to get you in the Halloween spirit. There also will be face painting by Wild Style Design.

 

Be sure to wear your best Halloween costume! The afternoon of fun will culminate in a kids’ costume contest. There are three categories for judging, including Most Creative, Spookiest, and Best Group costume. Prizes will be awards to the winner in each category! Parents and pets are encouraged to wear costumes too!

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Midtown Sundaze for all the free Halloween fun!

 

Event Details

Date: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Boneyard Creek Second Street Basin (200 East Stoughton Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!!!

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Champaign/Urbana Communities!

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the neighborhood Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Champaign/Urbana area communities! All trick-or-treating for the listed communities will occur on Monday, October 31st.

 

Champaign: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Mahomet: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Monticello: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Paxton: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Rantoul: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Savoy: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Urbana: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

 

It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:

 

  • 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 look out for children.

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

 

 


Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Pumpkin Patches of Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Time to decorate the front of your Champaign/Urbana home with some great Jack O’Lanterns! There are few things more fun than pumpkin carving with your family during the fall. Need to know where to find the biggest and brightest pumpkins this year? Check out these great pumpkin patches in the Champaign/Urbana area.

 

 

Head to Curtis Orchard (3902 South Duncan Road) in Champaign for all your pumpkin needs. This patch will be open now through the first week of November. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am until 4:30 pm on Sundays. This is the perfect spot for Champaign residents who love to pick their own pumpkins. Find a huge variety in the patch, including giant pumpkins, mini pumpkins, pie-making pumpkins, pumpkins for carving, blue pumpkins, white, pumpkins, and MORE! Each pumpkin costs $0.42 per pound, with a minimum cost of $2.50 per pumpkin. Grab your red wagon and stock up on all your pumpkins today.

 

The 200 Acres (1749 A CR 1900 North) in Arthur grows over 300 different varieties of pumpkins from 30 plus different countries! The patch is open everyday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from now until Halloween. Admission to the patch is $5 per adult, $3 per child (ages 6-12) on the weekdays and $8 per adult, $5 per child (ages 6-12) on the weekends. Along with the ability to pick your own pumpkins, check out the mums for sale, corn mazes to explore, and farm animals to interact with.

 

Rantoul is home to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch (1356 County Road 2900 North). Make a day at the ranch after picking your own pumpkins. Hardy’s is open 7 days a week. Get lost in the 10 acre corn maze. Dine on some delicious concessions such as pulled pork and gourmet hot dogs. Be sure to check out the Jack Splat pumpkin cannon to see pumpkins launched half a mile in the air!

 

Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm (16578 Airport Road) in Clinton is open now through October 30th. Come any day of the week between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm to pick your pumpkin. Take a hayride out to the patch to help you find the most perfect orange pumpkin for you to take home. There are also fun games for you to play with pumpkins including checkers and tic-tac-toe! Pack a picnic and enjoy plenty to do with your family at this great pumpkin farm.


Pumpkin picking at Rader Family Farms (1238 Ropp Road) in Normal is lots of fun. Grab a wagon and walk out to the patch to find the ultimate pumpkin for carving. Rader Family Farms is open through October 30th. You and your family can also check out the corn maze, apple slingshots, and apple cannon blaster for even more fun!

 


It is that spook-tacular time of here! Halloween is just around the corner! Get in the spirit of the season at some of the amazing events planned in the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for the ultimate scare at a haunted house or want something tamer, such as a fun, Halloween themed event, check out these great activities going on all month long!  

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Midway of Madness

The family fun setting of the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana) has been transformed into a haunted carnival! Overrun with terrifying zombies, crazy carnies, and scary monsters, the fairgrounds have become the site of the Midway of Madness Haunted Barn! This awesome haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $12 per person.

 

The Freak Show & The Haunt at Bone Saw Mill

Put your fears to the test and check out this great haunted attraction that has two terrifying sites! Check out the all new Haunt at Bone Saw Mill or the chilling Freak Show, a brand new attraction available this year. This attraction is open every weekend now through Halloween. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the Freak Show and the Haunt at Bone Saw Mill are $15 for admission to one. If you are truly daring and want to check out both, tickets at $20 for admission to both or get truly festive and pay $28 to also receive a T-shirt and fast pass! Swing by 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign for a night of frightening fun.

 

Baldwin Asylum

This top rated haunted attraction is seriously terrifying. Be prepared to scream as you walk through the 10,000 square feet space of terror. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the asylum stays open until 10:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 am on the weekends. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.


EVENTS

 

Zombie Run

Dates: Saturday, October 15th

Times: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: Kaufman Lake (2702 West Springfield Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $25 per person (Resident), $37.50 per person (Non-Resident)

See if you can survive a zombie apocalypse during this fun run. Brave the 2.5 mile course filled with zombies and obstacles in the dark of the night. Luckily there are safe points along the way for some respite….if you can find them. There are different wave times as participants will be sent in groups of 20-50 throughout the night. Get active and have some scary fun during this great event. Click HERE to register!

 

 

5 Nights of Hitch

Dates: Sunday, October 23rd - Wednesday, October 26th & Friday, October 28th

Times: 7:00 pm

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

Cost: $6 per film, $24 series pass

Watch the best films from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock! This popular film festival will feature screenings of Vertigo (10/23), The Birds (10/24), North by Northwest (10/25), Rear Window (10/26), and Psycho (10/28) in the beautiful Virginia Theatre. By a pass to see all 5 films and your admission to the fifth film will be free!

 

Gruesome, Gory, and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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

Cost: $20 per person

Your entire family will love listening to ghoulish stories from some of our favorite local storytellers, including Dan Keding and Kim Sheahan as well as storytelling students from UIUC. Your kids will leave with a special bag of candy after enjoying ghost stories from around the world.

Stories from the Other Side

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for students

If you are looking for a more adult ghost story experience, check out the Stories from the Other Side. This evening of storytelling will feature terrifying tales. Note, you must be 16 or older to attend this event.

 

Laser Show: Fright Light!

Dates: Saturday, October 29th & Monday, October 31st

Times: 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm (Saturday) & 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm (Monday)

Location: William M. Staerkel Planetarium (2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $8 per person

Spend a night “under the stars” at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium for a scary laser show. This fun show will feature music from Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, and more.

 

An Evening with Poe

Date: Sunday, 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.

 

Enjoy a quiet and luxurious lifestyle in this Tudor Home located in the beautiful Yankee Ridge Subdivision in Urbana, Illinois. With low country taxes and amazing modern amenities, you will experience the best of both worlds in this home. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has 5,736 square feet of living space. You and your family will love to call this beautiful house a home.

The main level of this stunning home features all the amenities you could need. You will have ample space for entertaining between the Great Room, featuring a cathedral ceiling, and large living room. Both of these rooms will keep cozy all year round in Urbana with their fireplaces. Your family will love to gather in the amazing open kitchen. The kitchen has been beautifully updated with corian countertops and cherry cabinets. With a built in oven, range, microwave, refrigerator, and TWO dishwashers, cooking in this fabulous kitchen will be a breeze. Your family can gather in the attached sunroom as breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared. The main level of the home also includes a formal dining room and guest bedroom. You will love the stunning hardwood floors throughout the level, plenty of natural light coming through all the windows, and central vac system!

 

 

Walk up the staircase to the second floor where you will find spacious bedrooms. Stay warm on those chilly winter nights by the fireplace in the Master Suite! There are two other large bedrooms on this floor with ample closet space in each. You will also find a spacious bonus room on this floor. Whether for a sewing room, home office, or play room, this space will cover whatever your family needs. The second floor features all new flooring.

 

 

You will love to unwind in the beautiful yard surrounding this Urbana home. The yard has been perfectly maintained with professional landscaping. The property overlooks a wooded commons area in the Cul de sac and is conveniently located near Meadow Brook park. This property is perfect for those that love the peace and spaciousness of the great outdoors while still being close to all the amenities that the Urbana metropolitan area has to offer!

 

For more information about this home located in Urbana, click HERE. Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ for more information!

Upcoming Events in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

The fun in the Champaign/Urbana truly never ends. There are always countless things to do occurring in the communities throughout the area. There are so many to choose from it's truly hard to narrow down which ones to attend. So why not check them all out?! Here are our picks for the events we cannot miss over the next couple of weeks.

 

Friday, September 16th

Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root: Dance the night away from 6:00 - 9:30 pm at Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello) at the Allerton Festival. Enjoy live musical performances from 3 great groups. From 6:00 to 7:00 pm, blues and folk band Lupe Carroll will be taking the stage, followed by I-Pan, a University of Illinois student run combo steel band. At 7:30 pm, dance the night away to world renowned band Rusted Root. There will also be food and beverage available for purchase at the event. Purchase tickets in advance HERE for $15. Tickets will be $18 at the door. Children 12 and under can attend the festival for FREE!

Saturday, September 17th

Monticellobration 2016: Put on your swing shoes and head down to the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Monticello from 10:00 am until 10:30 pm. This annual family event celebrates the town of Monticello. Enjoy delicious food as the local restaurants cook our around lunch time. There will be live swing and jazz music throughout the afternoon, with performances from Jim Markum Swing Band and the Night Hawks. Your kids will love all of the great activities including art projects, train pump cars, bubbles, and so much more! Be sure to check out the All Things Wheels car show to marvel at some amazing classic cars on display. More music will carry the festivities into the evening, including concerts from Bad Medicine and Feudin Hillbillies. Admission to this great Monticello festival is FREE!

 

GCC AMBUCS Scarecrow Festival: Celebrate the fall season from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at AMBUCS Park (1200 East University, Urbana). Spend the day at the park with your family while enjoying music and live entertainment and an automobile show. Pick up some unique gifts from the flea market. Join your kids on a hayrack or barrel train ride before heading off to play some games. The festival has no entry free though there will be a small cost for kids games.

Sunday, September 18th

7th Annual Oktoberfest: Dine on some authentic German cuisine at Crane Alley (115 West Main Street, Urbana) from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. All of your favorite traditional German dishes will be served, from schnitzel and brats, to croquettes and braised cabbage. Wash down the food with one of the 6 different beers that will be offered at the outdoor beer truck. You can purchase a glass liter stein for $18 and enjoy subsequent refills for only $11. Wear your best Oktoberfest outfit and eat, drink, and be merry!

 

Urbana Art Expo: Marvel at some beautiful pieces of art during the 2nd annual Urbana Art Expo from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Urbana Civic Center (108 East Water Street, Urbana). Support local artists by attending this juried art sale and exhibition.

Saturday, September 24th

Flannel Fest: Pull out your best flannel between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm at Centennial Park (2200 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign) for some fall fun. There will be live music, food trucks, games, crafts, and so much more. Enter the mustache contest! Enjoy the Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show as they showcase their speed carving, log rolling, and axe throwing skills. Be sure to also check out the Human Mattress Dominoes! This day will be filled with lots of family fun. Admission is FREE!

Sunday, September 25th

Midtown Sundaze: Listen to some classic fairytales and fables from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at Scott Park (207 East Springfield Avenue, Champaign). Your children will have the time of their lives at this family friendly event. They can meet their favorite princesses and comic book superheroes. Every half hour, beginning at 2:15, listen to local storyteller Kathe Brinkmann tell a favorite classic children’s story. In addition, there will be face painting, crafts, games, and treats!

 

Fall Home Buying in Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in Champaign-Urbana? Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall and not wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year.

 

Sellers with Homes still on the Market are Anxious to Sell

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.

 

Sellers in the Fall are Looking to Move

Sellers that leave their homes listed in the fall are doing so for a reason….they need to move. Whether it’s for a new job or because their new home is ready, these sellers are more serious about moving on to their new homes and need to have their current homes sold as soon as possible. They will likely be more open to negotiation in order to close the deal, especially before the upcoming holiday season.

 

You will have less Competition from other Home Buyers

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!

 

You have Lots of Resources at your Disposal

Since spring and summer are the peak real estate seasons, industry professionals such as agents, lenders, and movers, are incredibly busy. When the weather starts to cool and with many clients settled into their new homes, realtors and others have more time time opening up….meaning that you can have more of their undivided attention. This is extremely beneficial when you are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of all of the resources out there. An Experienced Real Estate Agent is dedicated to helping you move into your dream home this fall.

 

Crime Rates Go Down in the Fall

The end of summer tends to be the main months in which home related crimes, such as burglaries, occur. If you are buying your home in the fall, this allows you the opportunity to do more research prior to purchasing in order to find out about crime rates in the area and take precautions in your new home to protect yourself, if necessary.

 

Spruce Up Your New Home With End of Year Sales

The fall months are prime shopping season when it comes to home appliances, decor, maintenance goods, and more. Major retailers always offer these consumer goods at great discounts in the fall in order to prepare for next year’s trends and models. You can outfit your new home with amazing deals! Update your home with fresh paint and carpeting in September, when these goods are often put on sale. Prepare for next spring by purchasing your lawn mower in October. Create your dream kitchen in November with the help of new appliances and cookware at a discounted price.

 

Use Tax Deductions to Your Advantage

Regardless of which calendar month you purchase your home, homeowners can claim deductions on property tax and mortgage interest for your entire year’s worth of income. Payments completed prior to the loan closing will be considered tax deductible, even if they occur in November or December! You can save a considerable amount of money on the taxes you owe by purchasing your home later in the year!

 

Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Champaign-Urbana!! Call me today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com.



Resource: Forbes

Fun CU Pride Festival Events on September 10th!

by Rose Price

This weekend is the 7th Annual CU Pride Festival! Come celebrate everyone in our community at this great event. Although the festivities will be going on all weekend long, Saturday, September 10th, offers a full day of fun, free activities for you, your family, and your friends! Be sure to head down to Downtown Champaign to join in on all the fun!

 

Visit the Fun and Vendor Area between noon and 6:00 pm on Saturday for tons of awesome activities, vendors, and live entertainment! In the Kid & Family Area, there will be carnival games, a bounce house, and a Touch A Truck area with 7 different cars and 

trucks for the kids to explore. Your children will be able to meet their favorite characters, such as Elsa and Olaf, Cinderella, and Snow White, at the Character Corner. Catch a live musical performance by Chicago favorite Joel Frankel. As you roam the Kid & Family Area, keep a look out for the street performers who are there to provide further entertainment. Bubbles! Puppets! Stilt Walkers! This area of the festival will surely delight kids of all ages! The Vendor Area will feature over 30 different local vendors for you to buy merchandise, get more information, and learn about goods and services in the Champaign area. The Fun and Vendor area will be located in front of the Orpheum Science Museum.

 

Step away from this area for a little while during the afternoon to catch the Pride Parade as it dances its way through Downtown Champaign. The parade will begin at 3:00 pm on Saturday so be sure to scope out your spot along the route. Marvel at spectacular floats, see some great performers, and wave at all of the parade participants.

 

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, September 10th, at the 7th Annual CU Pride Festival! 

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Fighting Illini Season Opener!

by Rose Price

Kick off Labor Day weekend with our hometown favorites, the Fighting Illini! On Saturday, September 3rd, don your best blue and orange and head down to Memorial Stadium for the season opener. The University of Illinois will be taking on the Murray State Racers at 2:30 pm.

You can make a whole day of it by tailgating at Grange Grove before the game. Enjoy food trucks, live music, and lots of games. And, be sure to check out the Illini Walk at noon, in order to give support to your team as they head to the stadium.

 

Can’t make it to the stadium for the game? Host a party at home with the other Illini fans in your family and catch the game on BTN.

 

Saturday’s season opener for the Fighting Illini marks the 127th year of football at the University. We are incredibly proud of this tradition in our Champaign/Urbana community.

 

There are so many exciting things to look forward to this football season for UI from the coaches to the players. It is the debut of Lovie Smith as the head coach. He brings years of college and professional experience to the team and leads a dedicated coaching staff. We are also keeping our eye out for several key players. As it is his last season in orange, quarterback Wes Lunt is sure to lead his team to victory. Defensive end Dawuane Smoot will be making big plays on the field this Saturday and in the future games to come. He is a preseason All-American and was named by Pro-Football focus as one of the top 20 best college football players in the country! With this winning combination, we are certain that the Fighting Illini will have their 19th consecutive win in a home season opener!

 

Whether you are catching the game or enjoying the last weekend of summer celebrating with friends and family, we wish you a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend! 

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