things to do in champaign illinois: Autumn's Arrived in Champaign-Urbana IL - 09/23/11 07:21 PM
Autumn's Arrived in Champaign-Urbana IL
Finally, the first day of autumn has arrived! Time to bring that favorite fleece jacket out of storage and load up on leaf bags from the grocery. Temperatures are cooling down around here and the leaves are just starting to change color. So exciting :-)
If you're looking for a great way to kick off the fall season, then head over to Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Oakwood, IL this weekend for the Salt Fork River Art Festival. Along with an array of art to be admired and purchased, there will be local wine, food and live … (0 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Parkland Early Jazz Ensemble - Free Show Tonight in Urbana! - 09/20/11 01:38 PM
This evening September 20th from 7-9pm the Parkland Early Jazz Ensemble of Champaign-Urbana will be playing at the Iron Post in downtown Urbana. Best of all, the show is free!!! This is a really talented group of performers and the music they play is loads of fun. There's no better way to spend your Tuesday evening, I assure you :-)
Below is a short video clip I took of them playing previously. As you'll discover, the low-lighting in this venue really sets the mood for an evening of jazz when you're there in person, but makes for a somewhat mediocre video … (0 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Speechless Sunday: A Visit to the University of Illinois Arboretum - 09/18/11 02:33 PM
Speechless Sunday: A Visit to the University of Illinois Arboretum

 
Right now is the best time of year (in my opinion!) for visiting the University of Illinois Arboretum in Urbana, IL. The plants have peaked in maturity and the autumn flowering plants are in full bloom. Entry to the arboretum is FREE and metered parking is available, though the meters are only checked during certain hours. With 160 acres of gardens to explore, a visit is well worth it.
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things to do in champaign illinois: Spurlock Museum's Worldfest This Saturday in Urbana! - 09/08/11 08:42 PM
Spurlock Museum Presents Worldfest - an International Music and Dance Festival
This Saturday September 10th head over to the Spurlock Museum in Urbana IL to enjoy a variety of performances as part of Worldfest, an international music and dance festival.
Worldfest kicks off at 12:15pm on the front lawn with a Capoeira demonstration. (If you don't know what Capoeira is, go search for it on YouTube right now! It's pretty cool stuff.) Then head indoors to hear a traditional Chinese musical performance followed by American old tunes on the banjo and fiddle. Next up is a Balinese dance. To finish up … (0 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do this Summer in Champaign-Urbana IL - 06/25/11 03:31 PM
Things to Do this Summer in Champaign-Urbana IL
Summer is in full swing here in Champaign-Urbana and there's little chance of finding yourself without something fun to do. There is plenty going on here throughout the summer for all ages. And a lot of it is free!
Here’s a sampling of things to do this summer in Champaign-Urbana, IL:
 
Movie Night
Stretch out on the lawn in the Green Street Courtyard of First Presbyterian Church in Urbana and enjoy some fantastic films on the big screen such as “How to Train Your Dragon,” “The Princess Bride,” and “The … (2 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 10- Explore Downtown - 08/28/10 08:01 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 10- Explore Downtown
This post is the very last one in my ten-week series of Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois, so I wanted to make it good! As I was looking over my list for the previous 9 weeks, I realized that a major selling point of this area had so far been left out of the series...
And so, last but not least, my number 10 pick for things to do in Champaign, Illinois is to explore downtown! For the sake of those who don't currently live here, … (2 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 9- The Virginia Theatre - 08/16/10 01:38 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 9- The Virginia Theatre
For those of you who are already familiar with the Viriginia Theatre in downtown Champaign, you probably know that the theatre is currently closed for renovation (*insert sad face). But I simply couldn't bring myself to write a ten-week series on things to do in Champaign and NOT include the Virginia Theatre!
So rest assured that it will open again around November this year (that's only a few months away!). Meanwhile, I'm going to tell you why you simply must visit The Virginia Theatre at … (4 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 8- Tour the University of Illinois - 08/07/10 10:17 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 8- Tour the University of Illinois
If you've ever set foot in Champaign-Urbana, chances are that you were on the University of Illinois campus at some point. It's kinda hard to miss.
But have you ever taken the time to learn about its history, tour the buildings, and visit the libraries and museums? If not, I suggest that you do! You might be surprised by what you discover...
For instance, did you know that during the construction of Memorial Stadium in the early half of the 1900s, a rainy season … (4 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 7- Wine Tasting at Alto Vineyards - 08/03/10 01:31 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 7- Wine Tasting at Alto Vineyards
One of my favorite things to do is visiting local wineries.
And so this week we take a journey to Alto Vineyards. Their headquarters are located in Alto Pass, Illinois which is, oh, about a 4-hour drive from here.
But you don't think I'd send you on a 4-hour journey just to get good wine, do you?
Alto Vineyards also has a location right here in Champaign! They sell wine by the bottle and wine by the glass (if you plan on staying there … (0 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 6- A Walk in the Park(s) - 07/27/10 01:36 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 6- A Walk in the Park(s)
One of the many great things about Champaign-Urbana is that the cities were planned to incorporate green space...and lots of it. You'll notice that there's a park at the center of just about every neighborhood in this area, regardless of the age of the subdivision. And not only do these parks exist, but they're very well-maintained and visited often by residents.
If you're like me, you might forget about the possibilities that a park can provide when you're looking for something to do. My … (0 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 5- Curtis Orchard - 07/21/10 10:45 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 5- Curtis Orchard
 
As yesterday was their opening day of the season, it's only appropriate to highlight Curtis Orchard in this week's "things to do in Champaign" series!
For me, a trip to Curtis Orchard in southwest Champaign means stocking up on fresh fruit, apple cider, apple butter, and usually one or two other items from their bakery and country store. In other words, it's all about the food!
If you're able to spend a little more time at Curtis Orchard, you can pick your own apples when you … (0 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 4- Farmers Markets - 07/12/10 07:52 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 4- Farmers Markets
One great thing about living in the midwest is the availability of fresh, local produce! We have two prominent farmers markets in this area held on different days of the week, making it oh-so-easy for you to stock up on your fruits and veggies...and I'll bet you'll even have a good time while you're at it!
 
Urbana's Market at the Square
The farmers market in Urbana is located in the southeast parking lot of Lincoln Square (hence the name "Market at the Square") and takes place … (1 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 3- Krannert Uncorked - 07/03/10 04:25 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 3- Krannert Uncorked
We've arrived at week 3 of my series "Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois" and this week's focus is an event called "Krannert Uncorked."
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is a performance venue at the University of Illinois located on the Urbana side of campus (see map below for exact location). It's used for a variety of musical and theatrical performances, as well as housing art displays, but one event which takes place almost every week is "Krannert Uncorked."
Krannert Uncorked is always on a Thursday … (0 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 2- Lake of the Woods - 06/23/10 06:49 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 2- Lake of the Woods
 
Week 2: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, Illinois
 
In this week's "Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois" series, the spotlight is on Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in nearby Mahomet, Illinois!
There is tons to do and see at this place, as you can tell by the entry sign!
If it's activity you're after, you can go biking, walking, or golfing (and the golf course is gorgeous!).
Wanting to relax? Try some fishing or picnicing by the lake.
Sight-seeing … (2 comments)

things to do in champaign illinois: Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 1 - 06/15/10 08:31 PM
Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois: A Ten Week Series, Week 1
"Things to Do in Champaign, Illinois"...this is a phrase I've Googled many times in the past, always on the lookout for more interesting things to do here in the greater Champaign area! The summer is now in full swing, and I thought it would be fun to do a ten-week summer series in which each week I highlight a fun thing to do around Champaign.
Each of these ten things will be either FREE or minimal cost! So, without further ado...
 
Week 1: University of Illinois Arboretum
If … (0 comments)