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Champaign-Urbana Named a Best Midwest Food Town

Champaign-Urbana Named a Best Midwest Food Town Champaign, IL – The monthly magazine, Midwest Living, just announced a curated list of the twelve most delicious food towns in the Midwest which includes Champaign-Urbana. As part of their Greatest Midwest Town’s contest series, readers will vote from May 1–31 on the best food town to be featured in their September/October issue.“We ...
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Area Restaurants Ready for Champaign County Area Restaurant Week

Area Restaurants Ready for Champaign County Area Restaurant Week   Champaign, IL – Taste buds will awaken January 29–February 5, 2017 as Visit Champaign County hosts the inaugural Champaign County Area Restaurant Week. Seventeen area restaurants will feature special menus and discounted items throughout the week-long celebration. “We are thrilled to be a part of Restaurant ...
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American Cornhole Organization Brings Major Midwest Tournament to Champaign

Champaign, IL – Cornhole, also known as bags, is no stranger to Champaign County, with boards abounding during home Fighting Illini Football Games. However, on November 11–12, you’ll find professional cornhole players competing for a $1,500 cash prize.The American Cornhole Organization (ACO) will be hosting the ACO Champaign Major, one of twelve majors held around the country, at Titan ...
view details Makers Featured in New Visitors Guide

Makers Featured in New Visitors Guide

Visit Champaign County released their 2016–2017 Visitors Guide showcasing the “Outside of Ordinary” attractions, festivals and businesses that can be enjoyed in the greater Champaign County area. This year’s publication features a new section, Makers, highlighting eight artisans in the community. “Beyond the tremendous amount of great places to visit and world-class events to ...
view details It Takes a Village—Preparing for the 2016 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

It Takes a Village—Preparing for the 2016 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

As runners wind down their training ahead of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, Visit Champaign County is ramping up the preparations for a surge of visitor traffic. The Visit Champaign County team is busy preparing welcome materials for hotel guests, from posters in the hotel lobby to custom t-shirts for hotel employees. Information on area discounts for the days surrounding the ...
view details Women's Bowling Tournament Set to Return to Champaign County

Women's Bowling Tournament Set to Return to Champaign County

The last time the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Illinois Women’s Bowling Association State Tournament was held in Champaign County was in 1967. Fifty years later, the nine-weekend tournament is set to return for its 88thAnnual Tournament on February 4, 2017.   “After 50 years away, we’re excited to bring this tournament back to Champaign,” explains Darlene ...
view details Wrestlers Ready for the Spotlight at the IHSA State Wrestling Championships

Wrestlers Ready for the Spotlight at the IHSA State Wrestling Championships

High school wrestlers across the state are maintaining their weight as they prepare to compete at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Wrestling Individual State Championships, February 18-20, 2016. Over 670 wrestlers will compete at the renovated State Farm Center, with hopes to make it under the spotlight for the championship match.   “We are proud to host the IHSA ...
view details New Partnership to Promote Monticello

New Partnership to Promote Monticello

The City of Monticello, in a new regional marketing partnership with Visit Champaign County, looks to promote the community as a destination to visitors.   Visit Champaign County, a certified destination marketing organization through the Illinois Office of Tourism, approached officials at the City of Monticello, the Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Monticello Main Street to bring ...
view details Champaign County Facilities Recognized as Top Ten in Illinois

Champaign County Facilities Recognized as Top Ten in Illinois

Champaign, IL – Sports Planning Guide, distributed by Premier Travel Media, recognized two Champaign County facilities in their “Top 10 Multi-Use Indoor Facilities in Illinois.” The University of Illinois’ Activities & Recreation Center (ARC) and the Champaign Park District’s Leonhard Center were included on the list curated for sports rights holders.   ...
view details Foundation, Film Office Amongst New Endeavors to Generate Community Impact

Foundation, Film Office Amongst New Endeavors to Generate Community Impact

Amid the struggles with the Illinois state budget and uncertainty in funding, Visit Champaign County adapted to create a sustainable funding model. The Visit Champaign County Foundation was formed and launched last month with a mission of supporting the bureau’s efforts in recruiting and retaining countywide events and activities, which drive economic growth and improve quality of life.“It ...
view details New Website Launched Enticing Visitors to Champaign County

New Website Launched Enticing Visitors to Champaign County

After nine months of research and development, Visit Champaign County proudly launched their new website at VisitChampaignCounty.org. Louder Design, a Texas-based firm known for award-winning Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) websites, created the site to attract attention of visitors regionally, nationally and internationally.“It was vital to upgrade the functionality of our website,” ...
view details The Color Run Set to Paint Champaign

The Color Run Set to Paint Champaign

Champaign, IL – Several thousand runners are expected to show off their colors at The Color Run, October 17, 2015 at Market Place Mall. Nicknamed the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” this original paint race is an untimed 5K where runners are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The Color Run is currently in 114 US cities and over 50 countries world-wide. After ...
view details Visit Champaign County to Host Conference for Illinois Meeting Planners

Visit Champaign County to Host Conference for Illinois Meeting Planners

Champaign, IL – The Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE) selected Visit Champaign County to host their 2016 ISAE Summer Session, to be held July 20–22, 2016. This statewide conference will bring 150 meeting planners from a variety of Illinois-based associations to the community for educational sessions, networking opportunities and a familiarization tour of Champaign ...
view details Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 4th Consecutive Year of Record-Breaking Travel Industry Numbers

Illinois Office of Tourism Announces 4th Consecutive Year of Record-Breaking Travel Industry Numbers

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism is celebrating a 4th consecutive year of record-breaking tourism industry numbers as part of a four day, 12-stop tour around Illinois. Tourism officials provided updates on local visitor data, job creation, revenue growth and new tourism initiatives during a special presentation at Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin ...
view details Family Fun in Illinois: 7 Reasons to Visit Champaign County

Family Fun in Illinois: 7 Reasons to Visit Champaign County

Located in the heart of Illinois – just a couple hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis - Champaign County is a perfect family getaway for a long weekend or a mid-week break. The central cities of Champaign-Urbana, or Chambana, as the locals call it, are a funky mix of Midwestern values and hip urban life. Filled with cultural and educational opportunities, wonderful ...
view details NXTsports Hosts Inaugural MVP Illinois at University of Illinois

NXTsports Hosts Inaugural MVP Illinois at University of Illinois

NXTsports, the country’s leader in lacrosse events, is bringing the Midwest’s first MVP Lacrosse recruiting event to the University of Illinois’ top-of-the-line facilities this Friday-Sunday June 12-14.  MVP events have long been synonymous with excellence and have been among the country’s top events for the better part of 25 years. MVP’s commitment to exclusively ...
view details Summer Farm Tour Brings Fun, Education to Families

Summer Farm Tour Brings Fun, Education to Families

Six local farms will be open their doors to the community during the inaugural Follow the Farmstead presented by Visit Champaign County and the Champaign County Farm Bureau.   This free, family-friendly event, held June 12–13 from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., will showcase a variety of farms in Sidney, Philo and Pesotum. Attendees can discover the emerging technology utilized, tour a ...
view details Exploring Allerton

Exploring Allerton

I used to love watching America’s Castles on A&E. The grandeur, the extravagance, the undisguised abundance of wealth that the late 19th and early 20th century ‘robber barons’ had to work with was simply unimaginable. One of these ‘robber barons’ in Chicago, a man by the name of Samuel Allerton, made his money by purchasing pork cheaply in the Midwest and selling it for a ...
view details Over 3,500 Hot Rods Make Their Way to Champaign

Over 3,500 Hot Rods Make Their Way to Champaign

Champaign, IL—The Hot Rod Power Tour returns to Champaign County on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Parkland College with well over 3,500 participants already registered. The 21st consecutive year for this “ultimate Hot Rodder vacation” will have cars ...
view details Visit Champaign County Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

Visit Champaign County Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

To celebrate the power of travel and tourism locally and nationwide, Visit Champaign County will be holding a Toast to Tourism on May 6 as part of the 32nd annual National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2–10, 2015.   The third annual Toast to Tourism will be held at Parkland College Theatre and will celebrate the significant impact of tourism in Champaign County. ...
view details Visit Champaign County Prepares for 2015 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

Visit Champaign County Prepares for 2015 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

–Visit Champaign County is preparing for a surge of visitor traffic for the 7th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, April 23–25, 2015. Between a near countywide sellout on hotels, dollars spent at restaurants, gas stations, retail outlets and convenience stores, this weekend’s marathon is expected to make a $10 million economic impact on Champaign County. “The marathon is ...
view details Wrestlers Ready for the Spotlight at the IHSA State Wrestling Championships

Wrestlers Ready for the Spotlight at the IHSA State Wrestling Championships

Come February, high school wrestlers across the state work hard to make weight and defeat their opponents for a chance to compete at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Wrestling Individual State Championships, February19-21, 2015. In 2015, over 670 wrestlers will compete at the State Farm Center, with hopes to make it under the spotlight for the championship match.  “IHSA ...
view details Urban Midwest Haven Draws Worldwide Visitors

Urban Midwest Haven Draws Worldwide Visitors

Champaign County, Illinois, is an inviting, urban haven in the Midwest. The county, known for the prestigious University of Illinois, arts and culture, fantastic restaurants and agricultural bounty, draws visitors from around the globe. However, if you explore this region, you'll find outstanding forest preserves parks and gardens, as well as a whole host of splendid outdoor activities and ...
view details Hardy's Reindeer Ranch is a Fun Holiday Stop

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch is a Fun Holiday Stop

#FamilyTravel – Forget elves and snowmen and Santa, my kids are fascinated with reindeer. Aren’t you? We see deer frequently where we live and on our travels to other places and we have Santa and his elves figured out (good behavior + kindness = presents), snowmen are easy to figure out, it snows and you make one. But reindeer, what’s the story with reindeer? The Hardy ...
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Papa Del's Honored with "Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination" Award

The Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT) and Visit Champaign County today announced Papa Del’s Pizza, located in Champaign, is a recipient of an “Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination” award, which honors local food establishments around the state that are beloved destinations for visitors and locals alike. Papa Del’s is among a select group of Illinois establishments to receive the ...
view details Agritourism: Food, wine and cider tours

Agritourism: Food, wine and cider tours

It seems no matter where you go, there are tours for every culinary interest. Agritourism food tours give guests the chance to experience the flavors of the region, connecting the producer to the consumer in a memorable way. Down on the farm Champaign County, Illinois, in the very heart of the America’s heartland, offers many options to learn about locally grown and produced ...
view details Sousa Archives and Center for American Music Highlights and Exhibits

Sousa Archives and Center for American Music Highlights and Exhibits

From the deep blues of Luther Johnson, to life of the great John Phillip Sousa, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music highlights those who pioneered the styles and sounds that greatly influence the music culture we know today.Part of the University of Illinois Library and University Archives, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is a music buff's dream come ...
view details Five Kinds of Awesome you Can Experience in Illinois

Five Kinds of Awesome you Can Experience in Illinois

“Wow! You’ve seen more of Illinois than most of us who live here ever have!” exclaimed my new buddy, Mike. While we were having a quintessential Chicago experience — waiting out an enormous delay at O’Hare airport — I’d told him all about the road trip I’d just taken exploring various regions of Illinois. The intent of the road trip was to discover amazing things to do in ...
view details Champaign County Not Just for Students

Champaign County Not Just for Students

What do reindeer, apples, military aircraft and paintings by famous artists have in common? They are all things you’ll find in ChampaignCounty. Although best known as home of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, you don’t have to be a student to enjoy all that the area has to offer. MuseumsThe Krannert Art Museum and the Spurlock Museum, on the U of I campus, are both ...