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July 2015

July 2015

  • March 6, 2013 - December 31, 2015

    Animal Encounters at the Orpheum

    Wednesdays & FridaysCome learn about the Orpheum’s animals! The Orpheum Education Team will talk to visitors about our animals, followed by an animal feeding time. Participants will take a closer look at our aquatic turtles, land turtle, bearded dragons, and corn snake. 

    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil St, Champaign , IL
  • July 1, 2014 - June 24, 2016

    Pogo Studio: Capturing the Sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Music Scene 1985-2014

    Pogo Studio was established in downtown Champaign, IL, in 1985 and quickly earned local, regional and national recognition for its finely crafted recordings and its owner’s easy-going nature.  The studio remained a fixture of the community’s music scene and a valuable resource for regional recording artists for nearly thirty years. 

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • August 19, 2014 - August 3, 2015

    Professor Harding and the Illinois Bands During WWI

    As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war.  However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic. 

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • October 27, 2014 - September 25, 2015

    Many Voices: The Great War in America's Songs

    When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality “in thought and deed,” and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict. Many Americans felt the same way, but as the war’s atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
  • February 11, 2015 - January 15, 2016

    The Red Cross: A Soldier’s Best Friend

    Clara Barton, who earned recognition as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her humanitarian service during America’s Civil War, founded the American Red Cross in May 1881 as an associate relief organization of the International Committee of the Red Cross Organization.  However, unlike its international associate, the American Red Cross devoted most of its early service efforts to provide relief for those individuals from the United States affected by natural disasters, such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.  During Americ

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 1103 South 6th Street, Urbana, IL
  • February 17, 2015 - August 1, 2015

    South Asian Seams: Quilts from India, Pakistan & Bangladesh

    Quiltmaking is an integral and vital part of South Asian culture. Much the same as here in the West, quilts serve both functional and symbolic purposes. They provide warmth as well as a comfortable place to sit; and they also commemorate special occasions and tell the stories of the lives of their makers. The seams that bring together different pieces of fabric in a quilt also represent the seams that bring together this vast region—its people, its cultures, and its shared tradition of extraordinary textiles.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 600 South Gregory Street, Urbana, IL
  • March 31, 2015 - December 31, 2015

    Orpheum Toddler Tuesday

    Every TuesdayCome join the fun with activities for toddlers that provide an opportunity to work on developing language, cognitive, and social skills.

    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: 346 North Neil , Downtown Champaign , IL 61820, IL
  • May 6, 2015 - September 16, 2015

    Homer Farmer's Market

    Every Wednesday from May 6th to September 16th, 5-7pm, you can find fresh produce, homemade treats, and handmade items for sale in downtown Homer.  A great way to eat healthy and support your local growers.  If you would like to participate please contact Susan Forsyth in the evenings at 896-8004, or email her at

    Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: 500 E. Second St., Homer, IL
  • May 21, 2015 - September 3, 2015

    Patio Play

    Join us for Patio Play at Houlihan's Restaurant and Bar every Thursday through September 3. Enjoy the beautiful weather with dinner and live music from local performers on our patio. Patio Play will take place every Thursday from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: 1902 S 1st St, Champaign , IL
  • May 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015

    Sounds at Sunset

    Sundays from May 24 - August 30

    The Champaign Park District is coming to your neighborhood! This summer gather your friends, family, and neighbors as they host the Sounds of Sunset events throughout Champaign. Each events will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables and more! Best of all – these events are free! Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. 

    May 24: 6:30p-8p; Hessel Park; Big Bluestem String Band

    May 31:  6-8p; Robeson Park; Upshot

    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: 1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign, IL
  • May 26, 2015 - October 27, 2015

    Downtown Champaign Land Connection Farmers Market

    Tuesdays from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

    The Land Connection Champaign Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for Champaign-area residents to purchase locally-produced fruit, vegetables, dairy, and baked goods. The Market takes place every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October 27 in Parking Lot M at 310-330 N. Neil, in Champaign, Illinois. Shoppers will have the chance to buy all kinds of great food in season from a variety of local producers. The Market also provides an opportunity for people to buy great locally-produced food during the work week.

    Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: Neil and Main, Champaign, IL
  • May 27, 2015 - September 16, 2015

    Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery Summer Farm Open House

    Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

    Want to visit the farm this summer? Can’t make the Saturday farmers’ markets and want to buy our cheese and gelato and some locally grown produce? Well, we have the solution for you. We host a farm open house-on-farm sale every Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 PM from mid May through early September. The first open house of 2015 is Wednesday, May 13th.

    Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Location: 4410 N. Lincoln Avenue, Champaign, IL
  • May 28, 2015 - October 22, 2015

    Sustainable Student Farmers Market

    Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Shop local produce grown right here at the University of Illinois. The Sustainable Student Farm is a small scale vegetable farm operated within the Crop Sciences Department. Shop fresh seasonal produce on the quad! 

    Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Location: 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
  • May 28, 2015 - August 20, 2015

    13 Thursdays in Campustown

    Thursday from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    The Champaign Center Partnership is proud to once again make Thursdays your best day of the week with 13 Thursdays in Campustown all summer long. Enjoy great discounts every Thursday between graduation and the return of students in August. Participating businesses have rolled out the best deals you’ll find anywhere in CU! This year we are very excited to add live entertainment and activities to 13 Thursdays giving you even more reasons to visit Campustown, explore and return the following Thursdays! 

    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: 616 E. Green Street, Champaign, IL
  • June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015

    Playscape Mondays

    Every Monday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., June 1 through August 31

    Join us for Playscape Mondays, each Monday from June 1 to August 31! A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal! Remember to dress to get dirty. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

    Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Natural Playscape, Homer, IL
  • June 13, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Yoga in the Park

    Saturday at 9:00 a.m. — June 13-August 29 (excluding July 1)

    Come outside to experience the joy of yoga! Join the Urbana Park District, your community, and a variety of talented yoga instructors as we take to beautiful Meadowbrook Park for yoga in the open-air.

    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location: Vine Street and Windsor Road, Urbana, IL
  • June 15, 2015 - August 24, 2015

    Museum Mondays at Lake of the Woods

    Every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Join us for Museum Mondays at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! Each Monday bring the kids out for an educational and hands-on activity. Each Monday focuses on a new and different topic, all of which have some connection to the museum. This is a great way to get out and spend time with other young folks during the summer! 

    Time: 10:30 am
    Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet, IL
  • June 26, 2015 - August 28, 2015

    Summer Prairie Skies

    A live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight from your backyard in this traditional planetarium show. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
  • July 10, 2015 - April 29, 2016

    Transient Journeys: The Life and Music of Harry Partch

    Harry Partch (1901-1974) was a composer, music theorist, instrument maker, and performer whose vagabond nature inspired him to explore the musical roads less travelled by his contemporaries.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • July 11, 2015 - July 16, 2016

    D.I.Y. Weekend Wizards

    Grab your wizard hat and bring a friend to make, create and collaborate on do-it-yourself art projects and science experiments every Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil St. , Champaign, IL
  • July 15, 2015 - October 31, 2015

    MAC 'n' Cheese

    The 11 members of Champaign County’s Museums at the Crossroads Consortium—often called MAC—invite you to have a “MAC ‘n’ Cheese” experience this summer. Joining in on the selfie phenomenon, MAC museums encourage visitors to take a picture of themselves in all of the museums between July 15 and October 31, 2015 and post them to their Facebook pages.

    Time: 8:30 am
  • July 24, 2015 - August 1, 2015

    2015 Champaign County Fair


    FRIDAY, JULY 24:  

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 1302 N. Coler Ave., Urbana, IL
  • July 30, 2015 - August 9, 2015

    "Guys and Dolls" Champaign Urbana Theatre Company

    Guys and Dolls is "Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway." This 1950's show filled with great lines and familiar music will be running at the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College opening on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The performances are July 30-August 1 and August 6-8 at 7:30 PM with matinee performances August 2 and 9 at 2:30 PM. Tickets prices are: Adults $14, Seniors (55+), Students $12, and Children 12 and under $8. For tickets call 217.352.4085 or at

    Time: 7:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
  • July 31, 2015

    Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois

    Benefit Lunch on Friday, July 31

    NORMAL, Ill. – Texas Roadhouse restaurants will team up with local law enforcement on Friday, July 31, for the 5th Annual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois.

    Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Location: 204 N. Country Fair Dr., Champaign, IL

July 2015