view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/15

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/15

In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to discover new places throughout the greater Champaign ...
view details A Guide to Historic Farm Days

A Guide to Historic Farm Days

Historic Farm Days brings thousands of farm enthusiasts and visitors to Penfield each year who are looking to learn more about the practice. This year’s event is full of anniversaries, including the 80th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Farmall H and Farmall M, 40th Anniversary of the Introduction of the Axial Flow Combine, and 25th Anniversary of the IH Collectors Club Illinois ...
view details 5 Must Try Brews at Midwest Beer Fest

5 Must Try Brews at Midwest Beer Fest

Midwest Beer Fest is going down this weekend outside Barrelhouse 34 in Downtown Champaign. The celebration highlights great and limited-edition beers all brewed locally here in the Midwest. Nick Rainey, General Manager at Barrelhouse 34, gave us the inside scoop on which beers to look out for this weekend!   Revolution Brewing - Northeast Hero This is the Chicago brewery’s first ...
view details Fight the Heat with Frozen Treats

Fight the Heat with Frozen Treats

Summer in the Midwest is a bittersweet thing. For one, it’s a much needed reprieve from long, cold winters. On the other hand, it can be hard to keep cool when the humidity, sun, and temperature are all trying to outdo each other. Don’t sweat it! There are plenty of places in the greater Champaign County area to grab a frozen treat to fight the heat. No matter your cravings or taste ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/8

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/8

In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to discover new places throughout the greater Champaign ...
view details July Concert Calendar in Champaign County

July Concert Calendar in Champaign County

July is full of great shows in the greater Champaign County area! We wanted to give you a snapshot of concerts happening in our area, so check out our concert calendar for the month of July. With each concert, you’ll find a link to tickets if applicable, as well as info on when, where, and what time!   Audiofeed 2019 Champaign County Fairgrounds  Thursday, July 4 - 6 12:00pm to ...
view details Independence Week Fireworks in the Greater Champaign County Area

Independence Week Fireworks in the Greater Champaign County Area

Curious about when to head out and catch fireworks? Luckily, there are lit skies to be seen Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in the greater Champaign County area. Here’s your guide to Independence Week Fireworks!   Wednesday July 3rd   Monticello Freedom Festival, 4-11 p.m. at Lodge Park Monticello gets things going at their freedom festival, including inflatables, kids ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/1

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/1

In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to discover new places throughout the greater Champaign ...
view details Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in July

Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in July

Fourth of July events will get their seperate blog, but let's look at the rest of the month to come and see what Outside of Ordinary events there are to enjoy!   Diana Ross at State Farm Center Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.   Diana Ross is considered one of the most successful recording artists and entertainers of all time. 2019 will be remembered as a milestone in history with a ...
view details Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: Monticello, Mahomet, and Rantoul

Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: Monticello, Mahomet, and Rantoul

Nothing beats a great road trip, and with so many things to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, a fun summer stay-cation is just around the corner! We've been detailing a few trips to take outside of Champaign-Urbana, and we wrap up this week with Monticello, Mahomet, and Rantoul! Let’s start with something to eat, shall we? As we start our road trip in Monticello, a ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/24

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/24

  In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to discover new places throughout the greater ...
view details Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: Tuscola and Arthur

Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: Tuscola and Arthur

Nothing beats a great road trip, and with so many things to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, a fun summer stay-cation is just around the corner! We'll be detailing a few trips to take outside of Champaign-Urbana, continuing this week with Tuscola and Arthur! Heading down to Tuscola, Flesor’s is a necessary stop for those with a sweet tooth. Hand dipped chocolate treats ...
view details Music in the Air: Great Concerts in Our Area this Weekend

Music in the Air: Great Concerts in Our Area this Weekend

There’s always art to be seen, heard, and enjoyed in the greater Champaign County area. This weekend, we happen to have an Outside of Ordinary array of concerts taking place across our community. Here’s your guide to catching a live show this weekend! From international touring acts to local favorites, music is in the air this weekend!   Thursday, June 20th   That's ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/17

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/17

In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to discover new places throughout the greater Champaign ...
view details Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Weekend

Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Weekend

  Father’s Day weekend is a great way to show dad that you care about him! The father figures in our lives shape us in priceless ways, and it’s the least we can do to make them feel special when this weekend rolls around every year. If you’re looking for some inspiration, there’s plenty to do in the greater Champaign County this weekend, some of which is specifically ...
view details Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: St. Joesph and Homer

Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: St. Joesph and Homer

Nothing beats a great road trip, and with so many things to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, a fun summer stay-cation is just around the corner! We'll be detailing a few trips to take outside of Champaign-Urbana, starting this week with an adventure to St. Joesph and Homer! Start your trip with St. Joe’s Kickapoo Rail Trail. The 6.7-mile Urbana to St. Joseph trail segment ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary 6/10

Living Outside of Ordinary 6/10

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/10   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details 5 Can’t Miss Events This Weekend

5 Can’t Miss Events This Weekend

The weekend is a great time to get out in the community and have some fun! Luckily, this weekend is stacked with fun events, summer festivals, and some Outside of Ordinary attractions that are sure to make this weekend a memorable one!   Streetfest, Saturday June 8th A summer favorite, Streetfest is put on by the Champaign Park District and brings live, local music in the streets ...
view details Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Champaign County

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Champaign County

Pride Month is a big deal to Champaign County. The community is incredibly diverse and inclusive of each and every individual living in our #outsideofordinary area, not to mention Champaign-Urbana’s Pride Fest is the largest downstate Pride Parade.   Pride Month is a chance to remember not only the progress being made in increasing LGBTQ+ inclusivity into every aspect of daily life, ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/3

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/3

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/3   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in June

Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in June

May is making way for June, and that means it’s time to look at the upcoming month and all of the Outside of Ordinary events to take advantage of in the greater Champaign County area! Plan ahead, and keep an eye on our events calendar for more information on all that happens in our area.   LOVE FOR ALL(erton) - June 1st Enjoy music, art, and community at this carefree concert ...
view details Museum May: Fun for the Whole Family

Museum May: Fun for the Whole Family

As May comes to an end, we are going to wrap up our look at the incredible Museums in our area. As spring blends into summer, new exhibits, events, and opportunities spring up, and the Champaign County Museum Network has been kind enough to share with us some sneak peeks at what to expect from now through August.   In the final entry of our blog series, Museum May, we turn our final entry ...
view details 5 Ways to Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable in Champaign County

5 Ways to Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable in Champaign County

5 Ways to Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable in Champaign County   Memorial Day Weekend is here, and it’s much more than just the unofficial start to summer! There are a lot of fun things to do in the greater Champaign County area, but if you’re short on ideas, here are 5 ways to make Memorial Day weekend memorable in our area!   Get Back in the Pool! Many area pools ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/27

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/27

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/27   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Museum May: Nature Never Fails to Entertain

Museum May: Nature Never Fails to Entertain

Museum May: Nature Never Fails to Entertain   As May continues, we are going to keep taking a look at the incredible Museums in our area. As spring blends into summer, new exhibits, events, and opportunities spring up, and the Champaign County Museum Network has been kind enough to share with us some sneak peeks at what to expect from now through August.   In this blog series, which ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/20

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/20

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/20   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details 5 Must-Sees in Arthur: Back Forty Market Edition

5 Must-Sees in Arthur: Back Forty Market Edition

There are a ton of reasons to love Arthur, but if you haven’t been in awhile, the Back Forty Market is a great reason to visit again! This Friday and Saturday, shop vintage & handmade goods on the farm plus enjoy live music, delicious food & wine, and kid's activities on Saturday. There will even be chickens clucking along in the background! It’s truly a great spring event in ...
view details Museum May: A Walk Through History

Museum May: A Walk Through History

For the rest of May, we are going to be taking a look at the incredible Museums in our area. As spring blends into summer, new exhibits, events, and opportunities spring up, and the Champaign County Museum Network has been kind enough to share with us some sneak peeks at what to expect from now through August. We want to start the blog series, which we’re calling Museum May, by talking ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/13

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/13

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/13   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details 3 Ways We’re Feeling Floral this Mother’s Day Weekend

3 Ways We’re Feeling Floral this Mother’s Day Weekend

  Mother’s Day always marks the point in the greater Champaign County area that Spring is fully sprung and bringing sunshine, warmer weather, and beautiful flowers to our community. What better time than Mother’s Day Weekend to pick up some blooming bulbs and plants to gift to Mom or give your home and garden a new look. Take advantage of these 3 great floral festivities this ...
view details Three Hour Drive: Instagram Couple Takes on Accessible Adventures

Three Hour Drive: Instagram Couple Takes on Accessible Adventures

Ted and Kait moved to Illinois recently, and brought with them a love for travel. Their Instagram account, Three Hour Drive, highlights their adventures all over the country and world. The source of their name, however, focuses in on an important aspect of travel: short, nearby road trips to accessible locations. It’s the ideal way to see the things around you, and fits in great with ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/6 - NTTW Social Media Challenge Edition

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/6 - NTTW Social Media Challenge Edition

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/6 NTTW Social Media Challenge Edition   To celebrate National Tourism and Travel Week, we’re mixing things up this week with a social media challenge! Each day, participate by sharing a photo or story online, being sure to tag us and the hashtag #nttw19. Between hometown pride and keeping the entire country connected, this year’s theme ...
view details 6 Instagram-able Areas for Graduation

6 Instagram-able Areas for Graduation

6 Instagram-able Areas for Graduation   If you’re in town for graduation, first of all, congrats to the grad and their family! This is a HUGE milestone in life, and we’re happy that some of your most formative years occurred in our community. While you’re here, you’re likely looking for the best spots to grab photos on and around campus. Luckily, the greater ...
view details 3 Ways to Celebrate Bike to Work Day

3 Ways to Celebrate Bike to Work Day

3 Ways to Celebrate Bike to Work Day   Bike to Work Day is an annual event that celebrates those who ride a bicycle. Whether you commute to work by bike every single day or just want to give it a try for the first time this year, this event promotes sustainable transportation and healthy living habits! This is the one day each year that our region formally recognizes bicycling as an ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/29

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/29

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/29   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Four Ways to Make the Most of Wooden Nickel 2019

Four Ways to Make the Most of Wooden Nickel 2019

Four Ways to Make the Most of Wooden Nickel 2019   Wooden Nickel is back for the 2019 Illinois Marathon! If you’ve never participated in a wooden nickel promotion, here’s how it works. Pick up wooden nickels and a list of participating vendors at the Health & Fitness Expo this Thursday and Friday and at the 27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash on Saturday and redeem them for ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/22

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/22

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/22   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Egg-cellent Ways to Play All Weekend Long!

Egg-cellent Ways to Play All Weekend Long!

This weekend spurs a lot of fun-filled family opportunities to hunt, dive, and take pictures with eggs and bunnies. No matter what time of the day this weekend, something is going on every day to make for an #OutsideofOrdinary adventure spent with loved ones.   If you’re reading this Friday morning, catch the earliest taste of bunny festivities with a screening of Peter Rabbit at ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/15

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/15

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/15   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Krannert Center: 50 Years of Arts & Entertainment

Krannert Center: 50 Years of Arts & Entertainment

Krannert Center: 50 Years of Arts & Entertainment   Access to the arts was a driving force behind the building of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus. Herman Krannert, a 1912 graduate of the university, and his wife Ellnora, believed that to experience the arts was “one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences people can ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/8

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/8

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/8   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Ebertfest: In the Audience’s Words (Part Two)

Ebertfest: In the Audience’s Words (Part Two)

As Ebertfest 2019 sits on the calendar less than one week away, we continue sharing some testimonials from attendees of past festivals to help explain just how #OutsideofOrdinary an event like this is! This week, a look at two festival attendees who love film, and engage with it up close and personal at the festival.   Big Event, Same Tight Knit Community   “No sooner had I ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/1

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/1

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 4/1   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Boneyard Arts Festival

Boneyard Arts Festival: Our Tips to See ALL the Art

The most celebrated arts & culture events of the year in the greater Champaign County area is upon us—the Boneyard Arts Festival takes over the community from Thursday, April 4–Sunday, April 7. While many have experienced arts festivals around the country, navigating tents sheltering artists selling their creations, the Boneyard Arts Festival, presented by 40 North, ...
view details  Observing ‘Take A Walk in the Park Day’ in the Greater Champaign County Area!

Observing ‘Take A Walk in the Park Day’ in the Greater Champaign County Area!

 Observing ‘Take A Walk in the Park Day’ in the Greater Champaign County Area!   Places like Meadowbrook Park or the athletic adventure at Douglass Park are many residents and visitors favorite spots. National Take A Walk In The Park Day is observed annually on March 30th. Unlike some nationally observed days, this one doesn’t cost money, happen at a specific time, ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/25

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/25

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/25   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...
view details Page Roasting Company: Woman Owned, Community Minded

Page Roasting Company: Woman Owned, Community Minded

For Erin Erdman, coffee is more than just a morning routine. “From one roast to another, I can taste the subtle differences that might have occurred during the process. Others might not notice, but I can taste it.” That control over each and every aspect of the process that provides fresh, local coffee to places like Art Mart, Common Ground Food Coop, the Bread Company, Hopscotch ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/18

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/18

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/18   In the past month, how many days can you truly remember? On average, a few days, 4 or 5 if you’re lucky, stand out from the daily routines we all experience. That’s why Visit Champaign County is launching our new “Living Outside of Ordinary” Campaign aimed at residents and visitors as a means to encourage everyone to ...

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