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 ...
view details Pie on the Mind for Pi Day (3/14)

Pie on the Mind for Pi Day (3/14)

March 14th is Pi Day! For our math minded residents and visitors, this may bring about thoughts of equations, arithmetic, and STEM related projects and plans. At VCC? Pi Day brings to mind one thing: delicious, decedent pies! We’ll leave the math to students at Parkland and U of I, because today we’ve got local pie on the brain! Here are some of our favorite places to grab pie in the ...
view details Ebertfest: In the Audience’s Words (Part One)

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

 As Ebertfest 2019 draws nearer, we’ll be sharing some testimonials from attendees of past festivals to help explain just how #OutsideofOrdinary an event like this is! This week, we have two individuals who were very fond of the festival, each experiencing something that left them with complete confidence that they would be returning every year after.   The Perpective Provided ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/11

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/11

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/11   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 Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/4

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/4

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/4   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 A Look Inside the Engineering Open House

A Look Inside the Engineering Open House

A Look Inside the Engineering Open House   It’s tough to explain just how Outside of Ordinary the University of Illinois’ Engineering Open House is, so we went right to the source for an inside scoop on this year’s massive event.   VCC’s Taylor Bauer spoke with Maddie Wilson, an Electrical Engineering Senior, and Director of the Open House, who said that so ...
view details Dinner on the Farm

Spend Your 2019 on the Farm

There’s something that happens to you when you step foot on a farm. As you take in the sights and smells that come with farm life, those daily stresses and every day anxieties fade away. You put away your phone, you wander through the prairie and imagine a life quieter than the one you’re living.   For the farmers themselves though, there’s much work to be done. At ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 2/25

Living Outside of Ordinary: 2/25

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/25   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 Living Outside of Ordinary: 2/18

Living Outside of Ordinary: 2/18

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/18   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 ...
view details Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Outdoor Adventure

Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Outdoor Adventure

Today is Valentine’s Day, and all week we have been reflecting on why we love our community. There’s plenty to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, so we’re asking you to post each day about things you love about the area! Today, we’re talking Outdoor Adventure!   There are a number of activities and adventures for every interested outdoor enthusiast. ...
view details Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Food

Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Food

Valentine’s Day was yesterday, and all week we have been reflecting on why we love our community. There’s plenty to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, so we’re asking you to post each day about things you love about the area! Today, we’re talking food!   As Midwest Living’s Greatest Midwest Food Town, the amazing cuisine in Champaign-Urbana ...
view details Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Family Activities

Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Family Activities

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, and all week we want to reflect on why we love our community. There’s plenty to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, so we’re asking you to post each day about things you love about the area! Today, we’re talking Family Activities!   The greater Champaign County area is hailed by residents for being an incredible place to ...
view details Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Arts and Culture

Love the Greater Champaign County Area: Arts and Culture

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, and all week we want to reflect on why we love our community. There’s plenty to see and do in the greater Champaign County area, so we’re asking you to post each day about things you love about the area! Today, we’re talking Arts and Culture!   Whether you love art, music, theater, or dance, the greater Champaign County area is rich with ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Love the Greater Champaign County Area

Living Outside of Ordinary: Love the Greater Champaign County Area

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/11 Love the Greater Champaign County Area  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 ...
view details An Outside of Ordinary Love Story

An Outside of Ordinary Love Story

A Champaign County Love Story   If you’ve lived in Champaign County for some time, you may have gotten married, or known someone who has, at Allerton Park and Retreat Center. With beautiful Formal Gardens and Natural Areas, a two-story hay barn, and a historic Mansion, every dream wedding can likely take place at this dynamic venue. Tom and Connie Hieronymus had ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 2/4

Living Outside of Ordinary: 2/4

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/4   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 Staying Warm with Restaurant Week 2019!

Staying Warm with Restaurant Week 2019!

Staying Warm with Restaurant Week 2019!   With temperatures at record lows and wind chills at levels our brains can’t even comprehend, anything that helps fight the frigid weather is essential to surviving in the greater Champaign County area this week. It just so happens that Restaurant Week is well underway, and that presents a unique opportunity to warm up with some delicious ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/28

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/28

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/28   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 Talking Obscurity with the Found Footage Festival

Talking Obscurity with the Found Footage Festival

The Found Footage Festival is coming to the Art Theater this Thursday, and that means some wacky, vintage VHS tapes that lived in obscurity for some time are getting their time on a big screen. Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have worked on popular comedy writing teams like the Colbert Report and the Onion, but now they spend their time finding odd tapes to share and explore with live audiences. ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 1/21

Living Outside of Ordinary: 1/21

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/21   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 Indoor Activities for All in the Greater Champaign County Area

Indoor Activities for All in the Greater Champaign County Area

Indoor Activities for All in the Greater Champaign County Area   With snow making a ferocious debut in the new year, it can be tough to get out of the house. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do indoors in our area, especially if you’re willing to try something a little Outside of Ordinary!   Summer Fun in the Winter Months   Just because it says January on the ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 1/14

Living Outside of Ordinary: 1/14

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/14   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 Reading Resolutions Made Easy in Champaign County

Reading Resolutions Made Easy in Champaign County

Reading Resolutions Made Easy in Champaign County   Many people turn to the same set of resolutions when a new year begins. Whether it be better eating habits, more time spent up and out being active, or something more personal, it’s nice to use the turn of the calendar as a jumping off point for long-delayed changes you’d like to make. A popular one not yet mentioned is the ...

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