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 ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 1/7

Living Outside of Ordinary: 1/7

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/7 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 ...
view details New Year's Eve 2018 in Champaign County!

New Year's Eve 2018 in Champaign County!

An Outside of Ordinary New Year’s Eve can be stressful to plan, so we went ahead and collected some of the hottest events in our area for you! Whether you’re celebrating with the whole family, a special someone, or just “doing you”, we’re here to make sure you have plans heading into 2019.   New Year’s Fun for All Ages   Midnight might be a bit ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 12/17

Living Outside of Ordinary: 12/17

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/17   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 ...
view details Christmas 2018 Restaurant Openings in Champaign County

Christmas 2018 Restaurant Openings in Champaign County

Whether you’re hosting guests, staying around town, or just curious about what sort of menu to play as the holidays season continues, we hope this list of Christmas Day openings around the greater Champaign County area helps! See something we’re missing? Email Taylor, our Communications Manager, at taylorb@visitchampaigncounty.org and he’ll add it to the list! However you spend ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 12/10

Living Outside of Ordinary: 12/10

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/10   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 A Very Merry Weekend: December 7-9

A Very Merry Weekend: December 7-9

This time of year, holiday spirit is running through every corner of the greater Champaign County area. Looking for a way to get festive this weekend? Let’s talk about this Very Merry Weekend of the 7th-9th. Mistletoe Market December 7th 4-9pm Local artisans, makers, growers & creators will have their best locally made goods on offer in one cozy & welcoming community space! Enjoy ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 12/3

Living Outside of Ordinary: 12/3

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/3 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 discover new ...
view details Curtis Orchard

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/26

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 Living Outside of Ordinary: 11/19

Living Outside of Ordinary: 11/19

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/19 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 ...
view details A Very Merry Weekend: November 17+18

A Very Merry Weekend: November 17+18

A Very Merry Weekend: November 17+18   We haven’t hit Thanksgiving quite yet, but you can get a taste of the holiday season this weekend in the greater Champaign County area. On Saturday and Sunday, a number of #OutsideofOrdinary holiday experiences are taking place that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!     The Country Christmas Craft Show is a family ...
view details Shop Local Guide

2018 Shop Local Guide!

Show somebody that you think they’re Outside of Ordinary with a special gift from a local business! The greater Champaign County area is a hotbed for great local shopping, which makes it easy to check off every name of your list right here in our community! Yummy Yummy Yummy! When you’re buying gifts from Midwest Living’s Greatest Midwest Food Town, the options are ...
view details Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings 2018

Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings 2018

Thanksgiving is a busy day, and not just for those who are  Know of a restaurant we are missing? Email our Communications Manager at taylorb@visitchampaigncounty.org so he can add it to the list!   Ambar India  605 S. Wright St., Champaign | 217-344-1500 Hours Open: 11am-10pm   Baskin Robbins & Dunkin Donuts 515 S. Neil St., Champaign ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 11/12

Living Outside of Ordinary: 11/12

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/12   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 What's Brewing in Champaign County: Kaffee Mahomet

What's Brewing in Champaign County: Kaffee Mahomet

The Mahomet IGA is a regular grocery store. When you enter, there are aisles, customers, cashiers; all the regular fixtures. Walk to the right, take a slight turn, and you’ll find something very Outside of Ordinary: a full espresso bar. Decorated and designed to feel cozy and intimate, Kaffee Mahomet suddenly transports you from grocery store to gathering space, and with no noise from the ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 11/5

Living Outside of Ordinary: 11/5

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/5 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 ...
view details A Guide to Dads Weekend 2018

A Guide to Dads Weekend 2018

Rather than coming down for Dad’s Weekend to a child without ideas for how to spend the weekend, we have you covered! If your kids attend the University of Illinois, you’re lucky, because the greater Champaign County area is filled with exciting attractions, great local restaurants and cultural experiences unique to this college town—and we’re going to share them with ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 10/29

Living Outside of Ordinary: 10/29

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/29   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 What Makes Flesor's So Sweet? Family and Love of the Craft

What Makes Flesor's So Sweet? Family and Love of the Craft

Over 100 years ago, as Greek immigrants made their way into Chicago, learning how to make confections was a path to making a living in the United States. For Gus Flesor, who came to Tuscola in 1901, making candy and ice cream became a family business when he purchased the Tuscola Candy Kitchen in 1904 for $500. Renamed Flesor’s Candy Kitchen, the business became a home for Gus’ ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 10/22

Living Outside of Ordinary: 10/22

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/22 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 discover new ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: 10/15

Living Outside of Ordinary: 10/15

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/15   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 What's Brewing in Champaign County?: Bossa Nova Café

What's Brewing in Champaign County?: Bossa Nova Café

The old location of Snow Meets Coffee in downtown Champaign has a new look, and better yet, open doors. The location has been redesigned inside from the ground up for the new Bossa Nova café. Mina Hanna, who runs the new café, sat down with Taylor to talk about the opening and what makes them #OutsideofOrdinary in the Champaign County café scene. Mina notes that with ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/8

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/8

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/8 Featured Week – University of Illinois Homecoming 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 ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/1

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/1

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/1 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 ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/24

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/24

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/24 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 ...
view details Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/17

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/17

Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/17   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 ...

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