Illinois Homecoming

October 3–9, 2021 | Close or Apart, We're Illini at heart

Get ready for another year of celebrating Illinois traditions, remembering your time on the University of Illinois campus, and connecting with old friends. Held October 3–9, 2021, Homecoming will be back with in-person and virtual events for this week long celebration, including a Kickoff 5K, Pancake Breakfast, dying of the Alumni Center fountain, Homecoming Parade, Marching Illini Concert, tailgating, and of course, a matchup between the Fighting Illini and the Wisconsin Badgers.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 3

Monday, October 4

Tuesday, October 5

Wednesday, October 6

Thursday, October 7

Various businesses throughout downtown Champaign will be offering specials for the event, taking place from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Stay tuned as specials get added and plan your night out celebrating Illinois Homecoming!

Blind Pig Brewery | 120 N. Neil St., Champaign | 217-398-5133

Homecoming Shots—$3

Neil St. Blues | 301 N. Neil St., Champaign | 217-531-1150

Half-priced beer specials and half-priced appetizers from 5:00–7:00 p.m.


Friday, October 8

Saturday, October 9

Stay tuned to updates on the schedule here.


Be sure you have a place to stay for the game and all of the activities. Check out our complete list of hotels in the greater Champaign-County area, ready to make your stay Outside of Ordinary!


Plan your entire weekend with our Experience Guide, filled with ideas on places to visit and eat in our award-winning culinary destination!

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