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Interview: Rad Lad Games Opening Soon in Mahomet

July 27, 2021

Rad Lad Games is planning to open on Mahomet's Main Street in August and you can learn more about the store in this Q+A with the owner!

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Interview: Rad Lad Games Opening Soon in Mahomet

July 27, 2021

Rad Lad Games is planning to open on Mahomet's Main Street in August and you can learn more about the store in this Q+A with the owner!

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2021 Champaign County Fair Guide

July 15, 2021

Curious about how to tackle the Champaign County Fair’s robust schedule of events and activities? We’ve got you covered with our 2021 Champaign County Fair Guide.

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2021 Champaign County Fair Guide

July 15, 2021

Curious about how to tackle the Champaign County Fair’s robust schedule of events and activities? We’ve got you covered with our 2021 Champaign County Fair Guide.

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Disability Pride Month: How Champaign-Urbana Helped Shape Accessibility

July 8, 2021

As the birthplace of the disability rights movement, we're proud to say that thanks to leaders in our community, Disability Pride is a year-round feature of Champaign-Urbana.

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Disability Pride Month: How Champaign-Urbana Helped Shape Accessibility

July 8, 2021

As the birthplace of the disability rights movement, we're proud to say that thanks to leaders in our community, Disability Pride is a year-round feature of Champaign-Urbana.

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A Guide to Historic Farm Days

July 6, 2021

At the I&I Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Showgrounds, attendees will see a ton of amazing things, so be sure not to miss these 8 highlights over the four-day Historic Farm Days in Penfield.

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A Guide to Historic Farm Days

July 6, 2021

At the I&I Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Club Showgrounds, attendees will see a ton of amazing things, so be sure not to miss these 8 highlights over the four-day Historic Farm Days in Penfield.

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Summer Food and Drink Stops to Explore Outside Champaign-Urbana

June 29, 2021

Champaign-Urbana might be the Best Midwest Food Town according to Midwest Living, but good eats and drinks don't stop when you leave C-U.

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Summer Food and Drink Stops to Explore Outside Champaign-Urbana

June 29, 2021

Champaign-Urbana might be the Best Midwest Food Town according to Midwest Living, but good eats and drinks don't stop when you leave C-U.

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Making the Most of a Student-Free Campustown

June 25, 2021

Here are just a few ideas to make some time in Campustown a fun little adventure in your own backyard before students return!

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Making the Most of a Student-Free Campustown

June 25, 2021

Here are just a few ideas to make some time in Campustown a fun little adventure in your own backyard before students return!

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2021 Fourth of July Events in the Champaign County Area

June 22, 2021

Fourth of July events in the Champaign County Area start as early as this weekend! Here's your guide to the major celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays taking place this year.

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2021 Fourth of July Events in the Champaign County Area

June 22, 2021

Fourth of July events in the Champaign County Area start as early as this weekend! Here's your guide to the major celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays taking place this year.

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Art is Alive Again

June 17, 2021

After a long, challenging year, we’re excited to once again celebrate our local arts scene during the Boneyard Arts Festival, hosted by 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council. This annual event, typically held over the University of Illinois Mom’s Weekend in April, was rescheduled for June to allow time for safety efforts and vaccinations to be widespread. We couldn’t be happier that this popular arts & culture festival is kicking off a return of events and festivals to the greater Champaign County area at a time when our local artists and venues need it most.

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Art is Alive Again

June 17, 2021

After a long, challenging year, we’re excited to once again celebrate our local arts scene during the Boneyard Arts Festival, hosted by 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council. This annual event, typically held over the University of Illinois Mom’s Weekend in April, was rescheduled for June to allow time for safety efforts and vaccinations to be widespread. We couldn’t be happier that this popular arts & culture festival is kicking off a return of events and festivals to the greater Champaign County area at a time when our local artists and venues need it most.

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Exploring Arthur: Favorite Things to Do and See

June 15, 2021

Christy Miller, director of Simply Arthur, spoke with us to hopefully change that for those who haven't been to Arthur, or to entice you back if you've visited before.

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Exploring Arthur: Favorite Things to Do and See

June 15, 2021

Christy Miller, director of Simply Arthur, spoke with us to hopefully change that for those who haven't been to Arthur, or to entice you back if you've visited before.

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Summer Edition

June 11, 2021

Jane Addams shares some great options for summer reads signed by the author!

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Summer Edition

June 11, 2021

Jane Addams shares some great options for summer reads signed by the author!

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Places to Swim in the Greater Champaign County Area

June 4, 2021

Beat the heat this summer with local public swimming pools and splash pads!

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Places to Swim in the Greater Champaign County Area

June 4, 2021

Beat the heat this summer with local public swimming pools and splash pads!

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Aikman Wildlife Adventure's New Summer Hours are Here!

June 2, 2021

Aikman Wildlife Adventure is operating with new summer hours. If you haven't been in awhile (or ever) it's time to make the trip to Arcola!

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Aikman Wildlife Adventure's New Summer Hours are Here!

June 2, 2021

Aikman Wildlife Adventure is operating with new summer hours. If you haven't been in awhile (or ever) it's time to make the trip to Arcola!

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AAPI Anti-Bias Resources in Champaign County

May 27, 2021

We want to highlight a few resources available to visitors and residents alike as we wrap up AAPI Heritage Month and continue improving our community for all.

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AAPI Anti-Bias Resources in Champaign County

May 27, 2021

We want to highlight a few resources available to visitors and residents alike as we wrap up AAPI Heritage Month and continue improving our community for all.

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AAPI Heritage Month Artist Talk: EKAH

May 25, 2021

In our continued celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, we sit down with EKAH, a local artist whose work inspires and connects with audiences far and wide.

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AAPI Heritage Month Artist Talk: EKAH

May 25, 2021

In our continued celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, we sit down with EKAH, a local artist whose work inspires and connects with audiences far and wide.

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Engaging with AAPI Culture in Champaign County

May 19, 2021

Getting started with these ways to engage with AAPI culture can help to expand our knowledge of the traditions and values our neighbors and friends share here in Champaign County and beyond.

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Engaging with AAPI Culture in Champaign County

May 19, 2021

Getting started with these ways to engage with AAPI culture can help to expand our knowledge of the traditions and values our neighbors and friends share here in Champaign County and beyond.

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Unique Innovations from Champaign-Urbana

May 18, 2021

In Champaign County, innovation is around every corner. Here are a few of the area's most notable contributions!

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Unique Innovations from Champaign-Urbana

May 18, 2021

In Champaign County, innovation is around every corner. Here are a few of the area's most notable contributions!

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Five AAPI-Owned Restaurants to Visit in May

May 14, 2021

These locally-owned restaurants are the perfect place to visit during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

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Five AAPI-Owned Restaurants to Visit in May

May 14, 2021

These locally-owned restaurants are the perfect place to visit during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

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Three Ways Tourism Will Help Communities Recover from the Pandemic

May 7, 2021

Tourism will help the greater Champaign County area and other communities like it to restore jobs and a sustained economic impact on local businesses.

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Three Ways Tourism Will Help Communities Recover from the Pandemic

May 7, 2021

Tourism will help the greater Champaign County area and other communities like it to restore jobs and a sustained economic impact on local businesses.

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The Power of Travel: The Road to Recovery

May 6, 2021

As we celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, we reflect on the losses over the past year and look towards the role travel will play in our economic recovery.

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The Power of Travel: The Road to Recovery

May 6, 2021

As we celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, we reflect on the losses over the past year and look towards the role travel will play in our economic recovery.

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Recent Wins for Our Community: National Travel and Tourism Week

May 4, 2021

While 2020 may be remembered as a year we'd rather forget, a few wins in our community will continue to shape those who visit, work, and live in Champaign County for years to come.

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Recent Wins for Our Community: National Travel and Tourism Week

May 4, 2021

While 2020 may be remembered as a year we'd rather forget, a few wins in our community will continue to shape those who visit, work, and live in Champaign County for years to come.

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Roger Ebert's Favorite Films (And Where to Stream Them)

April 26, 2021

Roger Ebert looms large in the greater Champaign County area to this day. Read his favorite films and find them on streaming services at home!

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Roger Ebert's Favorite Films (And Where to Stream Them)

April 26, 2021

Roger Ebert looms large in the greater Champaign County area to this day. Read his favorite films and find them on streaming services at home!

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It's Back! Urbana's Market at the Square Returns May 1st

April 21, 2021

Urbana's Market at the Square returns May 1st and we couldn't be more excited.

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It's Back! Urbana's Market at the Square Returns May 1st

April 21, 2021

Urbana's Market at the Square returns May 1st and we couldn't be more excited.

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Five Unique Inspirations for Public Art in our Area

April 20, 2021

We have an incredible array of public art to explore from murals to sculptures and so much more. Here are five that have a particularly interesting story behind their creation!

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Five Unique Inspirations for Public Art in our Area

April 20, 2021

We have an incredible array of public art to explore from murals to sculptures and so much more. Here are five that have a particularly interesting story behind their creation!

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Four Spring Cocktails to Try Around Champaign-Urbana

April 14, 2021

With the beautiful weather we've been having, we have patio season and spring cocktails on the brain

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Four Spring Cocktails to Try Around Champaign-Urbana

April 14, 2021

With the beautiful weather we've been having, we have patio season and spring cocktails on the brain

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Spring Shopping Checklist - Fresh Additions to the Home, Wardrobe, and More!

April 12, 2021

Read through our guide to freshening up your home and wardrobe for the new season!

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Spring Shopping Checklist - Fresh Additions to the Home, Wardrobe, and More!

April 12, 2021

Read through our guide to freshening up your home and wardrobe for the new season!

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5 Unique Sports You Can Try in Champaign County

April 9, 2021

Itching to try a new sport? We have five you should try this spring and summer!

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5 Unique Sports You Can Try in Champaign County

April 9, 2021

Itching to try a new sport? We have five you should try this spring and summer!

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Explore These Bike Paths Around Champaign County

April 1, 2021

Check out these popular bike paths around the greater Champaign County area

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Explore These Bike Paths Around Champaign County

April 1, 2021

Check out these popular bike paths around the greater Champaign County area

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Eight Fishing Spots You Need to Try in Champaign County

March 30, 2021

If you're thinking of casting a reel this spring, then be sure to try one of these community favorites for fishing in Champaign County!

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Eight Fishing Spots You Need to Try in Champaign County

March 30, 2021

If you're thinking of casting a reel this spring, then be sure to try one of these community favorites for fishing in Champaign County!

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Rantoul Sports Complex: A Game-Changer for Sports Tourism

March 23, 2021

The new Rantoul Sports Complex, poised to open for tournament play in April, is already proving to be quite impactful for all involved.

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Rantoul Sports Complex: A Game-Changer for Sports Tourism

March 23, 2021

The new Rantoul Sports Complex, poised to open for tournament play in April, is already proving to be quite impactful for all involved.

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Six Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Visit Events in Champaign County

March 23, 2021

Here's a breakdown of six Easter events worth checking out in the greater Champaign County area!

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Six Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Visit Events in Champaign County

March 23, 2021

Here's a breakdown of six Easter events worth checking out in the greater Champaign County area!

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Get to Know the Japan House Gardens

March 17, 2021

It doesn't take an expert to acknowledge the serenity the Japan House Gardens offer, but learning a bit about their history makes a visit to these spaces all the more special.

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Get to Know the Japan House Gardens

March 17, 2021

It doesn't take an expert to acknowledge the serenity the Japan House Gardens offer, but learning a bit about their history makes a visit to these spaces all the more special.

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A History of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament in Champaign-Urbana

March 12, 2021

Legends Play Here in Champaign County, and we can't wait to welcome you next year for the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament in 2022.

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A History of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament in Champaign-Urbana

March 12, 2021

Legends Play Here in Champaign County, and we can't wait to welcome you next year for the IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament in 2022.

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Get to Know the Kickapoo Rail Trail

March 10, 2021

Before heading out to explore the Kickapoo Rail Trail this spring, get to know a few of the unique aspects that make this feature Outside of Ordinary.

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Get to Know the Kickapoo Rail Trail

March 10, 2021

Before heading out to explore the Kickapoo Rail Trail this spring, get to know a few of the unique aspects that make this feature Outside of Ordinary.

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Spring Edition

March 8, 2021

As you hunt for a spring read, these books are just a few of the eye-catching titles you'll find during a visit to Jane Addams Book Shop in Downtown Champaign.

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Unique Finds at Jane Addams Book Shop: Spring Edition

March 8, 2021

As you hunt for a spring read, these books are just a few of the eye-catching titles you'll find during a visit to Jane Addams Book Shop in Downtown Champaign.

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Celebrating Agriculture Innovation

March 5, 2021

It’s no secret that Champaign County is home to and is surrounded by acres and acres of farmland with some of the richest soil in the world. This coming week, we're celebrating agriculture innovation through the AgTech Innovation Summit and through our local agricultural leaders.

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Celebrating Agriculture Innovation

March 5, 2021

It’s no secret that Champaign County is home to and is surrounded by acres and acres of farmland with some of the richest soil in the world. This coming week, we're celebrating agriculture innovation through the AgTech Innovation Summit and through our local agricultural leaders.

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Local Plant Shops to Help Wave Goodbye to Winter

March 3, 2021

Whether you're someone who likes to garden outside or you're just eager to bid winter adieu, we have a few local plant shops in town that can help you.

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Local Plant Shops to Help Wave Goodbye to Winter

March 3, 2021

Whether you're someone who likes to garden outside or you're just eager to bid winter adieu, we have a few local plant shops in town that can help you.

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Hiking Trails to Explore in the Champaign County Area

February 26, 2021

The greater Champaign County area is full of incredible options for walking and running amongst incredible nature scapes.

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Hiking Trails to Explore in the Champaign County Area

February 26, 2021

The greater Champaign County area is full of incredible options for walking and running amongst incredible nature scapes.

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Museum Exhibits to Explore During Black History Month

February 22, 2021

Check out these exhibits on Black culture, racial and social justice, and history that are poignant for Black History Month.

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Museum Exhibits to Explore During Black History Month

February 22, 2021

Check out these exhibits on Black culture, racial and social justice, and history that are poignant for Black History Month.

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The Great Outdoors

February 18, 2021

Rediscover the bountiful outdoor spaces to explore, whether you want to hike along area rivers, kayak on our lakes, or camp under the stars.

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The Great Outdoors

February 18, 2021

Rediscover the bountiful outdoor spaces to explore, whether you want to hike along area rivers, kayak on our lakes, or camp under the stars.

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Must-Visit Gardens for Capturing Spring's Beauty

February 18, 2021

We social distanced during fall and winter of 2020 so we can catch the blooms rise this spring. These spaces showcase annuals and perennials that are sure to inspire. Snap a pic for your Instagram and share with #outsideofordinary!

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Must-Visit Gardens for Capturing Spring's Beauty

February 18, 2021

We social distanced during fall and winter of 2020 so we can catch the blooms rise this spring. These spaces showcase annuals and perennials that are sure to inspire. Snap a pic for your Instagram and share with #outsideofordinary!

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Take Advantage of These Fun Activities in the Snow

February 17, 2021

With tons of snow on the ground and plenty to do, here's how you can have some fun before winter is on its way for the season.

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Take Advantage of These Fun Activities in the Snow

February 17, 2021

With tons of snow on the ground and plenty to do, here's how you can have some fun before winter is on its way for the season.

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Bring on the Beer

February 17, 2021

Across the greater Champaign County area, local breweries make art out of brewing. From all corners of Champaign County, you can find a beer that suits your tastes. Head to the tap room or pick up a growler to enjoy these crafted beverages.

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Bring on the Beer

February 17, 2021

Across the greater Champaign County area, local breweries make art out of brewing. From all corners of Champaign County, you can find a beer that suits your tastes. Head to the tap room or pick up a growler to enjoy these crafted beverages.

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On the Patio

February 17, 2021

There’s something special about dining al fresco with the fresh air and the sunset providing the ambience. Our downtown districts offer hundreds of outdoor seats to enjoy with social distancing, but these iconic patios provide the perfect backdrop for dinner or a drink.

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On the Patio

February 17, 2021

There’s something special about dining al fresco with the fresh air and the sunset providing the ambience. Our downtown districts offer hundreds of outdoor seats to enjoy with social distancing, but these iconic patios provide the perfect backdrop for dinner or a drink.

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Celebrate Local Foods

February 14, 2021

Farms large and small surround our micro-urban community, providing fresh ingredients for local chefs to incorporate into their menus, and for us to prepare at home. Here’s where you can pick up the freshest ingredients of the season to support our local food system.

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Celebrate Local Foods

February 14, 2021

Farms large and small surround our micro-urban community, providing fresh ingredients for local chefs to incorporate into their menus, and for us to prepare at home. Here’s where you can pick up the freshest ingredients of the season to support our local food system.

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Show Local Businesses Some Love This Valentine's Day

February 10, 2021

On top of the headaches that COVID-19 brought our way almost a year ago, thinking local could go a long way this Valentine's Day!

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Show Local Businesses Some Love This Valentine's Day

February 10, 2021

On top of the headaches that COVID-19 brought our way almost a year ago, thinking local could go a long way this Valentine's Day!

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Champaign County Valentine's Day Ideas

February 4, 2021

From lowkey lovebirds to fun-loving family plans, we have your Valentine's Day ideas covered!

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Champaign County Valentine's Day Ideas

February 4, 2021

From lowkey lovebirds to fun-loving family plans, we have your Valentine's Day ideas covered!

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A New Hobby Webinar Series Celebrates Down-Time

January 27, 2021

The Urbana Park District kicks off a new webinar series in February celebrating hobbies. With increased down-time during COVID-19, the series will focus on what keeps us busy and interested during the quiet hours.

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A New Hobby Webinar Series Celebrates Down-Time

January 27, 2021

The Urbana Park District kicks off a new webinar series in February celebrating hobbies. With increased down-time during COVID-19, the series will focus on what keeps us busy and interested during the quiet hours.

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What is Plan for Vacation Day?

January 26, 2021

Need a recharge, refresh, or just a little getaway? As we #PlanForVacation this week, explore why a trip away can be incredibly beneficial to your mental health!

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What is Plan for Vacation Day?

January 26, 2021

Need a recharge, refresh, or just a little getaway? As we #PlanForVacation this week, explore why a trip away can be incredibly beneficial to your mental health!

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Best Finds at the Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmers Market

January 20, 2021

Curious about the Indoor Winter Farmers Market? Here's why it's worth the trip to Lincoln Square Mall.

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Best Finds at the Champaign-Urbana Winter Farmers Market

January 20, 2021

Curious about the Indoor Winter Farmers Market? Here's why it's worth the trip to Lincoln Square Mall.

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How Does Tier One Impact Champaign County Restaurants?

January 19, 2021

Indoor dining can resume, but what other changes come with Tier One mitigations?

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How Does Tier One Impact Champaign County Restaurants?

January 19, 2021

Indoor dining can resume, but what other changes come with Tier One mitigations?

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Illini Gameday Must-Haves for Watching From Home

January 7, 2021

We can't bring 15,000+ people to your house for the game, but we can utilize some local businesses to recreate some of our favorite elements of watching sports and cheering on our favorite team.

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Illini Gameday Must-Haves for Watching From Home

January 7, 2021

We can't bring 15,000+ people to your house for the game, but we can utilize some local businesses to recreate some of our favorite elements of watching sports and cheering on our favorite team.

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Embracing Winter: Shop Local and Stock Up on Cold-Weather Gear

January 5, 2021

Find the best local places to grab winter gear. Staying inside all season long is so last year.

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Embracing Winter: Shop Local and Stock Up on Cold-Weather Gear

January 5, 2021

Find the best local places to grab winter gear. Staying inside all season long is so last year.

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Local Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

December 17, 2020

Shopping for a music lover? Whether they play music or listen to it, there's a local option waiting to help you find the perfect gift!

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Local Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

December 17, 2020

Shopping for a music lover? Whether they play music or listen to it, there's a local option waiting to help you find the perfect gift!

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Give the Gift of a Cozy Home (And Shop Local While Doing It!)

December 15, 2020

Shopping local is easy if you have names on your holiday list that enjoy cozy home decor. From candles to accent furniture and more, the greater Champaign County area has you covered!

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Give the Gift of a Cozy Home (And Shop Local While Doing It!)

December 15, 2020

Shopping local is easy if you have names on your holiday list that enjoy cozy home decor. From candles to accent furniture and more, the greater Champaign County area has you covered!

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Gifting Local Art in Champaign County

December 10, 2020

These are just some of the many amazing local art options we have for gifting in Champaign County!

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Gifting Local Art in Champaign County

December 10, 2020

These are just some of the many amazing local art options we have for gifting in Champaign County!

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Christmas and Christmas Eve Catering Options in Champaign County

December 10, 2020

Check out options for Christmas Eve and Christmas catering options in Champaign County!

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Christmas and Christmas Eve Catering Options in Champaign County

December 10, 2020

Check out options for Christmas Eve and Christmas catering options in Champaign County!

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Gifting Award-Winning Flavor in Champaign County

December 8, 2020

If you're trying to figure out what to give someone this holiday season, then consider gifting award-winning flavors, foods, and more from the greater Champaign County area.

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Gifting Award-Winning Flavor in Champaign County

December 8, 2020

If you're trying to figure out what to give someone this holiday season, then consider gifting award-winning flavors, foods, and more from the greater Champaign County area.

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Gifting Community Pride This Holiday Season with Chambana Proud

December 7, 2020

As you're finishing up holiday shopping, one option to consider is gifting community pride and a piece of what makes your home in Champaign County special.

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Gifting Community Pride This Holiday Season with Chambana Proud

December 7, 2020

As you're finishing up holiday shopping, one option to consider is gifting community pride and a piece of what makes your home in Champaign County special.

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Shop Local in Champaign County: Buying for a Bookworm

December 1, 2020

With a great collection of local bookstores in the greater Champaign County area, you're in luck if you're buying books this holiday season.

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Shop Local in Champaign County: Buying for a Bookworm

December 1, 2020

With a great collection of local bookstores in the greater Champaign County area, you're in luck if you're buying books this holiday season.

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Creative Ways to Show Someone You're Thankful For Them

November 25, 2020

Read about tips to show someone you're thankful for them by shopping local!

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Creative Ways to Show Someone You're Thankful For Them

November 25, 2020

Read about tips to show someone you're thankful for them by shopping local!

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2020 Shop Local Guide

November 20, 2020

This year, it's more important than ever to support local retailers and businesses. Our 2020 Shop Local Guide makes it easy and exciting

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2020 Shop Local Guide

November 20, 2020

This year, it's more important than ever to support local retailers and businesses. Our 2020 Shop Local Guide makes it easy and exciting

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What Changes in Champaign County Under Tier 3 Mitigations?

November 18, 2020

Curious about what's changing under the state of Illinois' Tier 3 Mitigations? We're here to help!

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What Changes in Champaign County Under Tier 3 Mitigations?

November 18, 2020

Curious about what's changing under the state of Illinois' Tier 3 Mitigations? We're here to help!

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Using Whip Cream in a Can This Thanksgiving? Thank Champaign-Urbana

November 17, 2020

Everyone does Thanksgiving a little differently. If you're using whipped cream in a can this year, you can thank a Champaign-Urbana inventor for that delicious topping to your pie.

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Using Whip Cream in a Can This Thanksgiving? Thank Champaign-Urbana

November 17, 2020

Everyone does Thanksgiving a little differently. If you're using whipped cream in a can this year, you can thank a Champaign-Urbana inventor for that delicious topping to your pie.

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Celebrating National Take a Hike Day in Champaign County

November 17, 2020

It's National Take a Hike Day! Here's how to celebrate in Champaign County

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Celebrating National Take a Hike Day in Champaign County

November 17, 2020

It's National Take a Hike Day! Here's how to celebrate in Champaign County

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Order Thanksgiving Dinner in Champaign County

November 3, 2020

2020 has thrown just about everything at us. Take Thanksgiving cooking off your to-do list this year and support local restaurants.

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Order Thanksgiving Dinner in Champaign County

November 3, 2020

2020 has thrown just about everything at us. Take Thanksgiving cooking off your to-do list this year and support local restaurants.

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Best Practices for Safe Outdoor Dining

November 2, 2020

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Best Practices for Safe Outdoor Dining

November 2, 2020

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Soup Season in Champaign County

October 28, 2020

We can talk about sweater weather, sure. But we'd rather talk about soup season. As the chill in the air returns to the greater Champaign County area, soup hits the spot unlike any other dish.

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Soup Season in Champaign County

October 28, 2020

We can talk about sweater weather, sure. But we'd rather talk about soup season. As the chill in the air returns to the greater Champaign County area, soup hits the spot unlike any other dish.

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No Tricks, All Treats: Flesor's Candy Kitchen Favorites

October 26, 2020

With Halloween coming up later this week, a lot of us have candy on the mind. At Flesor's Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, candy is an everyday obsession.

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No Tricks, All Treats: Flesor's Candy Kitchen Favorites

October 26, 2020

With Halloween coming up later this week, a lot of us have candy on the mind. At Flesor's Candy Kitchen in Tuscola, candy is an everyday obsession.

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

October 16, 2020

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in Champaign County!

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

October 16, 2020

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in Champaign County!

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Fun Indoor Activities for Fall and Winter

September 28, 2020

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Fun Indoor Activities for Fall and Winter

September 28, 2020

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Five Cocktails That Have Us Ready for the Weekend

September 25, 2020

With amazing bars and restaurants come incredible cocktails, mixed drinks, and other adult concoctions perfect for the weekend ahead. Here are a few we can't stop thinking about.

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Five Cocktails That Have Us Ready for the Weekend

September 25, 2020

With amazing bars and restaurants come incredible cocktails, mixed drinks, and other adult concoctions perfect for the weekend ahead. Here are a few we can't stop thinking about.

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Farmers Market Tips for Fall

September 23, 2020

As a new season breaks through the summer months, one thing is far from over: farmers market season.

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Farmers Market Tips for Fall

September 23, 2020

As a new season breaks through the summer months, one thing is far from over: farmers market season.

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Get Excited for Virtual C-U PrideFest 2020

September 22, 2020

As the largest PrideFest in Illinois outside of Chicago, inclusivity and acceptance for all is a huge part of what makes us Outside of Ordinary.

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Get Excited for Virtual C-U PrideFest 2020

September 22, 2020

As the largest PrideFest in Illinois outside of Chicago, inclusivity and acceptance for all is a huge part of what makes us Outside of Ordinary.

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Fall Activities to Check Out in 2020

September 17, 2020

With cooler weather coming, you need to check out these fall attractions this weekend!

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Fall Activities to Check Out in 2020

September 17, 2020

With cooler weather coming, you need to check out these fall attractions this weekend!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Tacos

September 15, 2020

Check out the best tacos in the state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Tacos

September 15, 2020

Check out the best tacos in the state of Illinois!

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Feel Cozy With These Five Seasonal Comfort Items

September 11, 2020

Check out these five seasonal comfort items worth picking up as we head into Fall!

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Feel Cozy With These Five Seasonal Comfort Items

September 11, 2020

Check out these five seasonal comfort items worth picking up as we head into Fall!

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Get to Know Okaw Valley Orchard

September 9, 2020

Located in Sullivan, this incredible orchard features favorite apple picking in its over 1500 fruit trees that grow 27 varieties of apples, peaches, plums, and pears.

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Get to Know Okaw Valley Orchard

September 9, 2020

Located in Sullivan, this incredible orchard features favorite apple picking in its over 1500 fruit trees that grow 27 varieties of apples, peaches, plums, and pears.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Pizza

September 8, 2020

Who doesn't love pizza? There are some incredible options all over the state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Pizza

September 8, 2020

Who doesn't love pizza? There are some incredible options all over the state of Illinois!

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Welcoming Week in Champaign County

September 4, 2020

With Welcoming Week coming up soon and many elements going virtual, we wanted to overview this year's event and give the University YMCA a chance to talk about how everyone can get involved.

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Welcoming Week in Champaign County

September 4, 2020

With Welcoming Week coming up soon and many elements going virtual, we wanted to overview this year's event and give the University YMCA a chance to talk about how everyone can get involved.

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Six September Day Trips in Champaign County

September 1, 2020

September marks the end of summer, so a full vacation might be out of the picture. Luckily, there are a ton of day trip possibilities in the greater Champaign County area!

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Six September Day Trips in Champaign County

September 1, 2020

September marks the end of summer, so a full vacation might be out of the picture. Luckily, there are a ton of day trip possibilities in the greater Champaign County area!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Unique Shopping

September 1, 2020

Check out the state of Illinois' most unique shopping opportunities!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Unique Shopping

September 1, 2020

Check out the state of Illinois' most unique shopping opportunities!

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U of I School Year Guide: Food Bucket List in Champaign-Urbana

August 27, 2020

In our last blog for new U of I students, we're laying out a Food Bucket List to help get newcomers to our community introduced

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U of I School Year Guide: Food Bucket List in Champaign-Urbana

August 27, 2020

In our last blog for new U of I students, we're laying out a Food Bucket List to help get newcomers to our community introduced

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Ways to Support and Celebrate National Black Business Month

August 27, 2020

Support and celebrate National Black Business Month with these different ways to show support!

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Ways to Support and Celebrate National Black Business Month

August 27, 2020

Support and celebrate National Black Business Month with these different ways to show support!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Family Activities

August 25, 2020

Explore the best family activities in the state of Illinois as summer wraps up!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Family Activities

August 25, 2020

Explore the best family activities in the state of Illinois as summer wraps up!

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Behemoth Durable Goods

August 20, 2020

Read about how Behemoth Durable Goods navigated COVID-19 to open their business and what safety measures they have in place for customers.

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Behemoth Durable Goods

August 20, 2020

Read about how Behemoth Durable Goods navigated COVID-19 to open their business and what safety measures they have in place for customers.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Fish Sandwiches

August 18, 2020

We're exploring the state's best fish sandwiches this week!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Fish Sandwiches

August 18, 2020

We're exploring the state's best fish sandwiches this week!

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Plantify

August 18, 2020

Read about how Plantify navigated COVID-19 to open their business and what safety measures they have in place for customers.

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Plantify

August 18, 2020

Read about how Plantify navigated COVID-19 to open their business and what safety measures they have in place for customers.

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Break the Routine with Unique Activities in Champaign County

August 17, 2020

As August plugs along and we start feeling fall around the corner, now is a great time to try something a little Outside of Ordinary.

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Break the Routine with Unique Activities in Champaign County

August 17, 2020

As August plugs along and we start feeling fall around the corner, now is a great time to try something a little Outside of Ordinary.

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Tely Organics

August 14, 2020

TELY ORGANICS opened right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. Find out what that process is like and what they've done to keep patrons safe and smiling as they enjoy organic drinks and more.

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Tely Organics

August 14, 2020

TELY ORGANICS opened right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. Find out what that process is like and what they've done to keep patrons safe and smiling as they enjoy organic drinks and more.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Geocaching

August 11, 2020

Read about geocaching spots all over the state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Geocaching

August 11, 2020

Read about geocaching spots all over the state of Illinois!

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Staying Cool in Champaign County

August 11, 2020

When nature turns up the heat, these are some of the best ways to stay cool!

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Staying Cool in Champaign County

August 11, 2020

When nature turns up the heat, these are some of the best ways to stay cool!

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Tasty Tart

August 10, 2020

Tasty Tart opened right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. Find out what that process is like and what they've done to keep patrons safe and smiling as they try a new treat!

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Starting a New Business in the New Normal: Tasty Tart

August 10, 2020

Tasty Tart opened right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. Find out what that process is like and what they've done to keep patrons safe and smiling as they try a new treat!

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We See You, Champaign County - Celebrating Safe Practices

August 5, 2020

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We See You, Champaign County - Celebrating Safe Practices

August 5, 2020

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Local Breweries

August 4, 2020

Check out some of the best local breweries around the state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Local Breweries

August 4, 2020

Check out some of the best local breweries around the state of Illinois!

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U of I Students Make Masks to Help During the Pandemic

July 31, 2020

Learn how two U of I students began making masks to help with shortages.

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U of I Students Make Masks to Help During the Pandemic

July 31, 2020

Learn how two U of I students began making masks to help with shortages.

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Favorite Proposal Spots in Champaign County

July 29, 2020

From sentimental first-date spots to scenic areas with gorgeous backdrops, memorable proposal spots are all over the greater Champaign County area.

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Favorite Proposal Spots in Champaign County

July 29, 2020

From sentimental first-date spots to scenic areas with gorgeous backdrops, memorable proposal spots are all over the greater Champaign County area.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Instagram Spots

July 28, 2020

Explore Instagram spots across the entire state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Instagram Spots

July 28, 2020

Explore Instagram spots across the entire state of Illinois!

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Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

July 23, 2020

Luckily for us, there are a lot of “staycation” opportunities right here in the greater Champaign County area! Here are just a few ideas for a trip right in your own backyard!

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Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

July 23, 2020

Luckily for us, there are a lot of “staycation” opportunities right here in the greater Champaign County area! Here are just a few ideas for a trip right in your own backyard!

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The Dog Days of Summer: A Dog Friendly Guide to Champaign County

July 22, 2020

Rather than offer training tips or a guide to great toys, we want to give you an overview to some dog friendly activities and features of the greater Champaign County area so that you know all there is to enjoy with your four-legged friend.

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The Dog Days of Summer: A Dog Friendly Guide to Champaign County

July 22, 2020

Rather than offer training tips or a guide to great toys, we want to give you an overview to some dog friendly activities and features of the greater Champaign County area so that you know all there is to enjoy with your four-legged friend.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Ice Cream Spots

July 21, 2020

Check out some of the best ice cream spots around the state!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Ice Cream Spots

July 21, 2020

Check out some of the best ice cream spots around the state!

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Inside Allerton's Gardens: 5 Facts You Might Not Know

July 21, 2020

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Inside Allerton's Gardens: 5 Facts You Might Not Know

July 21, 2020

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Three Amazing Outdoor Spaces to Explore in Champaign County

July 16, 2020

Here are three outdoor spaces to add to your summer to-do list!

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Three Amazing Outdoor Spaces to Explore in Champaign County

July 16, 2020

Here are three outdoor spaces to add to your summer to-do list!

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Curtis Orchard Opening Plans: A Safe Return to a Local Favorite

July 16, 2020

Read about how Curtis Orchard is opening their season with public safety and health in mind.

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Curtis Orchard Opening Plans: A Safe Return to a Local Favorite

July 16, 2020

Read about how Curtis Orchard is opening their season with public safety and health in mind.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Outdoor Art

July 14, 2020

Check out some of the state's must-see outdoor art as you plan your day and weekend road trips!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Outdoor Art

July 14, 2020

Check out some of the state's must-see outdoor art as you plan your day and weekend road trips!

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These Champaign County Summer Brews are Calling Your Name

July 8, 2020

As great local breweries start to roll out their summer options, there's no shortage of amazing brews to try.

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These Champaign County Summer Brews are Calling Your Name

July 8, 2020

As great local breweries start to roll out their summer options, there's no shortage of amazing brews to try.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Picnic Spots

July 7, 2020

This week, we’re touring some of the state's best picnic spots!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Picnic Spots

July 7, 2020

This week, we’re touring some of the state's best picnic spots!

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Six Summer Treats You Need In Your Life

July 1, 2020

Summer treats in Champaign County? Who wouldn't be down for a day trip to try all these incredible desserts and snacks?

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Six Summer Treats You Need In Your Life

July 1, 2020

Summer treats in Champaign County? Who wouldn't be down for a day trip to try all these incredible desserts and snacks?

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Fishing Spots

June 30, 2020

Check out some of the best fishing spots across the state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Best Fishing Spots

June 30, 2020

Check out some of the best fishing spots across the state of Illinois!

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Champaign County

June 30, 2020

Celebrating the 4th of July this year might look a little different, but there's still plenty to do!

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Champaign County

June 30, 2020

Celebrating the 4th of July this year might look a little different, but there's still plenty to do!

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Phase Four Updates to Local Businesses and Attractions

June 26, 2020

With Phase Four reopening guidelines released by the state, indoor activities and businesses are going to look a bit different.

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Phase Four Updates to Local Businesses and Attractions

June 26, 2020

With Phase Four reopening guidelines released by the state, indoor activities and businesses are going to look a bit different.

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How Willard Airport is Addressing Travel Safety

June 25, 2020

Read about why our local airport is going to be key for ensuring safe travel.

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How Willard Airport is Addressing Travel Safety

June 25, 2020

Read about why our local airport is going to be key for ensuring safe travel.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Farmers Markets

June 22, 2020

Check out some of the most amazing farmers markets across the state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up: Farmers Markets

June 22, 2020

Check out some of the most amazing farmers markets across the state of Illinois!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up - Golf Courses

June 16, 2020

This week, we’re touring some of the state's top golf courses!

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up - Golf Courses

June 16, 2020

This week, we’re touring some of the state's top golf courses!

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Why Shopping Local in Champaign County Matters

June 12, 2020

Shopping local makes a big difference in our Outside of Ordinary community. Read these insights into why supporting local matters today, tomorrow, and always.

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Why Shopping Local in Champaign County Matters

June 12, 2020

Shopping local makes a big difference in our Outside of Ordinary community. Read these insights into why supporting local matters today, tomorrow, and always.

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Best Practices for Shopping Safely

June 11, 2020

These best practices make sure we're all playing a part in safe shopping.

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Best Practices for Shopping Safely

June 11, 2020

These best practices make sure we're all playing a part in safe shopping.

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up — Public Gardens

June 9, 2020

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up — Public Gardens

June 9, 2020

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Local Summer Shopping Spree

June 8, 2020

The greater Champaign County area is reopening and ready for shoppers, and we have your guide to some of the best gifts, products, and goods in the area.

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Local Summer Shopping Spree

June 8, 2020

The greater Champaign County area is reopening and ready for shoppers, and we have your guide to some of the best gifts, products, and goods in the area.

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Updated Golf Course Regulations in Phase Three

May 27, 2020

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Updated Golf Course Regulations in Phase Three

May 27, 2020

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up—Top Hiking & Biking Trails

May 26, 2020

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Illinois Road Trip Round-Up—Top Hiking & Biking Trails

May 26, 2020

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5 Views You Can Only See in Champaign County

May 21, 2020

As you start dreaming up trips to take in the future, keep in mind these five can't-miss views!

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5 Views You Can Only See in Champaign County

May 21, 2020

As you start dreaming up trips to take in the future, keep in mind these five can't-miss views!

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Support Local During COVID-19: Sidney Dairy Barn

May 19, 2020

Read how Sidney Dairy Barn is keeping the ice cream coming with safety guidelines in place for customers and employees.

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Support Local During COVID-19: Sidney Dairy Barn

May 19, 2020

Read how Sidney Dairy Barn is keeping the ice cream coming with safety guidelines in place for customers and employees.

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Support Local During COVID-19: Just BEE Açaí

May 12, 2020

Check out how Just BEE Açaí is switching things up to bring delicious treats to your front door!

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Support Local During COVID-19: Just BEE Açaí

May 12, 2020

Check out how Just BEE Açaí is switching things up to bring delicious treats to your front door!

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First Stops Once Stay-At-Home is Over

May 8, 2020

All week, you told us where your first stop would be after Stay-At-Home guidelines are lifted. Here's what you said!

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First Stops Once Stay-At-Home is Over

May 8, 2020

All week, you told us where your first stop would be after Stay-At-Home guidelines are lifted. Here's what you said!

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Stronger Than Before

May 7, 2020

While our community looks very different during the COVID-19 pandemic, we see hope and unity all around the greater Champaign County area. We know that because of our residents, our business owners, and our students that our community will come back stronger than before.

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Stronger Than Before

May 7, 2020

While our community looks very different during the COVID-19 pandemic, we see hope and unity all around the greater Champaign County area. We know that because of our residents, our business owners, and our students that our community will come back stronger than before.

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Champaign County Stay-at-Home Kit

May 4, 2020

Shop curbside to put together your own Champaign County Area Stay-at-Home Kit!

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Champaign County Stay-at-Home Kit

May 4, 2020

Shop curbside to put together your own Champaign County Area Stay-at-Home Kit!

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Support Local During COVID-19: Urbana's Market at the Square

May 1, 2020

Read about the new COVID-19 guidelines for shopping at Urbana's Market at the Square.

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Support Local During COVID-19: Urbana's Market at the Square

May 1, 2020

Read about the new COVID-19 guidelines for shopping at Urbana's Market at the Square.

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Support Local During COVID-19: Golf Courses

April 28, 2020

Read how local golf courses are adjusting their operations for the May 1 reopening under COVID-19 guidelines

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Support Local During COVID-19: Golf Courses

April 28, 2020

Read how local golf courses are adjusting their operations for the May 1 reopening under COVID-19 guidelines

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Support Local During COVID-19: Urbana Park District

April 22, 2020

Read how Urbana Park District is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations and adapting their services.

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Support Local During COVID-19: Urbana Park District

April 22, 2020

Read how Urbana Park District is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations and adapting their services.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Jenkins Catering

April 16, 2020

Read how Jenkins Catering is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations and adapting their services.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Jenkins Catering

April 16, 2020

Read how Jenkins Catering is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations and adapting their services.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Aikman Wildlife Adventure

April 14, 2020

Read about how Aikman Wildlife Adventure is adjusting its services during COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Aikman Wildlife Adventure

April 14, 2020

Read about how Aikman Wildlife Adventure is adjusting its services during COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Spurlock Museum

April 10, 2020

Read about how the Spurlock Museum is adjusting its services during COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Spurlock Museum

April 10, 2020

Read about how the Spurlock Museum is adjusting its services during COVID-19 closures.

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COVID-19 Activities: Public Art League Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

April 9, 2020

Take on this scavenger hunt featuring Public Art League Sculptures!

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COVID-19 Activities: Public Art League Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

April 9, 2020

Take on this scavenger hunt featuring Public Art League Sculptures!

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Supporting Local During Coronavirus: Dr. G's Brainworks

April 7, 2020

Find out how Dr. G's Brainworks can provide you with plenty to do and play during stay-at-home orders!

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Supporting Local During Coronavirus: Dr. G's Brainworks

April 7, 2020

Find out how Dr. G's Brainworks can provide you with plenty to do and play during stay-at-home orders!

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Supporting Local During Coronavirus: Art Coop

April 3, 2020

Read about how the Art Coop is adjusting to COVID-19 closures.

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Supporting Local During Coronavirus: Art Coop

April 3, 2020

Read about how the Art Coop is adjusting to COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Champaign Park District

March 31, 2020

Read about how the Champaign Park District's new "We Challenge You" initiative and how its outdoor facilities can help you adjust during COVID-19 changes.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Champaign Park District

March 31, 2020

Read about how the Champaign Park District's new "We Challenge You" initiative and how its outdoor facilities can help you adjust during COVID-19 changes.

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Miss the Champaign County Area Scenery? We've got Zoom Backgrounds for you!

March 31, 2020

Spending a lot of time on Zoom meetings? Bring a little bit of Champaign Conuty flair to the calls with these community backgrounds!

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Miss the Champaign County Area Scenery? We've got Zoom Backgrounds for you!

March 31, 2020

Spending a lot of time on Zoom meetings? Bring a little bit of Champaign Conuty flair to the calls with these community backgrounds!

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Pandamonium Doughnuts

March 30, 2020

Find out how Pandamonium Doughnuts is changing the way they use their food truck and altering ordering in the wake of COVID-19.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Pandamonium Doughnuts

March 30, 2020

Find out how Pandamonium Doughnuts is changing the way they use their food truck and altering ordering in the wake of COVID-19.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

March 27, 2020

Read about how the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is adjusting to COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

March 27, 2020

Read about how the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is adjusting to COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Public Libraries

March 26, 2020

Read about how public libraries are adjusting their services during COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Public Libraries

March 26, 2020

Read about how public libraries are adjusting their services during COVID-19 closures.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Fiesta Café

March 25, 2020

Read about how Fiesta Café is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Fiesta Café

March 25, 2020

Read about how Fiesta Café is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Orpheum Children's Science Museum

March 23, 2020

Read about how the Orpheum Children's Science Museum is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During Coronavirus: Orpheum Children's Science Museum

March 23, 2020

Read about how the Orpheum Children's Science Museum is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Sam's Café

March 20, 2020

Read about how Sam's Cafe is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Sam's Café

March 20, 2020

Read about how Sam's Cafe is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Champaign County Forest Preserve District

March 18, 2020

Read about how the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and its outdoor facilities can help you adjust during COVID-19 changes.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Champaign County Forest Preserve District

March 18, 2020

Read about how the Champaign County Forest Preserve District and its outdoor facilities can help you adjust during COVID-19 changes.

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Supporting Local During the Coronavirus: Museum of the Grand Prairie

March 17, 2020

Read about how Mahomet's Museum of the Grand Prairie is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Supporting Local During the Coronavirus: Museum of the Grand Prairie

March 17, 2020

Read about how Mahomet's Museum of the Grand Prairie is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Hopscotch Bakery + Market

March 16, 2020

Read about how Champaign's Hopscotch Bakery + Market is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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Support Local During the Coronavirus: Hopscotch Bakery + Market

March 16, 2020

Read about how Champaign's Hopscotch Bakery + Market is adjusting to COVID-19 regulations, and how you can continue to support this local business.

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

March 10, 2020

Pi Day brings to mind one thing here at VCC: 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!

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

March 10, 2020

Pi Day brings to mind one thing here at VCC: 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!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/9

March 9, 2020

When we "Spring Forward", it's easy to really miss that extra hour! Make the most of the ones you do have by Living #OutsideofOrdinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/9

March 9, 2020

When we "Spring Forward", it's easy to really miss that extra hour! Make the most of the ones you do have by Living #OutsideofOrdinary!

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4 Top Activities for Summer

March 9, 2020

With warm weather upon us, it's time to explore the many safe summer activities available. Check out our top four recommendations for summer.

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4 Top Activities for Summer

March 9, 2020

With warm weather upon us, it's time to explore the many safe summer activities available. Check out our top four recommendations for summer.

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Art Lives Here

March 3, 2020

As you traverse the community, it becomes immediately clear that arts and culture are an integral part of the Champaign County area’s landscape. From public art to museums to events, local and national talent is on display all around you to discover. Here’s our top recommendations for integrating arts and culture into your visit to the greater Champaign County area.

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Art Lives Here

March 3, 2020

As you traverse the community, it becomes immediately clear that arts and culture are an integral part of the Champaign County area’s landscape. From public art to museums to events, local and national talent is on display all around you to discover. Here’s our top recommendations for integrating arts and culture into your visit to the greater Champaign County area.

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Eat Fresh. Eat Local.

March 3, 2020

As you approach the greater Champaign County area from any direction, you’ll see miles of farmland overflowing with traditional crops such as corn, soy and wheat. Look harder, and you’ll find dozens of additional farms growing and raising food that sustain us year-round. We enjoy the bounty of these crops through on-farm experiences, markets, and authentic farm-to-table dining. Check out our suggestions for eating like a local, with all local ingredients.

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Eat Fresh. Eat Local.

March 3, 2020

As you approach the greater Champaign County area from any direction, you’ll see miles of farmland overflowing with traditional crops such as corn, soy and wheat. Look harder, and you’ll find dozens of additional farms growing and raising food that sustain us year-round. We enjoy the bounty of these crops through on-farm experiences, markets, and authentic farm-to-table dining. Check out our suggestions for eating like a local, with all local ingredients.

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Legends Play Here

March 2, 2020

Red Grange, Dick Butkus, Deon Thomas, Deron Williams, Mike Small, Tatianna McFadden—all legends that have trained and competed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Who will be the next legend to play in the greater Champaign County area?

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Legends Play Here

March 2, 2020

Red Grange, Dick Butkus, Deon Thomas, Deron Williams, Mike Small, Tatianna McFadden—all legends that have trained and competed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Who will be the next legend to play in the greater Champaign County area?

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/2

March 2, 2020

Make the first full week of March memorable with these seven #OutsideofOrdinary ideas!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 3/2

March 2, 2020

Make the first full week of March memorable with these seven #OutsideofOrdinary ideas!

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Making a Memorable Leap Day in Champaign County

February 27, 2020

Leap Day only comes once every four years. Seems like a perfect opportunity to do something Outside of Ordinary! Let's talk ways to make Leap Day memorable!

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Making a Memorable Leap Day in Champaign County

February 27, 2020

Leap Day only comes once every four years. Seems like a perfect opportunity to do something Outside of Ordinary! Let's talk ways to make Leap Day memorable!

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Fat Tuesday Festivities in Champaign County

February 24, 2020

Looking to get in on the Fat Tuesday fun? Here's a bit about the holiday, and a few ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday in Champaign County!

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Fat Tuesday Festivities in Champaign County

February 24, 2020

Looking to get in on the Fat Tuesday fun? Here's a bit about the holiday, and a few ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday in Champaign County!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/24

February 24, 2020

Get out of hibernation and check out seven Outside of Ordinary events and attractions this week!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/24

February 24, 2020

Get out of hibernation and check out seven Outside of Ordinary events and attractions this week!

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The Ultimate Guide to the IHSA Wrestling State Finals

February 18, 2020

If you're in town for the IHSA State Wrestling finals as a competitor, supporter, or fan of the sport, here are some ways to make Champaign-Urbana home during your visit!

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The Ultimate Guide to the IHSA Wrestling State Finals

February 18, 2020

If you're in town for the IHSA State Wrestling finals as a competitor, supporter, or fan of the sport, here are some ways to make Champaign-Urbana home during your visit!

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Top Picks for Outdoor Activities

February 14, 2020

Ready to get outdoors after a long winter? We have plenty of opportunities to have fun in our parks, forest preserves and natural areas. Check out our top picks for outdoor recreation.

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Top Picks for Outdoor Activities

February 14, 2020

Ready to get outdoors after a long winter? We have plenty of opportunities to have fun in our parks, forest preserves and natural areas. Check out our top picks for outdoor recreation.

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Seasonal Gardens for Spring & Summer

February 14, 2020

As spring approaches and the signs of winter start to fade, wildflowers poke through the ground, shades of purple and pink appear in the earliest blooms, and cherry blossoms and lilacs abound, ripe for the picking. Gardens in all corners of the greater Champaign County area lie in wait for your senses to discover.

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Seasonal Gardens for Spring & Summer

February 14, 2020

As spring approaches and the signs of winter start to fade, wildflowers poke through the ground, shades of purple and pink appear in the earliest blooms, and cherry blossoms and lilacs abound, ripe for the picking. Gardens in all corners of the greater Champaign County area lie in wait for your senses to discover.

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Speedskating Action in C-U: 3 Things to Know About Short Track Competition

February 13, 2020

If you're not sure what speedskating is, or the history of ice sports in our area, let's go over 5 things you might want to know about short track competition!

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Speedskating Action in C-U: 3 Things to Know About Short Track Competition

February 13, 2020

If you're not sure what speedskating is, or the history of ice sports in our area, let's go over 5 things you might want to know about short track competition!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/17

February 13, 2020

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/17

February 13, 2020

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Valentine’s Day Ideas in Champaign County

February 11, 2020

Love is in the air, but there’s a catch: Valentine’s Day plans usually mean major stress. It’s tough finding things to do, and sometimes the usual dinner and gifts doesn’t quite cut it.

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Valentine’s Day Ideas in Champaign County

February 11, 2020

Love is in the air, but there’s a catch: Valentine’s Day plans usually mean major stress. It’s tough finding things to do, and sometimes the usual dinner and gifts doesn’t quite cut it.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/10

February 10, 2020

Love is in the air this week, and we’re all set to make this week #OutsideofOrdinary with seven fun activities and opportunities!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/10

February 10, 2020

Love is in the air this week, and we’re all set to make this week #OutsideofOrdinary with seven fun activities and opportunities!

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5 Unique Reasons Champaign County is a Top Tourist Destination

January 31, 2020

Here are just five reasons that Champaign County is a great place to #PlanForVacation.

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5 Unique Reasons Champaign County is a Top Tourist Destination

January 31, 2020

Here are just five reasons that Champaign County is a great place to #PlanForVacation.

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Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Champaign County

January 30, 2020

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month in Champaign County, we have a few ideas for you!

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Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Champaign County

January 30, 2020

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month in Champaign County, we have a few ideas for you!

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Fight the Post-Restaurant Week Blues with Indoor Recreation Adventures

January 30, 2020

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Fight the Post-Restaurant Week Blues with Indoor Recreation Adventures

January 30, 2020

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/27

January 27, 2020

In a Restaurant Week edition of Living #OutsideofOrdinary, check out just 7 of the over 30 restaurants offering specials this week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/27

January 27, 2020

In a Restaurant Week edition of Living #OutsideofOrdinary, check out just 7 of the over 30 restaurants offering specials this week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/3

January 27, 2020

The first full week of February is already here! Take time to slow down 2020 before it gets away from you with these seven #OutsideofOrdinary activities!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 2/3

January 27, 2020

The first full week of February is already here! Take time to slow down 2020 before it gets away from you with these seven #OutsideofOrdinary activities!

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Five Amazing Attractions Outside of Champaign-Urbana

January 17, 2020

As you plan your 2020 adventures in our area, consider a visit to one of these five amazing attractions outside of Champaign-Urbana!

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Five Amazing Attractions Outside of Champaign-Urbana

January 17, 2020

As you plan your 2020 adventures in our area, consider a visit to one of these five amazing attractions outside of Champaign-Urbana!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Frozen 5K Preview

January 14, 2020

With the Frozen 5K coming up on January 18, Terri went to Hessel Park to learn more about the race and check out the course!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Frozen 5K Preview

January 14, 2020

With the Frozen 5K coming up on January 18, Terri went to Hessel Park to learn more about the race and check out the course!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/13

January 13, 2020

Need plans for this week? We have 7 Outside of Ordinary ideas for you!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/13

January 13, 2020

Need plans for this week? We have 7 Outside of Ordinary ideas for you!

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