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Farmers Market Tips for Fall

September 20, 2019

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 20, 2019

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

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/16

September 16, 2019

Between one of the biggest days of the year in Monticello, a home game for the red hot Parkland Volleyball team, and a unique drone light show from U of I's Aerospace Engineering department, this week is shaping up to be as #OutsideofOrdinary as ever!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/16

September 16, 2019

Between one of the biggest days of the year in Monticello, a home game for the red hot Parkland Volleyball team, and a unique drone light show from U of I's Aerospace Engineering department, this week is shaping up to be as #OutsideofOrdinary as ever!

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Six September Day Trips in Champaign County

September 13, 2019

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 13, 2019

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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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/9

September 9, 2019

September continues to bring fun annual events we look forward to all year long. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of #OutsideofOrdinary moments to be had!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/9

September 9, 2019

September continues to bring fun annual events we look forward to all year long. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of #OutsideofOrdinary moments to be had!

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Concert Calendar for September

September 6, 2019

It’s amazing month for music in the greater Champaign County area! Following ELLNORA, here are some concerts you can look forward to in the greater Champaign County area!

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Concert Calendar for September

September 6, 2019

It’s amazing month for music in the greater Champaign County area! Following ELLNORA, here are some concerts you can look forward to in the greater Champaign County area!

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Matsuri 2019: Making the Most of This Year's Festival

September 4, 2019

With some new updates, returning favorites, and an ever-growing effort to expose the community to Asian culture, let’s take a look at what to expect from this year’s Matsuri Festival at the Japan House.

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Matsuri 2019: Making the Most of This Year's Festival

September 4, 2019

With some new updates, returning favorites, and an ever-growing effort to expose the community to Asian culture, let’s take a look at what to expect from this year’s Matsuri Festival at the Japan House.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/2

August 30, 2019

A very happy Labor Day to everyone, and with the unusual week, hopefully you feel encouraged to get out of your comfort zone and do something a little Outside of Ordinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/2

August 30, 2019

A very happy Labor Day to everyone, and with the unusual week, hopefully you feel encouraged to get out of your comfort zone and do something a little Outside of Ordinary!

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ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival Preview

August 30, 2019

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival consists of some of the world's most talented musicians all playing in one unique space: the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Read our guide to this Outside of Ordinary festival!

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ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival Preview

August 30, 2019

ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival consists of some of the world's most talented musicians all playing in one unique space: the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Read our guide to this Outside of Ordinary festival!

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

August 29, 2019

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 29, 2019

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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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in September

August 29, 2019

This time of year, there is an electricity in the air around the greater Champaign County area. Between fall festivals, community event, and arts and culture celebrations, there is so much to do in September!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in September

August 29, 2019

This time of year, there is an electricity in the air around the greater Champaign County area. Between fall festivals, community event, and arts and culture celebrations, there is so much to do in September!

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A Celebration of Fresh, Local Flavors

August 27, 2019

With some of the richest soil in the world, the greater Champaign County area has a bounty of fresh ingredients. Discover our top recommendations for eating local.

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A Celebration of Fresh, Local Flavors

August 27, 2019

With some of the richest soil in the world, the greater Champaign County area has a bounty of fresh ingredients. Discover our top recommendations for eating local.

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The Sounds of C-U

August 27, 2019

The saying “the music never stopped” reigns true when it comes to the sounds of the greater Champaign County area. Consider this our entertainment bucket list, compiled with the music lover in mind.

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The Sounds of C-U

August 27, 2019

The saying “the music never stopped” reigns true when it comes to the sounds of the greater Champaign County area. Consider this our entertainment bucket list, compiled with the music lover in mind.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/26

August 26, 2019

The end of August brings a huge community event in Arthur, as well as the return of Illini Football, and many more hints that Fall isn’t far behind!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/26

August 26, 2019

The end of August brings a huge community event in Arthur, as well as the return of Illini Football, and many more hints that Fall isn’t far behind!

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Top 10 Must-Attend Festivals in Champaign County

August 22, 2019

The greater Champaign County area is a hotbed for festivals and events that are sure to give your Instagram followers FOMO. We’ve created a list of our top 10 festivals, featuring the best in music, culture and food, so you don’t miss out.

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Top 10 Must-Attend Festivals in Champaign County

August 22, 2019

The greater Champaign County area is a hotbed for festivals and events that are sure to give your Instagram followers FOMO. We’ve created a list of our top 10 festivals, featuring the best in music, culture and food, so you don’t miss out.

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On a Dime: Family Activities

August 20, 2019

In the final entry of our On a Dime series, we’re taking a look at family activities for all ages!

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On a Dime: Family Activities

August 20, 2019

In the final entry of our On a Dime series, we’re taking a look at family activities for all ages!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/19

August 19, 2019

It's finally here: students return to our #OutsideofOrdinary community! Between Urbana Sweetcorn Festival and more end-of-summer events, it’s an exciting time to be in the greater Champaign County area!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/19

August 19, 2019

It's finally here: students return to our #OutsideofOrdinary community! Between Urbana Sweetcorn Festival and more end-of-summer events, it’s an exciting time to be in the greater Champaign County area!

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Illini School Year Guide: 7 Tips for New U of I Students

August 16, 2019

No matter where you go after college, our #OutsideofOrdinary community will always be yours. Here are our tips for new U of I students in the first entry of our Illini School Year Guide!

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Illini School Year Guide: 7 Tips for New U of I Students

August 16, 2019

No matter where you go after college, our #OutsideofOrdinary community will always be yours. Here are our tips for new U of I students in the first entry of our Illini School Year Guide!

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Amazing August Food Fests

August 15, 2019

Summer and food festivals: we challenge you to name a better combination! A ton of great end-of-summer food festivals happen all over the greater Champaign County area, and we want to make sure you have August all planned out!

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Amazing August Food Fests

August 15, 2019

Summer and food festivals: we challenge you to name a better combination! A ton of great end-of-summer food festivals happen all over the greater Champaign County area, and we want to make sure you have August all planned out!

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On a Dime: Eating Out

August 14, 2019

There are some amazing deals around the greater Visit Champaign county area. If you know where to look, you can find amazing deals for any meal of the day, including food trucks, free kid’s meals, and more!

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On a Dime: Eating Out

August 14, 2019

There are some amazing deals around the greater Visit Champaign county area. If you know where to look, you can find amazing deals for any meal of the day, including food trucks, free kid’s meals, and more!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/12

August 12, 2019

A lot of great events take place this week, making it a wonderful week to practice Living Outside of Ordinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/12

August 12, 2019

A lot of great events take place this week, making it a wonderful week to practice Living Outside of Ordinary!

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On a Dime: End of Summer Fun

August 8, 2019

Visitors and residents alike are always looking for affordable ways to enjoy our Outside of Ordinary area, so we’re starting a new blog series this week with some end of the summer fun you can do "on a dime!"

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On a Dime: End of Summer Fun

August 8, 2019

Visitors and residents alike are always looking for affordable ways to enjoy our Outside of Ordinary area, so we’re starting a new blog series this week with some end of the summer fun you can do "on a dime!"

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August Concert Calendar in Champaign County

August 7, 2019

August is full of great shows in the greater Champaign County area! We wanted to give you a snapshot of concerts happening in our area, so check out our concert calendar for the month of August With each concert, you’ll find a link to tickets if applicable, as well as info on when, where, and what time!

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August Concert Calendar in Champaign County

August 7, 2019

August is full of great shows in the greater Champaign County area! We wanted to give you a snapshot of concerts happening in our area, so check out our concert calendar for the month of August With each concert, you’ll find a link to tickets if applicable, as well as info on when, where, and what time!

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Tristen Brings Songwriting Talents to the Rose Bowl Tavern

August 6, 2019

Whether touring in Jenny Lewis’s Voyager band, collaborating and touring with artists like Vanessa Carlton and Robyn Hitchcock, or releasing three solo albums to critical acclaim, Tristen has been busy. That means a lot of time on the road, including a stop at the Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana this Thursday.

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Tristen Brings Songwriting Talents to the Rose Bowl Tavern

August 6, 2019

Whether touring in Jenny Lewis’s Voyager band, collaborating and touring with artists like Vanessa Carlton and Robyn Hitchcock, or releasing three solo albums to critical acclaim, Tristen has been busy. That means a lot of time on the road, including a stop at the Rose Bowl Tavern in Urbana this Thursday.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/5

August 5, 2019

August is underway, and with ways to get outside, eat great local food, and more, this week is full of Outside of Ordinary opportunities!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 8/5

August 5, 2019

August is underway, and with ways to get outside, eat great local food, and more, this week is full of Outside of Ordinary opportunities!

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Keep Summer Alive: Before School Starts Bucket List for Kids

August 2, 2019

We’re a few days into August now, and the sights of school supplies and back to school shopping commercials may be tricking you into thinking summer is all but over. Nonsense! There’s plenty of time to keep summer alive, so we’ve compiled a before-school-starts bucket list for kids, including outdoor activities, amazing attractions, and some last-minute fun and games before the bell rings on the 2019-2020 school year.

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Keep Summer Alive: Before School Starts Bucket List for Kids

August 2, 2019

We’re a few days into August now, and the sights of school supplies and back to school shopping commercials may be tricking you into thinking summer is all but over. Nonsense! There’s plenty of time to keep summer alive, so we’ve compiled a before-school-starts bucket list for kids, including outdoor activities, amazing attractions, and some last-minute fun and games before the bell rings on the 2019-2020 school year.

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in August

July 30, 2019

August is upon us, so it’s time to look at some of the most highly anticipated events of the upcoming month!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in August

July 30, 2019

August is upon us, so it’s time to look at some of the most highly anticipated events of the upcoming month!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/29

July 29, 2019

We’re heading into a brand new month, so start things off by making things Outside of Ordinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/29

July 29, 2019

We’re heading into a brand new month, so start things off by making things Outside of Ordinary!

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Summer Lovin’: Summer Date Night Spots

July 26, 2019

Planning a date can sometimes feel tedious, so we’re going to handle things for you. Here are some summer date night spots worth planning with a loved one, friend, or family member!

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Summer Lovin’: Summer Date Night Spots

July 26, 2019

Planning a date can sometimes feel tedious, so we’re going to handle things for you. Here are some summer date night spots worth planning with a loved one, friend, or family member!

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

July 24, 2019

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 24, 2019

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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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/22

July 22, 2019

This week, you can head to the Champaign County fair all week long! Plus, grab lunch at a local food hall, check out summer fun favorites, and as always, do whatever makes your week memorable!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/22

July 22, 2019

This week, you can head to the Champaign County fair all week long! Plus, grab lunch at a local food hall, check out summer fun favorites, and as always, do whatever makes your week memorable!

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2019 Champaign County Fair Guide

July 18, 2019

Curious about how to tackle the Champaign County Fair’s robust schedule of events and activities? We’ve got you covered with our 2019 Champaign County Fair Guide.

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2019 Champaign County Fair Guide

July 18, 2019

Curious about how to tackle the Champaign County Fair’s robust schedule of events and activities? We’ve got you covered with our 2019 Champaign County Fair Guide.

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Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

July 17, 2019

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 17, 2019

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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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/15

July 15, 2019

This week, aim to do something a bit out of your comfort zone! Whatever you do, make it Outside of Ordinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/15

July 15, 2019

This week, aim to do something a bit out of your comfort zone! Whatever you do, make it Outside of Ordinary!

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5 Must Try Brews at Midwest Beer Fest

July 10, 2019

Nick Rainey, General Manager at Barrelhouse 34, gave us the inside scoop on which beers to look out for this weekend at Midwest Beer Fest!

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5 Must Try Brews at Midwest Beer Fest

July 10, 2019

Nick Rainey, General Manager at Barrelhouse 34, gave us the inside scoop on which beers to look out for this weekend at Midwest Beer Fest!

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Fight the Heat with Frozen Treats

July 9, 2019

It can be hard to keep cool when the humidity, sun, and temperature are all trying to outdo each other. Don’t sweat it! There are plenty of places in the greater Champaign County area to grab a frozen treat to fight the heat.

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Fight the Heat with Frozen Treats

July 9, 2019

It can be hard to keep cool when the humidity, sun, and temperature are all trying to outdo each other. Don’t sweat it! There are plenty of places in the greater Champaign County area to grab a frozen treat to fight the heat.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/8

July 8, 2019

Summer keeps on truckin’ along, and so do all the #OutsideofOrdinary things to do in the greater Champaign County area!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/8

July 8, 2019

Summer keeps on truckin’ along, and so do all the #OutsideofOrdinary things to do in the greater Champaign County area!

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A Guide to Historic Farm Days

July 5, 2019

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 5, 2019

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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July Concert Calendar in Champaign County

July 3, 2019

We wanted to give you a snapshot of concerts happening in our area, so check out our concert calendar for the month of July.

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July Concert Calendar in Champaign County

July 3, 2019

We wanted to give you a snapshot of concerts happening in our area, so check out our concert calendar for the month of July.

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Independence Week Fireworks in the Greater Champaign County Area

July 2, 2019

Curious about when to head out and catch fireworks? Luckily, there are lit skies to be seen Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in the greater Champaign County area.

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Independence Week Fireworks in the Greater Champaign County Area

July 2, 2019

Curious about when to head out and catch fireworks? Luckily, there are lit skies to be seen Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday in the greater Champaign County area.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/1

July 1, 2019

The 4th is on everyone’s minds this week, but in the greater Champaign County area, there are ways to find things to do any day of the year!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 7/1

July 1, 2019

The 4th is on everyone’s minds this week, but in the greater Champaign County area, there are ways to find things to do any day of the year!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in July

June 28, 2019

Fourth of July events will get their separate blog, but let's look at the rest of the month to come and see what Outside of Ordinary events there are to enjoy!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in July

June 28, 2019

Fourth of July events will get their separate blog, but let's look at the rest of the month to come and see what Outside of Ordinary events there are to enjoy!

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

June 26, 2019

We've been detailing a few trips to take outside of Champaign-Urbana, and we wrap up this week with Monticello, Mahomet, and Rantoul!

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

June 26, 2019

We've been detailing a few trips to take outside of Champaign-Urbana, and we wrap up this week with Monticello, Mahomet, and Rantoul!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/24

June 24, 2019

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to get out into every inch of our #OutsideofOrdinary community!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/24

June 24, 2019

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to get out into every inch of our #OutsideofOrdinary community!

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Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: Tuscola and Arthur

June 20, 2019

Nothing beats a great road trip, so let's look at some great opportunities awaiting in Tuscola and Arthur!

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Champaign County Area Road Trip Guide: Tuscola and Arthur

June 20, 2019

Nothing beats a great road trip, so let's look at some great opportunities awaiting in Tuscola and Arthur!

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

June 19, 2019

Here’s your guide to catching a live show this weekend! From international touring acts to local favorites, music is in the air this weekend!

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

June 19, 2019

Here’s your guide to catching a live show this weekend! From international touring acts to local favorites, music is in the air this weekend!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/17

June 17, 2019

Cloudy Mondays don’t make for a dreary week when you’re Living #OutsideofOrdinary! Kick things off today with something outside of your normal routine.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/17

June 17, 2019

Cloudy Mondays don’t make for a dreary week when you’re Living #OutsideofOrdinary! Kick things off today with something outside of your normal routine.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Weekend

June 14, 2019

If you’re looking for some inspiration for Father's Day plans, there’s plenty to do in the greater Champaign County this weekend, some of which is specifically themed around that special guy in your life.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day Weekend

June 14, 2019

If you’re looking for some inspiration for Father's Day plans, there’s plenty to do in the greater Champaign County this weekend, some of which is specifically themed around that special guy in your life.

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

June 12, 2019

Nothing beats a great road trip, and with so many things to see and do in St. Joe and Homer, plan a visit with this handy road trip guide!

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

June 12, 2019

Nothing beats a great road trip, and with so many things to see and do in St. Joe and Homer, plan a visit with this handy road trip guide!

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Living Outside of Ordinary 6/10

June 10, 2019

This week, try Living #OutsideofOrdinary with some amazing opportunities to celebrate PRIDE, take a swim, and taste the best that Asia has to offer!

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Living Outside of Ordinary 6/10

June 10, 2019

This week, try Living #OutsideofOrdinary with some amazing opportunities to celebrate PRIDE, take a swim, and taste the best that Asia has to offer!

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5 Can’t Miss Events the First Weekend in June

June 7, 2019

The weekend is a great time to get out in the community and have some fun! Luckily, this weekend is stacked with fun events, summer festivals, and some Outside of Ordinary attractions that are sure to make this weekend a memorable one!

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5 Can’t Miss Events the First Weekend in June

June 7, 2019

The weekend is a great time to get out in the community and have some fun! Luckily, this weekend is stacked with fun events, summer festivals, and some Outside of Ordinary attractions that are sure to make this weekend a memorable one!

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Champaign County

June 5, 2019

If you’re looking to celebrate Pride Month in Champaign County, here are some great ways to do so, thanks to programming by the UP Center!

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Champaign County

June 5, 2019

If you’re looking to celebrate Pride Month in Champaign County, here are some great ways to do so, thanks to programming by the UP Center!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/3

June 3, 2019

June is finally here! The year is flying by, so slow things down with something a little #OutsideofOrdinary every day this week. A memory takes a moment to make!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 6/3

June 3, 2019

June is finally here! The year is flying by, so slow things down with something a little #OutsideofOrdinary every day this week. A memory takes a moment to make!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in June

May 31, 2019

May is making way for June, and that means it’s time to look at the upcoming month and all of the Outside of Ordinary events to take advantage of in the greater Champaign County area!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in June

May 31, 2019

May is making way for June, and that means it’s time to look at the upcoming month and all of the Outside of Ordinary events to take advantage of in the greater Champaign County area!

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Museum May: Fun for the Whole Family

May 29, 2019

In the final entry of our blog series, Museum May, we turn our final entry to the various ways the CCMN is offering opportunities that prove to be fun for the whole family.

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Museum May: Fun for the Whole Family

May 29, 2019

In the final entry of our blog series, Museum May, we turn our final entry to the various ways the CCMN is offering opportunities that prove to be fun for the whole family.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/27

May 27, 2019

Happy Memorial Day! It’s a short week for some, and the start of summer for others. Even if your work week is unchanged, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a few ways to break the routine and Live #OutsideofOrdinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/27

May 27, 2019

Happy Memorial Day! It’s a short week for some, and the start of summer for others. Even if your work week is unchanged, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a few ways to break the routine and Live #OutsideofOrdinary!

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5 Ways to Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable in Champaign County

May 24, 2019

There are a lot of fun things to do in the greater Champaign County area, but if you’re short on ideas, here are 5 ways to make Memorial Day weekend memorable in our area!

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5 Ways to Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable in Champaign County

May 24, 2019

There are a lot of fun things to do in the greater Champaign County area, but if you’re short on ideas, here are 5 ways to make Memorial Day weekend memorable in our area!

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Museum May: Nature Never Fails to Entertain

May 22, 2019

In the greater Champaign County area, nature never fails to entertain residents and visitors of all ages, and these CMNN summer programs and events are sure to be a hit!

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Museum May: Nature Never Fails to Entertain

May 22, 2019

In the greater Champaign County area, nature never fails to entertain residents and visitors of all ages, and these CMNN summer programs and events are sure to be a hit!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/20

May 20, 2019

Spring is here to stay, and you can tell! Not only is the weather warming up and staying there, but more and more seasonal community events are returning.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/20

May 20, 2019

Spring is here to stay, and you can tell! Not only is the weather warming up and staying there, but more and more seasonal community events are returning.

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Museum May: A Walk Through History

May 14, 2019

Two of our favorite area museums, Museum of the Grand Prairie and the Champaign County History Museum, have great programs and opportunities featured in the coming months.

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Museum May: A Walk Through History

May 14, 2019

Two of our favorite area museums, Museum of the Grand Prairie and the Champaign County History Museum, have great programs and opportunities featured in the coming months.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/13

May 13, 2019

Is this finally the week we get warm and stay there? Let’s hope so, because spring concerts and outdoor adventure are ramping up in the greater Champaign County area.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 5/13

May 13, 2019

Is this finally the week we get warm and stay there? Let’s hope so, because spring concerts and outdoor adventure are ramping up in the greater Champaign County area.

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5 Must-Sees and Shops in Arthur: Back Forty Market Edition

May 11, 2019

There are a ton of reasons to love Arthur, but if you haven’t been in awhile, the Back Forty Market is a great reason to visit again!

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5 Must-Sees and Shops in Arthur: Back Forty Market Edition

May 11, 2019

There are a ton of reasons to love Arthur, but if you haven’t been in awhile, the Back Forty Market is a great reason to visit again!

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Plant Sales and Workshops to Check Out this Mother's Day Weekend

May 9, 2019

Feeling like going floral for Mother's Day this year? Here are some great events and opportunities in our area this weekend!

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Plant Sales and Workshops to Check Out this Mother's Day Weekend

May 9, 2019

Feeling like going floral for Mother's Day this year? Here are some great events and opportunities in our area this weekend!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: National Tourism and Travel Challenge

May 6, 2019

For National Tourism and Travel Week, we've put together a social media challenge to get you thinking about why Travel Matters!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: National Tourism and Travel Challenge

May 6, 2019

For National Tourism and Travel Week, we've put together a social media challenge to get you thinking about why Travel Matters!

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6 Instagram-able Areas in Champaign-Urbana

May 1, 2019

Looking for the perfect photo op for social media? These picture perfect spots in Champaign-Urbana are sure to go viral!

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6 Instagram-able Areas in Champaign-Urbana

May 1, 2019

Looking for the perfect photo op for social media? These picture perfect spots in Champaign-Urbana are sure to go viral!

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Spend Some Time on the Farm

April 30, 2019

Farm life is unlike anything else. At Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, daily stresses and every day anxieties melt away.

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Spend Some Time on the Farm

April 30, 2019

Farm life is unlike anything else. At Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, daily stresses and every day anxieties melt away.

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Top Things to Do in Champaign County for College Parents

April 18, 2019

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 you.

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Top Things to Do in Champaign County for College Parents

April 18, 2019

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 you.

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36 Hours of Local Food in Champaign-Urbana

April 10, 2019

Fancy yourself a foodie? Then check out the ultimate, mouthwatering guide for 36 tasty hours of fresh, local flavors in the Champaign-Urbana area of eastern Illinois.

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36 Hours of Local Food in Champaign-Urbana

April 10, 2019

Fancy yourself a foodie? Then check out the ultimate, mouthwatering guide for 36 tasty hours of fresh, local flavors in the Champaign-Urbana area of eastern Illinois.

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Krannert Center: 50 Years of Arts & Entertainment

April 5, 2019

Krannert's 50th is a great time to look back on the construction of the facility, and the culture surrounding this Outside of Ordinary arts resource in our community.

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Krannert Center: 50 Years of Arts & Entertainment

April 5, 2019

Krannert's 50th is a great time to look back on the construction of the facility, and the culture surrounding this Outside of Ordinary arts resource in our community.

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

March 14, 2019

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 14, 2019

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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Where the Music Never Stops

March 9, 2019

The saying “the music never stopped” reigns true when it comes to the sounds of the greater Champaign County area.

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Where the Music Never Stops

March 9, 2019

The saying “the music never stopped” reigns true when it comes to the sounds of the greater Champaign County area.

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All About Arts & Culture

March 1, 2019

Here’s our top recommendations for integrating arts and culture into your visit to the greater Champaign County area.

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All About Arts & Culture

March 1, 2019

Here’s our top recommendations for integrating arts and culture into your visit to the greater Champaign County area.

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Top 8 Ideas for Your Girlfriends’ Getaway

February 6, 2019

Sometimes, the best getaway is one with your girlfriends, where you can escape the everyday stresses, let your hair down and explore with your best friends. We’ve assembled our top stops to help you plan an Outside of Ordinary girlfriends’ getaway!

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Top 8 Ideas for Your Girlfriends’ Getaway

February 6, 2019

Sometimes, the best getaway is one with your girlfriends, where you can escape the everyday stresses, let your hair down and explore with your best friends. We’ve assembled our top stops to help you plan an Outside of Ordinary girlfriends’ getaway!

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Must-Stop Foodie Spots in Champaign County

January 29, 2019

Foodies, rejoice! We’ve created a mouthwatering guide to all things food in the Champaign-Urbana area.

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Must-Stop Foodie Spots in Champaign County

January 29, 2019

Foodies, rejoice! We’ve created a mouthwatering guide to all things food in the Champaign-Urbana area.

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Christmas Restaurant Openings in Champaign County

December 12, 2018

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!

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Christmas Restaurant Openings in Champaign County

December 12, 2018

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!

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Winter is Here. You Need a (Local) Beer

December 6, 2018

Summertime? Forget that, we are going to argue that WINTER is actually the perfect season for drinking a local craft beer.

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Winter is Here. You Need a (Local) Beer

December 6, 2018

Summertime? Forget that, we are going to argue that WINTER is actually the perfect season for drinking a local craft beer.

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Shop Local Guide!

December 1, 2018

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!

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Shop Local Guide!

December 1, 2018

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!

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Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is a busy day, and not just for those who are cooking! Here's a guide of places that you could grab a meal on Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is a busy day, and not just for those who are cooking! Here's a guide of places that you could grab a meal on Thanksgiving!

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Boneyard Arts Festival: Our Tips to See ALL the Art

April 11, 2018

The Boneyard Arts Festival, presented by 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council, is something entirely Outside of Ordinary. If this is your first time taking part in this event, we’re here to help you learn how to “Boneyard.”

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Boneyard Arts Festival: Our Tips to See ALL the Art

April 11, 2018

The Boneyard Arts Festival, presented by 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council, is something entirely Outside of Ordinary. If this is your first time taking part in this event, we’re here to help you learn how to “Boneyard.”

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