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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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Walking and Bike Trails to Explore This Spring

July 30, 2020

Check out these Champaign County area walking and bike paths!

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Walking and Bike Trails to Explore This Spring

July 30, 2020

Check out these Champaign County area walking and bike paths!

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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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The ADA Turns 30: How Champaign-Urbana Helped Shape Accomodation

July 24, 2020

As the birthplace of the disability rights movement, we're proud to say that thanks to leaders in our community, we can say #ThanksToTheADA as it turns 30.

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The ADA Turns 30: How Champaign-Urbana Helped Shape Accomodation

July 24, 2020

As the birthplace of the disability rights movement, we're proud to say that thanks to leaders in our community, we can say #ThanksToTheADA as it turns 30.

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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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Spring Shopping Checklist - Getting Ready for the Season

March 5, 2020

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

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Spring Shopping Checklist - Getting Ready for the Season

March 5, 2020

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

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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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Why Vacation is Important for Your Mental Health

January 29, 2020

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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Why Vacation is Important for Your Mental Health

January 29, 2020

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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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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Four Resolutions Worth Trying (And Keeping) in 2020

January 7, 2020

Let's be honest: some of our resolutions are already falling behind, and it's the second week of January! Here are four resolutions worth trying and keeping in 2020 in Champaign County.

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Four Resolutions Worth Trying (And Keeping) in 2020

January 7, 2020

Let's be honest: some of our resolutions are already falling behind, and it's the second week of January! Here are four resolutions worth trying and keeping in 2020 in Champaign County.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: University of Illinois Quads

January 7, 2020

For the first run of the decade, Terri visited the University of Illinois campus to run across the various Quads.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: University of Illinois Quads

January 7, 2020

For the first run of the decade, Terri visited the University of Illinois campus to run across the various Quads.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/6

January 6, 2020

In our first Living Outside of Ordinary blog of the new year, we’re encouraging everyone to resolve not just to doing a few new things this year, but something exciting every single day.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 1/6

January 6, 2020

In our first Living Outside of Ordinary blog of the new year, we’re encouraging everyone to resolve not just to doing a few new things this year, but something exciting every single day.

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A Guide to Recreational Marijuana in Champaign County

January 3, 2020

Whether you live in Illinois or take a visit to our state, here’s an overview of the new marijuana laws and where to buy cannabis in Champaign County.

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A Guide to Recreational Marijuana in Champaign County

January 3, 2020

Whether you live in Illinois or take a visit to our state, here’s an overview of the new marijuana laws and where to buy cannabis in Champaign County.

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5 Ways to Enjoy January in Champaign County

January 2, 2020

Winter blues? Not in Champaign County! Here are 5 ways to enjoy January, from seasonal fun runs to the return of Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!

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5 Ways to Enjoy January in Champaign County

January 2, 2020

Winter blues? Not in Champaign County! Here are 5 ways to enjoy January, from seasonal fun runs to the return of Champaign County Area Restaurant Week!

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5 Fun Ways to Ring in the New Year

December 19, 2019

The final hours of 2019 are sure to be a blast with these 5 fun ways to celebrate the New Year!

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5 Fun Ways to Ring in the New Year

December 19, 2019

The final hours of 2019 are sure to be a blast with these 5 fun ways to celebrate the New Year!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Santa 5K Preview

December 17, 2019

For the last Tuesday Trails of the decade, Terri went to St. Joseph to learn about the upcoming Santa 5K!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Santa 5K Preview

December 17, 2019

For the last Tuesday Trails of the decade, Terri went to St. Joseph to learn about the upcoming Santa 5K!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/16

December 16, 2019

Get into the holiday spirit this week with these seven ways to practice Living #OutsideofOrdinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/16

December 16, 2019

Get into the holiday spirit this week with these seven ways to practice Living #OutsideofOrdinary!

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Five Festive Photo Spots in Champaign County

December 12, 2019

If you’re planning to take some holiday photos for cards or to up your seasonal social media game, let’s talk about the five of the best places to visit this time of year in our area!

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Five Festive Photo Spots in Champaign County

December 12, 2019

If you’re planning to take some holiday photos for cards or to up your seasonal social media game, let’s talk about the five of the best places to visit this time of year in our area!

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Santa Spotting in Champaign County: Week of December 9th

December 11, 2019

Another week, another set of opportunities to encounter Santa in Champaign County!

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Santa Spotting in Champaign County: Week of December 9th

December 11, 2019

Another week, another set of opportunities to encounter Santa in Champaign County!

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Christmas Restaurant Openings in Champaign County

December 10, 2019

Whether you’re visiting the area, passing by, or a resident who is need of an open restaurant on Christmas Day we have you covered!

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Christmas Restaurant Openings in Champaign County

December 10, 2019

Whether you’re visiting the area, passing by, or a resident who is need of an open restaurant on Christmas Day we have you covered!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Boneyard Basin & Greenway

December 10, 2019

Terri heads to Midtown and the Boneyard Basin on this sunny, but chilly day, to check out the views and see how it easy it is to get to Campustown.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Boneyard Basin & Greenway

December 10, 2019

Terri heads to Midtown and the Boneyard Basin on this sunny, but chilly day, to check out the views and see how it easy it is to get to Campustown.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/9

December 9, 2019

Bundle up, stay cozy as often as possible, and of course, find Outside of Ordinary ways to enjoy December in Champaign County!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/9

December 9, 2019

Bundle up, stay cozy as often as possible, and of course, find Outside of Ordinary ways to enjoy December in Champaign County!

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Santa Spotting in Champaign County: Week of December 2nd

December 4, 2019

Here’s where you can spot Santa in Champaign County this week, December 2nd-8th!

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Santa Spotting in Champaign County: Week of December 2nd

December 4, 2019

Here’s where you can spot Santa in Champaign County this week, December 2nd-8th!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Japan House & Arboretum

December 3, 2019

Terri has her first after-Thanksgiving run at the Japan House and the Arboretum on the University of Illinois campus and finds tranquility.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Japan House & Arboretum

December 3, 2019

Terri has her first after-Thanksgiving run at the Japan House and the Arboretum on the University of Illinois campus and finds tranquility.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/2

December 2, 2019

Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, with a lot of December fun to look forward to this week!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 12/2

December 2, 2019

Thanksgiving is in the rear view mirror, with a lot of December fun to look forward to this week!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Crystal Lake Park

November 26, 2019

Terri previews the 52nd annual Turkey Trot at Crystal Lake Park, a fun way to start your Thanksgiving so you can indulge in that turkey and pumpkin pie!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Crystal Lake Park

November 26, 2019

Terri previews the 52nd annual Turkey Trot at Crystal Lake Park, a fun way to start your Thanksgiving so you can indulge in that turkey and pumpkin pie!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/25

November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving Week! On top of Turkey Day, there’s quite a bit happening in our area worth checking out!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/25

November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving Week! On top of Turkey Day, there’s quite a bit happening in our area worth checking out!

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Five Ideas for Planning Family Activities

November 21, 2019

With so many options for things to do and places to see, we’ve got your next family activity plans covered!

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Five Ideas for Planning Family Activities

November 21, 2019

With so many options for things to do and places to see, we’ve got your next family activity plans covered!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Mattis Park

November 19, 2019

After a week off due to the snow and ice, Terri is back on the trail. Today she took on Mattis Park and Boulware Trail in Champaign, where a few fall colors remained.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Mattis Park

November 19, 2019

After a week off due to the snow and ice, Terri is back on the trail. Today she took on Mattis Park and Boulware Trail in Champaign, where a few fall colors remained.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/18

November 18, 2019

If you’re getting anxious for the holiday season, you’ll be happy to see a few festive events trickling into our area this week!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/18

November 18, 2019

If you’re getting anxious for the holiday season, you’ll be happy to see a few festive events trickling into our area this week!

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2019 Shop Local Guide

November 18, 2019

It’s always exciting to start making your list and planning fun, thoughtful gifts for others, and the greater Champaign County area is full of local shops and makers ready to help you make the holiday season smooth and successful!

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2019 Shop Local Guide

November 18, 2019

It’s always exciting to start making your list and planning fun, thoughtful gifts for others, and the greater Champaign County area is full of local shops and makers ready to help you make the holiday season smooth and successful!

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Thanksgiving Catering in Champaign County

November 12, 2019

Some really great options for Thanksgiving catering in Champaign County are accepting pre-orders now to take the stress out of the holiday.

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Thanksgiving Catering in Champaign County

November 12, 2019

Some really great options for Thanksgiving catering in Champaign County are accepting pre-orders now to take the stress out of the holiday.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/11

November 11, 2019

This week, celebrate our international population in Champaign County, as well as a few #OutsideofOrdinary events to bridge the gap between fall and winter!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/11

November 11, 2019

This week, celebrate our international population in Champaign County, as well as a few #OutsideofOrdinary events to bridge the gap between fall and winter!

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Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings 2019

November 8, 2019

Here's a guide of places that you could grab a meal on Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings 2019

November 8, 2019

Here's a guide of places that you could grab a meal on Thanksgiving!

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Cross These “I’ve Never’s” Off Your List

November 6, 2019

Every day is an opportunity to try something Outside of Ordinary and broaden your horizons. Cross a few things off your "I've Never" list this month!

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Cross These “I’ve Never’s” Off Your List

November 6, 2019

Every day is an opportunity to try something Outside of Ordinary and broaden your horizons. Cross a few things off your "I've Never" list this month!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Carle Park

November 5, 2019

This morning's run showcased the historic State streets in Urbana and Carle Park, just East of the University of Illinois campus, where fall continued to showcase its beauty.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Carle Park

November 5, 2019

This morning's run showcased the historic State streets in Urbana and Carle Park, just East of the University of Illinois campus, where fall continued to showcase its beauty.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/4

November 4, 2019

It's the first full week of November, so make sure to keep up with your Outside of Ordinary memory-making!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 11/4

November 4, 2019

It's the first full week of November, so make sure to keep up with your Outside of Ordinary memory-making!

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Looking Ahead: 8 Outside of Ordinary Events in November

November 1, 2019

Sometimes, by this point in the year, it’s hard to believe November is already here. With the snow we saw earlier this week, it’s a little more believable!

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Looking Ahead: 8 Outside of Ordinary Events in November

November 1, 2019

Sometimes, by this point in the year, it’s hard to believe November is already here. With the snow we saw earlier this week, it’s a little more believable!

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Heritage Park & Kaufman Lake

October 29, 2019

With cold temperatures creeping in, Terri bundled up for a morning run to check out the improvements to the Heritage Park trail before heading to Kaufman Lake.

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Heritage Park & Kaufman Lake

October 29, 2019

With cold temperatures creeping in, Terri bundled up for a morning run to check out the improvements to the Heritage Park trail before heading to Kaufman Lake.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/28

October 28, 2019

This week we say goodbye to October, and hello to 7 more ways to practice Living Outside of Ordinary!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/28

October 28, 2019

This week we say goodbye to October, and hello to 7 more ways to practice Living Outside of Ordinary!

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Homer Lake Forest Preserve

October 22, 2019

Terri explored Homer Lake Forest Preserve on the East side of the county and caught some of the best fall foliage yet. Check out what she saw on today's run.

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Homer Lake Forest Preserve

October 22, 2019

Terri explored Homer Lake Forest Preserve on the East side of the county and caught some of the best fall foliage yet. Check out what she saw on today's run.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/21

October 21, 2019

Feeling the stress of fitting all the fun fall things into the end of October? We've got you covered.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/21

October 21, 2019

Feeling the stress of fitting all the fun fall things into the end of October? We've got you covered.

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CU Folk & Roots Festival: Can't Miss Shows and Full Schedule

October 18, 2019

Here are a few can’t miss shows, as well as a full lineup of all events associated with the CU Folk & Roots Festival

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CU Folk & Roots Festival: Can't Miss Shows and Full Schedule

October 18, 2019

Here are a few can’t miss shows, as well as a full lineup of all events associated with the CU Folk & Roots Festival

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Halloween Events to Keep on the Calendar

October 17, 2019

We were working in the lab late one night, when our eyes beheld an eerie sight: a whole lot of spook-tacular Halloween events in our area!

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Halloween Events to Keep on the Calendar

October 17, 2019

We were working in the lab late one night, when our eyes beheld an eerie sight: a whole lot of spook-tacular Halloween events in our area!

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Meadowbrook Park

October 15, 2019

Terri's heads to Meadowbrook Park for an early morning run before the sun even rises. Check out her favorite spots along the way!

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Meadowbrook Park

October 15, 2019

Terri's heads to Meadowbrook Park for an early morning run before the sun even rises. Check out her favorite spots along the way!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/14

October 14, 2019

It's Homecoming Week for the University of Illinois, as well as another wonderful week for some Outside of Ordinary fall fun!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/14

October 14, 2019

It's Homecoming Week for the University of Illinois, as well as another wonderful week for some Outside of Ordinary fall fun!

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

October 11, 2019

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in Champaign County!

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Great Spots for Fall Photoshoots

October 11, 2019

Grab those highly coveted fall photos in Champaign County!

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Champaign County Concert Calendar: October 2019

October 8, 2019

There’s a lot to see (or should we say hear) in October!

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Champaign County Concert Calendar: October 2019

October 8, 2019

There’s a lot to see (or should we say hear) in October!

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Lake of the Woods

October 8, 2019

A perfect fall Tuesday morning to follow Terri along on her run at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, where she watched the sunrise over the scenic botanical gardens.

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Terri's Tuesday Trails: Lake of the Woods

October 8, 2019

A perfect fall Tuesday morning to follow Terri along on her run at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet, where she watched the sunrise over the scenic botanical gardens.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/7

October 7, 2019

We finally have fall weather in Champaign County! Celebrate by getting into the spirit of the season with Flannel Fest, U of I’s Homecoming kickoff, and more Outside of Ordinary events and activities!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 10/7

October 7, 2019

We finally have fall weather in Champaign County! Celebrate by getting into the spirit of the season with Flannel Fest, U of I’s Homecoming kickoff, and more Outside of Ordinary events and activities!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in October

October 4, 2019

Get your calendars ready; here are 10 Outside of Ordinary events for October!

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Looking Ahead: 10 Outside of Ordinary Events in October

October 4, 2019

Get your calendars ready; here are 10 Outside of Ordinary events for October!

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Local Fall Flavors to Try around Champaign County

October 2, 2019

Got a hankering for some fall flavors? You're in the right place!

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Local Fall Flavors to Try around Champaign County

October 2, 2019

Got a hankering for some fall flavors? You're in the right place!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Robeson Park

October 1, 2019

Terri heads to Robeson Park in Champaign to hit the trails this Tuesday. She is delighted by some scenic spots as she runs while the sun rises.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri: Robeson Park

October 1, 2019

Terri heads to Robeson Park in Champaign to hit the trails this Tuesday. She is delighted by some scenic spots as she runs while the sun rises.

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/30

September 30, 2019

This week, we see the first day of October, plus more incredible annual events that always pop back up during the fall season. We want to hear from you: what’s your favorite fall activity in the greater Champaign County area?

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/30

September 30, 2019

This week, we see the first day of October, plus more incredible annual events that always pop back up during the fall season. We want to hear from you: what’s your favorite fall activity in the greater Champaign County area?

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Pygmalion 2019 - Five Can’t Miss Events

September 25, 2019

It’s not very often a world class festival of arts, culture, and community takes place in your backyard. For the greater Champaign County area, it just so happens to take place every year.

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Pygmalion 2019 - Five Can’t Miss Events

September 25, 2019

It’s not very often a world class festival of arts, culture, and community takes place in your backyard. For the greater Champaign County area, it just so happens to take place every year.

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Celebrating CU Pride Weekend

September 24, 2019

If you’ve never experienced Pride Weekend in Champaign-Urbana, you’re in for a real treat.

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Celebrating CU Pride Weekend

September 24, 2019

If you’ve never experienced Pride Weekend in Champaign-Urbana, you’re in for a real treat.

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Tuesday Trails with Terri

September 24, 2019

Terri promises to run 1 mile every Tuesday and share the landscape of her run. Follow along and tell her where she should run next!

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Tuesday Trails with Terri

September 24, 2019

Terri promises to run 1 mile every Tuesday and share the landscape of her run. Follow along and tell her where she should run next!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/23

September 23, 2019

It’s hard to get in the falling leaves and autumn adventure spirit when it’s still hot out, but try your best this week!

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Living Outside of Ordinary: Week of 9/23

September 23, 2019

It’s hard to get in the falling leaves and autumn adventure spirit when it’s still hot out, but try your best this week!

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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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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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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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