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Category Archives: Events around CU

Champaign County Fair

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The Champaign County Fair opens today with a full schedule and some new features. The stage has been revamped and the ever popular “beer tent” has experienced a makeover. There will be the good ole demo derby, livestock shows, horse races, queens on display, Democrats and Republicans, and lots of cotton candy. One highlight this year […]

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Champaign Urbana Fireworks

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There are some great options for seeing forworks all around Champaign County and here are some of the favorites: Tonight at Lodge Park near Monticello. This is a neat little show and gets rolling at dusk. Bring a blanket and get there early! The show at the State Farm Center in Champaign is just a […]

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Garden Walk in Champaign Today

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Today is the annual Garden Walk from the U of I Extension. Tickets can be gotten at University of Illinois Extension – Champaign County, 801 N. Country Fair Dr. Suite D, Champaign, IL 61821 or at local garden stores (like Prairie Gardens) today for just $12. The tour is from 9-4 today and you will […]

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Curbanas Are Here!

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This morning the city workers were in downtown Urbana this am assembling the new “Curbanas” (parklets) in front of Crane Alley with the one in front of Cafeteria and Co to follow pronto. The temporary structures come in a kit and extend the sidewalk into the parking places–like two parking spots will be taken in […]

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Uncork Urbana Wine Festival

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Saturday June 14, 2014 is the premier of a new local festival in Champaign Urbana–and it gets rolling tomorrow in downtown Urbana. The Urbana Business Association is sponsoring the Uncork Urbana Wine Festival and it will likely become one of the most popular local summer events. Here are some details: It runs 1-9pm in downtown […]

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Tennis Camps at U of I

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University of Illinois Tennis One true strength of the Fighting Illini sports programs is the tennis teams–both mens and womens. Over the past 20-30 years there have been some excellent coaches and players through Champaign Urbana and we have been treated to some high level local tennis. The NCAA regionals were even hosted here two […]

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Illiniois Marathon Today

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Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Today is the day as 21,000 runners take to the streets of Champaign Urbana for the running of one our area’s biggest events. Tons of info is available on the race website and you can even watch updates on local TV WCIA. it is called “The Extra Mile“. If you are […]

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New Micro-Urban Video

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Envisioning Our Micro-Urban Future Yesterday at Busey Bank’s annual seminar, Phyllis Wise introduced this crisp new video on the vision for Champaign Urbana. Coming on the heels of the micro-urban video that introduced the concept, this one is more concrete and describes many of the plans and ideas that we will see take shape here […]

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Boneyard Arts Festival Opens Today

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Boneyard Arts Fextival 2014 It all gets rolling at a host of area venues (over 100 of them)–even in the small towns around CU.  Some of the venues are even empty buildings that get fitted out with art for the public to enjoy. Best way to get connected to the show is on the 40 […]

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Champaign Public Library Problems

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CPL Money Issues Our local Champaign Library has money problems. There have been some other controversies over the past few years related to nearby community patrons paying for usage. Then there was the proposal to cut evening hours at the Champaign Library. The issue now is operating funds. Solving the CPL Deficit Various ideas have come […]

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