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Category Archives: Events around CU

2nd Annual Grease Sing Along

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Fundraiser for Courage Connection It was a huge success last year–raised lots of money and was fun. Now it is back for the second annual and lets hope it goes on year after year. In just 10 days the storied confines of the historic Virginia Theatre  in downtown Champaign will be echoing with the much […]

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Fighting Illini Football Lightning Delay

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It was a first ever for Memorial Stadium at the U of I–a lightning delay. There were few fireworks on the field, just a few from the corners as the Illini scored, but lots of lightning in the skies. As the tailgaters gathered into Memorial Stadium, a few clouds formed in the west–a harbinger of […]

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Chicagoscapes, Larry Kanfer

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Larry Kanfer is one of Champaign Urbana’s great artists.  He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1979 and promptly opened his gallery which for many years was in Round Barn Center. The Larry Kanfer Gallery is now at  2503 S. Neil St.  in Champaign. Larry’s photography comes from around the world, but in his […]

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Urbana Sweetcorn Festival This Weekend

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The annual end of summer hoorah is here–the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival ! This is the  39th Annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival and it is just around the corner: Friday, August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd! This year’s festival is as usual in the heart of downtown Urbana on Main Street (watch out curbanas!) on Friday, August 22nd, 5:00–11:00 p.m. and Saturday, […]

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Taste of Champaign-Urbana

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This is the 44th annual “Taste of Champaign” and this grand event is a benefit for area youth. Taste runs Friday, August 15, 5-11p and Saturday 11a-11p at Westside Park. The host is the Champaign Park District and all kinds of restaurants, not for profits and performing acts are involved. Friday you can see Craig […]

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Taste of Champaign 2014

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You have to love the name of this iconic festival –Taste of CU– now in it’s 44th year! But wait–that logo above came from the current Facebook page for Taste of Champaign Urbana–but it is wrong on the dates. Taste of CU has been moved back and is coming up this weekend. Here are the […]

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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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