Best Sledding in Champaign-Urbana

To those who say Champaign-Urbana is just too flat for sledding, we say pshaw! Whether you love snow or hate it, you can't deny the appeal of bundling up and heading out for some good, old-fashioned cold-weather fun -- sledding.  And there are plenty of options in the Champaign-Urbana area for this classic winter pastime. For real! Kids big and small will love the … [Read more...]

Top Five: Ways to Shop Local – For a Cause

Here at, we're all about local. We love to focus on what makes our community unique - and shopping is definitely one area where are there a lot of gems to find, if you know where to look. We're lucky that some of our favorite retailers are supporters of this site and we are proud to support the local business community. (I knew my work was done the other … [Read more...]

Top Five: Resources For Talking to Kids About 9/11

Editor's Note: We originally published this post in 2011, in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Everything here is as relevant today as it was a few years ago. The American Legion Post 559, 704 N. Hickory, Champaign invites you to their 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, September 11 at 6:00pm.  Rain or shine. A chance to reflect, remember, and … [Read more...]

Top Five: Places to See Fall Colors in Champaign-Urbana

The calendar has officially landed in October, with summer just a fading memory for most of us. It's time to get our autumn-colored glasses on and enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery in East Central Illinois. While we're not the rolling hills of Vermont, the Champaign-Urbana area boasts several great sites to see the beauty of nature's changing palette. Here are the … [Read more...]

Top 5: Where To Buy Baby Shower Gifts in Champaign-Urbana

Earlier this week, we gave you ideas for planning a baby shower in Champaign-Urbana. Well, a shower wouldn't be complete with the gifts. So here's our take on where to buy them. After all, we love to shop. And when we can shop locally, even better! We feel like we are seeing pregnant ladies everywhere right now ... so this must be high season for baby showers, right? Well, … [Read more...]