2015 Thanksgiving Weekend Planner Sponsored by Champaign Surplus

Thanks to Champaign Surplus for sponsoring our 2015 Thanksgiving Weekend Planner. Once you’ve shared good food and laughs with the family on Thanksgiving, rest up for Black Friday shopping at Champaign Surplus. You don’t have to start shopping on Thanksgiving Day though or wake up at 3 a.m. to get great savings! Our doors open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday and there are plenty … [Read more...]

Santa Photos in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond

Thank you to Curtis Orchard for sponsoring our 2015 guide to Santa photos in Champaign-Urbana. Did you know that Curtis Orchard is open until Dec. 20? It's a great place to stop and shop for the favorite people on your gift list. And of course, Santa will be making his way to Curtis Orchard for breakfast on Dec. 5-6. Make some memories at our annual event! The event includes an … [Read more...]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Handing Out Free Reusable Shopping Bags Nov. 13

By Kelly Youngblood Paper or plastic? The Keep Champaign Beautiful committee would prefer you pass on both. This Friday, Nov. 13, Keep Champaign Beautiful will be handing out free reusable shopping bags from 6-10 a.m. in front of the Walmart and Starbucks on North Prospect Avenue (or until supplies last). Each person who stops by will receive one sling-style bag … [Read more...]

Readers Recommend: The Best Parks for Toddlers in Champaign-Urbana

Wondering where the best place is to take your toddler to play in Champaign-Urbana? We've asked our readers, and they've given us their recommendations! Davidson Park, Champaign: "We love Davidson Park on Church Street. I think the age range for the equipment is 2-6 years. I started taking my son there at 1.5 years and it's perfect. Small and pretty private." Eisner Park, … [Read more...]

Signs of Fall: Leaf Collection Begins in Champaign-Urbana & Beyond

Fall is certainly a beautiful season in Champaign-Urbana -- picturesque. colorful. transitional. Fall also means falling leaves. And there's a lot of ways to deal with that. One is to hope that the leaves will blow into your neighbor's yard. Another way is to let the children play in the leaves as much as possible. Of course, there's always the old-fashioned way: rake 'em … [Read more...]