What we’re looking forward to in July around Champaign-Urbana
Thanks to the Illini Union Rec Room for sponsoring this month’s Top 10 Picks. The Illini Union Rec Room is the perfect place to play for family and friends! It’s clean, smoke and alcohol-free, and open all summer. The Rec Room affordably offers bowling, billiards, several video game stations (XBOX & Wii), and a snack counter. Plus, you can save money bowling with a lunch receipt from the food court!
Celebrate the 4th of July all day long in Champaign. From the Youth Race and 5K, to the parade, to the fireworks launched from the parking lot of the State Farm Center, Champaign rolls out the red, white and blue for the Fourth of July!
It’s the first full day of the fair, which opens July 6. A new event this year — and keep in mind, this fair is 74 years old — is the July 9 Power Wheels Demolition Derby for Kids. Consider us intrigued.
The third of six Chambanamoms. playdates, sponsored by Christie Clinic, has a theme — superheroes! Dress as your favorite superhero. Kids who participate will get a special (small) prize, while supplies last.
Disney’s popular show is tackled by the talented youth group, and will be presented at the Centennial High School Auditorium. Showtimes are 7 p.m. each day with a 10 a.m. matinee on July 18.
OUTSIDE at Research Park, July 17
A night of R&B gets kicked off with the James Jones Trio, followed by the Kilborn Alley Blues Band, with special guests Corey Dennison and Gerry Hundt.
To mark the occasion, the department will host a fire apparatus parade and firefighter muster in downtown Champaign. Events will include games for the kids and food trucks. And don’t be surprised if the kids get wet!
Summer Playdate: AMBUCS Park, July 20
The newly renovated park, courtesy the Urbana Park District, promises some great fun for the latest Chambanamoms and Christie Clinic Summer Playdate Series get-together. If you haven’t been there in a while, come experience the new fun with us!
Parkland College is the setting for the UPD’s annual summer theatre performances, which are set for 7 p.m. each night. Talented young performers will bring this musical to life each night, so get your tickets today!
Champaign County Fair, July 24
All of your favorites are back for another appearance at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana. Stock car racing, demolition derby, lawn mower derby, harness racing, a truck and tractor pull, plus a Chase Rice concert … and food. Lots of good food!
Friday Night Live, July 24
40 North — the Champaign County Arts Council — presents the free street-side series featuring an eclectic mix of music and street performances from 6-8 p.m.