Thanks to Champaign County Area Restaurant Week for sponsoring our February #ChambanaWithoutKids article. The second annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week is back and tastier than ever. Fresh off celebrating Champaign-Urbana’s win as Midwest Living’s Greatest Midwest Food Town, area chefs are ready to show off why we are the best. Plan a date night or a girls night out during this nine-day celebration of all things food Jan. 26-Feb. 3. Restaurants will offer prix-fixe menus or specials for lunch and dinner so you can discover your new favorite dish or date night spot!
We love our kids but who doesn’t need an adult night out on the town every once in a while to remind us that being a grownup can be fun!
Whether you’re looking for a date-night atmosphere or just a fun afternoon with friends, we’ve rounded up a list of the top places for adults to go in Champaign-Urbana in February.
Eating Out — Given all of the special menus being offered during Restaurant Week, this seems like a no-brainer. Now’s the time to get out and try something new. Check out the list of participating restaurants.
Hidden Figures — This 2016 movie is showing Feb. 6 at the Virginia Theatre, and if you haven’t seen it, we recommend it highly. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Hidden Figures tells the true-life story of three women who overcame racial prejudice, gender discrimination and the pressure of the Space Race to figure prominently in one of America’s most crucial NASA missions.
Valentine Murder Mystery Dinner — It’s an evening of murder, mystery, dinner and wine at the Sleepy Creek Vineyards. Presented by Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, this audience-interactive murder mystery compels you to find the murderer. Tickets are $40.
Only You — Parkland’s 27th Annual Student Production will feature a student director and all student staff. Only You is quirky, funny, yet romantic urban fairytale that follows young misguided lovers through a befuddling maze of their own making as they seek to find true love. Performing Feb. 8-18 at Parkland’s Second Stage Theatre. Tickets are $10.
Illini Hockey — If you’ve never been to an Illini hockey game, it is must-see entertainment. In addition to some fast-paced hockey, the atmosphere created by UI students is something special. The team plays at the UI Ice Arena on Feb. 2-3 (against Illinois State) and Feb. 16-17 against Robert Morris. Here’s ticket info ($9 for general public).
Sinfonia da Camera: An Anniversary Celebration — Krannert Center will play host to Sinfonia’s celebration of Bernstein’s 100th birthday with his Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Several others will be honored as well, including Rossini’s story of The Thieving Magpie, heard in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Tickets are $40.
27th Annual Great Cover Up — Spread over four days from Feb. 9-18 at three venues, the annual event brings more than 30 local bands into the spotlight. What’s more, the proceeds go to three worthy causes, including the Urbana Middle School bands program. Tickets range from $10-$50.
Silent Sky at the Station Theatre — A nice companion to Hidden Figures (above), Silent Sky (opening Feb. 15) is the story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, featuring a story of sisterly love, early feminism and universe-revealing science.
Jazz in Chicago: Yesterday and Today — Become immersed in the history and development of jazz in Chicago, thanks to a multimedia presentation from Sam Reese, UI associate professor emeritus, at Monticello’s Allerton Park. Enjoy a live performance after the lecture. Tickets are $25.
40 North Untitled: Invasion of the Arts — 40 North’s late-night fundraiser is Feb. 23 at the Orpheum; it’s an evening of interactive, artful entertainment that benefits 40 North’s numerous programs. Advance tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple.