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 and beyond in May.
Beer at Illinois Field? Yep. As part of the annual Bleacher Bum BBQ game on May 4, the Illini will sell beer for the baseball game against Ohio State. Beer will be sold in a tent along the left field line, and be sure to stick around for the other promotions.
The Illusionists — Live from Broadway will hit the State Farm Center on Tuesday, May 15 — two days after Mother’s Day (and U of I graduation), so we’re thinking there are gift possibilities here. This show is one of a kind, the type of stuff you won’t see outside of Broadway or Las Vegas. It is definitely not your typical magic show.
The Virginia Theatre on May 8 and 10 offers the 2011 film “The Help,” the story of an author in the 1960s who writes a book about African American maids, the stories of the white families they serve and the dynamics that result. Tickets are $5.
Darryl Worley and Drake White are the co-headliners at the Farmer City Heritage Days on Saturday, May 26. Worley has produced three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
Enjoy an evening of wine and music when Tim Crosby and The Lightning Strikes visit Alto Vineyards. Crosby is a southern Illinois-based songwriter and performer with his band, which produce country rock music at more than 100 shows a year in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky.
Try community yoga in a beautiful outdoor setting at Allerton in Monticello on May 6. All levels are welcome for this donation-based class. If you want to learn more about the 14 formal gardens at Allerton, stick around for the Third Saturday Garden Tour on May 19.
Famed director Milos Forman recently died, and he won an Oscar for his work on “Amadeus.” So it’s wholly appropriate that the Art Theater will show Amadeus: The Director’s Cut on May 8. Roger Ebert called it a “magnificent” film. That’s all the endorsement we need.
The Sounds at Sunset Concert Series kicks off its 2018 schedule at Champaign’s Clark Park with The Painkillers. Enjoy some blues music, bring some tasty food and relax in preparation for the summer ahead!
The Champaign Center Partnership’s “13 Thursdays” series begins on May 24. Each week it’s a chance to explore Campustown while the students are away! Eat, shop and watch a free movie on the quad. (Pssst: There will be special deals at nearly two dozen local businesses so keep an eye on the website we linked above.)