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.
Owl Prowl — More owls can be found in Champaign County in the winter months, and it’s also when some species breed. If you want to see an owl in the wild, here’s a great chance. For ages 18 and up at Homer Lake Interpretive Center on Feb. 19. Must register by Feb. 18.
How I Learned to Drive — Parkland’s 29th Annual Student Production will feature a student director and all-student staff. How I Learned to Drive explores the surprising, sometimes comedic, and devastating tale of survival seen through the eyes of a troubling relationship between a young girl and her uncle. Performing Feb. 6-9, 14-16, 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. 8 (against Lindenwood University), 14-15 (against Alabama) 28-29 (Robert Morris). Here’s ticket info ($10 for general public).
Krannert Center — To say there’s a lot going on at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in February would be an understatement. The highlight might be an appearance by Anna Deavere Smith (Feb. 18), best known for crafting more than 15 one-woman shows based on hundreds of conversations. There’s also The Wolves, from the Illinois Theatre (Feb. 13-23), a performance by jazz vocalist (and C-U native!) Somi (Feb. 14), the unique Cirque FLIP Fabrique: Blizzard (Feb. 23) and the Feb. 27 beginning of a March run for Cabaret, a collaboration of the School of Music, Lyric Theatre at Illinois, Illinois Theatre and Dance at Illinois. Take your pick!
29th Annual Great Cover Up — The Feb. 7-8 and 13-15 event brings more than 30 local bands into the spotlight. All five shows this year will be at The City Center in Champaign. Tickets range from $10-$40.
I Hate Hamlet at the Station Theatre — Title grabs your attention, huh? It’s about an early 1990s TV actor who takes a title role in Hamlet and proceeds to find himself residing in the residence of former Hamlet star John Barrymore. They meet via seance, and then the fun begins. Shows are Feb. 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29.
That’s What She Said — This Feb. 22 event might fit better for a “girls night out” than date night, but we’re not judging. It is an evening of women telling their stories with laughter, poignancy and generosity of spirit. At the Virginia Theatre.
40 North Untitled: A Late Night Fundraiser — 40 North’s late-night fundraiser is Feb. 28 at the Orpheum; it’s an interactive evening of art lovers, artists, supporters and the general public for artful entertainment that benefit 40 North’s numerous programs.
Jack Willhite’s Rock and Roll Comedy Show — Willhite’s act features stand-up comedy spot-welded to a half-ton of guitars, amps, lights and effects featuring twisted parodies of some of your favorite acts from AC/DC, Cheap Trick, and John Mellencamp to ZZ Top, Ozzy and Guns N’ Roses. It’s at Sleepy Creek Vineyards on Feb. 29. Tickets are $15.