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 March.
Thanks to Ruth Wyman for Circuit Judge for sponsoring our March list of grown-up things to do. Ruth Wyman was honored as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Champaign County Bar Association and her law practice was honored as Business of the Year by the Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum for her work on behalf of immigrants. Her law practice was voted in the top three for the People’s Choice award for 2019. Ruth, her spouse Juan, and her 10 year-old daughter Ana, are long-time residents of the Champaign-Urbana community. Learn more at Ruth Wyman for Circuit Judge. Vote in the democratic primaries on March 17 (or sooner if you are going on Spring Break). More information can be found in the Chambanamoms Election Pocket Guide here. You can even vote on Saturday night!
Hillel’s Purim Drag Show: Now here’s something fun and unique. On March 4 join host Indigo Blue at the Canopy Club for a dramatic re-telling of the classic Purim story with your favorite local and student drag performers. Proceeds from the $5 cover go towards Uniting Pride of Champaign County to support LGBTQ+ events.
Cabaret at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts: Krannert’s joint partnership with the School of Music, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Illinois Theatre and Dance at Illinois produces a classic story, Cabaret, at the Tryon Festival Theatre from March 5-8. Standard tickets are $25 with discounts available for seniors.
Psh*tter! A Drinking Song for the Year of Our Lord 2020: This mash-up of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi includes puppets, live sound effects and the whole Polish army. It’s hilarious and adult-themed and promises to be memorable. Showing at Krannert on March 26.
On the Waterfront at the Virginia Theatre: It’s a 1954 classic featuring Marlon Brando, the screen debut of Eva Marie Saint and a score from Leonard Bernstein. It doesn’t get much better than that. Multiple showings on March 21.
Taste of Asia Cooking Class and Wine Tasting: Enjoy a cooking demonstration and wine tastings March 23 at Grovestone in Champaign.
Bentley’s Premium Bourbon Tasting: … So if wine or Asian food isn’t you thing, how about some bourbon? Bentley’s Pub in Champaign is the place to be on March 25. For $30 a ticket you get some serious bourbon. Don’t dawdle. Tickets are limited.
The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular: Shawn Klush and Cody Ray Slaughter are remarkable Elvis tribute performers; you’ll think The King has come to life. At the Virginia Theatre on March 20.
Official St. Patrick’s Bash: Hey, you have to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, right? Hosted by 51 Main on — yep, March 17 — you can wear your green, get green drinks and try to win a prize.
Insync Lip-Syncing Contest: Many local lip-sync performers will participate in the event that raises money to support Will’s Garden at Carle. It’s March 28 at The City Center in Champaign.
Illini basketball against Iowa: It’s Senior Night and it is against a team that Illini fans love to hate. The Illini have been much improved this season, threatening to win a Big Ten title, and this is your last chance to see them in action. March 8 at 6 p.m.