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.
Champaign County Area Restaurant Week: The seventh-annual event is in high gear right now so if you’re so inclined, hit your favorite restaurant — or try out a new spot — to enjoy some of the area’s finest food. Check out special menus for the week. Continues through Feb. 4.
Fireside Chats with the Beckman Institute: Stop by The Literary in Champaign on Feb. 23 for an informal chat from Beckman Institute stalwarts Dr. Liz Stein-Morrow and Melinh Lai about the brain’s benefits of reading for pleasure.
Dream Hou$e at the Station Theatre: The synopsis for the Feb. 2-12 production: “Two Latina sisters are appearing on an HGTV-style reality show to sell their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in their “changing neighborhood.” But once the cameras are rolling, the family’s turbulent past and uncertain future begin to collide, and the sisters are forced to reckon with the secrets held between the house’s walls.” Click here for tickets.
New to C-U mixer: If you moved to C-U in 2020 or after, join us at Triptych Brewing to meet new residents and learn more about the area from ambassadors with the Chambana Welcome Crew from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 28.
February Social at Broadway Food Hall: The Young Professionals of Champaign-Urbana offer a chance to network with others from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Urbana’s Broadway Food Hall. No need to register.
Lviv National Orchestra of Ukraine at Krannert: The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, which has toured extensively around the world, will perform at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 26. It is an apt way to show support for war-torn Ukraine while enjoying the music of Stankovych, Bruch and Dvorak.
Back to the 80s and 90s: Those of us of a certain age can reminisce about the sounds of the 1980s and 90s, and this is a perfect opportunity to do that. Neil St. Blues in Champaign will celebrate Black History Month with a night of nostalgia, fun and music on Feb. 11. Cover is $10 before 11 p.m. Kitchen will be open.
Untitled Fundraiser: UNTITLED 2023 is a one-of-a-kind late-night fundraiser on Feb. 24 at the Orpheum Theatre to raise funds for 40 North’s programs, which include the Boneyard Arts Festival, ACE Awards and Friday Night Live, among others. Get details and tickets here.
The K-Tels and Friends play Springsteen at the Rose Bowl: Bruce Springsteen’s classic 1984 album Born in the USA will be the subject of K-Tels and some of their musical friends Feb. 18 at Urbana’s Rose Bowl. Sweet Melk will open.
Carnaval!: Slated for Feb. 21 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Carnival is a concert “celebrating the end of the holiday season before the introspection of Lent begins, culminating in Mardi Gras.” Lyric Theatre @ Illinois will celebrate Spanish and Portuguese music, dancing and revelry. Bring your Mardi Gras mask, dress up, enjoy an appetizer and drink while trying your luck at the gaming tables before the action begins.