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Cheer on the Orange and Blue as the Fighting Illini Football team prepares for game day! The Illini welcome Northwestern this week.Grange Grove and Fighting Illini Walk
Illini vs Northwestern
Saturday, November 25
*times are approximate and subject to change
Kickoff is at 11 a.m.
3 hours prior to kickoff – Kids Zone Opens
2 hours prior to kickoff – Illini Walk
2 hours prior to kickoff – Live Music Begins in Grange Grove (approximate time)
30 minutes prior to kickoff – Marching Illini Pregame Performance
Entertainment and Amenities
Kid’s Club Kid’s Zone
When bags and hot dogs can’t keep your little one calm, come visit the Kid’s Zone presented by Kid’s Club. Located in the main promenade of Grange Grove, the Kid’s Zone always features an equipment try-on station, a bounce house, and a giant 20′ slide inflatable, as well as a rotation of our amazing vendors Joy the Face Painter, Funbelievable balloon artists, and Ed Lozano, our caricaturist. Kid’s Zone also features a science experiment station, Game Day Genomics, brought to you by the University of Illinois’ Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
There is just something that hits different about enjoying some live music over bumping tunes through speakers. Following the Illini Walk roughly two hours before kickoff, enjoy live performances in the southwest corner of Grange Grove! Check out this year’s performers!
Grill too heavy to drag across Grange Grove? Forgot the box of burgers at home? Hot day getting to you? Grange Grove has you covered with a star-studded cast of Food Trucks located along the south fence! This year’s food truck lineup includes Watson’s Shack and Rail (fried chicken), Kona Ice (shaved ice), Chester’s BBQ (barbecue), and Dave’s Dogs (classic American tailgate food).
Fighting Illini Merchandise
Save yourself a trip to GameDay Spirit before the game and visit their in-venue location, only available on gamedays! With the latest Nike apparel and some gameday exclusive items, you don’t have to plan ahead to be the best dressed on gameday!
Brian Barnhart and Scott Beatty’s voices have filled Illini homes, cars, and hearts for years. In Grange Grove, you can watch these two legends create magic during their live radio show that starts after the Illini Walk roughly two hours before kickoff.
Read our Mom Review of Grange Grove here.
Want more advice and taking your little ones to U of I sporting events? Check out Family-Friendly Guide to Illini Sports here.