Parks and Recreation
ST. JOSEPH — Built on the banks of the Salt Fork River, this town is making a 90-degree turn.
Parallel to U.S. Route 150 and Interstate 74, there's a new path for visitors — and potential customers — to pass through St. Joseph.
It runs through Main Street, so a left or right turn takes you to a variety of businesses.
Not far from the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, home to this week's fair, sits Crystal Lake Park. In the late 1800s, it was known as Union Park. According to the Urbana Park District's "A Century of Growth: The Urbana Park District's First 100 Years," Union Park was privately owned by businessman Jacob Y. Wallick.
URBANA — The 164th annual Champaign County Fair is doing a few new things this year, among them a fundraiser tonight before the fair officially opens Friday.
CHAMPAIGN — Due to the state elimination of funding to Illinois county fairs, the Champaign County Fair will open early — for a fundraiser — from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Rockers Tom Keifer and Sebastian Bach will take the DuQuoin State Fair Grandstand stage on Aug. 27.
Themed "blue jeans and country dreams," the 86th Farmer City/Dewitt County Fair kicks off today.
The five-day fair is dedicated to Darlene Maiden, who worked for the fair board for more than 40 years. Before tonight's pageant, there will be a special recognition for Maiden, who passed away in May 2015.
CHAMPAIGN — An attorney's dream to honor his late wife has been entertaining and educating area children for half a century.
This month marks the 50th birthday of the Champaign Park District's Prairie Farm, a replica turn-of-the-century farm complete with a farmhouse, barn, pond, flower garden, wandering paths, big shade trees and a pasture.
DANVILLE — Maneuvering into the chair inside the gondola of the red, white and blue "Glory Be" hot air balloon on a surprisingly cool summer morning, Christopher Adkins still believed he was just a crew member "testing" equipment prior to launch after dawn Saturday morning.
Wondering about the people wandering Champaign's West Side Park with their eyes glued to their smartphones?
Confused after overhearing conversations about where one might find Machops and Pikachus around Champaign-Urbana?
Curious after seeing signboards offering discounts to members of teams Valor, Instinct and Mystic?