In 2020, the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures and our community partners (40North, Urbana Park District, Champaign Park District and Urbana Arts and Culture) premiered The Great ARTdoors, a new public-art initiative.
Middle Fork Forest Preserve Site Superintendent Matt Kuntz said the public’s embracing of the dark sky park is “more than I would have ever imagined.”
The Beach Boys will take the stage Friday at the Champaign County Fair.
Mahomet Lions Club has come on board in a naming rights deal for the playground, which will be usable by everyone, including those with disabilities.
An elevated observation deck with views of the championship field will be included in a later phase of construction.
A large crowd that included members of the Oberheim family and area police officers erupted in applause after the resolution was approved by the council.
It’s summertime, and with kids home from school, longer days and nature blooming, many people are inspired to create and find new activities.
“We felt as a council that if we could honor Chris as we make plans for that 30-acre development, it's going to be something that the community is going to enjoy for years to come, and it’s a thrill.”
“We looked all over Monticello to find someone to take it over, and no one wanted to step up. I was passionate about not losing the fireworks,” Debby McPheeters said.
A slew of improvements to Blair Park includes 8-foot-wide sidewalks that will border the popular home of recreational tennis and Little League baseball.
“Because of the overwhelming support from our very awesome community, I feel like there wouldn't be any better way to honor Chris and pay back the community, and represent something that would encompass family, family fun in the moment," Amber Oberheim said.
Pre-recorded music of all local bands will be played for six hours July 4 on three radio stations, and listeners will be given a number to text and a website for online donations to help defray the cost of the cost of the fireworks, said Freedom Celebration Committee Treasurer Margaret Givens.
As Illinois gets ready to lift all coronavirus-related restrictions — beginning Friday, per the governor’s orders — we took a look at a handful of events making their triumphant return.