Category Archives: Events around Champaign Urbana

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Welcome to Curbanas!

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In just a few days you will be able to enjoy a bit more outdoor dining space right in front of two downtown Urbana eateries. Early this morning, Urbana crews were arrembling the “parklet” kits which have been called CURBANAS–cool moniker!

The first two (will there be more?) are in front of Cafeteria and Co and Crane Alley, both on Main in downtown Urbana. They are not that wide (one of the crew was wondering outloud this am if you could even seat 4 people at a table), and they are RIGHT on the street. Not sure how this will work when a truck whizzes by during dining hours.

Oh well–great idea and a great name.

So—when will they come (if at all) to Downtown Champaign or Campustown?

Curbanas in downtown Urbana

The first Curbana takes shape in front of Crane Alley this morning.

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Uncork Urbana- A New Wine Festival

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Wine in downtown Urbana

The first ever local wine festival kicks of June 14 in downtown Urbana!

The creatives in downtown Urbana have done it again–and this new wine festival will prove to be one of the most popular in the Champaign Urbana area in the years to come. Tomorrow the innagural “Uncork Urbana Wine Festival” kicks off in the heart of Urbana in the Busey Bank parking lot. The feature will be wines and beers from local wineries and craft breweries as well as a full slate of entertainment.

The cost is just $10 for 5 samplings and you can purchase drink tickets. Must be 21!

The wine festival runs 1-9p with continuous entertainment.


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Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Results

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Illinois Marathon

Illinois marathon

The results of the big Illinois marathon are now posted.

The great race is over and we are back to normal around Champaign Urbana. The winner was a Kenyan from Mexico City (many Kenyans train in Mexico at high altitude) and he ran in record time.

There was not a record number of runners but the crowd was good and the day perfect. Next years race hopefully willl be preceeded by milder weather so that the race numbers cna continue to climb. This race series started several years ago when the organizers expecting a 3,000 crowd, got a deluge of 9,ooo for the initial run. Lets hope it continues to grow in 2015.

Results for the Illinois marathon can be found at the Christie Clinic Marathon site.

Here is a listing of the top 10 finishers:

26 Hillary Kimaiyo M/32 2:20:35 2:20:35 5:21/mi 1 1 1
15 Jason Lokwatom Troy OH M/29 2:23:43 2:23:43 5:28/mi 2 2 1
13 David Kipkoech M/35 2:26:14 2:26:15 5:34/mi 3 3 1
4 Brett Lustgarten Carol Stream IL M/24 2:30:51 2:30:51 5:45/mi 4 4 1
2074 Harley Johnson Urbana IL M/40 2:40:18 2:40:19 6:06/mi 5 5 1
873 Braulio Benitez chicago IL M/32 2:42:45 2:42:45 6:12/mi 6 6 2
5 Scott Jansky Two Rivers WI M/40 2:43:19 2:43:20 6:13/mi 7 7 2
1903 Ethan Wedel Machesney Park IL M/25 2:44:50 2:44:52 6:17/mi 8 8 2
8 Jonathon Roberts Saint Louis MO M/24 2:46:56 2:46:56 6:21/mi 9 9 2
402 Nathan Smith Urbana IL M/23 2:47:41 2:47:45 6:23/mi 10 10 3

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Champaign Urbana #GoDoCU #1

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There is so much to do in Champaign Urbana and we at Beringer Realty know and love this place. So besides helping you buy a home in Champaign Urbana, we want to keep you up to date with fun things to do here.

As an example, Debbie (our managing broker) just had an idea for tonight–yes it is drizzling and cold today with snow tonight. But with a little smile she just chirped- “Lets go to The Art Theater tonight and then to Distihl !”

So we are starting a new series aimed not just at the real estate scene- but at cool things to do in the area.

We will include Champaign of course and Urbana, Savoy, Mahomet, St Joe–and then the other small towns around as well as Chicago, Indy, and St Louis.

There will be foodie things, art, festivals, little known cool places to bike, run or walk and other great ways to spend your evenings and weekends.

Yes we will keep you up to date on the CU real estate scene–but at the same time we will be your source for stuff to “GoDo”. And watch for #GoDoCU on twitter!

Ebertfest 2014

Ebertfest is coming to CU April 25…one of ther cool this to #GoDoCU !

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New Hyatt Place in Downtown Champaign

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Well for quite some time–seems like forever–the corner of Neil and Church was a burned out building and a hole in the ground. There was speculation of what would go in that spot. News came out two years ago that a Hyatt Place would be built in downtown Champaign and still it was hard to imagine. For those who remember the downtown Champaign malaise 20 years ago–those folks thought it a miracle.

Now we are poised for the opening of the Champaign Hyatt Place and even more change will come to the downtown Champaign scene. Furniture is being unloaded, the swimming pool is done, they are hiring and it is expected to fill for U of I graduation weekend. Here are some pics:

The Hyatt Place Hotel in Downtown Champaign is just about finished- a miracle for the CU area.

The Hyatt Place Hotel in Downtown Champaign is just about finished- a miracle for the CU area.

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This is what the corner of Neil and Church–the new Champaign Hyatt Place–will look like in a few weeks.


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Ebertfest 2014

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Ebertfest is coming to CU April 25.

Ebertfest is coming to CU April 25.

The 14th annual Ebertfest is coming to Champaign Urbana and you will want to get your tickets now. They tend to sell out and this year’s films amnd guests will make the go early.

The first night at the Virginia Theatre features the biographical documentary from Steve James “Life Itself“. This film is all about the genious and heart of Roger Ebert (it won kudos at Sundance), and it will be a major feature of this years event. Steve James was the director of “Hoop Dreams” which was championed by Siskel and Ebert way back. Hoop Dreams is part of the festivities at Eberfest this year as well. This is the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.

Here is a peak at “Life Itself”–and no, the film does not mention Ebertfest. Part of that editing thing I hear.




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