BN Life

2017 Car Shows in BN

Rev up those engines! These car shows will be cruising into town. Cruisin’ Uptown Normal June 3 | 4:30-8:30 pm | Uptown Normal Cruise over to uptown Normal for the neighborhood’s first car themed event, a full-scale cruise-in sponsored by the Car Community Automobile Club in conjunction with the Twin City Cruisers and the McLean […]

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Outdoor Dining in BN

Is there a better way to spend a warm night than outside with a delicious meal? Check out these 5 restaurants in BN with outdoor dining. 1. Baxters American Grille 3212 East Empire Street, Bloomington 309.662.1114 Baxters’ offers a wide selection of choices for lunch and dinner, including steak, seafood and pasta. Their outdoor dining […]

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Rainy Day Activities

Spring is finally here! With the warmer weather, fresh air and blooming flowers comes lots and lots of . . . rain. Listed below are places to go to keep the kids occupied on a rainy afternoon!   Artful Designs 502 North Prospect Road, Bloomington 309.664.6655 Artful Designs is BN’s only paint your own pottery studio! […]

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Easter Activities in BN

Spring has sprung! Check out the Easter activities happening around town: Easter Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15 | Bloomington Elks Lodge | 10:00am The fun starts at 10 am with an Easter egg hunt. After the kids find their eggs, cookies will be available to decorate. Lunch will also be available to […]

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Take a Ride on the Town: Bike Share 309

BN and cycling are intertwined. From annual bike races to the recreational riders who pedal the 30+ miles of the Constitution Trail, cycling contributes to the Twin Cities’ vigorous energy and excitement. Bike Share 309 is Bloomington-Normal’s new public bike sharing system. With 47 bikes across 9 stations, Bike Share 309 gives you the opportunity […]

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St. Patrick’s Day!

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy these fun, St. Patrick’s Day-themed events in town! Irish-American Autobiography with James Rogers Wednesday, March 8 | 7pm McLean County Museum of History The Museum is pleased to welcome back James Rogers, director of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies and editor of New Hibernia […]

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Looking for Lincoln

Few places in Illinois played a more important role in shaping Lincoln’s political success than Bloomington-Normal. It was home to some of Lincoln’s closest friends and colleagues, including Jesse Fell and David Davis, and its residents became some of his most important backers on his pursuit of national office. The Looking for Lincoln Tour offers […]

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The Top 6 Holiday Activities in Bloomington-Normal

Once Upon a Holiday Friday, December 2 | Downtown Bloomington | 5-8pm. Once Upon a Holiday will kick off the holiday season in Downtown Bloomington. There’ll be music and refreshments, but the main attraction will be the live window vignettes. The McLean County Museum of History will host a celebrity reading of “’Twas the Night […]

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Be Indulged in BN

Now that the holiday season has officially arrived, family and friends will be making their way back to Bloomington-Normal to celebrate. A great way to catch up with loved ones and old friends is over a meal. Here are restaurants that are totally unique to Bloomington-Normal that will provide the perfect setting to your reunion! […]

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Turkey Trot

Most families spend Thanksgiving Day eating a delicious meal, watching football and spending time with loved ones. For the past 37 years, the Bloomington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department has been providing the opportunity for families to celebrate in a different way: by giving back. The Turkey Trot, which features three different races throughout […]

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