BN Life

BN the Music

Through its many forms, music gives people an opportunity to express themselves and brings people of different cultures and backgrounds together. If you look deeper into BN’s culture scene you’ll find a vibrant performing arts community. Whatever your favorite genre or style, Bloomington-Normal has a performance outlet for you. The Bloomington Center for the Performing […]

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Homecoming 2018

Homecoming is a sign that fall has officially arrived. Bloomington-Normal is fortunate enough to be home to not one, but two universities: Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University. Double the universities means double the homecoming fun!   Illinois Wesleyan University This year, IWU is celebrating 100 years of homecoming. Things will kick off on […]

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Back to School

August marks the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. We want to recognize the important role that our universities and colleges play in enhancing our economy. The Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has a strong relationship and partnership with our universities. Representatives from each university sit on the Bloomington-Normal […]

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Brought to You by BN

From delicious food to important moments in history   Avanti’s Italian Restaurant You don’t need to travel across the pond to try some classic Italian food. Avanti’s has been serving Italian dishes to the BN community since it was founded here in 1971. But it’s most famous menu item is the gondola: ham, salami, cheese […]

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The Lincoln Connection

Can you imagine a United States of America where slavery is still in practice? Can you envision not a United States of America, but a country divided in two; the Union and the Confederacy? Had Abraham Lincoln not been our nation’s 16th president, these might have been a reality today. “Bloomington-Normal is the most significant […]

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Route 66

When most people think of Route 66, neon signs, diners and convertibles come to mind. While all of these features are true, there is a whole other aspect to the Mother Road that most people tend to overlook: its historical significance in American culture. Constructed in 1926, it was the first road that made travel […]

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5 Ways to Beat the Heat in BN

While most summer activities are meant to be enjoyed outside, sometimes the warm weather can be too hot to handle. The entire Midwest is suffering a heat wave, and temperatures are skyrocketing to dangerous heights. During a heat advisory, the best place to be in indoors. Take a look at our suggestions for fun things […]

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Summer Festivals in Bloomington-Normal

Summer is Bloomington-Normal’s most action-packed season. Here are the major festivals happening in our area!   Glorious Garden Festival June 15-16 David Davis Mansion Numerous gardens in Bloomington-Normal are featured on this garden walk. Take a tour of Sarah Davis’ garden, which still contains 16 plants that she originally planted in the 1870s. Tickets are […]

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5 Car Shows You Can’t Miss in BN

Start your engines; summer is the season of car shows! Here are 5 you can’t miss this summer: 1) Dooley Park Car Show May 20 / 11 am- 1 pm Dooley Park, Downs Trophies will be given to the top 50 vehicles, while dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100. Awards will include […]

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BN Breweries

Breweries are popping up all over the country, including Bloomington-Normal. DESTIHL has been a favorite in BN since 2007, but their brewery that opened in May 2017 has only increased their popularity. Smaller breweries are also joining in on the action, including Lil Beaver Brewery and White Oak Brewing. BN is the perfect place to […]

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