BN Life

Top 5 Thanksgiving Activities in BN

Thanksgiving is a time to share in the love and support of your family, friends and loved ones. Here are five ways to spend time with them this Thanksgiving holiday! Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn November 7 David Davis Mansion The David Davis Mansion will be open for tours, where guides will give insight about the […]

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BN Good Taste

Whether you’re planning a night out on the town in downtown Bloomington or uptown Normal, two things are guaranteed: you won’t go hungry and you’ll never be bored. With its annual festivals, restaurants, bars and live entertainment, Bloomington-Normal offers both world-class culture and small-town rural charm. Our 200 restaurants – 65 of which are unique […]

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Halloween in BN

It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!   Downs Haunted House October 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 Downs The Downs Haunted House provides a “Fright Fest” of activities that include: the haunted house, a haunted hay rack ride, concessions, bonfires, apparel sales, and queue line entertainment.   Witches Night Out October 18 Uptown […]

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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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