BN Life

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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Tour the Town

The work that the travel and tourism industry does is vital to the economy. In 2017, Bloomington-Normal had 220,000 visitors and 44,611 hotel room nights, which generated an economic impact of $6,959,316. For every $1 of hotel tax received, $10.04 was returned to the local economy. Nationally, tourism is a $2.1 trillion industry. The industry […]

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Easter in BN

Easter is more than Cadbury Eggs and Peeps: it’s about celebrating whatever you believe in with your friends and family. Here are the Easter-themed activities happening around town this weekend.   Bunny’s Birthday Party March 31 Miller Park Zoo 1-3 pm Bunny is having a birthday party and you’re invited! There will be up close […]

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7 Ideas for a BN Staycation

You don’t need to hop on a plane or stay in a fancy resort to have a great vacation. Staycations are as popular as ever, with more families choosing to take their time off at home and avoid the hassle and cost of a traditional vacation. Here are our tips for a fun and frugal […]

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St. Patrick’s Day in BN

The Irish are known for their irrepressible optimism, kindly openness and vivacious spirit. Each year on March 17, Irish and non-Irish alike gather to celebrate the feast day of the patron saint of the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick. Here are some of the events that are happening in BN that will help you get into […]

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BN Love – Weddings in BN

June: The peak of wedding season. We are only a couple of months away, not leaving very much time for couples to finalize the details of their big day. Whether you’re planning a wedding month from now or over a year from now, Bloomington-Normal has a wide-range of full-service hotels and banquet space that will […]

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Valentine’s Day in BN

Still not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day? BN has got you covered, no matter your interest. The Artsy Couple First: Head to Uptown Normal, where you’ll find numerous shops to browse through, including Waiting Room Records, Acme Comics and University Galleries. Next: No Valentine’s Day would be complete without a romantic dinner. Medici […]

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Winter Events in BN

Illinois Fish and Feather Expo When: January 26-28 Where: Interstate Center Cost: Adults: $7 Kids 12 & under: $4 The Illinois Fish and Feather Expo is Central Illinois’ hunting, fishing and boating show. The festival will include multiple outdoor sports vendors, seminars by pro-fishermen, door prizes and food!   Tour de Chocolate When: February 2 […]

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New Year’s Eve Fun in BN

Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018! Ring in the new year at one of the New Year’s Eve parties happening around town:   New Year’s Eve Party Doubletree by Hilton 6pm – 1am Ticket: $40 Package: $269. Includes 2 event tickets, 10 drink tickets, Hors D’oeuvres, champagne toast and VIP access. Enjoy a […]

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