BN Life

Holiday Shopping in BN

Shopping for the holidays can be stressful. Don’t panic! We’ve created a list of places to help you navigate the holiday shopping madness and choose the perfect gift for your friends and family. Holiday Open House November 11 11 am – 3pm Santa & Mrs. Claus will be visiting Uptown businesses, taking pictures and spreading […]

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Halloween Fun in BN

It’s the scariest time of year! Check out these fun and festive activities that are happening around town. Downs Haunted House October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 Home The Downs Haunted House has been a central Illinois tradition since 2002. Grab your friends and make your way through the most haunted house in McLean County! […]

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Homecoming in BN

Bloomington-Normal is fortunate enough to be home to not only one, but two universities, Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan, which means double the opportunities for campus fun. IWU’s homecoming is up first, from October 13-15. For a complete schedule, click here. Illinois Wesleyan University: Since its founding in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University has been striving […]

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BN’s Art Scene

Listen to Your Art Look deeper into Bloomington-Normal’s culture scene and you’ll find a thriving, vibrant arts community. More than 20 art galleries offer a stunning variety of art, from studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art, textiles and jewelry. Most of the galleries are located in Downtown Bloomington within a half-mile radius of Museum […]

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Fall Events in BN

Fall in love with autumn and these events in BN!   The Evergreen Cemetery Walk will take place on September 30 – October 1 and October 7-8. The walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life by having costumed actors portray individuals from the county’s past. October is the last month for the […]

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Group Tours in BN

BN is filled with group-friendly activities and restaurants. Planning a group tour? Check out these options!   Art Gallery & Studio Tour (309) 665-0033 Bloomington-Normal has 22 art galleries waiting to be explored. The CVB has created an art gallery and studio map for visitors wanting to take a self-guided tour. A copy of […]

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New Attractions in BN

In with the new! Check out the newest attractions in BN.   Destihl Brewery 309.220.9901 Destihl’s 6,700-sq. ft. facility features bottles and draft releases of pilot, experimental and barrel-aged beers, which pairs well with its menu of bold flavored, American-inspired pub fare. Want a more in-depth look at the brewery? Tours are also available. […]

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Unique Dining in BN

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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End of Summer Fun

All good things must come to an end! Summer may be drawing to a close, but there’s still a few chances left to have some family fun Danvers Days August 18-20 Surround yourself with family, friends, delicious food, live music at Danvers Days in Danvers Village Park! Admission is free. Bruegala: A Festival of Beer […]

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The Play’s the Thing

Illinois Shakespeare Festival 40th Anniversary Romance, revenge, comedy, jealousy, murder, action, magic … no wonder William Shakespeare has been popular for over 400 years; his plays have it all.  High school English classes still read Romeo and Juliet each year, and his works are performed all over the world. It’s also events such as the […]

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