BN Life

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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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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