BN Life

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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BN A to Z

Discover the people, places and things that make BN such a unique place to visit!   A)  Avanti’s Italian Restaurant Avanti’s was founded in BN in 1971, and now has two locations. They serve pizza, pasta, and of course, their famous gondola. B) Beer Nuts BN is the only city in the world where Beer […]

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BN’s Outlying Communities

McLean County is the largest county by land in the state of Illinois and is home to 19 towns and villages. Bloomington-Normal might be the biggest community in the county, but all of our outlying communities offer fun and exciting events, attractions and restaurants that visitors can enjoy year-round. Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup in […]

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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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