BN Life

Posts by Rachael Behrens

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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Historic Sites

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the country’s historic buildings, districts, sites, structures and objects worthy of preservation. Did you know that Bloomington-Normal is home to several locations that made the list? Check out the places below to discover history in Bloomington-Normal.   1. The David Davis Mansion 1000 Monroe Drive, […]

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2017 Car Shows in BN

Rev up those engines! These car shows will be cruising into town. Cruisin’ Uptown Normal June 3 | 4:30-8:30 pm | Uptown Normal Cruise over to uptown Normal for the neighborhood’s first car themed event, a full-scale cruise-in sponsored by the Car Community Automobile Club in conjunction with the Twin City Cruisers and the McLean […]

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Outdoor Dining in BN

Is there a better way to spend a warm night than outside with a delicious meal? Check out these 5 restaurants in BN with outdoor dining. 1. Baxters American Grille 3212 East Empire Street, Bloomington 309.662.1114 Baxters’ offers a wide selection of choices for lunch and dinner, including steak, seafood and pasta. Their outdoor dining […]

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Rainy Day Activities

Spring is finally here! With the warmer weather, fresh air and blooming flowers comes lots and lots of . . . rain. Listed below are places to go to keep the kids occupied on a rainy afternoon!   Artful Designs 502 North Prospect Road, Bloomington 309.664.6655 Artful Designs is BN’s only paint your own pottery studio! […]

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Easter Activities in BN

Spring has sprung! Check out the Easter activities happening around town: Easter Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Saturday, April 15 | Bloomington Elks Lodge | 10:00am The fun starts at 10 am with an Easter egg hunt. After the kids find their eggs, cookies will be available to decorate. Lunch will also be available to […]

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St. Patrick’s Day!

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy these fun, St. Patrick’s Day-themed events in town! Irish-American Autobiography with James Rogers Wednesday, March 8 | 7pm McLean County Museum of History The Museum is pleased to welcome back James Rogers, director of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies and editor of New Hibernia […]

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Looking for Lincoln

Few places in Illinois played a more important role in shaping Lincoln’s political success than Bloomington-Normal. It was home to some of Lincoln’s closest friends and colleagues, including Jesse Fell and David Davis, and its residents became some of his most important backers on his pursuit of national office. The Looking for Lincoln Tour offers […]

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The Top 6 Holiday Activities in Bloomington-Normal

Once Upon a Holiday Friday, December 2 | Downtown Bloomington | 5-8pm. Once Upon a Holiday will kick off the holiday season in Downtown Bloomington. There’ll be music and refreshments, but the main attraction will be the live window vignettes. The McLean County Museum of History will host a celebrity reading of “’Twas the Night […]

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