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2020 Bloomington-Normal Gift Guide | #SupportLocal

Holiday shopping season is upon us! ‘Tis the season to give thanks for not only our family and friends, but also those in our community. Let’s show our local, small businesses some love and #shoplocal this gift giving season. Picking up curbside is just as convenient as shopping online from a big box store! Here […]

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Thanksgiving To-Go in the Bloomington-Normal Area

Our Thanksgiving gatherings may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a delicious meal! Skip the cooking this year and support a local business this Thanksgiving. Here are a few restaurants offering to-go meals: Destihl Brewery Destihl is offering meal options for 2, 4, or 6 […]

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Take A Hike in the BN Area

Happy National Take A Hike Day! Celebrate the day by inviting a friend or family member to get outside and walk a trail with you. Whether it’s a park in your neighborhood or a nature preserve in McLean County, we encourage you to unplug today and explore the beautiful nature around us! If you’re ready […]

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The Baby Fold’s Hybrid Festival of Trees

We could all use a little Christmas cheer right about now! A staple holiday event in the Bloomington-Normal community continues on, with a twist! The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees will be a hybrid event this year to ensure everyone’s safety. This pop-up Christmas marketplace offers both online and SAFE in-person participation options. Enjoy a […]

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BN the Holiday Spirit: November Events

Nothing lifts your spirit like holiday events! November and December are perfect for spending time with your family, friends and loved ones. Uptown Normal, Downtown Bloomington and many of our attractions are ready to fill you with the spirit of the season. The Baby Fold’s Hybrid Festival of Trees November 16 – November 21 Are […]

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Public Art in BN

Bloomington-Normal is home to many gorgeous murals, sculptures, and public art pieces. From Downtown Bloomington and Uptown Normal to ISU and IWU campuses, public masterpieces can be found at nearly every corner. Local artists for these pieces range from high schoolers to seasoned professionals! With winter coming, you might want to warm up by perusing […]

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We’re Nuts For Beer Nuts

Located right in the heart of Bloomington, you’ll find the home to beer’s best friend, Beer Nuts! In 1937, Edward Shirk and his son purchased a local confectionary that sold caramel apples, caramel corn, and their most popular item, redskin peanuts. A few years later, Russell Shirk took over the family business and started packaging […]

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A Good Ole’ Fashion Road Trip on Route 66

A road trip is the way to explore right now! There’s something about packing up your car, hitting the wide open road, and finding a new adventure with family or friends. What better road to explore than good ole’ Route 66! It’s filled with so much American history, hidden gems, and nostalgia. When most people […]

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Get Artsy in BN

Whether you’re a parent looking for a unique way to entertain the kids, a college student wanting a fun escape from school, or a group of friends just looking for an adults night out, this list is for you! Gather those near and dear for a Bloomington-Normal getaway! While you’re here, let your creativity flow with […]

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Halloween Happenings in BN

Spooky season is here! Grab your masks (your Halloween mask and your regular mask) and come check out these fun Halloween events in Bloomington-Normal!    Downtown Bloomington Costume & Candy Crawl All October Downtown Bloomington Dress up all month long and head to Downtown Bloomington! Participating businesses will be handing out candy or treats to […]

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