BN Life

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up – Public Gardens

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing sixteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state’s top public gardens! So pack […]

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Patio Season has Begun in BN!

The time has come! Starting May 29th, Governor Pritzker has allowed for restaurants and bars to reopen with outdoor dining only. We highly recommend you visit the restaurant’s website to review their outdoor dining procedures before visiting as some may require reservations! Parties must be 6 people or fewer. Please be patient as this transition […]

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Activities for Memorial Day Weekend in BN

With Memorial Day looking a little different this year, we came up with some ways to still enjoy the holiday weekend while continuing to keep everyone safe! In addition to honoring our country’s veterans and active service members, Memorial Day weekend is an unofficial kick off to Summer! Here are some fun things to do […]

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Golf Courses Re-Opening! Here are the New Rules

Beginning May 1st, golf courses will be fair game! Governor J.B Pritzker has given the green light for the greens and will be allowing Illinois golf courses to re-open under strict restrictions to ensure the safety of everyone. Before heading out to the course, please review the following rules/restrictions to keep you and everyone else […]

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Up Your Zoom Game With BN Backgrounds!

With Zoom meetings becoming increasingly more common these days, we thought it would be fun to create Bloomington-Normal backgrounds for you to use! Bring BN to your Zoom calls with your favorite local attractions! Here’s how to change your background on Zoom: Save your favorite BN backgrounds that we have created below to your computer […]

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BN Travel News – COVID-19

The Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is closely monitoring COVID-19.  With the constant changes, please contact our office for a full list of closures in the Bloomington-Normal area. We always prioritize the safety of our visitors. We have teamed up with the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce to launch a new website, This […]

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Unique Dining in Bloomington-Normal

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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BN Our Story – Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Evergreen Cemetery serves as the final resting place for many of Bloomington-Normal’s most respected citizens: senators, Civil War generals and hall of fame athletes. Most of its inhabitants, however, are the regular, day-to-day citizens of the past that contributed to the growth, diversity and success of McLean County in many ways. For the past twenty-five […]

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BN Our Story – Historic Homes

Viewers of the PBS show Downton Abbey are highly anticipating the release of the film, which comes out this weekend. The show followed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and those of their servants. Its period costumes, old fashioned romance and lack of texting and tweeting provided a haven for viewers looking to escape […]

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September Events

September is a busy month with students going back to school, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to have fun. Here are five events happening in Bloomington-Normal this month:   First Friday September 6 Downtown Bloomington First Friday showcases the numerous galleries, studios and artists downtown.   Mimosa Morning September 14 Uptown Normal Enjoy […]

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