Events & Activities

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Joseph W. Royer Arts & Architecture District

April 12, 2014 -
5:00pm to 5:20pm

Two new plaques will be dedicated Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. during the Boneyard Arts Festival program as part of the Joseph W. Royer Arts and Architecture District in downtown Urbana. The Royer Arts & Architecture District was created in 2007 to celebrate the work of local architect Joseph W. Royer while providing a focus for a new Arts District in downtown Urbana.

Urbana Lincoln Hotel (Urbana Landmark Hotel) dedication at 5 p.m. 210 S. Race Street, Urbana
The Urbana Lincoln Hotel, designed by Joseph W. Royer, opened in 1924. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the hotel. Recently renovated, the hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 and declared a local landmark in 2010.

Second Annual Urbana Restaurant Week

March 3, 2014 (All day) to March 9, 2014 (All day)


Taking place March 3 – 9, the second annual Urbana Restaurant Week is a seven-day celebration of Urbana’s restaurant scene. Prix-fixe menus will be provided at each of the participating restaurants. Offering a combination of $10, $20, and $30 options, the menus give diners a chance to try dishes they've never had before and enjoy old favorites for a great value.

The participating restaurants are all located in Urbana, and are locally owned and operated. This event is facilitated by the Urbana Business Association.

"It’s very rewarding to organize a week-long event that features the diverse array of eateries available right at our doorstep. Our plates are full of excitement," says Cynthia Johnson, executive director of the UBA.

Participating restaurants include:

UHS Theatre Presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast

March 12, 2014 - 7:00pm to March 16, 2014 - 2:30pm

USD 116 LogoUrbana High School Theatre presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast March 12-16, 2014 at Urbana High School’s Cobb Auditorium, 1002 S. Race Street in Urbana. Six performances will take place Wednesday through Sunday March 12 to 16. Show times are 7:00pm Wednesday through Saturday with a 2:30pm matinee on Saturday and Sunday.

The cast and crew of the UHS production Beauty and the Beast includes nearly 80 Urbana High School students as well as one student from Leal Elementary.

Adapted from the Academy Award-winning animated film by its original screenwriter, Linda Woolverton, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is perfect entertainment for the entire family. The show is produced and directed by UHS Director of Theatre, Tim Broeker, with vocal direction by Cullyn Murphy, choreography by Chloe Ward and Adrian Rochelle, and orchestra direction by Alek Mann.

Mortgage Relief Project Outreach Event

February 22, 2014 -
9:00am to 1:00pm

The Mortgage Relief Project, which is part of the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network established by Governor Pat Quinn, can help you take advantage of programs to help you lower your mortgage, avoid foreclosure and keep your home.

When: Saturday, February 22, 2014

Where: CityView at Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave. 4th Floor, Champaign, IL 61820

Hosted By: State Senator Michael Frerichs and State Representative Naomi Jakobsson

Free housing counseling is available. You will also learn how to recognize the tell-tale signs of mortgage fraud. To register for the event or for more Mortgage Relief Project information, please call toll-free at 1-800-532-8785 or visit

Information about Mortage Relief Project documentation is listed on the flyer below.

Applicants Sought for Traffic Stop Data Task Force

March 14, 2014 (All day)

Mayor Laurel Prussing is seeking applicants to serve on the newly created Traffic Stop Data Task Force.

The 11-member task force was authorized when the City Council approved a resolution on Jan. 21. Applications will be accepted by the Mayor's office through the month of February.

The task force is charged with identifying and studying any racial disparities that may exist in local traffic stop data supplied annually to the city by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and to attempt to find the source and cause of the disparity.

The task force is directed to examine multiple aspects of the traffic stop data, including race, driver age, residence, stop time, stop location, the reason for the stop, vehicle age and any other information the task force finds to be useful.

The task force also will look beyond traffic stop data to consider census and unemployment data, high school graduation rates and incarceration statistics from the September 2013 study of the Champaign County justice system.