Events & Activities

Walking Tour - Early 20th Century Houses

May 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am

Walking Tour: Urbana’s Early 20th Century Houses

Saturday, May 27 • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (This event was originally scheduled for May 20)

Meet at the Market at the Square at the City of Urbana “booth”


Join tour leader, Matt Metcalf, and walk into the West Urbana neighborhood to look at the great mix of architectural styles which illustrate the development patterns of a growing city. We will also look at various influences of styles versus full developed examples of styles to see the real eclectic mix in this neighborhood.


This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.

June 2 - Imbibe Urbana First Fridays

June 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

First Fridays Poster - Imbibe UrbanaDowntown Urbana: June 2, 4-11 PM

Enjoy summertime culture cruising with another spectacular Urbana First Fridays on June 2nd. Main Street between Race and Broadway will be closed again to cars and open for festival fun. Get ready for yet another night of unique tastings, games, fire and dance performers, dinner specials, art shows and more. More events and specials announced soon. In the meantime, visit Imbibe Urbana for more info!

Other sponsors include First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana, Urbana Business Association, and Urbana, Illinois – City Government.

Workshop - How to Research Your Old House

May 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

How to Research Your Old House

May 24 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Jean Evans Archives Room, Second Floor of the Urbana Free Library 

Bring your address, and we’ll help you get started on your research!

When was it built? Who designed it? Who lived there?

Find answers to these questions in this hands-on workshop. 

Presented by:

Alice Novak Chair, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission

Brian Adams Author, Joseph William Royer, Urbana’s Architect; Board of Directors, The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA)


This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.


Lecture - Early 20th Century Houses

May 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Early 20th Century Houses - Influence and Style

May 17 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Lewis Auditorium at Urbana Free Library, Ground Floor

We’ll look at the great mix of architectural styles used from circa 1905 - 1940, showing evolving American ideals and international influences. As urban density occurred in companion with an expansion of the middle class, the influence of regional and national patterns of architectural standardization was encouraged by mass production, and the aspiration nature of the residents who lived there.

Presention by Matt Metcalf Urbana Historic Preservation Commission; Co-anchor, ciLiving on WCIA

This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.

2017 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

May 20, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Putting the “Kick” in Our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande

Saturday, May 20 • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. • Cherry Alley* • For families

Read by Design when you join us for the 2017 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with an outdoor party for everyone! Enjoy live music and a demonstration from the folks at Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music. Don't miss sidewalk chalk, games, ice cream, and lemonade. And before you leave, sign-up for one of our free summer reading clubs to make the fun last all summer long!

*If it rains, the event will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading! Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks), and attend fun programs. Get ready for Reading by Design!
Register online or at the Library

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Urbana Free Library

May 13, 2017 - 11:00am to May 14, 2017 - 2:00pm

Mother’s Day Story Time
11:00 – 11:30 AM
Saturday, May 13
Lewis Auditorium

Children ages 2 and up and their families are invited to celebrate moms with special stories and fun songs. We'll also make a special card for you to give to your mother.

Mother’s Day Cafe Concert with Almost “A” Quintet
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Sunday, May 14
Busey-Mills Reading Room

Almost “A” features some of the most talented and in-demand performers in the area: Dorothy Martirano (violin), Armand Beaudoin (bass), George Turner (guitar), Sam Gingher (piano and melodica), and Ricardo Flores (percussion). The musicians have strong and diverse backgrounds in classical, contemporary art music, jazz, and Latin jazz with folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, tango, and klezmer.

For more information, contact Kathy Wicks at or 217-531-7051.

One Hundred Years Chanute Air Force Base: Events at The Urbana Free Library

May 31, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

This year the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois celebrates its 100th anniversary. The base was established May 1917, following the United States’ entry into WWI and trained over 2 million servicemen and women during its 76 years of operation. In 2016, the Champaign County Historical Archives acquired the archival records from the Chanute Air Museum when it closed in Fall 2015, including photographs, scrapbooks, blueprints, base publications, and subject and history files. The Archives is celebrating Chanute’s impressive history with a variety of events during May.

May 13 - Firefighter Recruiting Open House

May 13, 2017 - 10:00am

Are you interested in a career as a firefighter?

Want to learn more about the selection process at the Urbana Fire Department and make the most of your candidate experience?

Join us at the Urbana Fire Department Recruiting Open House!

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10 a.m. - Noon
Urbana Civic Center
108 East Water Street

Click HERE to reserve your seat. Space is limited so early reservations are strongly encouraged. No charge to attend. Family members are also welcome to attend.
Want to learn more about the job or apply?  Visit:

Free Comic Book Day Superhero Contest

May 6, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Urbana Free Library Lewis Auditorium

Come celebrate your superhero skills on Free Comic Book Day. Save the city, lift weights with ease, and pick your own free comic. Come in costume to enter the costume contest!

For more comics and the chance to win a prize, don't forget to visit G-Mart and the Champaign Public Library. Visit all three locations and get your passport stamped to win! #fcbd17cu

For more information, contact Lauren Chambers at ( or 217-367-4405.

Information provided by the Urbana Free Library.