Category: Eastern Illinois

News and events from Eastern Illinois, generally around Champaign/Urbana and along the Indiana border.

Champaign/Urbana gets ready for Pride celebration

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign/Urbana area will have its Pride celebration on Sept. 15 through 16, organized by the UP Center of Champaign County. The tentative schedule for the weekend is: Tentative Schedule: Friday: Queer Dance Party 9pm-2am featuring Cazwell Saturday: Festival and Vendor area 2pm-7pm Talks and Panels at Big Grove 2-5pm Parade through downtown…

Urbana library hoping to continue Drag Queen Story Hour

URBANA — The Urbana Free Library is looking to continue Drag Queen Story Hour after a successful first time on Friday, July 6. From the Urbana News-Gazette: The first-time event featured two drag queens reading aloud stories about inclusion and acceptance. Library director Celeste Choate said the crowd “literally streamed in” and included people of…

Champaign-Urbana Pride Parade and Fest, Sept. 16

CHAMPAIGN — The Up Center will hold its annual Pride parade on September 16th with Uniting Pride being this year’s theme. The parade will make a loop of downtown Champaign starting at 4 PM. Local kink club Champaign-Urbana R.A.C.K. will be joined by Peoria’s River City Bears in the march this year. All are welcome…

CU-RACK February Weekend Event

MONTICELLO — This month, we will be taking another, much requested tour of the Sybian Factory. The factory is located in the country, outside of Monticello, IL. We will have a tour provided by an employee, including information about the creation and use of the Sybian and Venus products. Other topics discussed will include toy…