The University of Illinois’ Allerton Park and Conference Center is a frequent location to visit for touring the grounds, or special events like a wedding. But an event this weekend will give visitors a sense of what it was like about a century ago.
A new movie on the efforts to preserve artwork stolen during World War II is helping to highlight the work of a former University of Illinois art history professor.
An expert committee of architects declares that New York's new World Trade Center tower is now the tallest building in the U.S., surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower.
A group of Hoopeston residents hopes to give the community a sense of how the old downtown movie theater once operated.
The Lorraine Theatre opened its doors in 1922, but closed its doors in March of 2012, suffering the fate of many single auditorium small-town movie houses.
An unnamed buyer recently bought it, and the Lorraine 2, an old store location that was converted in recent years to show movies.
The buyer expects to do some maintenance – then turn both of them over to the Save The Lorraine Foundation in the next few weeks.
Group president and lifelong Hoopeston resident Jim Richards admitted there’s more to be done, namely, raise about $200,000 for maintenance and restoring the Art Deco design.
His memories included a day when vaudeville acts came to town.
"They didn’t have dressing rooms, so what they did, is basically put a ladder – and there’s two tiers on each side, and they went up an built little platforms," he said. "The vaudeville people would walk up the ladder on the side of the thing, go over to the space that they had - which was elevated, above the stage, they would dress in their costumes and change costumes - and walk down and present their program on the stage.”
Richards said his group is open-minded, and needs to rent out the theater for other uses to make ends meet, including theater acts and weddings.
The Save The Lorraine Foundation holds its first fundraiser Sunday, a spaghetti dinner at the Hoopeston’s Fast Lanes Bowling Alley from 12 to 3 p.m.
Black Dog Smoke & Ale House, a very popular barbeque restaurant in downtown Urbana, will be moving to a second location in downtown Champaign.
In March of 2012, the federal government declared access to playgrounds a civil right, protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But sites in Danville and Urbana have stayed ahead of the mandate.
This weekend, Urbana District 116 schools will unveil the district’s new Early Childhood School.
The story was produced for Harvest Public Media, a collaboration of public broadcasting stations in the Midwest covering food and agriculture issues.
While the farming community continues to age fewer young people are filling the ranks, prompting the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?
Chicago's City Council has approved a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field, including a Jumbotron above the ivy-covered left-field wall.
The Downtown Danville merchants group has been trying for years to find a new use for the old Bresee Tower. Now, the executive director of Downtown Danville Incorporated says they could be ready to announce their plans within a couple of months.