Looking for something to do around campus or online? We’ve got you covered! Check out our calendars as well as the links and information below to learn more about the things you can see and do as you explore your journey at Illinois.
ARC Hours of Operation: M – F 7:30am – 8pm/Sa – Su 12pm – 8pm
Programs and Facilities Open Daily
The following are programs and services open to users on a daily basis. Links are provided where appropriate for registration purposes.
Strength Equipment – our weight room is open and we have relocated some equipment to the gym to allow for more usage
Cardio Equipment – a variety of our cardio machines are available on our concourse, entrance and top level.
Indoor Track – the indoor track is available for jogging or running
Indoor Pool – The indoor pool is available for lap swim through reservation. The process is here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/programs/aquatics/lap – swimming – etiquette/
Intramurals – Intramurals is offering a variety of single player tournaments, contests, and leagues throughout the Fall semester, starting this week and going through November in a variety of both in – person and virtual formats. Our intramural calendar with registration information is here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/programs/intramural/intramurals/
Student Wellness – Our Student Wellness unit is offering a variety of programs related to health, wellness and balance. Programs include Nutrition Coaching, virtual instructional kitchen classes, Get Fresh (where you can have fresh produce provided to you along with recipes and educational resources. More information here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/programs/student – wellness/nutrition – food/
Club Sport Practices – Campus Recreation will be working with the Club Sport organizations on campus to provide space after hours for drills, and team practice activities allowable under state guidelines.
MP Room Reservations (preapproved activities only) – Multi – purpose rooms at the ARC will be available for reservation by groups to host activities allowable under state guidelines. The reservation process is here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/facilities/facility – rentals/
Climbing Wall (Bouldering only) – The Climbing Wall will be open for solo bouldering activities. Bouldering is non – secured climbing at 3 – 6 meters high with a crash pad.
Outdoor Equipment rentals – Camping equipment is available for rental from the Outdoor and Adventure Recreation center located on the concourse level of the ARC. Reservations for equipment can be made here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/programs/climbing – adventure – rec/outdoor – equipment – rental/
Personal Training sessions – Personal training is available to provide routines which promote a healthy lifestyle. These are one on one sessions where you walk away with a program specifically designed for you. Sign up information is here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/book – your – spot/
Tennis Courts – The Outdoor Tennis courts are available for drop in use at the Illini Grove and Outdoor playfields (Stadium Drive)
Campus Bike Center – The Campus Bike Center will be open to provide bike registration and sales, distribute educational information and resources regarding bicycling safety, and assistance with repairs. More information on hours and services is available here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/programs/campus – bike – center/
Campus Recreation is offering a number of programs virtually for the convenience and safety of our users. These include:
– Weekly Workout Plans are provided as ways to keep you healthy and engaged. The list is located here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/weekly – workout – plans/
– Nutrition Coaching serves to provide our users with ways to achieve their goals through eating healthy and balanced WITHOUT being on a diet. Link here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/event/nutritional – coaching – 19f – 2 – 3 – 2 – 2/
– Virtual Group Fitness Classes link with dates here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/virtual – group – fitness – classes/
– Virtual Cooking Classes link with dates here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/virtual – cooking – classes/
– Virtual intramural competitions link with dates here: https://campusrec.illinois.edu/programs/intramural/intramurals/
In the next 2 weeks, we will be adding the following informal activities with a reservation system to maintain safety for all of our users:
– Basketball shooting
– Racquetball/Squash practice
– Table Tennis
10/14: Getting Started in Film and TV in LA: https://media.illinois.edu/node/1014
Ebert Symposium Series: https://media.illinois.edu/EbertSymposium2020
– 10/8: The Movie Industry in a Time of Change: https://media.illinois.edu/node/978
– 10/22: Documentary Film and Social Change: https://media.illinois.edu/node/1007
– 11/5: Representation in Media: https://media.illinois.edu/node/1008
Illini Union Board
-September Art Gallery Exhibit Opening Sept 2 at 4:30pm
September Exhibit: Pandemic Abstractions Art by Jay Daugherty
-Labor Day Cookout + Movie on the Quad
Monday, September 6
6:00pm Cook out 8:30pm Jumanji: The Next Level
September 10 – Back to Business Illinites!
8pm | I-Rooms
Inflatable games, a crane machine, prizes, airbrush tattoos, karaoke, and free food.
-Open Mic Night September 16th 7-8:30pm
Sign up here! http://go.illinois.edu/OpenMic
IU BOARD SERIES EVENTS:
– Trivia Tuesdays: Every Tuesday through Dec 7!
PM | In-person Courtyard Cafe + Zoom
Win prizes with the board in person in the Courtyard Cafe or online at go.illinois.edu/iuboardtrivianight
-Crafts + Snacks – Select Thursdays
7PM | Courtyard Cafe These grab-and-go events on select Thursdays are presented by the Illini Union Board and will be hosted in the Illini Union Courtyard Cafe:
-Sep 9 | Crafts + Snacks: Frisbees + Fruit
-Sep 23 | Crafts + Snacks: Rocks + Rolls
-Oct 7 | Crafts + Snacks: Illini + Ice Cream
-Oct 21 | Crafts + Snacks: Glassware & Gummies
-Fall 2021 Film Series
Every Friday + Saturday night a new film will be showing, starting at 7pm. In-Person in the Pine Lounge. In-person with masks. Full schedule here.
August 2021: Serious Silliness: the adventures of agerAnter by Steve Sager & Howard Kanter Video Experience here.
September 2021: Pandemic Abstractions by Jay Daugherty Video + Photo Experience to come.
-Noontime Performers- Every Weekday at Noon
-Musical Mondays – Every Monday at 7PM
-Courtyard Karaoke – Every Wednesday at 7PM
-Friday Funnies – Every Friday at 7PM
PARENT FAMILY PROGRAMS OFFICE
-Dads Weekend: Oct 29-31
-Moms Weekend: April 1-3
Scholarships + Awards: King Dad Applications are now open! Due by September 30
Fall 2021 Classic bowling league will start on Sunday, September 12.
Fall 2021 Lunchtime bowling league starts Friday, September 10 at Noon.
–Bowl off Steam: Dec 10-17 | Finals week special: $4 Bowling + Billiards
Behind the Lanes virtual look.
Social Contests & Activities
-Illini Union & Campus Rec Instagram Story BINGO. Find in the Virtual Story Highlight on our Instagram. @IlliniUnion
-Illinois This or That on Instagram Story
-You Can Only Choose 3… Illinois landmarks!
-Zoom Backgrounds #NoPlaceLikeIllinois
-Draw Yourself: Illini Edition
-National Pet Day
Our friends at Student Affairs
-Check out all of Campus Rec’s virtual group fitness classes, cooking demos, workout plans, and more at their Virtual Programming!
Check out this list of virtual programming and activities compiled by Student Affairs.
Ideas to stay connected:
– Organize online video gaming for your floor
– Conduct virtual floor meeting and hangouts
– Prop your door open so you can chat and safely hangout with your neighbors
– Participate in student organization meetings and activities virtually
– Exercise individually outdoors or indoors using Campus Recreation’s virtual programming
– Visit Campus Recreation for individual workouts
– Learn a language free! Illinois faculty, staff, and students should visit http://go.illinois.edu/rosetta to access the Rosetta Stone database. If you have any questions or need help setting up an account, the Literatures and Languages Library staff can help! Just send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be adding additional information as it becomes available, so check back often. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out!
Special Features & Events
Welcome Week & Fall Orientation are coming!
We CANNOT wait!!! We have some great events in store for first and second year students starting August 16. Activities include Illinois Sights & Sounds, an Outdoor Concert, Campus Tours, Illini Frenzy, Illini Vibes, Quad Day 50th Anniversary, a Block I photo at Memorial Stadium, and much more! Check out newstudent.illinois.edu/welcome-week for all the details.
+++ Plus +++
The Illini Union and Campus Recreation are hosting their Welcome Week August 20-28. They will be offering fun activities and events to greet all new and transfer students to campus! Look through the schedule for all of the fun and exciting things happening.
And, if you are in the mood to save a little $$$ at the Illini Union Bookstore, Tech Zone, Quad Shop, Starbucks, or restaurants, you can find multiple coupons in the Fall 2021 Illini Union Coupon Booklet! Pick one up at the Illini Union Bookstore or at any of the Illini Union retail locations. They will also be available at the Welcome Week events.
Get the Illinois App
Make sure to download the Illinois app (app.illinois.edu) to stay “in the know” about programs, services, events available across campus. App features include:
- Quick Polls
Learn more access download links at app.illinois.edu.
Illini Union Events
Are you looking for something to do and want to stay on campus? No worries, we’ve got you covered! The Illini Union offers lots of safe in-person events, great food, and a convenient place to stop and shop for a new piece of tech or get some help mastering the tech you already own.
Check out Illini Union events and follow @IlliniUnion on social.
Share Your Story
Just as there’s no one like you, there’s no one University of Illinois experience.
Whether you’re just starting at UIUC or you’ve been here for a while, we want to hear your story. Tell us about your unique journey.
Stories will be used in promotional materials. By submitting your story, you give Student Affairs permission to use your words, name, and likeness.
Featured Podcast Story
Theatre doctoral student Vincent Carlson performs “You and Your Work,” a poem he wrote inspired by boundary setting and conflicting ideas about work ethic.
Training for an actual half marathon, he contemplates how grad school is a marathon and that you have to pace yourself. There is also a tasty discussion about the importance of treats!
Listen to The Fine Art of Balance.