Readers Choice 2017 - Nominations

Readers Choice 2017 - Nominations

Midwest Valley Conference Softball 05/11

Midwest Valley Conference Softball 05/11



Win 2 all-session passes to the 2017

Missouri Valley Conference

Women’s Softball Championship at

Marian Kneer Stadium, Normal

May 11, 12 and 13

ENTER TO WIN AT PANTAGRAPH.COM/CONTESTS UNTIL May 3rd, 2017



PUSH Physical Theatre BCPA 04/30

PUSH Physical Theatre BCPA 04/30


PUSH Physical Theatre

Sunday, April 30

2:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


Seeing award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre is like watching a live action movie. This talented group of performers inspires awe with physical illusions and gravity-defying, dance-infused, acrobatic high-jinx. It’s cool, it’s athletic, it’s a perfect metaphor-in-motion; the narratives of our lives played out with hope, strength, and optimism. These masters of physical storytelling captivate audience attention and ignite their emotions. Once you’ve experienced the myth and magic of PUSH you will know the strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.


Mayhem Poets BCPA 04/28

Mayhem Poets BCPA 04/28

Mayhem Poets

Friday, April 28

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts

“Let’s go see a poetry show.” That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed “…an amazing ride…” by The New York Times, this mind-boggling performance has been described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert.” These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

Silent Film BCPA 4/25

Silent Film BCPA 4/25


Silent Film: Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Tuesday, April 25

7:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

In this 1928 silent comedy, college boy William Canfield, Jr. (Buster Keaton) reunites with his boat captain father (Ernest Torrence) in a Mississippi River town. Though he's bothered by Willie's citified appearance, Pop Canfield seems to have found an ally to help him compete against fellow riverboat owner John James King (Tom McGuire). In true comedic style, Willie finds himself falling for King's daughter, Mary (Marion Byron), but he has more pressing concerns when the weather turns bad and his father in arrested.

Kathleen Madigan BCPA 04/06/2017

Kathleen Madigan BCPA 04/06/2017


Kathleen Madigan

Thursday, April 6

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Over Kathleen Madigan's 25 year career she has performed on nearly every late night show ever made. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and most recently in 2015 on the new The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Ron White’s Salute To The Troops on CMT, her fifth appearance on the annual show. In 2014, Madigan was nominated for an American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic and her third one hour special, Madigan Again, was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums. Madigan Again, premiered on September 11, 2013 exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America, and is also available on CD, DVD and audio or video download. Previously she's released 5 CDs and 3 DVDs and starred in 2 HBO specials, 3 Comedy Central specials and her previous one hour special, Gone Madigan, premiered on Showtime and is available on Netflix

The Young Irelanders BCPA 3/6

The Young Irelanders BCPA 3/6


The Young Irelanders

Thursday, March 16

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


The Young Irelanders comprises eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins. Although still in their 20’s and 30’s, these performers have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime. Between them they have performed for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, US Presidents, the Queen of England, the President of China, Prince Albert of Monaco, Empress Michiko of Japan, performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the US Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in L.A. The artists have also toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, been soloists on PBS Special’s, shared the stage with Bono, and have recorded with Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) and been chosen by Sting to perform for his exclusive private parties.


I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues BCPA 3/12/2017

I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues BCPA 3/12/2017

I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues,

A Salute to Ella, Judy & Patsy

Sunday, March 12

2:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


A trio of stellar songstresses unite in a torchy tribute to their idols. I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES: A SALUTE TO ELLA, JUDY, AND PATSY combines the iconic catalogues of Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Patsy Cline and into an inspiring portrait of America’s musical heritage. Karen Marie Richardson (Off-Broadway: Sleep No More, Tour: Queenie Pie) effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald; Angela Ingersoll (Chicago’s Jeff Award nominations: The Mistress Cycle, The Secret Garden) hauntingly captures the emotional power of Popular icon Judy Garland; and Katie Deal (National Tours: Today, Tomorrow, & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline) soulfully embodies the tender heartache of Country legend Patsy Cline. This moving celebration features a bounty of beloved hit songs including “Cry Me a River,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Crazy,” and many more.

Black Violin BCPA 3/10

Black Violin BCPA 3/10

Win two tickets to see

Black Violin Friday, March 10

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts

Since starting Black Violin a decade ago, Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play their blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC, where President Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty hand shake. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles.

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One Woman Sex and the City BCPA 2/23/2017

One Woman Sex and the City BCPA 2/23/2017

Win two tickets to see

One Woman Sex and the City

Thursday, February 23

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts This loving tribute and send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the beloved show. TJ Dawe – (Director and co-creator of One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings and PostSecret: The Show) has comedic actress Kerry Ipema (PostSecret: The Show) bringing all our favorite characters to life as they brunch, banter, argue, support each other and swoon over men and Manolos. There will be puns, Cosmopolitans and audience participation. For anyone who remembers the naked dress, the tantric sex demonstration, the post-it note, and “he’s just not that into you,” One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody on Love, Friendship, and Shoes will provide a great reminder of why this series and its characters have stayed so firmly in women’s hearts and minds.








The Pantagraph's Promotion 12

The Pantagraph's Promotion 12



Win two tickets to see Route 66

The Musical Revue

Thursday, February 16

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts




Four snappy young pump jockeys take the audience to various stops along the historic “Mother Road” where a menagerie of characters sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes. The well-known ’50s music in this show is energizing and fun for all ages. From the jazzy pop of Chicago, the two-stepping hoedown of Texas and the beach-bumming car jams of California — this show has it all. This is the road trip of a lifetime with solid harmonies, dazzling quick changes, flashy dance numbers and hilarious comedic timing. “Get your kicks… on Route 66.”










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Route 66 The Musical Revue BCPA 2/16/17

Route 66 The Musical Revue BCPA 2/16/17



Win two tickets to see Route 66

The Musical Revue

Thursday, February 16

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts




Four snappy young pump jockeys take the audience to various stops along the historic “Mother Road” where a menagerie of characters sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes. The well-known ’50s music in this show is energizing and fun for all ages. From the jazzy pop of Chicago, the two-stepping hoedown of Texas and the beach-bumming car jams of California — this show has it all. This is the road trip of a lifetime with solid harmonies, dazzling quick changes, flashy dance numbers and hilarious comedic timing. “Get your kicks… on Route 66.”










Mucca Pazza BCPA 1/28/2017

Mucca Pazza BCPA 1/28/2017


Win two tickets to see

Mucca Pazza

Saturday, January 28 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


Mucca Pazza assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago River. Combining marching band traditions and street theater spectacle with rock and roll sensibilities and a high level of musicianship, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 25-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. Mucca Pazza hit the airwaves and interwebs, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert while licensing music to TV’s Weeds and the Golden Globe® award winning Transparent.







The Price is Right Live 2/8/2017

The Price is Right Live 2/8/2017

Your chance to win two tickets to The Price is Right Live, hosted by Jerry Springer, on Wednesday, February 8 at ISU's Braden Auditorium. Entries will be accepted between January 16 until January 29, 2017.

A total of five winners will be announced between January 30 and February 3, 2017. These premium seat tickets are valued at $50 each, so hurry because this is your chance to win big!

WANT TO PLAY? NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of 50 United States and Canada (excluding Puerto Rico & Quebec), 18 years or older. Ticket purchase will not increase your chances of being selected to play. To register for chance to be a contestant, visit registration area at or near the venue box office 3 hours prior to show time. For complete rules & regulations, including eligibility requirements, visit or call the box office. To enter theater to watch show, a ticket purchase is required. Sponsored by Good Games Live, Inc. Void where prohibited. Price is Right Live™/© 2016 FremantleMedia. All Rights Reserved.

Louie Anderson BCPA 1/27/2017

Louie Anderson BCPA 1/27/2017

Win two tickets to see

Louie Anderson

Friday, January 27 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts

A two-time Emmy award winner, this iconic comedian is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics. Named by Comedy Central as One of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, Louie Anderson’s career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a bestselling author, star of his own televised specials and sitcoms and he still performs over 100 live shows a year. He was recently cast to co-star as Zach Galifianakis’ Mom in the FX series, Baskets, created by Galifianakis and Louis CK.






American English BCPA 1/21/2017

American English BCPA 1/21/2017

Win two tickets to see

American English

Saturday, January 21 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



Back by popular demand! American English is simply the best Beatle tribute story of our time. At the inception of the band, they were voted “number one” by thousands of Beatle fans as winners of sound alike contests at Beatlefest® for three consecutive years. They have also won Illinois Entertainer of the Year and have been voted “Best Tribute Band” three of the last four years by their fans in the Chicagoland area. Their demand here and abroad, coupled with their spectacular fan base, has launched them into larger venues and theatres worldwide. Dancing in the aisles is strongly encouraged.







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MVC 2017 Men's Basketball Contest

MVC 2017 Men's Basketball Contest

Win a Missouri Valley Conference prize package including:

One grand prize winner will receive a three-night hotel stay at the Hyatt Regency, St. Louis at the Arch (one room) and two All-Session Tickets (good for all nine games at the 2017 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Tournament).

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QUIZ:  Christmas Movie Trivia

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Small Business Saturday Contest

Small Business Saturday Contest

The Pantagraph's Promotion 10

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How well do you know the 2016 Chicago Cubs?

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Which Halloween costume should you wear?

Which Halloween costume should you wear?

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Win 2 All-session passes to the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament

Win 2 All-session passes to the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament



Win 2 all-session passes to the

2016 Missouri Valley Conference

Women’s Soccer Championship at

Adelaide Street Field in Normal,

The Pantagraph's Fan's Choice 2016

The 12 Dames of Christmas Starring Angela Ingersoll BCPA 12/15

The 12 Dames of Christmas Starring Angela Ingersoll BCPA 12/15

Win two tickets to see

The 12 Dames of Christmas Starring

Angela Ingersoll

Thursday, December 15

at 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


Chicago’s award-winning singer and actress Angela Ingersoll emulates the iconic voices of the holiday season in a merry musical romp. Angela’s versatile vocal impressions feature a haunting Judy Garland, a rockin’ Brenda Lee, a purr-fect Eartha Kitt, a proper Julie Andrews, a soulful Edith Piaf, a sultry Marilyn Monroe, as well as plenty of surprises. The yuletide revels include familiar takes on festive favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and many more.




Elf, The Broadway Musical, BCPA 11/14

Elf, The Broadway Musical, BCPA 11/14

Win two tickets to see

Elf, The Broadway Musical

Monday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true spirit of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf.



Dan St. Paul's what's Funny after 50? BCPA 11/13

Dan St. Paul's what's Funny after 50? BCPA 11/13

Win two tickets to see

Dan St. Paul’s what’s Funny after 50?

Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



Dan St. Paul has been a national headlining comedian at some of the top comedy clubs in the country, chronicling his life on stage for 30 years. After turning 50, he discovered his body changing (“I’m a cylinder now. I can wear a belt anywhere on my body.”), his memory faulty (“I have eight pairs of reading glasses and I have no idea where they are.”), and dealing with a teenager more challenging (“I have a bumper sticker that says ‘My Son’s Just Getting By At Hillsdale High’.”) Instead of moaning about it, he developed it into a show that leaves baby boomers and the senior set rolling in the aisles.



The Oak Ridge Boys BCPA 10/28

The Oak Ridge Boys BCPA 10/28

Win two tickets to see

The Oak Ridge Boys

Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a number one pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles...and 50 years of tradition... to a stage show widely cited as among the most exciting anywhere.


Unelectable You by The Second City BCPA 10/26/2016

Unelectable You by The Second City BCPA 10/26/2016

Win two tickets to see

Unelectable You by The Second City

Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



Slate presents Unelectable You Created by Slate and The Second City. Wouldn't you like to take this whole election process and rip it apart with your bare hands? Why not let The Second City and Slate do it for you! Yes, The Second City and Slate present Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue, a 90-minute, fast-paced combination of sketch, improv, music and multi-media taking a hard-hitting look at our election process.

Unelectable You: The Second City's Completely Unbiased Political Revue features some of Second City's finest performers, great Slate contributors and you!



The Phantom of the Opera Silent Film BCPA 10/25/2016

The Phantom of the Opera Silent Film BCPA 10/25/2016



Win two tickets to see

The Phantom of the Opera Silent Film

Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



In this silent horror classic, aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin) discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom (Lon Chaney), a horribly disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry), sets out to rescue her. The Phantom of the Opera is a silent Film with live organ accompaniment by Dennis Scott.

Release date: November 15, 1925 (USA)
Directors: Lon Chaney, Rupert Julian, Edward Sedgwick, Ernst Laemmle
Elvis My Way starring Brandon Bennett BCPA 10/9/2016

Elvis My Way starring Brandon Bennett BCPA 10/9/2016

Win two tickets to see

Elvis My Way starring Brandon

Bennett

Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



All hail the King. The electrifying Brandon Bennett (Chicago: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET) sets the stage ablaze in a spine-tingling tribute to Elvis Presley. With his pure-bred southern charm, powerful voice, and scandalous moves Bennett was named the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland. His must-see show traverses Elvis’ career: from the Rock n’ Roll nativity of the 50s, to the iconic comeback television concert of the 60s, to the legendary jumpsuits of the 70s. All-time great hits include “Hound Dog,” “That’s All Right Mama,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” and many more.




Peter Oyloe and The Hank Band BCPA 9/17/2016

Peter Oyloe and The Hank Band BCPA 9/17/2016

Win two tickets to see

Peter Oyloe and The Hank Band

Saturday, September 17

at 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



The Hank Band is comprised of passionate musicians inspired by the music and the poetry of Hank Williams, Sr. Born out of a collaboration working on the Williams bio-musical Lost Highway, these artists play the songs that capture the timeless music of a bygone era, coming straight from the heart and soul. Fronted by Peter Oyloe, multi award-winning actor, singer and songwriter, these are the stories of love, joy, and loss as only Hank Williams could tell them. So jump into your boots, dust off your Stetson, and take a walk down that Lost Highway with The Hank Band.





A Toast to 10 BCPA 9/16/16

A Toast to 10 BCPA 9/16/16

Win two tickets to see

A Toast to 10

Friday, September 16

at 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



September 16, 2006 ushered in a new era in Bloomington’s arts and entertainment scene with the Opening Night of the BCPA. Celebrate the 10th Anniversary with a glass of bubbly and a heartfelt look at a decade of performing arts moments that have engaged our community. Join us as some of the area’s finest actors, dancers and musicians salute one of McLean County’s jewels in the crown.





The Happy Together Tour 9/1/2016 BCPA

The Happy Together Tour 9/1/2016 BCPA

Win two tickets to see

The Happy Together Tour

Thursday, September 1 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts

Get your 1960’s and 70’s class reunions involved in a super fun end-of summer bash. Fans of 60’s pop music won’t find a better night of classic tunes than this line-up! Artists from SIX classic groups converge on the stage for a night of great music and dancing in the aisles. Get groovy with Flo & Eddie of The Turtles; Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders; Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; The Spencer Davis Group; The Cowsills; and Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night. Did we mention the dancing in the aisles?




3 Girls Rock into a Bar BCPA 8/20/2016

3 Girls Rock into a Bar BCPA 8/20/2016

Win two tickets to see

3 Girls Rock into a Bar

Saturday, August 20 7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



Nashville is all about musical community and camaraderie. Over the past year, rapidly rising country stars Natalie Stovall, Ruthie Collins and Kelleigh Bannen have informally performed together at packed venues across Music City. They’ve had so much fun together, they’ve decided to take it on the road. Backed by Natalie’s band, The Drive, this country trio will perform 90+-minutes of rockin’ country music. Just friends singing and playing together.



Homes Page Contest #2

Homes Page Contest #2

Our new homes page at Pantagraph.com/Homes has a new look, new stories, and new features. View homes for sale, our Home Market and Home Finder publications, videos, DIY projects, photos, and more!

Maddie & Tae  BCPA 7/28/2016

Maddie & Tae BCPA 7/28/2016

Win two tickets to see Maddie & Tae

Thursday, July 28

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


Nominated for two 2016 ACM Awards and quickly becoming country music’s favorite “Fun Show” on the road, the duo’s debut album, Start Here, features the #1 Platinum-selling song, “Girl in a Country Song,” “Fly” and their current hit, “Shut Up and Fish.” 2015’s award winners for CMA Video of the Year and Nashville Scene’s 2014 Single of the Year recipients, the pair is currently on tour with Lee Brice. Don’t miss these superstars in the intimate confines of the BCPA




Win season passes to the 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

Win season passes to the 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

Enter to win this package until Sunday, July 10th at 11:59p.m. at Pantagraph.com/Contests.

Enjoy this year's great shows including Peter and the Star Catcher, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. For more information on this year's shows, visit IllinoisShakes.com.


Designed for the premium Shakespeare experience, your Platinum Plus Pass includes:

  • The best seats in the house
  • One free non-alcoholic beverage with proof of ticket (must present ticket stub)
  • Priority reserved parking until section is full. Please arrive early as there are only a limited number of spots!
  • 10% discount on gift shop merchandise
  • New Friend ticket at 50% discount

Jonny Lang BCPA 7/15/2016

Jonny Lang BCPA 7/15/2016

Win two tickets to see Jonny Lang

Friday, July 15

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


Sixteen years ago, at the age of 16, Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his major label debut album Lie To Me as a blues and gospel guitar player. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to interact with some of the most respected legends in music. On the way up, he shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today. See him perform his newest album Fight for My Soul at the BCPA.


Win season passes to the 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

Win season passes to the 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

Enter to win this package until Wednesday, June 29th at 5 p.m. at Pantagraph.com/Contests.

Enjoy this year's great shows including Peter and the Star Catcher, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. For more information on this year's shows, visit IllinoisShakes.com.


Designed for the premium Shakespeare experience, your Platinum Plus Pass includes:

  • The best seats in the house
  • One free non-alcoholic beverage with proof of ticket (must present ticket stub)
  • Priority reserved parking until section is full. Please arrive early as there are only a limited number of spots!
  • 10% discount on gift shop merchandise
  • New Friend ticket at 50% discount

Check out our new homes page!

Check out our new homes page!

Our new homes page at Pantagraph.com/Homes has a new look, new stories, and new features. View homes for sale, our Home Market and Home Finder publications, videos, DIY projects, photos, and more!

Readers' Choice 2016

Win a FREE customized workout package from Transform

Win a FREE customized workout package from Transform

Enter to win this package until June 3rd at Pantagraph.com/contests! $350 Value plus a FREE gift for entering!

Win two tickets to see the Bloomington Thunder 05/06/2016 USCC

Win two tickets to see the Bloomington Thunder 05/06/2016 USCC

Enter to win a four pack of tickets to the Bloomington Thunder May 6th game by Wednesday, May 4th at 12:00pm at pantagraph.com/contests

Drawings will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4th

Three winners will be chosen

The Pantagraph's Promotion 5

The Pantagraph's Promotion 5

Enter to win a $50 gift card by Tuesday, May 3rd at Pantagraph.com/contests

Maggie Rose BCPA 5/27/2016

Maggie Rose BCPA 5/27/2016






Mixing heartfelt power ballads and boot-kickin' country up-tempo anthems, a lot has been written about this newcomer taking over the charts. A little good, a little bad, a lot confident and very much intentional. That's her word. Maggie says, “That has been my keyword for this whole process, 'intentional.' I think that everything I do as an artist now should be with a purpose. I think that the way I write should be with intent behind it. It can serve different purposes, but make sure that every word written is intentional."







The Pantagraph's Promotion 3

The Pantagraph's Promotion 3


As a rock legend and filmmaker with a unique vision, Rob Zombie hascontinuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music
and film. His seventh feature film, the highly anticipated 31, will be making its world premiere this month at Sundance Film Festival. Last year he also released his first live album in over eight years, SPOOKSHOW INTERNATIONAL LIVE, which is filled with nineteen tracks from the highlights of Rob's critically acclaimed US tour of 2014. Don't miss the once in a lifetime chance to see this rock legend during the 2016 tour!


Rob Zombie USCC 5/18/2016

Rob Zombie USCC 5/18/2016


As a rock legend and filmmaker with a unique vision, Rob Zombie hascontinuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music
and film. His seventh feature film, the highly anticipated 31, will be making its world premiere this month at Sundance Film Festival. Last year he also released his first live album in over eight years, SPOOKSHOW INTERNATIONAL LIVE, which is filled with nineteen tracks from the highlights of Rob's critically acclaimed US tour of 2014. Don't miss the once in a lifetime chance to see this rock legend during the 2016 tour!


Boston USCC 5/24/2016

Boston USCC 5/24/2016

Boston comes to Bloomington as part of their much anticipated 40th Anniversary Tour.


BOSTON became an iconic classic rock fixture when they joined the music scene with their self-titled album in 1976. With more than 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Smokin'," rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second album, Don't Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, "Amanda."


With more than 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live audiences that span generations.

Who would be your TV mom?

Who would be your TV mom?

Power of the Purse Sweepstakes

Power of the Purse Sweepstakes

YOU'RE INVITED! Spend a few hours with Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and 500 of your closest girlfriends at united Way of McLean County's Power of the Purse Event on Thurs., May 5 at the Doubletree by Hilton, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are only $30 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres. You'll have a chance to win a $4,600 Chanel bag. Bid on more than 100 designer purses with your smartphone or tablet. Get nine friends together and purchase a girlfriends table which comes with wine and fine chocolates!


Secure your tickets now at uwaymc.org/power-purse

Win a $50 gift card to Jackson's Produce 4/19/2016

Win a $50 gift card to Jackson's Produce 4/19/2016

Enter to win a $50 gift card by Tuesday, May 3rd at Pantagraph.com/contests

Win a table at Power of the Purse!

Win a table at Power of the Purse!

St. Patrick's Day Quiz

St. Patrick's Day Quiz

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Bloomington Thunder VS Team USA USCC 3/4/2016

Bloomington Thunder VS Team USA USCC 3/4/2016

Win two tickets to see the

Bloomington Thunder VS Team USA
U.S. Cellular Coliseum

Friday, Mar. 4th 7:00 p.m.


Come celebrate Chicago Blackhawks night.
Come join the Fun!
• 2013 Stanley Cup Champion
Jamal Mayers
• Soloist Jim Cornelison
• Bud Light Ice Crew
• $1 Drafts & Sodas 6-7 p.m.
• To win tickets go to Pantagraph.com/contests


Movie Awards Trivia

Movie Awards Trivia

G-Eazy When It’s Dark Out Tour USCC 3/29/2016

G-Eazy When It’s Dark Out Tour USCC 3/29/2016

Win two tickets to see G-Eazy

When It's Dark Out Tour

Tuesday, Mar. 29 7:30 p.m.




G-Eazy (or sometimes called Young Gerald), is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Oakland, California. [1] His debut album, These Things Happen (making it as his first major-label debut release with RCA Records) was released on June 23, 2014. The album peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200. His second album, When It's Dark Out was released on December 4, 2015.



Bloomington Edge Contest Feb. 2016

Bloomington Edge Contest Feb. 2016

Enter to win an Apple Watch by February 26th at Pantagraph.com/contests

The Pantagraph's Promotion 2

The Pantagraph's Promotion 2

Win two tickets to see

Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman

Thursday, Feb. 25 7:30 p.m

U.S. Cellular Coliseum


Grammy Award winning Christian powerhouse Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman,

the most awarded Christian artists in music.

Brad Paisley Crushin’ It World Tour with Special Guest Eric Paslay USCC 3/12/2016

Brad Paisley Crushin’ It World Tour with Special Guest Eric Paslay USCC 3/12/2016

Win two tickets to see

Brad Paisley Crushin' It World Tour
with Special Guest Eric Paslay
Saturday, March 12th 7:30pm


Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others.





Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight BCPA 4/26/2016

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight BCPA 4/26/2016

Win two tickets to see

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

Wednesday, Apr. 26

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


There are theatre shows and there are theatre legends and certainly Hal Holbrook's one-man play Mark Twain Tonight! qualifies as the latter. Culled from the prolific writings of America’s Favorite Humorist, Mr. Holbrook has never done the same show twice. First compiled while he was still in college, Mr. Holbrook has donned the white suit, puffed the trademark cigar, and re-enacted the humanist's stage monologues for over 60 years.

Safety Last BCPA 4/27/2016

Safety Last BCPA 4/27/2016

Win two tickets to see

Safety Last Silent Film with

Live Organ Accompaniment by Dennis Scott

Wednesday, Apr. 27th 7 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


This 1923 silent film classic comedy stars Harold Lloyd. It features one of the most iconic scenes in film history: Lloyd clutching the hands of a large clock as he dangles from a skyscraper above moving traffic below. The plot centers on a store clerk who organizes a publicity stunt (in which a friend is supposed to climb the outside of a tall building) to raise some money to impress his girl. However, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. Live organ accompaniment is provided by Dennis Scott.

Million Dollar Quartet BCPA 4/13/2016

Million Dollar Quartet BCPA 4/13/2016

Win two tickets to see

Million Dollar Quartet

Wednesday, Apr. 13th

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. The show features a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more. If you love early rock-and-roll, you don’t want to miss this show.

Joshua Kane BCPA 3/31/2016

Joshua Kane BCPA 3/31/2016

Win two tickets to see

Joshua Kane Performs

Borders of the Mind

The Pyschic Show for the Whole

Family

Thursday, Mar. 31

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


Can he read your mind? Or are you reading his? Discover your inner Superhero as Mentalist Joshua Kane leads you through a dazzling demonstration of the powers of the mind. Kane identifies audience members with the special powers to successfully project their own thoughts and tap into their intuition. An amazing, interactive performance where entire audiences experience simultaneous telepathy and witness dazzling feats of lie detection and what must be psychic phenomena. Are you ready to cross the Borders of the Mind?


The Sound of Music Sing-Along BCPA 3/22

The Sound of Music Sing-Along BCPA 3/22

Win two tickets to see

The Sound of Music Sing-Along

Tuesday, Mar. 22

7:00 p.m.

Bloomington Center for

the Performing Arts


This fun-filled more-than-a-movie includes a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! The fun actually starts with a vocal warm-up led by the evening's host, who also takes the audience through their Magic Moments Pack containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film. Then of course there is the famous fancy-dress competition in which everyone who has come in costume is invited onto the stage to show off their tailoring skills.

Switchback & Friends BCPA 3/13/2016

Switchback & Friends BCPA 3/13/2016

Win two tickets to see

Switchback & Friends

Sunday, Mar. 13

2 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts




Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for over twenty years. Headliners at the 2014 Bruegala festival, Switchback returns with a full stage of musicians, Irish dancers and surprises to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early. We’ll even have corned beef, cabbage and other Irish fare for sale at the pre-show.


Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman USCC 2/25/2016

Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman USCC 2/25/2016

Win two tickets to see

Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman

Thursday, Feb. 25 7:30 p.m

U.S. Cellular Coliseum


Grammy Award winning Christian powerhouse Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman,

the most awarded Christian artists in music.

Comedian Ron White USCC 2/18/2016

Comedian Ron White USCC 2/18/2016

Win two tickets to see

Comedian Ron White

Thursday, Feb. 18

8 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Coliseum


Ron White has always been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. All 4 of his comedy albums charted #1 on the Billboard Comedy Charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), been nominated for two Grammys, and over the past 9 years (since 2004) been one of the top three grossing stand up comedians on tour in America.



Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra BCPA 2/23/2016

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra BCPA 2/23/2016


Win two tickets to see

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Tuesday, Feb. 23

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is renowned for their trade. Win two tickets to see mark combination of charming humor, disarmingly small instruments and sublime musicality. Apart from a double bass, this New Zealand-based ensemble is comprised entirely of ukuleles. Playing the most diverse set list imaginable, from folk favorites to pop standards, Rock and Roll hits to opera, the WIUO is guaranteed to delight audience members of all ages.

 Ragtime BCPA 2/11/16

Ragtime BCPA 2/11/16

Win two tickets to see

Ragtime

Thursday, Feb. 11th

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



Set at the turn of the 20th century, a time when society was changing and anything was possible, Ragtime tells the stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a bold Harlem musician. United by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow, their compelling stories are set to some of musical theatre's richest and most glorious tunes. Called “Explosive and thrilling…nothing short of a masterpiece!" by Bloomberg News.

Awards Quiz

Awards Quiz

MVC 2016 Men's Basketball Contest

MVC 2016 Men's Basketball Contest

Win a Missouri Valley Conference prize package including:

4 Winners will receive two All-Session Tickets (good for all nine games at the 2016 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Tournament.)

One grand prize winner will receive a three-night hotel stay at the Hyatt Regency St Louis at the Arch (one room)

The Neverly Brothers BCPA 1/23

The Neverly Brothers BCPA 1/23

Win two tickets to see

The Neverly Brothers

Saturday, January 23 7:30pm

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts



During their high energy live shows, the Neverly Brothers, accompanied by narrative historical footnotes, illustrate how the music and energy of the 1950's American Rock 'n Roll pioneers set the stage for the adventurous young bands of the 1960's British Invasion movement. Their repertoire consists of show-stopping renditions of early hits by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five and many more. There WILL be dancing in the aisles.






WE WERE HERE TOUR 2016 USCC 1/16

WE WERE HERE TOUR 2016 USCC 1/16

Win 2 tickets to see Jason Aldean with Special Guests Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses


US Cellular Coliseum

Saturday Jan. 16 7:30 PM


Aldean will kick off his new We Were Here 2016 Tour in mid-January. The 24-city trek will begin in Illinois and hit states across the U.S., as well as three cities in Australia, before wrapping up in early May. Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses will join the country superstar as his special guests.

Healthy Eating Quiz

Healthy Eating Quiz

Dave Rudolf's Beach Party BCPA 1/10

Dave Rudolf's Beach Party BCPA 1/10

Win two tickets to see Dave Rudolf's Beach Party
Sunday, Jan. 10
2 p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts



Are your kids already tired of the Illinois winter? Then they need a beach vacation! Bring them down to the BCPA where Gold Record-winner, Grammy-nominated performer and general wacky guy, Dave Rudolf will get their minds off the cold. You don't just listen to one of Dave's concerts; everyone is up, singing, dancing, limbo-ing, conga-ing, hula hooping, rope jumping, bubble blowing and a whole lot of other –ings! Put on your best Hawaiian shirt, tuck your flip flops into your parka and live it up on BCPA Beach.




Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity...in Two Acts BCPA 1/9

Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity...in Two Acts BCPA 1/9

Win two tickets to see
Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity...in Two Acts
Saturday, Jan. 9th
7:30 p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts



From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell “bingo."


Pantagraph Website Giveaways

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Christmas with the Nelsons BCPA 12/16

Christmas with the Nelsons BCPA 12/16

Win two tickets to see
Christmas with the Nelsons
Wednesday, Dec. 16
7:30 p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


Matthew and Gunnar Nelson return to the BCPA in this heart-warming holiday throwback. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, the multi-platinum recording artists remind us that the holidays are best spent with family and friends gathered in cozy living rooms with some hot cocoa and meaningful music.


Test BCPA 12.3.15

Test BCPA 12.3.15

Win two tickets to see

Perfectly Frank: Celebrating a Century of Sinatra

Saturday, Dec. 12

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


Join Broadway and concert star Sal Viviano as he pays homage to one of our most enduring musical icons, Frank Sinatra. All of the favorites, from Come Fly With Me and Luck Be A Lady to My Kind of Town and New York, New York are all here in this Pops Celebration. This evening marks the 100th anniversary of The Chairman of the Board's birthday so there'll be a piece of cake for everyone attending this party.

Perfectly Frank BCPA 12.2.15

Perfectly Frank BCPA 12.2.15

Win two tickets to see

Perfectly Frank: Celebrating a Century of Sinatra

Saturday, Dec. 12

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


Join Broadway and concert star Sal Viviano as he pays homage to one of our most enduring musical icons, Frank Sinatra. All of the favorites, from Come Fly With Me and Luck Be A Lady to My Kind of Town and New York, New York are all here in this Pops Celebration. This evening marks the 100th anniversary of The Chairman of the Board's birthday so there'll be a piece of cake for everyone attending this party.

Manners Downton Abbey BCPA 12.1.15

Manners Downton Abbey BCPA 12.1.15

Win two tickets to see

More Manners of Downton Abbey

with Alastair Bruce

Friday, Dec. 11

7:30 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the

Performing Arts


Go behind the scenes of Downton Abbey as WTVP and WILL welcome Alastair Bruce, on-set historical advisor to the PBS hit series. From manners to fashion, Mr. Bruce will take us upstairs and down for a look at what life was really like in historical context - and what life on the set of Downton Abbey is like in this day and age.

Cheeks Free Burgers for a Year Sweepstakes

Cheeks Free Burgers for a Year Sweepstakes

Holiday Spectacular BCPA

Holiday Spectacular BCPA

Holiday Spectacular Royal Luncheon

Saturday, Dec. 5

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ballroom

Noon


All knights and princesses can win 2 tickets to the Holiday Spectacular Royal Luncheon. The lunch will include
-McDonald's luncheon
-Photo opportunity with princesses
-Princess parade and sing-along
-Tickets to the Saturday matinee Holiday Spectacular show

Tracta BCPA 11.5.15

Tracta BCPA 11.5.15

Win two tickets to see

Jeff Tracta: Impressionist, Comedian, Singer

Sunday, Nov. 15

2 p.m.

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts


Jeff Tracta has become the most sought-after impressionist in the world today. Known to soap opera fans as Thorne Forrester from the long-running CBS drama, The Bold & The Beautiful, Jeff is one of the truly underappreciated talents in the business. From current music artists—like Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and Lady Gaga—to legendary icons such as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and Elton John – with comedy tributes to Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Chris Rock, Jeff Foxworthy, and the entire cast of Family Guy -- Jeff's show will leave you asking, “Is that REALLY HIM doing ALL those impressions?!" (It REALLY is.)

Holiday Remodel Sweepstakes

Holiday Remodel Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win $100! Fill out this form and enter for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Menard's in Bloomington. All fields are required. Come back and enter every day for more chances to win. Contest ends at 12:00 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 20, 2015. No purchase necessary to win.

ThanksGIVEaway 2015

ThanksGIVEaway 2015




Legally Blonde Community Players 10.25.15

Legally Blonde Community Players 10.25.15

Win two tickets to see
Legally Blonde The Musical
Nov. 6 - 22
Community Players Theatre, Bloomington



A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Blm Thunder 10.24.15

Blm Thunder 10.24.15

Win 2 Tickets to see the

Bloomington Thunder

Saturday, Oct. 31

Bloomington Thunder vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints

U.S. Cellular Coliseum

3 p.m.


Here is all that is happening at Saturday's game:
-FREE Hot Dog Coupon for kids 12 and under

-Kids 12 and under are encouraged to come in costume and trick or treat on the concourse

-Poster #2 giveaway for the first 1,000 fans in attendance

-Post-game player skate (only $5)


Come celebrate Halloween with the Thunder!

BLM Thunder 9.21.15

BLM Thunder 9.21.15

Win 2 tickets to see The Bloomington Thunder Opening Night!


Friday, September 25
7 PM

U.S. Celluar Coliseum

Bloomington Thunder vs. Waterloo Black Hawks

The Bloomington Thunder take to the home ice for the first time this season. Come join the Fun!

-Posters for first 1,000 fans

-T-shirts for all fans

-St Louis Rams Cheerleaders signing autographs

-New Kids Zone


Pantagraph's Promotion 9

Home Improvement Sweepstakes

Home Improvement Sweepstakes

Enter for a chance to win $100! Fill out this form and enter for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to Menard's in Bloomington. All fields are required. Come back and enter every day for more chances to win. Contest ends at 11:00 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 4, 2015. No purchase necessary to win.

Winter's coming: Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

Winter's coming: Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

Pantagraph's Promotion 8

Ultimate Holiday Shopping Giveaway

Ultimate Holiday Shopping Giveaway




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Winter’s coming! Does your furnace pass the test?

Winter’s coming! Does your furnace pass the test?

"The End of the Tour" ticket giveaway

We are giving away 20 passes for two to see "The End of the Tour" at the Wehrenberg in Bloomington, IL. Simply enter your email address and you could win.


Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early. Passes are only valid at Galaxy 14 Cine, 1111 Wylie Dr. Passes are only valid for "The End of the Tour." Passes are valid from August 21, 2015 through run of engagement. Please check your paper or Wehrenberg.com for show times.

Hyatt in Normal Contest 7.28.15

Hyatt in Normal Contest 7.28.15

Introducing the future of select service: the Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal is located in the heart of Uptown Normal, within walking distance of Illinois State University. Hyatt Place hotels are designed with a hand-selected range of essential amenities that provide uncomplicated, casual hospitality for today's multi-tasking business traveler.

Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation and 24/7 convenience to create a perfectly seamless stay with every modern comfort, including spacious guestrooms that provide separate sleeping and living spaces; food freshly prepared around the clock; a full bar with premium beers, wines and spirits; flexible spaces for business or social events; and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. At Hyatt Place, guests will find the comfort they want and the service they deserve.

Pantagraph's Promotion 7

Breaking Benjamin USCC 7.10.15

Breaking Benjamin USCC 7.10.15

Breaking Benjamin
Tuesday, July 21
7:30 p.m.
At the US Cellular Coliseum


Six years have passed since BREAKING BENJAMIN released their last album—2009's Dear Agony—but should one listen to their new album, Dark Before Dawn , it becomes clear that time away from the music world hasn't caused them to lose a step. If anything, the sound is more invigorated, energetic, and purposeful than ever. Dear Agony also spun off the platinum selling and #1 song Active Rock single “I Will Not Bow" where it stayed #1 for five weeks straight while the album itself was certified Gold, selling over 500K copies.

Dark Before Dawn has already spawned a Top 5 rock radio hit with “Failure" and the full album was released on June 23rd.

Over the past decade BREAKING BENJAMIN has achieved worldwide success through their chart-topping music, their electrifying live performances and in the process amassed a sizeable and diehard fan base.

Re/Max Sweepstakes spec

Re/Max Sweepstakes spec

Enter to win a $250 Lowe's Gift Card!
Help to increase your home's value with the Re/Max Summer Sweepstakes! Enter for your chance to win a $250 Lowe's gift card and kick start your home improvement projects.

Planning to buy or sell your home? Look no further than Re/Max Choice!
Work with an industry leader with the real estate network that has the most competitive advantages to offer homebuyers and sellers. Whether you're looking for your First Home, Second Home or Dream Home, you can find it at BNChoice.com

Gala of Royal Horses - 6/30/15

Gala of Royal Horses - 6/30/15

Win 4 tickets to see

“The Gala of the Royal Horses”

In Bloomington for the First Time Ever

on July 17, 2015


For the first time ever, The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Bloomington, IL on July 17, 2015.
Audience will experience the excitement, splendor, and majesty of the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes its US debut. The Gala of the Royal Horses is a spectacular entertainment event combining the most beautiful horses in the world with live performer creating a breathtaking event for the entire family. The Gala of the Royal Horses is a “must see” for horse lovers and families.

Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Rene Gasser, producer of the Royal Horses has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain.

The Royal horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures.

The Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds and the event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers these horses are capable of including the stunning maneuvers once used on the battlefield now known as “The Airs Above The Ground”.

Community Players Seussical 6.22.15

Community Players Seussical 6.22.15

Win two tickets to see
Seussical
Community Players Theatre
201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington

Performances July 10-12, 16-19 & 23-26, 2015

Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm • Sunday @ 2:30pm

Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks." Horton faces a double challenge–not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

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Shakespeare Fest Sweeps

Shakespeare Fest Sweeps

Enter to win 2 Platinum season passes to the 2015 Illinois Shakespeare Festival, valued at $210! Plus get dinner for two to one show of choice provided by Kelly's Bakery & Cafe!

Designed for the premium Shakespeare experience, your Platinum Pass includes:

  • The best seats in the house
  • One free non-alcoholic beverage with proof of ticket (must present ticket stub)
  • Priority reserved parking until section is full. Please arrive early as there are only a limited number of spots!
  • 10% discount on gift shop merchandise.
  • New Friend ticket at 50% discount.
Enjoy this year's great shows including Richard II, Love's Labor's Lost and Q-Gents, plus Saturday improv shows from the Improvised Shakespeare Company.

For more information on this year's shows visit wwwthefestival.org

Rod Stewart USCC 7.6.15

Rod Stewart USCC 7.6.15

Win two tickets to see Rod Stewart

“The Hits" Tour

Wednesday, July 22

U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington


Rod Stewart, a two-times Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, has taken audiences by storm with this high-energy concert which features many of his iconic hits including “Maggie May," “You Wear it Well," “Hot Legs," “You're in My Heart," “Do You Think I'm Sexy," “Some Guys Have All the Luck," “Young Turks," “Forever Young" and more.


With his singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has built one of the most successful and enduring music careers of all time. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide.

Pantagraph Readers' Choice 2015

College Hills Meat Shop Summer Sweepstakes

College Hills Meat Shop Summer Sweepstakes

Start your summer off right with the ultimate grilling bundle from College Hills Meat Shop! Enter for your chance to win the 20 lb. Grill Thriller Bundle, a $150 value! Bundle includes:

2 lb. Country Style Ribs
2 lb. Bacon Wrapped Filet
2 lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
2 lb. Bratwurst
4 lb. Ground Beef Patties
2 lb. Ribeye Steak
2 lb. Sirloin Steak
2 lb. Butterfly Pork Chops
2 lb. All Beef 1/4 lb. Hot Dogs

PLUS, you'll receive exclusive College Hills Meat Shop coupons just for entering! So do your taste buds a favor and enter!

Heller Stores Spring Giveaway Contest

Heller Stores Spring Giveaway Contest

Spice up your Memorial Day cookout with a new grill or patio furniture from The Heller Stores!


The winner will receive their choice of a new Grill or new Patio Furniture, up to a $500 value!

SHARE this contest with your family and friends to earn additional chances to win!

Wheels For You – 30 For 30

Wheels For You – 30 For 30

You could win a $250 Hy-Vee gift card!


Check out our new Wheels for You site for the best in new and used vehicles. From now until June 5, we're randomly giving away a prize a day. Just visit Pantagraph.com/Autos to be registered to win.

The grand prize winner will receive a $250 Hy-Vee gift card, and you could also win gas cards, restaurant gift cards, or even some great Pantagraph swag. Be sure to visit Pantagraph.com/Autos once a day for your chance to win, and to check out all the great deals on vehicles.

Slipknot USCC 4.20.15

Slipknot USCC 4.20.15

Win two tickets to see Slipknot

Prepare for Hell Tour

With Special Guest HateBreed

Friday, May 8 7:30 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Coliseum

This heavy metal band from Iowa is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows.

What type of home should I buy?

What type of home should I buy?

Mayor Tari Renner Poll

What do you think?

Bloomington-Normal For Dummies Quiz

Flick Flack Quiz Quack

The Chateau NYE Sweepstakes 2014

The Chateau NYE Sweepstakes 2014

Ring in the New Year at The Chateau with the "Out to Sea" Murder Mystery event! 

Join us for dinner with the Captain of the Titanic and help solve a murder in this evening of fun and entertainment. The "suspects" will mingle with the guests throughout dinner and dessert, giving clues to the guests.  After dessert, the winner will be revealed and prizes given. Each guest will also receive a Titanic-themed background keepsake photo. 

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a Cruise-ship themed Dinner Buffet (including Prime Rib), Dessert Buffet and Late Night Nacho Bar. Plus, entertainment by Jazz Band “Bob McEntyre & Friends" and Sally Hoffman & Ensemble and a Champagne toast at Midnight

You will also receive a complimentary Overnight Stay in one of our rooms, plus The Chateau Signature Breakfast Buffet

A Prize Package Valued at $199!

Pantagraph's Promotion 3

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Pantagraph's Voter's Choice 2014

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