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2021 Illinois Homecoming Week Events

Close or Apart, We’re Illini at Heart

Sunday, Oct. 3 (Kick-Off)

  • Homecoming 5K/Kid’s Run – 9:00am check-in, 10:00am – 5k begins
  • Homecoming Kickoff Event – 10:30am
    • Alice Campbell Alumni Center Fountain Dyeing, Pancake Breakfast, Activities
  • Volleyball vs. Wisconsin, (Huff Hall) – 12:00pm

Monday, Oct. 4 (Our University, Our Students, Our Alumni)

  • Dinner on the Quad  (This is a student-only event) – 5:00pm
    • Free food (hot dogs, mac & cheese, desserts)
    • Special Guests: Illini Football, Volleyball, Soccer
    • Entertainment with DJ ALWZ SNNY, inflatables and interactive games
  • Musical Mondays: University of Illinois Acapella Concert: The Boys Next Door, No Comment, Girls Next Door (Illini Union, Courtyard Cafe) – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 5 (International Day)

  • Technology in Health Care: A glimpse into the future with the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance – 12:00pm (To register, click here)
  • American Football 101 –  3:00 – 4:30pm
    • (Event is for current students only)
    • Location: North Endzone of Memorial Stadium
    • To register Click Here
  • Global Talent Show, (Foellinger Auditorium) – 7:00pm
    • (Free for all to attend, no RSVP required)
  • Trivia Tuesday – Homecoming Edition7:00 p.m.
    • Courtyard Café and Zoom

Wednesday, Oct. 6 (Honoring the Arts)

  • Krannert Art Museum Webinar – 12:00pm – Director of the Krannert Art Museum, Jon Seydl, will host a live webinar walking participants through new and exciting exhibitions and new acquisitions being displayed—12:00 pm
    • Click here at 12:00pm CST to join the live webinar.
  • Greeks Support Homecoming BBQ at Washington Park (This is a student-only event) – 4:00 – 6:00pm 
  • Homecoming Hypnotist Show featuring Dale K (I-Rooms, Illini Union) – 7:00 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. Purdue, (Huff Hall) – 8:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 7 (Celebrating the U of I Community)

  • Special Thursday Night Live Downtown Champaign – 5:00 – 7:00pm 
  • Alumni Awards Gala (Invite Only) – 6:00pm – *This is a private event.

Friday, Oct. 8 (Countdown to Game Day)

  • Homecoming CLE: (College of Law) – We Have to Talk: Navigating Challenging Conversations about Diversity – 12:00 – 1:00pm
    • Presented by Judge Debra Walker ’87 and Kendra Abercrombie (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism)
    • Register here
      • *Pending 1.0 hour of Professional Responsibility Credit
  • Siebel Center for Design Dedication – 1:00pm
    • Location: 1208 South Fourth St., Champaign
    • Featuring remarks by Thomas M. Siebel
    • For questions or if you need disability-related accommodations, please contact or call 217-333-8834.
  • Applied Health Sciences (AHS) Distinguished Alumni, Harold Scharper, and Young Alumni Awards CeremonyRegister Here3:00 – 5:00pm
    • Location: 2001 Khan Annex at Huff Hall, 1206 South Fourth Street, Champaign
    • Join alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff as we celebrate the achievements of our AHS Distinguished Alumni,  Harold Scharper, and Young Alumni award recipients. Reception will follow.
  • Women’s Soccer vs. Wisconsin, (Demirjian Park) – 6:00pm
  • Homecoming Band Concert – 7:30pm
    • For tickets, click here
  • Marching Illini Drumline Friday Night HYPE (Alma Mater) – 10:00pm

Saturday, Oct. 9 (Game Day)

  • Grange Grove Tailgating Tailgate Lots open at 7:00am, Grange Grove activities to begin at 12:00pm
  • Homecoming Parade – 11:00am
  • College of Law Homecoming Tailgate & Tent Party – 12:00 – 2:30pm
    • Location: Cribber Field (west side of the law building), University of Illinois College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Champaign, IL 61820
    • Register here
  • Applied Health Sciences (AHS) Homecoming Tailgate and Tent PartyRegister Here12:00 – 3:00pm
    • Location & Time: Lot 31; directly west of Grange Grove, on the west side of First Street – 12:00 – 3:00pm.
    • All AHS alumni and friends are encouraged to stop by our tent for complimentary food and drinks prior to the football game.
  • Football Game vs. Wisconsin – 2:30pm or 3:00pm
  • Late Night Dance with DJ Overkast (Illini Union)– 10:00pm – 1:30am
    • Sponsored by: IUB, BGC, CBSU 
    • Tickets are currently on sale in the Quad Shop first floor of the Illini Union. 
    • Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for guests.
    • Students must have their i-Cards at the time of purchase.  Students will be able to buy two student tickets and four guest tickets.
    • Students can only purchase tickets with their i-Card.  They cannot have somebody else’s i-Card and purchase tickets.
    • We’ll stop selling tickets at the Quad Shop on Friday, October 8 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Tickets will then be sold at the Rec Room starting on Saturday, October 9 at 4:00 p.m.
      • Ticket sales will end at midnight on October 9.  Anyone in line for tickets at midnight will be able to purchase tickets, but no one else will be allowed to get in line for tickets.