Becoming BN

Becoming BN is a 10-week summer program, specifically designed for ALL summer interns in McLean County to learn more about the wonderful attributes Bloomington-Normal has to offer.


Each week participants will engage in activities and experiences that introduce them to our thriving community, while they have opportunities to network, meet local CEO’s, and pick up a few professional development tips along the way. The Becoming BN is a program of McLean County COMPACT, a subsidiary of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. 

Register for our weekly
Becoming BN events here!

Becoming BN Programming Schedule

Tuesday, June 4 - Becoming BN Kick-Off Event
Mix and Mingle and learn about the upcoming weekly events for Becoming BN 10 week program.

Wednesday, June 12 -  Lounge about the Roundabout in Uptown Normal
Learn about Constitution Trail and uptown Normal. Stay for a free concert on the lawn, BYO picnic.

  • Saturday, June 22, 10:00am
    Downton Bloomington Days -Farmer’s Market
    Meet-up at President Lincoln’s bench (east side of the Museum) in Downtown Bloomington. Learn about Bloomington, IL history and explore the Farmers Market, Free concerts, Coffee Hound, etc...
  • Friday, June 28, 5:30pm

    Famous Illinois Shakespeare Festival
    “As You Like It” at Ewing Theater - 48 Sunset Rd., Bloomington, IL

    Cost to Attend: $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance through weekly registration link by June 13th!
    Park in the church parking lot (corner of Emerson St. and Towanda Ave.) Meet on the terrace. First 25 to arrive will have an opportunity for a backstage tour. Enjoy a provided picnic dinner, show, and networking with community leaders. This is an “all weather” event, please dress appropriately.

  • Monday, July 1, 6:00-8:00pm

    National Impact – Volunteer Opportunity
    Midwest Food Bank, 
    2031 Warehouse Rd, Normal, IL
    Learn about the impact community organizations are making in McLean County. Participants will have the opportunity to prepare meals for distribution by the Midwest Food Bank. Register to volunteer by June 24th.

  • Monday, July 8, 5:00-7:00pm

    Learn the Nuts & Bolts
    Beer Nuts, 103 N. Robinson St., Bloomington

    Come sample some local products, and learn about the Foundry Businesses thriving in Bloomington, IL. Guest speakers, and networking opportunities plentiful at this nuts and bolts session!

  • Saturday, July 13, 11:00am

    Fun at Sugar Creek Arts Festival
    11:00 am Meet in the picnic area at Emack and Bolio’s - 107 E Beaufort St, Normal, IL
    Walk to Children Discovery Museum for presentations regarding tourism in McLean County. Enjoy the free arts festival!

  • Monday, July 22, 5:00-7:00pm

    Brews and Bits @ Destihl Brewery
    1200 Greenbriar Dr., Normal, IL

    Networking and socializing will be abundant that this event.  Cost of beverages and food will at your own expense.

  • Tuesday, July 30, 5:30pm

    Crib and Corn: Baseball Game @Corn Crib Stadium
    1000 W. Raab Rd, Normal

    Cost to attend: $10 Tickets must be purchased in advance through weekly registration link by July 16th!
    Come out to the ballpark for some fun and networking opportunities.

  • Closing Party: Location to Be Determined
    More information to come as the weel of August 5th draws closer!


Additional Events & Resources

  • BNYP June Meeting @ Advocate BroMenn Medical Center
    Tuesday, June 25 from 11:30am - 1pm; $5 due at registration, register here.
  • Volunteer Opportunities in Bloomington-Normal, click here.
  • Bloomington-Normal area events, click here.


Becoming BN FAQ's

  • Who can participate in Becoming BN?
    ALL interns working in McLean County are welcome!


  • How much does it cost to participate?
    Becoming BN is a low-cost program. While most of our events are 100% FREE, there are one or two that will require a nominal fee for ticket reservations. 


  • Who should attend the Kick-Off?
    All interns, as well as their supervisors, are welcome to join us at our launch party on June 4th! Please submit one RSVP per person.