Overview of Champaign-Urbana

Champaign-Urbana is located in central Illinois and has a combined population around 120,000 with the university. The university brings a wide variety of luxuries that other rural towns do not have. There are two major centers of activity: downtown Champaign and downtown Urbana. Both have a large swath of restaurants and bars to choose from for night entertainment. There are also movie theaters, a bowling alley, and roller skating in the area. The Krannert Center on campus has many cultural events throughout the year and the Assembly Hall on campus often has larger concerts and venues. If you prefer a quiet night in, the Champaign and Urbana public libraries have extensive selections of books, movies, and music to peruse.


Champaign-Urbana is home to many parks and interesting locations to walk, run, or bike. It also hosts a variety of festivals in the warmer months, including A Taste of Champaign and the Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival. The Champaign and Urbana Park Districts often host outdoor concerts, nature programs, dance and art classes, and many fun special events for people of all ages. The Champaign County Forest Preserve also hosts many trails and opportunities to volunteer. Nearby Parkland College also offers a variety of classes on everything from cooking to writing to belly dancing.


If you’re looking to get away for a weekend, 3 major cities are a 3 hour drive from Champaign-Urbana. There is an Amtrak line that passes through Champaign and runs from Chicago to New Orleans. A train ticket to Chicago can range between $14-40, which is a cheap alternative to driving. Champaign also has Willard airport, with direct flights to Chicago and Dallas, from which you can fly almost anywhere.


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Lake of the Woods Golf Course

Museum of the Grand Prairie

Map of Illinois

Champaign is within easy driving distance of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St Louis.


Students at Murphy's

Plant Biology student enjoying Murphy’s after a long day of work.


St Louis Trip

Plant Biology students touring St Louis.