Champaign is located in central Illinois northeast of Decatur in Champaign County along Interstate 72. It lies just north of the headwaters of the Kaskaskia River and the Embarras River.
Urbana, the county seat and sister city, was founded in 1822. Champaign was founded in 1854. In the 1850s, the area was a destination for attorney Abraham Lincoln, who frequented friends' homes there as he traveled the circuit from Springfield for the 8th Judicial District.
The University of Illinois campus is nestled between the two cities. The University is the county's largest employer. Ten alumni have won Nobel Prizes, and another 16 have won Pulitzer Prizes (as of 2002).
The Champaign-Urbana area also is a technology hub, dubbed "Silicon Prairie", and agriculture has been, historically, a major economic contributor.
Places to visit: Allerton Park's forests, gardens, sculptured hedges and statuary; prairie flora at the Arboretum and Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden and the Olympic Tribute, a monument honoring county athletes.
Art Assembly Hall | Krannert Center for the Performing Arts |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Fiesta Cafe Mexican Restaurant | Galileo's | Walnut Street Tea Company |
History John Phillip Sousa Library & Museum |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Budgetel - Champaign | Esa Champaign-Urbana | Howard Johnson's-Champaign | Microtel Inn Champaign | Premier Inn | Radisson Suite Hotel-Champaign | University Inn |
Museum Discovery Place |
Regions of Illinois East-Central Illinois |
Shopping Old Toys 4 You |
Wildlife Viewing Prairie Farm |
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12/02 Coming to The area
Lotus World Music and Arts Festival Bloomington IN May10 The annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival celebrates the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from cultures around the world.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.