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Champaign Travel Guide: 62 reviews and 85 photos

I'm very impressed by this small town city. At only 2 1/2 hours drive from Chicago, it's like another world down there! Their world is the University of Illinois!

Dominated by the university life, this town is young, vibrant, alive, interesting and outgoing! Everywhere you go, there are students, working, studying, reading, hanging out, and having fun. It's a conducive place to study, and a nice place to visit, too!

Welcome to the University of Illinois...

The Alma Mater Statue welcomes students to the University. It is located at the west gateway to the University on Green and Wright Streets. Designed by University graduate Lorado Taft, the statue was unveiled on June 12, 1929. The inscription reads: To thy happy children of the future those of the past send greetings.

Students' Center!

Called the Illini Union, it is considered one of the most significant buildings on campus, because of its location, character, quality, and use. Excellent place for students to study, read and hang out. I've also heard it's the best place for napping!

Want to know more about the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana? Check out their website: http://www.uiuc.edu/

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Young, friendly, vibrant, interesting town!
  • Cons:Meter parking
  • Last visit to Champaign: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    My memories is of great party town and not a bad ride form Chicago. That was 35 years ago, and then was even liberal and free to roam. Good presentation of this school town.

  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Excellent place for wheelchair basketball, world-famous!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    It really does sound like a nice town and university. I've never been, but I know someone who used to teach there, so I have a highly favorable impression.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Lobster & American football! I love both. Though I can't play but their speed and power amazes me!

  • Aug 11, 2007 at 12:19 AM

    So I got talking to a server and found out that the tuna they serve "sushi" style is frozen and pre-packaged. I also found out that they expect their servers to tip out dish washers (an illegal practice). Too bad, the place could be good.

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2006 at 2:35 PM

    Drole de nom pour une ville universitaire ;-) Santé!!!

  • alemir82's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 9:55 AM

    great travelpage marisola! very useful. tnx for these infos

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 9:54 AM

    champaign sounds more like something you drink than a university town :o)

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    Dec 2, 2005 at 5:28 PM

    I'm glad you liked Radio Maria!


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