A charming old building in the downtown area houses a fabulous used bookstore with three floors packed with books on every topic I can think to look for! A definite destination for book lover's when visiting Champaign/Urbana
Champaign, and a lot of the midwest, has some land which is just incredible to bike along. It doesn't quite have the drama of the California coast, or the prestige of the Tour de France, but it does give you straight, relatively unoccupied roads stretching for miles and miles. You can basically pick any direction heading out of the Champaign-Urbana area; as you exit the town proper, you find acre after acre of corn and soybeans. The roads are one-lane and are predominantly laid out in a grid pattern, with intersections coming at ~1 mile intervals. The land is mostly flat, the roads are in pretty good condition, and the horizon's the limit.
You can ride alone, or check in with the Prairie Cycle Club, which has rides of various lengths and speeds nearly every weekend (while the weather is good). Check them out for more details on maps, conditions, and events.
Have a certifed personal trainer come to your hotel and bring all the equipment you need to stay in shape while visiting Champaign. You may also rent equipment from them if you want to workout for yourself.
The Krannert Center is a grand showcase for the performing arts. It has many different acts in four different venues. See a play or a concert here. The theaters are beautiful!
Inside the building, there is a huge lobby where they have an artistic gift shop and a bar serving drinks before or after your show or during intermission. Check their website for upcoming shows!
The Assembly Hall in Champaign hosts many concerts, plays and performances. Also see the Illini play basketball here. Check the calendar on the website below. There's bound to be something you'd enjoy!
People come to Champaign, most likely to do with the University of Illinois and they find it's a fine town but they haven't even left campus. Leave campus. The worst part of Champaign-Urbana is campustown. Downtown Champaign is the best section of C-U. Within a 3 block radius you have tons of great choices for dining, drinking, music, shopping, etc. If you want good shopping, look for The Furniture Lounge, Homeworks, Old Main Bookshop, Jane Adams Bookshop, Carrie's, Circles, Rebecca's, Walnut Street Tea Company, and the new record shop opening in the One Main building. If you want pubs/bars check out Mike & Molly's (great beer selection, best laid back atmosphere, best beer garden), Esquire(good bar/grillfood), The Blind Pig (great beer selection, hand pulls, no TVs!), Brass Rail (townie bar to the core), Cowboy Monkey (live music), Jupiters (pizza and pool). Go to Sam's Cafe for breakfast/lunch (best french toast ever!) and Cafe Kopi for coffee drinks and good local art. Nice dinner? Radio Maria is a must! Great Impasta and Peking Garden are also good choices.
Downtown Champaign also boasts annual events such as Artists Against Aids (April 22-24) in the old Gallery building on Church & Neil, art gallery event with tons of local artists' work for sale, with 50% or more of the proceeds going to GCAP. Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival (also in April) at the VIrginia Theatre. Virginia Theatre also has screenings throughout the year of classics to 80s fun flicks. New Art theatre has great art, independant & foreign films.
Downtown Champaign has all of the best community events arts and culture. See individual tips on all of these locations for more info.
The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is a great university in the United States. The campus is pretty big. Worth a visit if you're a student deciding to apply here.
Go see the FIGHTING ILLINI play! My favourite sport here was basketball and the team was also quite successfull this season.
This building might be the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology or the building next to it. Sorry, we are not so sure about this :P