Champaign Travel Guide

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Champaign Things to Do

  • Jane Addams Book Shop

    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

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  • Cycling Heaven

    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...

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  • Personal trainer in your hotel

    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.

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  • Four Different Venues!

    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...

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  • See a Concert, a Play or the Illinois...

    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!

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  • Downtown Champaign

    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,...

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Champaign Restaurants

  • Gotta Love the Mamosas!!!

    The ambiance of this restaurant is very cool. It's eclectic, modern, classic and fashionable. I love having a choice from a variety of different ethnicities, but it also makes it hard to choose! They've got an internationally inspired menu, with Asian, Indian, Caribbean, Spanish and Latin influences. Food is great! Service could be better. I...

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  • Affordable Italiano

    Biaggi's is a very fancy looking place, without the fancy prices! They have all of your Italian favorites, as well as their own unique dishes. Try them! Everything is good here! They also have a nice choice of wines by the glass or the bottle. They have a beautiful atmosphere, lots of room, authentic fireplaces, and elegant decor. They also have...

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  • Wonderful choice for a nice night out!

    Escobar's is a latin inspired restaurant with inventive original cuisine. The fare includes meats, seafood, and there are several vegetarian options. The menue changes but you can always expect something special to choose from. The restaurant is a bit upscale but not stuffy. It is a place to dress up for but you don't have to. Service is great and...

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  • Excellent Sandwiches

    Penn Station is a small chain of sandwich shops with one situated near the campus, just off of Green St. It makes its reputation on making hot, fresh sandwiches with a twist. Not your ordinary deli shop, it makes twists on the old favorites. You won't find turkey here, but chicken teriyaki, pizza (like a calzone in sandwich form), or grilled...

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  • Noodle Bar - Fresh Food at Good Prices

    This Champaign eatery has an eclectic mix of noodle dishes from around the world. Dive into Pad Thai, Penne Rosa, or even Mac and Cheese. All dishes can be proteined-up with a meat selection, and there's tofu or plain veg for those non-meat eaters. Their portions are generous, and the food is fresh and pretty healthy. They also offer soups and...

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  • Good un-chained Mexican food

    Chipotle has now gone national, bringing its organic and delicious fare to towns across the country. It prides itself on fresh, free-range or organic ingredients, and making totally awesome burritos. Although they are a chain, they act anything but one. Give them a try; you won't be disappointed. My favorites here are the carnitas and barbacoa...

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Champaign Nightlife

  • Timeless Theater

    This theater, seated in downtown Champaign, is a remarkable little place that seems to be blissfully immune (so far) from the ravages of time. The prices are decent, and there are concessions like any other theater. It was also retrofitted with modern digital sound system.But it is the small things that set this theater apart. It is a single screen...

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  • Who Likes Booze?

    Mike & Molly's is hands down the best local watering hole in Champaign with more to offer than its' extensive beer selection and freshest Guinness taps in town. It also boasts the most beautful beer garden in Champaign, great DJs playing rock, punk, 80s, garage, etc. great live local shows, and the most knowledgable and down to earth bartenders in...

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  • Lots of Fun

    R & R's is a college bar and it's a lot of fun (or at lest it was when I was there)- Great music and tons of people. Get a shark bowl to drink- share it with someone though- it's really good and very strong. Anything goes!

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Champaign Transportation

  • The way to go

    With relatively flat terrain, well-marked streets, and little traffic, Champaign is a great place to bike around. It is an easy bike ride to most places in the area, and you're rarely 15 minutes from downtown or any extremity you would like. I highly recommend using biking as an efficient, relaxing, and fun way to get around town. Plus, it beats...

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  • Quite a Regional Hub

    Champaign-Urbana finds itself to be quite a transportation hub. It is easy to get to Champaign via plane, train, bus, or automobile. There is the Willard Airport, which has regional access to Chicago. Amtrak has access through Champaign, and can connect to Chicago, Indianapolis, New Orleans, and many other rgional cities. Greyhound also has a...

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  • Getting to Champaign

    The easiest way to get to Champaign is by car. I have made the drive from 3 different directions:From Chicago and the north, take I-57 South. It is a couple hours drive from Chicago.From Indianapolis and the east, take I-74 west and exit at Lincoln Avenue south in Urbana.From the St. Louis and the south, take I-70 east to I-57 north.

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Champaign Shopping

  • All Things Illini

    This store, located in Campustown near the UIUC campus, has pretty much everthing you could ever want stamped with a "Illinois" logo. From caps to couches, jerseys to sweatshirts. Very chill atmosphere, very often have sales on t-shirts and related apparel. Anything for the University of Illinois.

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  • Gotta Get the Gear!!!

    The Official Fighting Illini Fanstore! Buy anything here with the Illini logo -- from sweatshirts and t-shirts, to keychains and coffee mugs. Support your team! Gotta get the gear! When in Rome, do as the Romans do -- Buy Illini Gear! Everyone's got it here, so you need it, too!!! Although I went to Purdue, and I'm a loyal fan of theirs,...

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Champaign Local Customs

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    by lola96 Written Mar 2, 2006

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    If you happen to be Champaign on the first Friday of March, you may wonder why there are students drunk in the streets at 7am. This is our own little holiday that we fondly refer to as "Unofficial" - short for Unofficial St Patricks Day. The bars open early. People miss class, and the ones that do attend are usually drunk. Have fun, be safe, and wear green! Remember: "Irish Today, Hungover Tomorrow!"

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Champaign Warnings and Dangers

  • Mercena & Bradley corridor

    So some guy on here crawled around taking pictures of stick piles in people's yards to post here as a warning to all. I bet he was scared as *** while doing it too. That's a freaking riot, and I hope one day someone catches HIM on film doing it.Yeah, the Bradley corridor is sort of blighted, but there's not really as much danger as you'd think....

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  • Bradley Area

    I live in a duplex off of Randolph between University and Bradley Ave. I'm here for school at U of I. From the perspective of someone who actually lives in this neighborhood, it's not a "very dangerous" place to live as another post stated. It's definitely not as nice and well-kept as the other neighborhoods in the Champaign area. As a female, I...

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  • beardsley street in champaign

    I must agree that any area around the bradley/beardsley/state streets is a very dangerous place. it is a cruising route for "donks", which leads to loud music 24/7, I always hear people yelling/fighting, police are always called around the area, drug deals, violence, noise, hookers, slum houses..it's all there. This area needs major help.

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Champaign Off The Beaten Path

  • Turkey Run State Park

    Just about an hour outside of Champaign-Urbana, there is a delightful state park in Indiana, Turkey Run State Park. This landscape is filled with deciduous forest, with a canyon cutting through the area. It is delightful place to hike about, with a lot of trails running through the rock canyons, remnants of Pennsylvanian formations making stunning...

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  • Kayak the Middle Fork River

    The Middle Fork River, Illinois' only National River, runs right through Kickapoo State Park. This park is just 30 minutes away from the C-U area, yet it feels miles further. It is a brilliant place to do some kayaking or canoing. The river is gentle with a good current, giving you the option of floating down the river with little power needed....

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Champaign Sports & Outdoors

  • Illini Women's Soccer

    Come to U of I to see the women's soccer team take on the Big Ten conference. In 2006, the Illini went 9- 2- 0 in conference and 16- 8- 0 overall, scoring over 40 goals for the 24 games! They're a delight to watch, and this season looks to be a strong one as well. If you're looking for a sport other than American football or basketball to indulge...

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  • College Football!

    If you have the chance, go to see an American football game at Memorial Stadium! Football is a very popular American sport, and the Illini are one of the "Big Ten" teams for college sports! Make sure you bundle up -- it gets very cold in the stands!!Greet the players as they arrive at Memorial Stadium on the "Illini Walk." Two hours before the...

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  • Illini Football

    The University of Illinois plays its home football games at Memorial Stadium. The stadium was built in 1923 and is a great place to see a game. Seating capacity is almost 71,000.The Illini are members of the Big 10 Conference, so there will always be quality teams and players coming to play at Memorial Stadium. Legends who played here include Red...

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Champaign Favorites

  • UIUC Campus

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Big campus and lots of students. There are lots of campus souvenir shops and a diverse selection of restaurants on Green Street and Wright Street. There are several Chinese restaurants that serve typical Chinese food, Greek restaurants, Italian restaurants, Indian, Middle Eastern, Thai, etc. and lots...

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  • A beautiful old house

    Most C-U'ers will tell you that Urbana has better neighborhoods than Champaign - and essentially, they're right. But there are plenty of beautiful 19th century homes in Champaign, and many of them are excellent examples of their type. This one is right behind the public library.

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  • See the University of Illinois...

    See the University of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignThat for example is the Illini Union it plays a significant role in the University’s social, cultural, and educational environment. It houses meeting rooms, lounges, guest rooms, a browsing library, bowling alley, and a billiard room, as well as the offices of the Alumni Association and many student...

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