Champaign, IL

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Champaign showing signage and heritage elements
From barhopping to visiting museums, this college town and Silicon Prairie hub offers plenty to see and do.

Originally settled as farmland, the Champaign-Urbana area is now considered the hub of the “Silicon Prairie.” Champaign County features a main campus of the University of Illinois, established in 1857. The area has a large business presence, ranging from technology startups to Fortune 500 companies. Request a tour of the Blue Waters National Center for Supercomputing Applications to see powerful equipment operating at 13 quadrillion calculations per second while conducting important research.

Visit Center City Champaign’s three sections: downtown, midtown and campustown. The three-block downtown area has more than 40 bars, art galleries and boutique shopping along Neil Street. Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in the old Orpheum Theater hosts interactive exhibits and events such as “building fair” and “weekend wizards” programs. Watch independent or foreign films at the Art Theater. The restored Virginia Theater hosts special screenings, live performances and events.

In midtown, visit Champaign County Historical Museum in the restored Cattle Bank. Learn about more than 150 years of the area’s history through interactive exhibits, such as a model 19th-century dry goods store.

Enjoy the energetic atmosphere of Campustown. Visit Green Street and the surrounding area for fast food to fine dining. After dusk, Campustown buzzes with activity as students come out to enjoy the nightlife.

The Krannert Art Museum is part of the University of Illinois and houses impressive artworks from many different periods. Explore pre-Columbian art to contemporary photography. See a symphony, ballet or one of more than 300 performances annually at the Krannert Center of Performing Arts. Once every 2 years, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival hosts amazing guitarists at the center.

Enjoy the outdoors at Allerton Park. Stroll through 14 formal gardens surrounding a Georgian mansion. Hike nearby along the Sangamon River and look for interesting sculptures. Head north to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch to enjoy a corn maze in autumn or meet Santa’s reindeer.

Champaign is within easy driving distance of some of the Midwest’s biggest cities. In less than 3 hours, reach Chicago, Indianapolis or St. Louis.

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Champaign
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Champaign
2.5 out of 5
1900 Center Dr, Champaign, IL, 61820
The price is $76 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Champaign. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,005 reviews)
"Convenient location"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Best Western Plus Champaign/Urbana Inn
Best Western Plus Champaign/Urbana Inn
2.5 out of 5
516 W Marketview Dr, Champaign, IL, 61822
The price is $90 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Champaign. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (453 reviews)
"Large room, very nice indoor pool, ok breakfast."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

I Hotel And Conference Center
I Hotel And Conference Center
4 out of 5
1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL, 61820
The price is $174 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 11
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Champaign. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)
"A great property for a stay when visiting U of I."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beautiful Rental
Beautiful Rental
Champaign, IL
Stay at this vacation home in Champaign. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions State Farm Center and Memorial Stadium are located ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
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"This was perfect for our quick trip to Champaign, Illinois. We would here stay again."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Clean and cozy one bedroom one bath apartment in Champaign Il
Clean and cozy one bedroom one bath apartment in Champaign Il
Champaign, IL
Stay at this apartment in Champaign. Enjoy 1 bedroom and a shower/tub combo. Popular attractions Marketplace and Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery are located ...
★The Loft★
★The Loft★
Champaign, IL
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Champaign. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a porch. Popular attractions Marketplace and University of Illinois Observatory ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Great property, nicely decorated and very comfortable"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

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