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ChampaignUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Champaign

Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana
Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana
3.5 out of 5
217 N Neil St, Champaign, IL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $101 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in the heart of Champaign, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marketplace, and State Farm Center. Memorial ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)

"I don’t like to pay for parking at a hotel I’m already paying to stay at and it’s located on the property. Also when no one is at the front desk at late check in there is no way to contact them. The property was very clean. The property was extremely nice and had a great view. This trip was extremely ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Champaign North, IL
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Champaign North, IL
2.5 out of 5
602 West Marketview Drive, Champaign, IL
The price is $60 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Situated in Champaign, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Marketplace and 3.1 mi (5 km) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Parkland College and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (985 reviews)

"very upbeat, and clean safe warm feeling. would recomend to anyone , price was great compared to other hotels in the area."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Champaign North, IL
Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana
Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana
3 out of 5
1417 South Neil Street, Champaign, IL
The price is $76 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in the heart of Champaign, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Memorial Stadium and State Farm Center. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (402 reviews)

"Great place to stay for a weekend trip in Champaign. Comfortable and spacious."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana
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.

Vacation Rentals in Champaign

Updated historic home in a great location
Updated historic home in a great location
Monticello, IL

Set in Monticello, this family-friendly vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Monticello Railway Museum and 3.2 mi (5.2 km) from Kirby Medical Center. University ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Great gathering with family!

"The kitchen was very nice with multiple tables for dining and crafting. We enjoyed our Christmas with family!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Updated historic home in a great location
Historic House, 1.5miles From U of I University
Historic House, 1.5miles From U of I University
Champaign, IL

This family-friendly Champaign vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and State Farm Center. University of Illinois ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Cute house on the corner

"Overall, we were very pleased with our stay. The house was clean and it fit the description on the listing. The sheets and towels smelled nice. The host was very responsive. I would highly recommend this property to families. There’s lots of parks nearby and a fenced in yard."…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

Historic House, 1.5miles From U of I University
A Little Slice of Champaign Illinois Charm! - Whole home for Rent in Champaign
A Little Slice of Champaign Illinois Charm! - Whole home for Rent in Champaign
Champaign, IL

Situated in Champaign, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Parkland College and 3 mi (4.8 km) from State Farm Center. Memorial Stadium is 3.1 mi (4.9 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Cute Home

"Had everything we needed for our weekend getaway."…"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

A Little Slice of Champaign Illinois Charm! - Whole home for Rent in Champaign
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.

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Reviews of Champaign

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 53.651685393258425%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 15.589887640449438%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Will definitely stay here again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Visited the City Center for Red Hot Winter. Was hard to find using google maps. Venue was amazing.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

We just spent the night there, did not do any site seeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Visitorc

Feb 22, 2020

Excellent campus town and academic vibes

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

motel was close to amenities Tha'ts a positive.

5/5 - Excellent

Will

Jan 31, 2020

It was a great place to stay and sleep. Rooms are nice, quiet and spacious. Very close to Mall and shopping area.

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