About Champaign

Champaign’s History

Learn some interesting historical facts from the City of Champaign History pages.


Featuring an extensive park system, a world-class library, urban shopping choices and a variety of living accommodations, Champaign offers urban perks with smaller city comforts. Whether you’re a resident, visitor, or just curious, you’ll soon discover Champaign is the perfect place to live, work, and play.


Pursue a lifetime of learning from the University level down. Widely known as home to the University of Illinois, Champaign also benefits from a number of other educational opportunities.


There’s always something to do in Champaign. We play host to art and film festivals, University of Illinois sporting events, state high school football and wrestling tournaments. The Champaign Park District hosts a mixture of festivals, holiday celebrations and family-friendly events. Excellent local parks, youth sports programs and miles of walking and biking opportunities make this a great place for families and individuals to have fun and stay healthy. Lakes and rivers for boating, fishing, canoeing, camping and nature park areas for hiking all add to the fun.

For those looking for shopping, dining and entertaining venues, our community boasts both urban-downtown and campustown, a regional mall, and many neighborhood destinations. If that’s not enough, there’s always time to explore the charming small-town festivals and parks in our outlying communities.


Through leadership, partnership and support we see continued growth in Champaign. A blend of manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, university, and high-tech research industries provide opportunities to nurture, grow, and maintain a business. Our online Business Portal is a great place to start for Champaign business and economic development information.


A very diverse work environment– health care, office and banking, University of Illinois, Parkland College, light manufacturing, retail, government and social services—offers many employment opportunities and career advancement options. High technology and research jobs are also available in the community and in the University Research Park.


Located conveniently near Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, Champaign is an easy place to visit on your next trip to the Midwest. Find resources for those new to Champaign on the Visitor’s Resource page. For a more detailed introduction to Champaign, see Champaign’s profile page on the Champaign County Economic Development site.

Economic Development

The Planning and Development Department leads the economic development initiative of the City and provides communication and staff support on a broad range of development activities including communication with private developers, existing local industries and businesses, and other agencies.

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