About Champaign

Enjoy Our Micro-Urban City

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.

Work

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 abundant in the community and the thriving and innovative University Research Park.

Play

There’s always something to do in Champaign. As an arts and culture hub, we’re home to acclaimed film and music festivals, along with world-class performances at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. We also play host to University of Illinois sporting events, and high school football and wrestling state tournaments. The Champaign Park District hosts a variety 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. Area 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.

Visiting Champaign

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.

Learning

Enjoy a lifetime of world class educational opportunities in Champaign. Widely known as home to the University of Illinois, the City of Champaign hosts a number of other outstanding educational resources.

History

Founded in 1855 with the arrival of the Illinois Central Railroad, the City of Champaign acquired a city charter in 1860 and has enjoyed a long history of continued growth. Learn more by visiting our History page.

Still Growing

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

Getting Around

Whether traveling by plane, train, or automobile, there are tons of transportation options in and around Champaign. We’re a proud bike-friendly community with an award-winning public transit system too.