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Micro Urban Community Unlike Any Other

The City of Champaign is the 10th largest city in the state of Illinois and the third largest outside of the Chicago region.  As home to the University of Illinois, the city boasts a stable economy built on education, medical, research, technology, and manufacturing.  The community was founded with the coming of the Illinois Central railroad in 1854 and has thrived over the past 150 years.  We like to best describe ourselves as “Micro Urban”.  The community has the charm and feel of a small town with the big city amenities of a major city.  Our recent strength has been the growth and development of our Downtown and Campustown districts.  Downtown has blossomed into one of the best foodie destinations in the Midwest, complete with 36 locally owned restaurants and pubs.  Couple that with over 1,700 outdoor cafe seats and constant outdoor entertainment and you’ve got yourself a thriving entertainment district.  Campustown has emerged as a thriving urban center that anchors student life for the 43,000 university students from all fifty states and from around the globe.  Visit our Districts page to help determine the best location to start and grow your business.

Forbes Magazine 2015 Community Profile

  • Metro Population: 237,300
  • Major Industries: Education, Technology
  • Gross Metro Product: $13.1 B
  • Median Household Income:$47,786
  • Median Home Price: $134,900
  • Unemployment: 5.1%
  • Job Growth (2014): 1%
  • Cost of Living: 9.7% below national average
  • College Attainment: 39.4%
  • City of Champaign Fire Department ISO Rating – 2

Forbes Lists

  • #40 Best Small Places for Business and Careers
  • #14 in Education
  • #64 in Cost of Doing Business
  • #184 in Job Growth

MORE STATISTICS

The Heart of the Midwest

Regional Map

Champaign is located in the strategic center of the Midwest on the most fertile soil in the world.  Our connections to the major metropolitan centers of the Midwest is incredibly strong with Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis all within a 2.5 hour drive.  The community sits at the convergence of Interstates 57, 72, and 74.  Freight connects to Chicago and New Orleans along Canadian National’s primary north south railroad line.

Public Schools

Garden Hills Elementary School

Unit 4 Schools

Champaign Community Unit School District #4 is a large unit school district serving more than 9,600 students in grades pre-K through 12 in Champaign, Savoy, and Bondville. The district’s 18 campuses employ more than 1,800 teachers, administrators, and support personnel, including some of the brightest educators in the region. With proximity to the University of Illinois and Parkland College, Champaign Schools are able to build strong community partnerships which provide unique, world-class educational opportunities to our students. The district’s focus is to foster positive learning environments and prepare all students for college and career readiness after graduation. Read on to learn more about Champaign Schools, and view the District Report Card.

Learn more about Unit 4 Schools


Parks and Recreation

West Side Park

Champaign Park District Logo_2003The Champaign Park District maintains 58 parks totaling over 700 acres, 17 trail systems, 13 facilities, and one grand movie palace, all providing our residents with incredible options for recreation.  In addition to their facilities, the Park District leads a robust calendar of special events and programs which entertain and educate the population from ages one to one hundred!

Learn more about the Champaign Park District


Community Events

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Established in 1982, Visit Champaign County is the official tourism destination marketing and management organization for Champaign County. Their mission is to market Champaign County and a diverse set of events in collaboration with community stakeholders, to attract and serve visitors, and to positively impact the local economy and quality of life.

The Champaign County Welcome Center is located in the heart of downtown Champaign. Whether you’re in town for a quick bite, a big shopping trip, or a week of business, the Welcome Center is the perfect spot to pick up information on Champaign County’s best offerings.

Champaign is home to some amazing events!

  • Fighting Illini Sports
  • NCAA Championships
  • Roger Ebert’s Film Festival
  • Boneyard Arts Festival
  • Pygmalion Music Festival
  • Illinois Marathon
  • Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival
  • Taste of CU
  • Parade of Lights
  • Friday Night Live
  • IHSA State Football and Wrestling Championships

Learn more about Visit Champaign County

Champaign is a great place to start and grow your business.  Some of the largest corporations in the world have a presence in our community. We invite you to join them!

 

Champaign is home to 53 of the 100 top retailers in the United States.

1. Walmart23. Kohl's43. Family Dollar 64. Office Depot
2. The Kroger Co.24. Dollar General46. Menards67. Darden Restaruants
4. The Home Depot26. Meijer48. Wendy's68. GameStop
5. Walgreens28. Ace Hardware49. Burger King69. PetSmart
6. Target31. Subway50. Dollar Tree74. Barnes & Noble
7. CVS Caremark33. Gap53. Dunkin' Brands78. Foot Locker
8. Lowes Companies34. AT&T Wireless55. AutoZone79. Big Lots
11. Best Buy35. J.C. Penny's56. Toys R Us90. Panera Bread Co.
12. McDonald's36. Aldi58. O'Reilly Automotive91. Advance Auto Parts
15. Macy's37. Bed Bath & Beyond59. DineEquity92. Michaels Stores
18. Sears Holdings38. Supervalu61. Sherman Williams94. Domino's Pizza
19. TJX41. Verizon Wireless62. Dicks Sporting Goods96. Chipotle Mexican Grill
21. YUM! Brands42. Starbucks63. Staples97. Sonic

Local Fortune500 Companies Located in Champaign-Urbana

  • KraftHeinz
  • Supervalu
  • Fed Ex Ground
  • State Farm Insurance Company
  • Caterpillar
  • John Deere
  • Yahoo!
  • Intel
  • Science Application International Corporation
  • i-Cyt, A Sony Group Company
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Monsanto Genetics Corporation
  • Frito Lay, Inc. (PepsiCo)
  • Rockwell Automation
  • PNC Bank
  • Ameren
  • AT&T
  • Comcast
  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Company
  • Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service

Transportation and Logistics

The City of Champaign benefits from great access to markets across the country.  Situated at the crossing of Interstates 57, 72 and 74, businesses located here find convenience in access into Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.  Below, you will find details on the great transportation options that make Champaign the perfect place to locate your regional and global business.

Interstate Interchange

  • Interstate 57 links Champaign with Chicago and Memphis
  • Interstate 72 travels east and west linking Champaign with Decatur, Springfield, Jacksonville, and the Mississippi River at Quincy, Illinois
  • Interstate 74, travels east and west linking Champaign with Indianapolis, Danville, Bloomington-Normal, Peoria, Galesburg, and the Quad Cities (Rock Island, Moline, Davenport, IA, and Bettendorf, IA.

IMG_7330Freight Service: Champaign sits on the vital Chicago to New Orleans rail line owned and operated by Canadian National Railroad. Additionally, Norfolk Southern maintains an east/west siding linking industrial uses to the main line.

Passenger Service: Champaign enjoys quick and easy passenger service to Chicago with three trains northbound every day. The City of New Orleans, Illini, and Saluki depart Illinois Terminal in Downtown Champaign.

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Champaign is also located just 40 minutes from the new Midwest Inland Port. This multi-modal hub located in Decatur, Illinois delivers both domestic and international flexibility for companies through a well-positioned transportation corridor, connecting the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America.

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Champaign enjoys perhaps the best transit system for a city our size in the entire United States. The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District maintains a fleet of nearly 100 buses with over 13 million rider trips taken in 2015. The system operates in a spoke and hub system linking the entire community through their primary hub at Illinois Terminal in Downtown Champaign. The buses service all major employment centers including the University of Illinois, where students ride for free.

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AA Eagle

Champaign is serviced by Willard Airport, just 6 miles from Downtown Champaign in the Village of Savoy. Willard (CMI) is owned and operated by the University of Illinois and features seven daily flights. Connections to over 175 cities are made on American Eagle with flights to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). With quick and easy security and boarding checks, travel to all parts of the globe is made easy when you “Fly Champaign-Urbana”

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Champaign is served by numerous intercity bus services that connect the City with Chicago, its suburban communities, and O’Hare International Airport.

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Contact Info

Planning and Development Department
217-403-8800
217-403-8810 (fax)

planning@champaignil.gov

102 North Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820