About the Community
Champaign-Urbana is a thriving community located conveniently within three hours of Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Founded in 1855, the City of Champaign acquired a city charter in 1860 and has enjoyed a long history of continued growth since the arrival of the Illinois Central Railroad.
The city features an extensive park system, a world-class library, and a variety of shopping choices; urban perks with small city comfort. Technology and research jobs are plentiful in the area, along with careers in health care, office and banking, education, light manufacturing, retail, government, and social services. The community boasts both an urban-downtown and campustown providing residents and visitors with many shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations.
Champaign is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland College, providing unparalleled educational opportunities. Though the University of Illinois is perhaps the best known school, the City of Champaign hosts a number of other outstanding educational resources, including the Champaign Unit 4 School District and The High School of St. Thomas More.
Champaign’s wonderful local parks, youth sports programs, and it’s miles of walking and biking paths make this a great place for families and individuals alike to have fun and stay healthy. In the surrounding area, you can also find lakes and rivers for boating, fishing, canoeing, and camping.
An arts and culture hub, Champaign, and it’s sister city, Urbana, plays host to acclaimed film and music festivals, world-class performances at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U of I sporting events, and high school football and wrestling state tournaments. In addition, the Champaign Park District hosts a variety of festivals, holiday celebrations and family-friendly events.