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Akademika Bed and Breakfast is located on Michigan Avenue, a prime location in Urbana with beautiful houses, cobblestone streets, and trees. Within a family neighborhood, Akademika offers amenities and a close location to campus, just one block from the southeast section of campus and a few minutes walking distance from the Main Quad and the Assembly Hall. This is a historic, quiet, safe and beautiful residential area with beautiful houses, cobblestone streets, and trees. Great for jogging!
Conveniently located near the University of Illinois east campus. Fully furnished 5 bedroom extended stay home; rents by day, week, month or year.
Hampton Inn - Champaign/Urbana
Hampton Inn Champaign/Urbana is conveniently located in downtown Urbana, Illinois across the street from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign north campus.
Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center
The Indoor Aquatic Center has a recreational and competition pool, a beach-like entry and a water playground.
Wandell Sculpture Garden
The Wandell Sculpture Garden was established in honor of Willett and Celia Wandell in 1998. This unique, free outdoor sculpture garden sits among 22 acres of recreated Illinois tallgrass prairie in 130-acre Meadowbrook Park. While walking the looped paths, one can encounter bikers, joggers and other sculpture lovers as the park serves both recreational and educational purposes. Works from local artists with ties to the University of Illinois grace the garden, as well as pieces from artists who reside in New York, California and New Mexico. The garden has both permanent sculptures and some that are rotated every second or third year, keeping it fresh for visitors. Open daily from dawn to dusk.
University of Illinois Library
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the proud home of one of the largest and richest public research library collections in North America. Their 24 million items, the vast majority of which are paper and book-based, include Medieval manuscripts, large collections of incunabula and early printed books, literary manuscripts, maps and atlases, prints, and all sizes and types of printed books and other paper objects. The University Library is committed to sustaining and enhancing its capacity to treat and protect its important paper-based collections, with the majority of conservation and preservation-related investments focused on the care of its rare, unique, and otherwise valuable objects.
University of Illinois Arboretum
The University of Illinois Arboretum is a living laboratory, including plant collections and facilities that support the teaching, research and public service programs of several units throughout campus. Central to the Arboretum was the development of the "All American Selection Trial Gardens" established by a bequest from Miles C. Hartley in the early 90s. Other highlights of the Arboretum include the Welcome Garden, Hosta Garden, Kari Walkway and native ponds plantings, the Idea Garden, sponsored by Champaign County Master Gardeners, and the Japanese Tea and Dry Gardens at the Japan House.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
What Lincoln Center is to New Yourk and Kennedy Center is to Washington D.C., Krannert Center is to the Midwest—a magnificent showcase for the performing arts. KCPA is a premier educational and professional performing arts complex and is the setting for over 300 performances each year. A professional laboratory for the University of Illinois dance, theatre, opera and music departments, the Center also hosts internationally famous artists such as Emmy Lou Harris, Herbie Hancock, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, and is home to the Champaign-Urbana Symphony and Sinfonia de Camera.
Japan House offers the public an opportunity to learn about traditional Japanese culture through tea ceremonies, workshops and special events through the year. The beautiful Japan House gardens are open from dawn to dusk for you to stroll through and enjoy. The Japan House closes during the summer. Call for information on tea ceremonies and tours.
Boomerang Bar & Grill
This laid back local bar has pool tables, great food and no cover charge except when bands play.
Come see what Crane Alley has to offer. The best sandwiches, entrees and fresh seafood specials in town, 16 beers on tap and over 100 import and domestic bottles, extensive wine list, 4 diamond professional pool tables and 80 seat beer garden.
The Stop Bar & Grill
We serve ice cold beer and offer daily drink specials, as well as $5 lunch specials Monday - Friday. The Stop Bar & Grill are biker friendly, but everyone is welcome and the only requirement is to have fun!
Bevande Coffee Shop
Smalltown coffee house for those on the go, or sit down inside to catch up with friends or family. Business and Pleasure settings.
Intermezzo serves up freshly baked breakfast goods, light lunches and dinners, vegetarian and nonvegetarian fare, delectable treats, yogurt, fruit, juice, and Krannert Blends coffee. You can feel especially good about your purchases (and maybe a little less guilty about splurging on a cookie) because all of the proceeds are invested right back into the events you see on Krannert Center stages.
Serving delicious breakfast's and great lunches from an impressive menu, dishes include homemade soups, salads, and fresh sandwiches.
This new steakhouse has a casual and inviting atmosphere. Food is the star here! Montana Mike’s is a full-service steakhouse concept specializing in big appetites and great value. Our steaks are naturally aged, USDA steaks, hand-cut at the restaurant and grilled to your liking. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a mountain lodge and our service is first class. All Montana Mikes offer beer and wine with most locations having a full bar.
High Cross Art Studio
The primary purpose is to provide an environment which fosters artistic excellence and creative growth of the individual artists working there.
International Galleries was first established over thirty years ago in the heart of campus. We are proud of our long history in this community and look forward to continuing to serve our friends and neighbors here in Urbana-Champaign.
Foellinger Auditorium is a unique facility situated at the Southern end of the U of I Quadrangle. Since its construction in 1907, Foellinger Auditorium has been a cultural and entertainment center for the campus by serving two distinctly different functions: classroom and performance.
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center fosters the creation and distribution of media, art, and narratives emphasizing underrepresented voices and perspectives and promotes empowerment and expression through media and arts education.
University of Illinois
An atmosphere of innovation at Illinois is based on a history of interdisciplinary exploration. Faculty and students pursue projects with other top scholars from around the world and across disciplines. Campus resources include the world’s largest public university library, outstanding centers for the arts, and many world-class research facilities, including the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In 2003, Illinois’ faculty members won national and international awards including two Nobel Prizes, the Crafoord Prize in Biosciences, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. Students choose from more than 150 majors and 1100 clubs and organizations.
The University of Illinois Pollinitarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Its location in the midst of the Arboretum brings together flowers and pollinators physically and conceptually. Changing exhibits relate to world events and ongoing research on pollinators. Guests can explore beekeeping equipment, see live demonstrations and play interactive games. Because so much depends on pollination, the UI Pollinatarium is dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of pollination as a remarkable ecological partnership and an essential ecosystem service.
Holiday Inn Express
74 rooms, high speed internet access and more.
Super 8 Motel - Urbana
67 rooms, indoor pool, conveintenly located immediately off of Interstate 74 and faces out toward Interstate 74. Within minutes of the Champaign County Fairgrounds (The County Fair is held every July)
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center
5-story property with 202 guest room. Accessible indoor pool, whirlpool-sauna, atrium lounge.
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Recently renovated, the Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center is very welcoming to all guests -- either travelers or meeting planners in the area. Eastland also provides an excellent conference center to provide for group meetings. Centrally located just on the outskirts of Urbana, the Eastland Suites sits off of Interstate 74 on Cunningham Avenue, and just a few seconds' drive from the University of Illinois campus. Eastland Suites is nearby to Route 45 that takes you straight into Rantoul, and right next to Camp Rantoul (home of Fighting Illini football), and the Rantoul Aquatic Center, also recently renovated.
Illini Union Hotel
The Illini Union Hotel is located in the heart of campus with 72 rooms and two suites. Guests receive free parking pass, internet, breakfast as well as cable TV. The Illini Union is home to billiards, bowling and a food court.
Sleep Inn - Urbana
Conveniently located on Lincoln Ave, off I-74, which makes Sleep Inn a prime choice for both business and pleasure travelers.
Anita Purves Nature Center
Located at the north end of Crystal Lake Park, this environmental education facility is a natural resource to individuals, families and groups interested in learning more about the outdoors. The Nature Center features four multi-purpose rooms, an exhibit field station, an Observation Room, the Audubon Nature Shop and an Educator Resource Room. The adjacent Busey Woods is perfect for hiking and bird watching.
The landmark Busey’s Hall/Princess Theater in downtown Urbana is home to Cinema Gallery, representing over 50 professional artists of the Midwest. Media on display are ceramics, drawings, glass, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, and studio furniture. The gallery also hosts 7 special shows each year.
Family, old-style restaurant with down-home country cooking.
The Courier Cafe is a charming family restaurant located in a former newspaper building that serves burgers, hand-dipped shakes, and all your breakfast favorites.
Great pizza, family fun atmosphere, and hometown proud! Try the small franchise pizza that started out in Tolono, IL and has grown to across the rest of East and West Central Illinois region. A must have for tourists when visiting Champaign County!
Looking for a friendly family like service restaurant, and excellent dining options? Well unlike any other restaurant in Urbana; the Apple Dumpling can't be more of a family-style dining establishment. With their featured menu item, the fried chicken which receives 4 stars in the local review, you can't beat the food here at Apple Dumpling.
Canopy Club is committed to diversity in the entertainment it provides for its diverse patron base. The Canopy Club also strives to foster an environment of activism for positive social and environmental change through hosting various benefits and informational gatherings. In striving to achieve the highest level of entertainment, the Canopy Club prides itself on being able to offer entertainment for all walks of life. Whether you like rock, country, hip hop, jazz, funk, indie or anything in between, the Canopy Club has something to offer you. If you're a fan of live music and entertainment, the Canopy Club is your home in central Illinois! Come see live music at the Canopy!
Lincoln Square Mall
In the heart of downtown Urbana, Lincoln Square offers places to eat, shop, work, relax, and do business with plenty of parking. One of the nation's first fully enclosed malls and home to the historic Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln Square of Urbana is building on it's great past and moving toward and even greater future.
Urbana’s Silvercreek Restaurant is a perfect locale for casual fine-dining. Experience a vast array of tasteful delicacies such as fresh fish and juicy steaks, along with enticing vegetarian-friendly dishes. They also use fresh, local ingredients, and all of their artisan breads are baked in-house from scratch every day.
Urbana Garden Family Restaurant
Stop off of Interstate 74 to grab breakfast at this prime location for travelers off the major roadway, around the corner from the Super 8 Motel in Urbana.
Discover the healthy and delicious flavors of our exotic cuisines. We offer a wide variety of dishes and drinks to rejoice every palate — sizzling meats, fresh seafood and tastful vegetarian preparations — in a beautiful soothing decor, ideal for romantic dinners, friends and family occasions or business gatherings. In addition to our distinguished sushi bar and restaurant menu, we are pleased to offer TEPPANYAKI, an entertaining, spectacular and savory Japanese dining experience.
Stop by after work for Happy Hour with colleagues or other friends, or party late into the evening with friends either for a special occasion, perhaps its just the weekend, or just need a place to kick back and relax while having a few beverages. Food establishment too.
Hickory River Smokehouse
Welcome to Hickory River Smokehouse, where Texas barbecue is our passion! Our quality beef brisket, chicken, turkey, and pork are treated with a dry rub - a flavorful way to keep the meat’s natural juices from escaping. After hours over a hickory-wood fire in our on-site smokehouse, the meat is harmonized with a generous side or drizzle of our spicy, tangy Texas-style BBQ sauce! Complete this barbecue phenomenon with one (or more) of our mouth-watering side dishes. You can’t get taste like this anywhere else in the Midwest!
Bevier Cafe offers an outstanding selection of food, beverages, and services. Whether you’re planning a breakfast meeting, working luncheon, or afternoon reception, you’ll find our selections versatile and accommodating to your budget.
Sunny China Buffet
Choose your classic Chinese cuisine and keep returning to the buffet line while visiting this fine Chinese cuisine establishment.
Tang Dynasty offers authentic Chinese cuisine to the Champaign and Urbana communities. Conveniently located in the Lincoln Square Mall, our elegant yet casual atmosphere is perfect for a business lunch, a family party, a romantic date, or a gathering of close friends. And our traditional Mandarin and Cantonese-style food is prepared by our szechwan-trained chef.
Mirabelle Fine Pastries
Open for breakfast serving freshly made doughnuts, bagels, muffins. As well as producing other pastry items all day for those with a sweet tooth.
Manolos Pizza And Empanadas
When you're hungry for a something new, try this new pizza and Mexican restaurant located on the Urbana side of campustown.
Welcome to Siam Terrace, a restaurant that serves you authentic Thai food. We provide fresh, healthy food, and friendly service. Our chefs DO NOT USE MSG in any of the dishes and use only the freshest ingredients and pure vegetable oil.
American fare with eclectic spins on traditional favorites. Great atmosphere and tasty menu options.
Comfort Suites - Urbana
Whether you are traveling for business or going on vacation, the Comfort Suites® Urbana Champaign, University Area hotel provides relaxing accommodations close to a number of Illinois attractions.
Wind Water & Light Gallery
Located in historic Lincoln Square Mall next to the Framer's Market, this store features all sorts of arts from paintings, sculptures, and pottery works. Stop in and just browse, or perhaps purchase one of these fine pieces of art.
Smith Memorial Hall
Live Performance Musical Theater located on the University of Illinois campus in one of the many historical buildings on the Quad. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Smith Memorial Hall features a 900-seat recital hall, a popular venue for student and faculty solo and ensemble performances. Chamber Music and Harpsichord recitals are held in the Smith Memorial room.
Station Theater/The Celebration Company
The Station Theater, located in the historic 1899 Penn Central Train Station, is home to the Celebration Company. The theater provides live productions all year round meant to inspire, educate, and challenge. Performances range from musicals to classical experimental.
Black Dog Smoke & Ale House
Black Dog Smoke and Ale House is the most talked-about restaurant in town. Locals and visitors come here to enjoy great barbeque and craft brews in a warm and casual setting. Come early to get a seat, and even earlier if you want to try the burnt ends, which are made from the most tender part of the brisket – they usually sell out in two hours or less.
Urbana's Market at the Square
Join thousands of residents and visitors during Market season and connect with growers at Urbana's Market at the Square. Choose locally-raised foods and treasure-hunt among the art and craft vendor booths. Gather information about local non-profits, schools and other community groups on our Community Row. Catch up with friends, take in a set from local performers, and enjoy the public square atmosphere the Market has to offer. Saturday morning at Urbana's Market at the Square is one of our city’s signature institutions. It’s a great way to kick off your weekend! Open May through November.
Wyldewood Cellars Winery
Wyldewood Cellars, a family-owned and operated winery, started in Kansas and expanded here to Illinois, produces over 40 different types of wine. What began as a small Elderberry winery has blossomed into an internationally recognized and awarded winery. Since their beginning, they have won over 400 international awards for their Elderberry Wines, Grape Wines, as well as their other varietals. Wyldewood Cellars Spiced Elderberry Wine was featured and served at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and was awarded the Best Non-Grape Wine in North and Latin America, among many other Gold Medals. Sample and purchase their gourmet wines at their Illinois location where they produce, bottle and label their family's nostalgic wine.
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Rossville Depot Railroad Museum
The Rossville Depot Railroad Museum features a collection of material from various railroads in East Central Illinois including the C&EI, Wabash, Illinois Terminal and NYC. The depot also includes a HO scale model railroad with over 1,000 feet of total track and 130 switches.
Constructed in 1857, Mann's Chapel is the oldest standing church in Vermilion County. The chapel is now part of the Vermilion County Museum Complex and can be rented for special occasions with seating for 125-150 available.
Just like the 1970's and 1980's have your food brought out to you by waitresses on roller skates, and enjoy true classic American burgers and shakes!
Red Wheel Restaurant
Red Wheel Restaurant in Rantoul, IL provides home made family style food. Conveniently located off Highway 57, this is a great stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center
Fun for the whole family! Highlights include two amazing water slides that splash down into 350,000 gallons of crystal clear water. The zero-depth entry pool also features water toys for children, lanes for swimmers, and diving boards. The 14,000 square foot facility also has a full bath house with accessible restrooms and changing rooms, along with a full-service concession stand, shaded and open lounge areas, picnic tables and much more.
Chanute Air Museum
The Chanute Air Museum celebrates the 76 year legacy of the former Chanute Air Force base and the development Illinois aviation. The Museum showcases over 30 aircraft, including a rare P-51H Mustang and XB-47 Stratojet, while exhibits include "Life at Chanute" and "The 99th Pursuit Squadron: From Rantoul to Ramitelli and Beyond." Bus parking and a gift shop are available.
Days Inn Rantoul
Located just off of Interstate 57 welcoming to all: truck drivers needing place to stay, families visiting Rantoul or Champaign-Urbana (just an extra 15 miles down I-57 to Champaign and nearest to Market Place Mall), or meeting planners. The Days Inn Rantoul has meeting space provided for you! Days Inn Rantoul is also pet friendly.
Quarters Inn - Rantoul
Newly remodeled, 198 rooms, 2 suites, game room, pets welcomed, kids stay free, 12 miles north of Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois
Super 8 Motel - Rantoul
57 rooms, 3 suites, pets welcomed
Magnuson Heritage Inn
Magnuson Heritage Inn is conveniently located in Rantoul, Illinois off of Interstate 57, just 15 miles from Champaign. While in Rantoul check out their many attractions such as Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, Air Museum, play the links at their many golf courses, or just take in the quaint village of Rantoul.
Hardy's Reindeer Ranch
The North Pole has moved to Central Illinois. Try your luck at the 6+ acre corn maze, the Grand Prix style race track, pick a pumpkin or a Christmas tree (depending on season), stop by the fascinating gift shop and, of course, see the reindeer!
Middle Fork Forest Preserve
Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 1600 acres in northeast Champaign County, offers visitors a campground (53 of 65 campsites have electricty), brand new playground, swimming beach, fishing, hiking, boat rentals, cross-country skiing, picnicking, a Waterfowl Management Area, renovated meeting facility and programs. The campground now accepts online reservations.
Located at the intersection of I-57 and IL Route 9 in Paxton, this 28-unit country inn is known for their extremely clean rooms. Conveniently located next door to a restaurant. Queen, Double, and King suites are available with smoking/non-smoking and pet friendly options.
Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society Headquarters
The Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to preserving historical and educational information about the Illinois Central Railroad and the many predecessor railroads that have been part of the IC system. This headquarters feature a depot, museum and library.
Arcade Pancake House
Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, family style.
Family restaurant and pancake house.
Country Thyme Tea Room
Victorian tea room. All food made from scratch. Reservations strongly recommended!
Market Street General Store
Craft store, country crafts and gourmet foods.
Beautifully organized, clean antique shop in downtown Paxton. Specializing in antiques, collectibles and good old-fashioned hospitality. New items daily. Located in the basement, it is a not for profit thrift store where all items are 50 cents.
Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast
Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast offers country retreat style lodging in a secluded Illinois meadow surrounded by trees and a stream. It is the ideal setting to escape fast-paced everyday living and relax, recharge, and reconnect with each other.
Charming diner in historic Paxton. Fresh salad bar, appetizers, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Full menu includes chicken dinners, salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, Steak and more. Make sure you save room for a slice of fresh pie. Host your next event at the Tin Pan.Dine-in, carry-out, catering and event hosting. Special catering menu available.
Onarga Township Cemetery
The cemetery is the eternal home of Timothy Webster, a Civil War spy.
Shagbark Golf & Country Club
This challenging nine-hole, par 36 course is noted for its small greens.
Grand Prarie Families and Farm
The farm offers organic chicken, beef, pork, milk, cheese, bread and herbs.
Pool's Pine Acres
Pick up sweet corn, as well as cut-your-own scotch, red and Austrian pine trees.
Nickell Country Home
4 large bedrooms in a large country home with a magnificent breakfast
Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden
The gardens boast some of the most beautiful and diverse flora in east-central IL. It also features the award-winning Miriam Davies Memorial Enabling Garden.
Early American Museum
The Early American Museum has an extensive collection interpreting 19th and early 20th century life in east-central Illinois. Two floors of exhibits present architecture, trades and occupations, decorative arts, and childhood and domestic life of the time.
Hen House Family Restaurant
Small town dining at it's finest with breakfast, lunch, and dinner served all day. One of very few Hen House Restaurants remaining in the United States, so stop by this convenient location off of I-74 in Mahomet to say you've been to a Hen House.
Need some true Mexican cuisine while traveling down Interstate 74? Stop by Mahomet at Los Zarapes, and enjoy great tasting Mexican cuisine with a complimentary side of chips & salsa.
Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
Lake of the Woods County Park is a 900-acre preserve that features an 18-hole regulation golf course, a 9-hole par 3 course and practice range, fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding the Hi-Tower bell carillon and observation area, a 3.3 mile bicycle/pedestrian path, the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens, building rentals and various programs.
River Bend Forest Preserve
The 275-acre River Bend Forest Preserve south of Mahomet contains approximately 130 acres of clear water in two lakes, one of which is the largest public lake in Champaign County, and includes 2.5 miles of forest along the Sangamon River.
30 unit motel with refrigators, microwaves and restaurant discount.
Museum of the Grand Prairie
The Museum of the Grand Prairie has an extensive collection interpreting 19th and early 20th century life in east-central Illinois. Two floors of exhibits present architecture, trades and occupations, decorative arts, and childhood and domestic life of the time. The Discovery Room offers hands-on opportunities for children to interact and learn about the residents of the Grand Prairie. Educational programs are offered for all ages throughout the year.
Culbert Flowers & Gifts by Molly
Nursery, gifts, antiques and much more. We had a wide range of unique selections perfect for any occasion.
Motel 6 - Gilman
38 rooms, pet friendly, handicap accessible.
Step across the threshold of this lovingly restored, 106 year old building. Throughout the two story shop and its enclosed garden, you’ll find a tasteful and eclectic blend of upscale, contemporary home and garden décor items. Mirrors, lamps, clocks, candles, candleholders, vases, and gorgeous garden iron. You’ll also find trendy fashion jewelry and accessories. The ground floor Wine Corner features fine wines from Illinois vineyards and wine accessories. Sampling takes place every day and wine can be purchased by the glass (or bottle) for sipping while you shop or to enjoy in our beautiful garden. Up the Stairs, you’ll find The Food Corner, filled with a surprising array of Illinois Food products and kitchen gadgets you won’t want to live without. All around you’ll find April Cornell linens, more accessories and décor, a Spa Corner designed to inspire and sooth your mind, body and spirit.
Super 8 Motel - Gilman
52 rooms, super start breakfast from 6am-10am, Olympic-size jacuzzi.
Gordyville USA is a family-owned and operated establishment. The heated spacious building encompasses 160,000 square feet of space all under one roof. The multi-functional grounds are the site of several diverse events such as horse shows, flea markets, farm equipment sales, estate and land auctions, and the Annual Gifford Bank Craft Show. There is also a restaurant on the grounds.
Main Street Cafe'
Looking for a place to grab a cup of coffee while traveling down Interstate 57? Then stop by Main Street in Gifford, and be on the look out for their daily specials!