Ranked the tenth most populated county in Illinois, Champaign County residents total more than 200,000. Situated in central east Illinois, the county is home to the University of Illinois at the Urbana-Champaign campus. The nearly 1000 square miles of land mass makes it the state’s fifth largest county. It rests on the great divide between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
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Formed in 1833, Champaign County shares its borders with surrounding counties including McLean (northwest), Platt (west), Douglas (south), Edgar (southeast) Vermilion (east) and Ford (north). The rich farmlands provides agricultural rich opportunities attracting many businesses and families to the area.
Transportation and Travel in Champaign County
The federal highways I-74 (east / west) and I-57 (north / south) converge in Champaign. State Highway 45 runs nearly adjacent to I-57, and State Highway 150 runs parallel to I-74. Interstate 72 terminates from the west into the town of Champagne.
Public transportation is available to residents and visitors of Champaign County through CRIS Rural Mass Transit. The Transit District offers transportation services from 6 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday. In addition, senior transportation services are also available to residents and visitors of Vermilion and Champaign counties.
Affordable transportation for the public is also available through the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). They offer fixed routes and express service along with para-transit transportation, Safe Rides and discounted transport through their Half Fair Cab Program.
The county has three public use airports including Frasca Field in Urbana, Frank Elliott field (Rantoul National Aviation Center) in Rantoul and the University of Illinois Willard Airport in Champaign-Urbana. Travel to international airports from Champaign is less than two hours away to the north, east and southwest. This includes the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Midway (MDW) and O’Hare (ORD) international airports in Chicago, and Lambert Field St. Louis International Airport (STL).
Champaign County Medical Services
The heavily populated county is rich in medical services providing state-of-the-art medical and behavioral health care. The facilities include:
- Provena Covenant Medical Center (Urbana)
- The Pavilion Behavioral Health System (Champaign)
- Christie Clinic (Urbana)
- Frances Nelson Health Center
- Champaign County Health Care (Champaign)
- Carle Clinic (Urbana)
Champaign County Court System
The Champaign County Courthouse is situated at 101 East Main St. in Urbana. As a part of the sixth judicial circuit of Illinois, the Champaign Circuit Court handles many legal matters including felonies, misdemeanors, and civil cases.
In addition, Champaign County offers a legal self-help center, with valuable forms and resources to make changes to child support payments, file small claims, simple divorces and workplace/domestic violence protection.
Champaign County is home to a variety of universities and colleges including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with over 44,000 students attending every year. In addition, students attend Parkland College in Champaign. This two-year community college is situated at 2400 West Bradley Ave., and offers a variety of degrees in the arts, science, fine arts, engineering science, applied science and general studies.
Private colleges include the Urbana Theological Seminary at 314 East Daniel St. in Champaign, the Concept College of Cosmetology at 129 North Race St. in Urbana and the Regency Beauty Institute at 517 W. Towne Center Blvd. in Champaign.
A Thriving Economy
The major communities in Champaign County include the town of Champaign and Urbana, along with villages including Rantoul, Ogden, Ludlow, Longview, Gifford, Homer, Bondville, Sydney, Thomasboro, Savoy, Royal, and Foosland. The local thriving economy is supported by a variety of employers including Kraft Foods, the University of Illinois, the Carle Foundation Hospital, the Carle Clinic Association, Parkland College, Hobbico, Christie Clinic Association, Champaign Schools and Provena Covenant Medical.
County leaders encourage new business, industries and commerce in the area with various financing and tax increment incentives, and low-interest loans along with assistance and subsidizing for employee training. Many businesses in the community are supported by the rich diversity of opportunities through the University of Illinois. The University is home to NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications).
Fun Things to Do
Champaign County is rich in cultural resources including the Botanical Gardens, a planetarium, performing arts centers, museums, and recreational activities for everyone. Many out-of-towners come to Champaign County for a visit to enjoy the rich culture and fun activities. Some of the amenities include:
- Krannert Art Museum
- Sholem Aquatic Center
- University of Illinois Ice Arena
- Champaign County Historical Museum
- Kaufman Lake
- YMCA of Champaign County
- Orpheum Children’s Science Museum
- Champaign County Forest Preserve District
- Legends Golf Club
- Savoy Recreation Center
- William M. Staerkel Planetarium
- Centennial Park Champaign
- Boneyard Creek Trail
In addition, the Champaign County Fair is held every year in July. The fairgrounds are situated at the corner of Fairview and Coler in Urbana. The fair has exhibits, midway rides, a steeplechase, live music, barrel racing and livestock judging along with a truck and tractor pull.
The Krannert Center hosts the Champaign Urbana Symphony providing first-class symphonic music with numerous live performances in the concert hall every year. In addition, 40 North provides a variety of innovative programs every year including the Boneyard Arts Festival and the Art & Sol, Sight and Specific event.
There are vibrant shopping opportunities in the downtown areas of Urbana, Champaign, St. Joseph, Mahomet, and Rantoul. These include the Old Farm Shops, Robeson’s Plaza, Savoy Plaza, Shoppes of Knollwood, North Prospect Complex, Marketplace Mall, and Sunny Crest Mall.
Champaign County has miles of hiking trails and bike paths along the seemingly endless forest preserves and parks. It is rich in unique recreation amenities including outdoor sculptures, canoeing opportunities, skating, and other outdoor adventures. For the inquisitive, visit the Museum of the Grand Prairie at the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve. They offer a variety of programs and exhibits year-round, including lesson plans on cultural history, school programs, youth summer programs and others.
Heading out on the highways of Champaign County, tourists will come across a variety of local pubs, eateries, and alehouses. Weary travelers can enjoy the unique food and cultural habits of the community in the towns of Sydney, Philo, Champaign, Rantoul, and Urbana
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