Wondering what makes the greater Champaign County area Outside of Ordinary? You’ll have to come visit us to see. It goes beyond the destination, filled with arts and culture, scenic outdoor spaces, local award-winning food, and the University of Illinois.
With our renowned Midwest Hospitality and our collection of urban and rural experiences, people can’t stop talking about our community. Maybe that’s why we’re the fastest growing city in Illinois.
Home of the Big Ten’s University of Illinois, Champaign County is an ideal choice for regional gatherings. At a fraction of the cost of larger destinations, Champaign County is home to more than 4,500 hotel rooms and over 240,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, county-wide. We also boast a number of spectacular non-traditional venues that are unique to our community. From Krannert Center of the Performing Arts to the stunning Pear Tree Estate, Champaign County offers planners an opportunity to delve outside of the traditional conference center.
Champaign is as diverse as mid-size towns come. There’s something unique about being in a college town—a forever young mentality. The presence of a University often creates an energy not found elsewhere, with plenty of opportunities for delegates to explore in their free time. Museums, performing arts, a thriving nightlife and culinary scene, and a variety of sports offer a little something for everyone. These communities are often walkable and easily accessible through public transportation, helping you keep your costs down throughout your event.
Here’s a few reasons why planners and delegates love Champaign County:
- Champaign-Urbana named “Best Midwest Food Town” by Midwest Living in 2017
- Champaign ranted #1 on 2018 “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Grads” by Livability
- Of America’s 325 fastest-growing cities, one is in Illinois—Champaign, U.S. Census Bureau
- Champaign ranked #12 on “Best Places to Walk or Bike” by TIME magazine
Visit Champaign County is happy to work with your event and provide valuable information for your attendees so they can enjoy a positive experience while in the community. We offer numerous services to help you succeed and make sure the experience is Outside of Ordinary!
Altgeld Hall at the University of Illinois
The I Hotel & Conference Center, located on the University of Illinois campus
Live music entertains all summer long in Champaign.