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Eclectically original.

Centrally located between Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, C-U gives you that small-town feel with those big-city perks.

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#2 best college town in America


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About Town

With 2 distinct downtowns, our twin cities are brimming with personality. From the west edge of Champaign to the east end of Urbana, we emphasize technology, culture, and the arts.

What's going on?

Something's always happening in C-U. Get familiar with some of our yearly highlights.

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Pygmalion Festival

Multiple days of performances by independent musicians (both local and national), author readings, and more.

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Illinois Marathon

Ending on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium, one of the best new marathons around.


Boneyard Arts Festival

Community-wide festival featuring over 100 different venues and offering an incredibly diverse range of spoken, performing, and visual art.

Ebertfest at the Virginia Theater


Held at the historic Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign, created by film critic and Illinois alum Roger Ebert.

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Market at the Square

Located in downtown Urbana, one of the largest and most diverse farmers’ markets in Illinois.


Sweetcorn Festival

Annual event featuring live music, local art, and homegrown sweetcorn—yum!