Welcome to Champaign County for the Forming Partnerships and Linkages in Sport for Development and Peace Symposium

On behalf of Champaign County, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Forming Partnerships and Linkages in Sport for Development and Peace Symposium hosted at the Illini Union Ballroom, March 7-8, by the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism. While you're here for the event, we hope you take advantage of the wonderful amenities Champaign County has to offer. Whether you spend time enjoying our vibrant downtown district, take a stroll through one of the many parks, or shop at an eclectic local boutique, we promise that Champaign County has something for everyone.

Below you will find the many ways to discover all Champaign County has to offer. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Leah Longueville, Director of Sales, Visit Champaign County

What to Do


From mornings spent over hot, flaky croissants and freshly brewed coffee to evenings indulging in sweet local wine and juicy steaks from community farms, Champaign County's dining scene is eclectic and overflowing with choices to suit your taste. In addition to national favorites, our countless local restaurants will dazzle your taste buds with their distinctive twists on worldly cuisine. Browse our cafes, wine bars, pizza places, multicultural bistros, sandwich shops and more to find your perfect meal spot!
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Champaign County's affordability and commitment to the arts have made it home to a large number of artists, galleries, festivals and more. From first run Indie films to big name bands and sketch improve to a progressive county-wide arts festival, Champaign County has impressive performing arts facilities and galleries that attract top notch entertainment options, sure to delight those of all ages.
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Innovation reigns in Champaign County, with the University of Illinois leading the way in technology. Everyday objects such as the LED, plasma displays and the web browser, all originated in our community. And each year, the brightest minds from around the world continue to flock to our community to hone and utilize their skills. Not only is Champaign County a haven for emerging tech talent, but we offer plenty of opportunities for community members and visitors alike to get hands-on experience creating and innovating, right here in our backyard.
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Did you know Champaign County has over 250 shops? From boutique shopping to big-name department stores, Champaign County has everything you need to channel your inner shopaholic. Downtown Champaign features a variety of locally-owned and independently run shops for you to get unique gifts for yourself or a friend, in addition to the many well-known shops at the Market Place Mall.
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At the crossroads of three major interstates, Champaign County is easy to access from any direction. Beyond a quick trip, there are numerous ways to get here while reducing your travel footprint.
  • Fly Champaign-Urbana: Featuring American Airlines, Willard Airport offers daily flights to and from Chicago O'Hare and Dallas/Ft. Worth. This affordable and accessible airport is a mere few miles from the heart of the University of Illinois.
  • Amtrak: With a stop right in the heart of downtown Champaign at the Illinois Terminal, you can hitch a ride with hundreds of other passengers and kick back in the commute, enjoying free WiFi so you can stay connected. With daily routes out of Chicago heading as far south as New Orleans, you'll embark on an environmentally friendly way to travel that lands you in the heart of our city.
  • Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit: The greater Champaign area boasts one of the best public transportation systems around. Twice receiving the American Public Transit Associations Outstanding Achievement Award, the CUMTD has a 98% customer satisfaction rate. For $1.00 each way, you can easily get around Champaign-Urbana.
  • Zipcar: With several pick-up points throughout Champaign County, including a convenient pick-up at the Illinois Terminal, you can use this car-sharing program for a few hours or all day.
  • Uber & Lyft: The greater Champaign-Urbana area is one of the latest communities to get this on-demand service. Download the app on your smartphone to be connected to a variety of drivers who will get you where you need to be.
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