All Tours: 18

The 1500-acre woodland, garden, meadow, and prairie landscape that surrounds the Allerton Mansion was once the private estate of Robert Henry Allerton. Named “The Farms,” the estate was the center of the 12,000-acre Illinois agricultural…

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was established in 1868, and it was as early as 1875 that an art gallery was established in Old University Hall by Regent John Milton Gregory. Contributions were solicited from Champaign-Urbana residents,…

Since 1911, the Champaign Park District has been committed to providing its 75,000 residents with programs, parks, and facilities that improve their quality of life. With over sixty parks that cover about 650 acres of land, fifteen facilities, and…

On a crisp fall morning in Busey Woods, a small group of avid birders, binoculars in hand, spy a bright red scarlet tanager bathing in a puddle. Meanwhile, at Meadowbrook Park, a couple walking band-in-hand on the concrete path pause to gaze…

From public libraries to university museums, Champaign-Urbana is home to numerous institutions of cultural heritage. Libraries have a long history in Champaign-Urbana, and remain a source of pride to the community. The first library in Champaign…

The railroads played an integral part in shaping Champaign and Urbana as twin cities. The town of West Urbana, which was later to be incorporated as Champaign, emerged after the Illinois Central Railroad (IC) was laid two miles west of Urbana in…

Champaign-Urbana may not be Hollywood, but the twin cities has a bustling film scene. From filming independent films to hosting Ebertfest each April, C-U has quite a story to tell about its contributions to the film industry. Several graduates of…

Champaign-Urbana is home to a diverse array of public art works that simultaneously beautify the city and promote creativity, thanks to the Public Art League (PAL). PAL is a not-for-profit organization that brings in public art works on temporary…

There are more than 200 burial grounds in Champaign County. The majority of these are no longer active and a good many have been lost to time and nature. Local historians and genealogists have endeavored to keep these cemeteries alive in our…

For over one hundred years, towns in the United States have been holding annual homecomings to welcome back former residents. However, the University of Illinois has long claimed to be the originator of the collegiate Homecoming—the annual alumni…

Architecture plays a central role in society, reflecting the culture of the times and providing the infrastructure in which citizens live. Buildings encompass functional, environmental, and aesthetic elements, and are often considered works of art in…

Architecture plays a central role in society, reflecting the culture of the times and providing the infrastructure in which citizens live. Buildings encompass functional, environmental, and aesthetic elements, and are often considered works of art in…

Architecture plays a central role in society, reflecting the culture of the times and providing the infrastructure in which citizens live. Buildings encompass functional, environmental, and aesthetic elements, and are often considered works of art in…

Urbana was the first Illinois community to receive the “Tree City USA” designation in 1976, the program's inaugural year. With more than 12,000 street trees, 6,000 park trees, and 100,000 privately owned trees, the city takes great pride in…

“Without transportation, nothing happens.” – Anke Voss of the Champaign County Historical Archives at the Urbana Free Library The story of Champaign begins with Urbana and the railroad. In 1833, Senator John Vance introduced a bill that…

Champaign-Urbana has it all: a rich history, academic institutions, and great food and drinks. Restaurants dot the landscape, participating in the culture of the surrounding area. Local restaurants have great success here. Some owners are from here,…