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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…

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…

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…

“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,…

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ExploreCU is a free web and mobile platform about the arts, culture, and history of Champaign-Urbana and its surrounding area. Developed by the University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, ExploreCU puts the people, places, and events that have shaped this region's history at your fingertips. Learn about Champaign-Urbana through layered, map-based, multimedia presentations, use social media to share stories, and experience informative tours of Champaign county.