Champaign-Urbana is one of the metropolitan areas located in central Illinois, which is made of the towns that include Savoy, Urbana and Champaign. The Champaign-Urbana is a city with a population of around 120,000 situated among the soybean and corn fields, around 150 miles to the south of Chicago.

The history of this area dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Urbana was founded in the year 1833, Champaign in the year 1855, while the University in this area was founded in 1867. The area started out as a type of farming community, and later matured into 2 distinct cities, with a number of influences over the years that included the University, the Illinois Central railroad, along with the Chanute Air Force Base, along with nearby Rantoul, along with others.

Today, these cities have been described as ethnically diverse, growing, cosmopolitan, along with an urban modern feel in the core of this area. The area of Urbana and Champaign is defined to a certain degree by traditional industries like Kraft Foods, among others, and an information and technology sector that continues to grow.

The University in this area is the largest employer in this county which is home to 43,000 students. Champaign-Urbana would be short changed to just call it a “college town”. But there are no doubts that entertainment, the arts along with intellectual communities have to do with the University.

Champaign-Urbana is also classified as an open-minded community when it comes to social issues, yet still maintains some of the Midwestern values like hard work. Urbana is regarded as more politically pastoral and liberal out of the two, while Champaign has more of that big-city appeal.

Getting Around

The majority of Champaign-Urbana is located on a grid which is aligned to due-north, which makes navigation relatively easy. One exception would be the older downtown part of Champaign which is rotated to the East of the main-grid.

It is also important to keep in mind that a few street addresses are ambiguous when not provided with an actual city name. An example of this is the 4 Green Streets, located in East and West in Champaign, as well as in the East and the West of Urban. This means if you are driving eastward from Champaign towards Urbana along Green street, you will begin on West Green, travel through East Green, and then back to West Green but in Urbana. The other examples include 2 Washington Streets, that are separate from one another, and the 2 Elm Streets, with one that goes east-west and the other goes north-south.