Champaign Urbana or Chambana are two twin cities that are now developed as the metropolitan area in the east central location of Illinois State of USA. The Champaign region is composed of three populous counties named as Campaign, Ford, and Piatt. Being center of activities, the place presents a vivacious lifestyle where residents and visitors can shop, play work, and live. Surrounded with the corn and Soya bean fields, the city portrays the true spirit of a metropolitan.
With each passing day, it is growing ethnically with diverse urban and modern feel. The area is known for its active nightlife and good selection of bars and restaurants. The other major highlight of the twin city is the main campus of the University of the Illinois. The place is also famous for its Big Ten Sports events, concerts, movies and plays. For the interests of students, there are numerous libraries and botanical gardens in the city.
The airport serving the place is a regional one called Willard Airport. The airport is under the control of University of Illinois and is at the distance of only 20 minutes from the downtown of the Champaign. Both American Airlines and North West Airlines serve the airport. Chicago and Dallas are directly connected to the area through the flights of American Airlines. North West Airlines connects the place with Detroit. The Airport is connected to the downtown through municipal bus line. The bus line maintains a very regular schedule from 5 am to 6 pm with fare of only one USD. The airport provides its passengers with a paid car parking facility for five USD a day. However, the parking outside the premises of the airport is free.
Other than this regional airport, the major airports near Champaign are in Chicago, Indianapolis and in Saint Louis. One of the larger airports that also serve the place is Bloomington, Illinois BLOOMINGTON NORMAL (BMI) (50.2 miles) away from Champaign.
Many domestic and regional flight routes offer cheap flights to Champaign area. You can choose a route of your own choice as many airline companies are offering historically economical routes to the city. One of these routes is from Newport (PHF) to Champaign (CMI) with an average price of 515$.
The best place for sightseeing in the city is no doubt the University of Illinois and all its events. The Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion of the university reveals the ancient civilizations, as they are in operation since 4000 BC. The museum proudly hold the master pieces of art made by some of the worlds marvelous artists like Picasso, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Yves Klein. Another worth seeing place is museum of Natural History and world Heritage Museum. For your amusement, you can plan a trip to Allerton Park, a park owned by the University of Illinois having beautifully manicured meadows and patches of greenery. The Park was a farm belonging to a wealth eccentric Robert Allerton and was donated to University by him in 1946.
When it comes to nightlife, you can enjoy movies at various theaters like Boardman’s Art Theater and Virginia Theater. Station Theater, the Canopy Club, and Krannert Center of performing art are some other famous places for making full use of night hours.
The ideal time to visit the place is from April to September as during this season the place holds a number of festivals, carnivals, and performing art shows. Annual Champaign county Fair is held in July where as Annual International Beer Tasting Festival takes place in September.