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Choosing a new job is as much about what life is like when you’re off work as it is while you're there. From nightlife to sporting events; a thriving park district to museums galore, Champaign's got leisure time activities to suit anyone's tastes.

Outstanding Parks

An extensive parks and trail system and an excellent public library both contribute to the outstanding quality of life in Champaign. The Champaign Park District not only provides over 60 parks in the community but also over 1,200 programs annually. In 2006 the Park District opened the newly constructed Sholem Aquatic Center featuring an 8,000 square foot activity pool along with many of the latest features in modern aquatic centers.

World Class Library

The new state-of-the-art Champaign Public Library was opened in January 2008. At 122,600 square feet, the building features a soaring open stairway, colorful areas for children and teens, natural materials such as bamboo and limestone and an emphasis on energy efficiency. Designed to be a gathering space for the whole community, the library offers more than 430 places to sit in lounge chairs or at study tables, over 120 public computers, a meeting room pavilion and a coffee shop. Another community asset is the University of Illinois library, which is the fifth largest university library in the United States and contains over 13.6 million items.
Champaign Library

Culture

The University of Illinois campus offers rich experiences beyond the classroom, including the best in cultural, entertainment, sports, and recreational opportunities. A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture.
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Nightlife

Downtown Champaign has become the choice location for enjoying nightlife in the community. Unlike many university towns, Champaign’s downtown is completely separate from campus allowing residents to enjoy the variety of restaurants and bars that cater to a young professional audience. Additionally, summer street fests and arts-related downtown festivals give downtown Champaign the urban feel residents and visitors desire. In campus, a strong mix of local and national retailers (such as Urban Outfitters) nicely complement popular restaurants and bars to create Champaign’s “second” downtown steps from the heart of the University of Illinois.
Downtown Champaign | Visit Champaign Co.

Sports

The University of Illinois offers a wide variety of spectator sporting events. From nationally recognized basketball and football programs (Final Four in 2005 and Rose Bowl in 2008) to the smaller scale programs, nothing beats the atmosphere of a college sporting event that is family friendly and reasonably priced!
Fighting Illini | Champaign County Sports