The twin cities of Urbana and Champaign are the two cities in Champaign County, and they surround the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, making this a vibrant and fun arena to visit in Illinois.

As the heart and soul of Champaign County, downtown Champaign has fantastic options for dining, shopping and nightlife.  With over 40 restaurants and bars and over 15 shops, you’ll be sure to find unique souvenirs to take home for family and friends.

Say hello to Champaign County’s growing craft beer scene. Champaign County is filled with spaces and places to drink, buy and celebrate craft beer. Not only can you find microbreweries and craft beer bars, but even local restaurants have jumped on board by hosting beer dinners and shifting their drink menus to focus on craft.

Abraham Lincoln spent nearly 20 years of his life practicing law, traveling from one county seat to another, including the county seat of Urbana in Champaign County. With Lincoln traveling to Champaign County so many times throughout his career, it is no wonder that the area is home to many exhibits honouring him, including; “Abraham Lincoln: large presence in a small town” exhibition in Urbana and The “Champaign County’s Lincoln” exhibit at the Museum of Grand Prairie.

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From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.

Trip Ideas

The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.


Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.


Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.


Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.


Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.