A pedestrian-friendly, walkable city that welcomes bicycle commuters, the city of Urbana, Illinois is a friendly city with over 100,000 trees and 22 parks. It features a community center, an aquatic center, pool, miniature golf course, and a dog park.
Located in Champaign County, Urbana is home to the University of Illinois and the Fighting Illini. The U of I campus is the largest employer in the area, driving the city’s economy. Many other large employers call Urbana home, such as Solo Cup, Flex-N-Gate, Carle Hospital, Provena Covenant Medical Center, and SuperValu.
Festivals in Urbana include the Sweetcorn Festival, Beer and Chili Cook-Off, Street Theater Festival, Boneyard Arts Festival, and the Historic Main Street Walking Tour. The Farmer’s Market in downtown Urbana is held every Saturday from mid-May through mid-November. Over 130 vendors offer homegrown produce, plants, flowers, handmade arts and crafts, and baked goods.
For those who enjoy dining out, Urbana offers several award-winning restaurants, such as Courier Cafe, Kennedy’s, Milo’s, Slivercreek, Miko, and Timpone’s. If you prefer shopping, don’t miss the Lincoln Square Mall, the Art Mart, the Furniture Lounge, and the Urbana Antique Show and Flea Market, held the first weekend of the month.
The Champaign County Fair is held here every year, featuring livestock shows, races, exhibits, and more. Stone Creek Golf Club is an award-winning golfing location.
Hugh Heffner and HGTV’s Doug Wilson both graduated from U of I, and Olympic Gold Medalist Bonnie Blaire and rapper Ludacris were born and raised in Urbana — add your name to the list and find your next apartment in Urbana.