In spite of its cold winters, Champaign can get pretty warm in the summer. It is good news, then, that Centennial Park, a public park in the city, not only has a swimming pool but also an onsite water park that features a chldren's pool, waterslides, and a lazy river. If getting wet is not your thing, you can make use of the park's other impressive facilities, which include tennis courts, a soccer field, picnic areas, and walking trails. The park is also home to a recreation center that hosts educational and community events in addition to providing activity and exercise space for residents.
The University of Ill
You may already be familiar with this area thanks to a namesake major university, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Urbana is Champaign's sister city, and this major university campus attracts thousands of students to the area. In addition to offering academic programs and plentiful opportunities to view official college sporting events, this university boasts a beautiful campus that can be seen as an asset to the community. Several sites on the campus are recognized for their historic significance, with buildings like the Main Library and the University Observatory being listed on the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark lists.
Champaign is home to two historic theaters that have managed to maintain their vitality by adapting. But that does not mean they've lost their historic value. The Art Theater Co-Op was initally opened as the Park Theatre in 1913. It has undergone many changes in its history, and today it shows foreign and art-house films. Champaign's second historic theater is the Virginia Theatre, which was originally opened in the 1920s. This venue holds special events and has been home to deceased film critic Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival. These two theaters give a certain indie art cred to this midwestern town that some may find pleasantly surprising.