Champaign, located in Champaign County, Illinois, is a US city with a population of approximately 86,600. Is was founded in 1855 and is situated 217 kilometers south of Chicago. It is the tenth largest city based on population in Illinois. It is part of the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area. The current city manager is Dorothy Ann David and the current Mayor is Deborah Frank Feinen.
Some of the top employers in Champaign include Carle Hospital, The University Of Illinois, Kraft Heinz and Champaign Unit 4 School District, which employ 6,386, 13,857, 1,025 and 1,634 workers respectively. Some of the other top employers in the area include Horizon Hobby, SuperValu, Presence Health, Parkland College, Jimmy John’s and FedEx. Therefore, anyone thinking about relocating to the area should not find it hard to find a new job.
For those that like outdoor space, you will be happy to learn that there are 60 parks and 11 trails in the City of Champaign. They cover an area of over 654 acres and there are 14 facilities within the grounds. Many tourists to the areas enjoy visits the city’s parks, but the parks are also used regularly by residents.
The Historic Virgin Theater is another great attraction in the city. It was recently restored and the 1525-seat movie theater dates back to the early 1920s. While the theater doesn’t open every day, it schedules multiple live performances and special screenings many times throughout each month. The interior has a Spanish renaissance-influence and it is very ornate. There is a full stage, vintage dressing rooms, and a Wurlitzer pipe organ. Outside of the building, there is a famous statue of Roger Ebert.
The Art Theater Co-op is another popular movie theater in the city. It only has one screen, but it operates daily and shows many critically acclaimed foreign and independent firms. Surprisingly, the theater is even older than the Historic Virgin Theater as it was built in 1913. It was initially called Park Theater, but over the years it has gone through many names changes, as well as repertoire changes. Is it one of the first cooperatively opened movie theaters.
Downtown Champaign is particularly popular with visitors. It has many great shops and restaurants. There is a six-story car park located near to the area, so those visiting by car don’t have to worry about looking for somewhere to park their vehicles. The parking structure can be found on Hill Street.