Exploring the Arts in Champaign-Urbana

Activities, History & Heritage

Centrally located between Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis, Champaign-Urbana is an arts lovers dream spot

Located in the heart of the Midwest in East Central Illinois, Champaign-Urbana offers a wide range of experiences for visitors that includes historic architecture, wide-open spaces and a bustling university campus. It also is well known for its support of the arts. “Arts and culture are foundational to our community,” says Caitlyn Floyd, Director of Sales, Experience Champaign-Urbana. “From daily live music to public art and murals, to cultural experiences, you can see the whole world when you visit the Champaign-Urbana area.”

Here we spotlight we not-to-be-missed culturally spots in Champaign-Urbana.

Krannert Art Museum

Experience the Krannert Art Museum, second-only in size to the Art Institute in Chicago. This entirely free museum features medieval collections to modern art focusing on social justice. Take a guided tour through the museum to discover their rich collections, going home inspired.

Japan House at the University of Illinois

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture at the University of Illinois’ Japan House. Discover the way of tea through a traditional Tea Ceremony, the time-honored art of Chado. Codified almost four hundred years ago by Sen Rikyu, the greatest tea master, the four spirits of tea signify the highest ideals of the Way of Tea: harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. Its core elements involve the acts of serving and receiving a bowl of tea with the utmost sincerity, appreciation, and attentiveness, while bearing an attitude of single-mindedness and a keen awareness of the concept ichigo, ichie (one life, one opportunity). You’ll take part in this ceremony and find yourself renewed for the remainder of your tour.

Monticello Railway Museum

Arrive at the historic Monticello Railway Museum where you taste the true history of the Illinois Central Railroad. After exploring railcars and other equipment, you will board a historic train car for a lunch you will never forget. As the railcar cruises down the track, you will enjoy a tasty meal and tea as you discover the magic of central Illinois’ most beloved treasure.

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