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Illinois itinerary: Champaign County


Visit Champaign County characterizes group travel in the county as outside of ordinary.

Located in the heart of east central Illinois, Champaign County is perhaps best known as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 1867, the university now has an enrollment of more than 47,000 students. The county also is a leader in health care, high technology and agriculture.

“We are eager to showcase the ‘Outside of Ordinary’ in the greater Champaign County area, from our thriving arts and culture scene to agritourism and local foods,” said Caitlyn Mooney, director of sales at Visit Champaign County. “We’re here to help you plan your next group adventure.”


Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill. Champaign CountyPhoto: Visit Champaign County

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.


Stop at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. What Lincoln Center is to New York and Kennedy Center is to Washington, D.C., Krannert Center is to the Midwest. Enjoy a guided behind-the-scenes tour of this premier educational and professional performing arts complex that hosts over 300 performances each year.


Monticello Railway Museum

Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello, Ill. Champaign CountyPhoto: Scott Wells Photography

Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello, Ill.


Journey back in time on the Historic Monticello Railroad. Travel 20 minutes to the historic Monticello Railway Museum, where guests can board the historic dining cars for a lunch-time ride. Lunch, which is catered in, is served as everyone sits back and enjoys the beauty of their surroundings.


Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch

Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch, Rantoul, Ill.Photo: Visit Champaign County

Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch, Rantoul, Ill.


Stop at Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch for a chance to be kissed by an Alaskan reindeer. Pick a pumpkin in the pines, browse the gift shop and figure out the mysteries of the 10-acre Cornfusion maze. Groups then enjoy a Wild-West themed theater lunch at the Southern-style banquet facility.


Lola’s Brush

Lola’s Brush, Champaign County, Ill.Photo: Visit Champaign County, Ill.

Lola’s Brush, Champaign County, Ill.


Group members channel their inner creativity with Lola’s Brush. Attendees learn the basics of painting on canvas as they create their own masterpiece. All ages can enjoy the fun and interactive class. Painting is held at a location that is appropriate for the group’s size and can be combined with a meal.

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