Central Illinois is about way more than farmland
Champaign-Urbana has been defined as a micro-urban community, meaning we have many of the amenities of a much bigger city, with the feel of a smaller town. Almost equidistant to Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis for fun weekends away, the area offers excellent schools, a great downtown scene, the University of Illinois, Big 10 sports and an exciting college town atmosphere, including Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Olney, IL, home of the white squirrel, is in the beautiful countryside of Southern Illinois. With several large lakes, Olney is a destination for boating, fishing and outdoor recreation. Nearby wineries, fine schools, a community college, historic sites and more make Olney a great place to live. Quiet weekends, colorful trees, and small-town charm – there is always something for you to do in Olney.
Called “trending rural”, Tuscola is a rural community, positioned in the heart of Illinois Amish and farming country, offers world-class golf, shopping, eclectic artisan offerings, antiques and more. Residents of Tuscola enjoy warmth and small-town charm, a quality school district, business and recreation options, all within short commute to larger communities.
From outdoor recreation and events to eclectic dining, shopping and art, Mattoon has something for everyone. With a population of more than 20,000, Mattoon neighbors the city of Charleston, which is home to Eastern Illinois University. Perhaps known most for its annual Bagelfest, Mattoon is a nice place to call home.
Monticello is not your typical small-town, rural community. Monticello has a micro-economy of its own, including amenities like a thriving downtown, growing small business community, major businesses, restaurants and art galleries, top school district and more. The City of Monticello maintains one of the lowest property tax rates in the area, which along with the low cost of living, makes living in Monticello appealing for many residents. Located 20 minutes from Champaign and Decatur, Monticello is a city where people settle down and stay for generations.
Danville can be found in the heart of Vermilion River country. The hometown of actors Dick Van Dyke and Gene Hackman, Danville is also home to quality museums, quaint shops, several Abraham Lincoln historic sites, Danville Area Community College and several state parks with an abundance of wildlife. Residents and visitors alike enjoy beloved events such as Arts in the Park, The Festival of Trees, Balloons Over Vermilion, Summer Sounds, Symphony Concerts, the Light Opera, and plays.