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.
The Bloomington-Normal area is a vibrant community offering a remarkable quality of life and a traditional Midwestern lifestyle and values. This family-friendly community offers outstanding school systems, abundant dining and shopping options, fine arts experiences, Discovery Children’s Museum and the Miller Park Zoo. Residents can enjoy many outdoor activities including golf, walking trails, parks and various sporting events.The area boasts a high per capital level of income and education completed. It has a modern airport with daily direct flight to Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, Saint Petersburg/Clearwater, Chicago, Daytona Beach and Denver. Bloomington Normal is home to Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, State Farm Insurance and Country Financial.
Located in the Heart of Illinois, Peoria is a vibrant River City full of art, entertainment, sports, history and more! Explore the great outdoors through the Peoria Park District, the largest and oldest park district in Illinois, or take a trip up Grandview Drive to experience the “world’s most beautiful drive.” (According to Theodore Roosevelt.)
Recognized as the Marigold Capital of the World, Pekin, Illinois is a growing city just south of Peoria, known for feeling like a small town with big city amenities. The city is full of opportunities with the expansive curriculum and offerings at Pekin Community High School and ever expanding retail and dining choices throughout the community. Pekin also offers incredible recreation for its size including four golf courses, a bike trail, a lagoon for community fishing, and the McNaughton Trail where residents can ride horses, go camping, fishing or mountain biking. Pekin is home to many businesses including one of the largest ethanol plants in the United States. Other major employers include Pekin Insurance, Pekin Hospital, school districts, the city and local government.