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Champaign Tourism and Sightseeing
Champaign County is the premier micro-urban destination in Illinois. Where big city amenities correlate with small-town living, this county is nothing short of the place for culture, history, entertainment, sports, dining, agricultural traditions and serene landscapes. As home to the University of Illinois, as well as the second largest art museum and planetarium in the state, Champaign County offers a wealth of memorable experiences. From family-friendly, to spouse getaways and everything in between, your only problem will be trying to choose just which activities you want to do!  Skip to Best Time to Visit. View Map.


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Virginia Theatre
Virginia Theatre Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Theatre in Champaign, IL USA

The Virginia theatre has been a landmark in Champaign and in the history of the region for over 90 years. Since 1921, The Virginia Theatre has been a landmark in the business district of Champaign and in the history of the region. For 90 years, the 1,525 seat theatre has offered entertainment as a vaudeville house, legitimate theatre and movie house.


William M. Staerkel Planetarium
William M. Staerkel Planetarium Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Tour in Champaign, IL USA

As the second largest Planetarium in the state, Staerkel's 50-foot projection dome is one of the largest in the United States that displays 7,600 stars, the Sun, Moon and planets. The Staerkel Planetarium's 50-foot projection dome is one of the largest in the United States that displays 7,600 stars, the Sun, Moon and planets. The Planetarium also features sky tours, a science lecture series, and multimedia science education.

Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion
Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Museum in Champaign, IL USA

Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion is the second largest Art Museum in Illinois. While hosting galleries ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photography, KAM also offers 12-15 changing exhibitions each year. As the second largest Art Museum in Illinois, Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion is home to over 9,000 works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photography.

The University of Illinois
The University of Illinois Top Attraction!
Sport in Urbana, IL USA

As the largest university in Illinois, UIUC is home to some of the highest-rated professors, academic programs and students in the country. As the largest university in Illinois, the University of Illinois has over seventeen different academic colleges for almost every educational interest.

Alto Vineyards
Alto Vineyards
Recreation in Champaign, IL USA

Taste some of the finest wines produced in the US at Alto Vineyards. Whether you need a bottle or a glass, this award winning wine, produced locally, is sure to refresh your taste buds and offer you a little piece of heaven. The Renzaglia Family welcomes you to Alto Vineyards and invites you to taste some of the finest wines produced in the US. Whether you need a bottle of wine, that special gift or just want to unwind with a glass of our finest, come join us.


Curtis Orchard
Curtis Orchard
Tour in Champaign, IL USA

This 80-acre apple orchard, pumpkin patch and entertainment farm offers activities for the whole family. Curtis Orchard is an 80-acre apple orchard, pumpkin patch and entertainment farm offers activities for the whole family.

Krannert Center For The Performing Arts
Krannert Center For The Performing Arts things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Theatre in Urbana, IL USA

Krannert Center is a magnificent showcase for the performing arts in the Midwest. What Lincoln Center is to New York and Kennedy Center is to Washington D.C., Krannert Center is to the Midwest- a magnificent showcase for the performing arts.

The Spurlock Museum
The Spurlock Museum things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Museum in Urbana, IL USA

The Spurlock Museum showcases the people and places of our world with a special emphasis on heritage through members of individual cultures and communities. The Spurlock Museum houses five different galleries that showcase the people and places of our world. Its emphasis on heritage through members of individual cultures and communities allows visitors an inside look into humanity.

Ui Pollinatarium
Ui Pollinatarium
Recreation in Urbana, IL USA

The UI Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowing plants and their pollinators. The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Its location in the midst of the Arboretum brings together flowers and pollinators physically and conceptually.


Brad Williams Tour '24 at Virginia Theatre
Brad Williams Tour '24 at Virginia Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Oct 10, 2024 (Thursday) Theater event in Champaign, IL USA

Brad Williams Tour '24 October 10, 2024 at Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL 7:00PM

Buddy Guy at Virginia Theatre
Buddy Guy at Virginia Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Jun 26, 2024 (Wednesday) Concert event in Champaign, IL USA

Buddy Guy June 26, 2024 at Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL 7:30PM

Champaign Urbana Ballet w/ Swan Lake at Virginia Theatre
Champaign Urbana Ballet w/ Swan Lake at Virginia Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Next Month, May 03, 2024 (Friday) Theater event in Champaign, IL USA

Champaign Urbana Ballet w/ Swan Lake May 03, 2024 at Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL 7:00PM

Champaign Urbana Ballet w/ Swan Lake at Virginia Theatre
Champaign Urbana Ballet w/ Swan Lake at Virginia Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Next Month, May 04, 2024 (Saturday) Theater event in Champaign, IL USA

Champaign Urbana Ballet w/ Swan Lake May 04, 2024 at Virginia Theatre in Champaign, IL 4:30PM

Chicago - The Musical at State Farm Center
Chicago - The Musical at State Farm Center things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Next Month, May 02, 2024 (Thursday) Theater event in Champaign, IL USA

Chicago - The Musical May 02, 2024 at State Farm Center in Champaign, IL 7:30PM

Chicago at State Farm Center
Chicago at State Farm Center things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Next Month, May 29, 2024 (Wednesday) Concert event in Champaign, IL USA

Chicago May 29, 2024 at State Farm Center in Champaign, IL 7:30PM

Flux Pavilion at The Canopy Club
Flux Pavilion at The Canopy Club things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
This Weekend, Apr 20, 2024 (Saturday) Concert event in Urbana, IL USA

Flux Pavilion April 20, 2024 at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL 9:00PM

Illinois Fighting Illini Football at Memorial Stadium- IL
Illinois Fighting Illini Football at Memorial Stadium- IL things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Labor Day Weekend, Aug 31, 2024 (Saturday) Sports event in Champaign, IL USA

Illinois Fighting Illini Football August 31, 2024 at Memorial Stadium- IL in Champaign, IL 12:00AM

Jessie Murph at The Canopy Club
Jessie Murph at The Canopy Club things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Today, Apr 16, 2024 (Tuesday) Concert event in Urbana, IL USA

Jessie Murph April 16, 2024 at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL 8:00PM

Justin Moore at State Farm Center
Justin Moore at State Farm Center things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Sep 13, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Champaign, IL USA

Justin Moore September 13, 2024 at State Farm Center in Champaign, IL 8:00PM

Matt Maeson at The Canopy Club
Matt Maeson at The Canopy Club things to do on a rainy day in Champaign, IL
Next Weekend, Apr 26, 2024 (Friday) Concert event in Urbana, IL USA

Matt Maeson April 26, 2024 at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL 8:00PM


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Best Time to Visit Champaign


The best time to visit Champaign, Illinois is in the summer and spring. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Spring nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's.

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Monthly Temperatures in Champaign


Month Low Avg High
January 16.2 24.1 32.0
February 21.1 29.4 37.6
March 30.4 40.0 49.5
April 39.9 51.1 62.2
May 51.1 62.4 73.6
June 60.4 71.5 82.6
July 64.4 74.8 85.2
August 62.4 72.8 83.2
September 54.3 66.0 77.6
October 42.9 54.0 65.1
November 32.6 41.1 49.5
December 21.9 29.4 36.8

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