The Best Hotels in Champaign
After staying in nearly all the hotels and motels in the area, our recommendation for the best hotel for the money? Red Roof Inn. That may surprise you: but this particular location is clean, well-maintained, has a funky modern look to it, and all comes in at under $70/night. Even more if you use a 40% off hotels promo code.
Cultural Attractions in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois, is a metropolitan area of about 100,000 people which offers the cultural and nightlife opportunities of a much larger city at a lower cost and without big-city hassles. Three cultural attractions for visitors to Champaign-Urbana very much worth checking out are Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Ebertfest film festival and the Pygmalion music festival.
The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, on the University of Illinois campus, has five performance spaces for concerts, plays and more year round. The Foellinger Great Hall has some of the best acoustics in the world and is a highly sought-after venue by major touring artists. Whether you would like to see the Russian National Ballet, the Go: Organic Orchestra or just take a free tour of the center, Krannert offers a lot, and has free parking to boot!
Founded by legendary film critic and Urbana, Illinois native Roger Ebert, Ebertfest is one of the premier film festivals in the world. For 17 years, it has been held during the spring at the historic Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. Recently restored, the art deco era Virginia is the perfect place to see selected screenings of relevant and groundbreaking films. The festival also has workshops and lectures from esteemed film professionals like Spike Lee. The 2015 festival schedule will be available in March 2015.
Held every autumn for the past ten years, the Pygmalion Festival is one of the hottest alternative festivals in the country. Pygmalion was founded by local entrepreneur Seth Fein. Originally only for alternative music performances, the festival has expanded into a literary and crafts festival as well. Iconic alternative rockers Dinosaur Junior have played at Pygmalion, as have ultra-hip electronic musicians Chvrches.
In conclusion, Champaign-Urbana is a great destination for lovers of performance art and culture in general. Moreover, the area is easy to get around in and less expensive to do things in than Chicago, New York or San Francisco. There are a number of elegant hotels near the attractions mentioned above offering reasonable prices. These include Hyatt Place, the Illini Union Hotel and the Urbana Landmark Hotel.