I lived in Champaign, IL for five years, and I loved it because of its college town feel. The city itself is a town that has built up around the largest university in the state of Illinois. The University of Illinois blankets the town in beautiful buildings and college students, but the town is also filled with people who have a massive amount of pride in the town. I feel pride in this town, and I only lived there for a few years.
The city is filled with many beautiful little shops that have been started by students at U of I or people who have lived in the town their whole lives. The enrollment at the university is large, but the people who live in town provide you with a wonderful small town feeling that you cannot get in other college towns.
The city is also filled with aspiring chefs and shop owners. You can go into some of the most beautiful little coffeehouses in the world, and there are restaurants that are the startups of chefs who are looking to make their big break. You can eat and drink your fill in this town easily, but the eating is almost always upscale. When the eating is not, the food is down home the way people like it.
You can find your favorite bar at night, and you will be able to belly up any time you want. You can make a life for yourself in this town even if you are not in college, but you will be surrounded by thousands of college kids who chose the college because of the city of Champaign.
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Thinking of moving to Champaign, IlWhat I am looking for is the safest area in Champaign as well as the year-round job market in the resturaunt, cashier, service areas of work. I am a single parent, so info on the rent in such an area would be helpful as well. Also, does anyone have info on high schools in the area. Not just state test info, but what classes are like, student …