Award-winning dining. Cutting-edge technology. World-class education. Gigabit-speed fiber network. Urbana is a city where artists, thinkers, and innovators thrive. And we’re just getting started!
Urbana boasts a history built on innovation. From the famed Morrow Plots, a National Historic Landmark, to the groundbreaking research conducted every day on the flagship campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana embraces creative thinking and diversity to drive innovation and advancement.
Award-winning schools, outstanding parks, a mosaic of diverse and engaged neighborhoods, a robust array of businesses located throughout the city, and reliable public services committed to the best possible quality of life for residents—all this makes Urbana a great place to live. Ours is a community where people can be successful from birth to their golden years.
World renowned writer and film critic, Roger Ebert was born and raised in Urbana, living at 407 West Washington Street, which he referred to as, “… the center of the universe.” He graduated from Urbana High School in 1960, and during his high school years, he wrote for the News-Gazette, winning recognition for his sports writing. As a senior, he became editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper, the Echo, and was class president. Roger Ebert’s life was rich, and it all started in Urbana.
Rigg’s Beer Company is located at 1501 High Cross Road in east Urbana. This family-friendly, beer garden focuses on year-round events, as well as state-of-the-art and unique craft beer. A variety of food trucks are always on-hand to give a variety of cuisine to those who visit the gardens.
Sipyard is the only beer garden in the area that serves on tap from a recycled shipping container. The space is shared with an outdoor graffiti gallery that complete with ample seating and a wonderful soundstage. The season runs from April to November,
CU Adventures in Time & Space has action-packed escape rooms, virtual rooms, puzzle shirts (an escape room in a shirt), and a wonderful store. CU Adventures offers theatrical immersive experiences unlike anything you have experienced before.
Urbana Boulders is the perfect place to literally climb the walls. Known by locals as a “climber’s dream,” with its color-coded routes, reasonable cost, and the overall appeal of the rock walls, Urbana Boulders caters to anyone interested in climbing.