Champaign is an interesting little stop-off with a variety of attractions close at hand. The University of Illinois, a mainstay in the world of college sports, provides the region with a youthful sensibility. Various parks, campsites and wildlife preserves also exist here, as well as museums, a performing arts center and various lively nightlife spots.
Although not on culture's cutting edge and not overwhelming by any stretch, it is communities like these in central Illinois that America has really grown into: quaint, smaller towns that are beautiful, regardless of the season. And Champaign has just enough frills for you to cut loose when you see fit.