Retire in Champaign, IL

Livability Score
57
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
82848
Median Househould Income
42077
Median Age
27.1
65 Years and Over
6818
Median Home Value
148400
Unemployed
3355
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Old Time Meat & Deli Shoppe

I discovered Old Time several years ago and it is my favorite butcher shop to get meat. I haven't tried Illini Meat but this place hasn't convinced me to...

2. Caribbean Grill Food Truck

Honestly, I wasn't expecting a lot. I moved to CU a year ago and thought about coming but I avoided it at first. Why? I haven't had good Jerk Chicken in a...

3. Maize Mexican Grill

Maize is amazing. Their service is fast and friendly whether you eat in or take out. I have never had to wait for food longer than probably 8 minutes, and...

4. San Maru

Ermahgerd... San Maru is sooo good. We got the Bossam with some rice. While the pork belly was well done, the meat was juicy. The sauces and lettuce...

5. Golden Harbor Authentic Chinese Cuisine

I'm sure this place has quickly become an institution. Their menu is huge, mostly spanning northern Chinese cuisines, but seems like some Cantonese dishes...

Golf
1. Savoy Golf Course

Love this place! Perfect spot to get your game on. The prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly. Coming from Chicago, this place is amazing. The...

2. Lincolnshire Fields Country Club Dining Room

New Chef here, Chris, who I actually worked under years back when he was at Timpone's. Menu is pretty standard with a few surprises like Kona Kompachi....

3. Lake Of The Woods Golf Course

Absolutely stunning course. Enough trees that I hit one on every hole, but few enough that anyone with skills would never hit any. Per its name, there are...

4. Just Fore Fun Golf Center

Jeff Butts is the man. He was really the only reason I ever went out here but it was a pretty nice facility. The range is massive and wide open too.

5. Lincolnshire Fields Country Club Golf Course Main

I'm gonna pull the "hairclub" line here...not only did I work here I'm also a member. Got to see both sides of this place. Well manicured course with...

Active
1. Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time & Space

So, me and 7 friends were driving down this road and our van ran out of gas. Which was very frustrating. And I'm like "hey guys, there's a cabin up ahead."...

2. Brainstorm Escapes

Several of my friends and I felt like traveling off campus (but not too far off campus) for some fun, and, after a little bit of google surfing, found this...

3. University Of Illinois Arboretum

One of my friends on Yelp, wrote a review about this place which quickly drew my attention. Thank Schannon :). We went here last Saturday. There was a...

4. Refinery

I've moved from NC looking for a gym and asked around. took me just a few hours to find out about this little gem tucked away on John Street. I haven't...

5. Activities and Recreation Center - ARC

This place is amazing. If you are a U of I student, and you didn't come here to workout, that is a huge mistake. My parents introduced me to Lifetime...

Arts
1. The Art Theater

This theater is a true treasure and one-of-a-kind spot that we all should be actively supporting. From their fabulous film selections, to the cozy and...

2. Krannert Center For The Performing Arts

What a gem for the entire community! Live music was exceptional! I can't wait to attend music theatre and other performances.

3. Carmike 13

I absolutely love this theatre since it's been remodeled! Always our first choice when it comes to a movie theater in central Illinois!! Last Saturday, I...

4. Krannert Art Museum

The east wing is haunted. Five stars. I think it might be emanating from Laredo Taft's 'the blind' but I can't be sure; could be the Peruvian artifacts in...

5. Illini Union

This place looks really classy inside. There are plenty of couches to sit (or sleep) on and lots of events take place here as well. The Illinois Student...

Shopping
1. The I.D.E.A. Store

A hidden gem in the Champaign area! This store is filled with a variety of recycled craft and trinket items that are perfect for artists, teachers, kids,...

2. Binny's Beverage Depot

Easily the best place to buy alcohol in the area. It's absolutely huge and has a fantastic selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Being partial to beer...

3. Jane Addams Book Shop

This place is just awesome. It's a step back in time. Everything in here reminds you of yesteryear. A great place to get out of print an old books. They...

4. A Hunt Design

Awesome service, beautiful flowers. I'm extremely happy with my experience. I reached out to Andrea to put an arrangement together for my mom's...

5. Furniture Lounge

I absolutely love the selection they have in this store. I love the furniture and decorations. There are some really funky things from lamps, chairs to...

Health
1. Eden's Rain Salon

This is the one place where I have received a wax and it has not been incredibly painful. When wax is applied to specific areas of the body, it can hurt...

2. Body Therapy Center

Had an amazing experience! I have already recommended it to my friends and will definitely be going back. It was absolutely relaxing. Glenn was amazing!

3. Scott F Anderson, DDS

I came here to have a filling that fell out replaced, since I was at school and couldn't find time to get home before finals. It was a very positive...

4. Jennifer Allen Therapies

I went to Jennifer when I was feeling pretty good and left feeling even better. I went to her for Zero Balancing, which I'd never heard of, and found it...

5. Kessler Optical

I love going to Kessler Optical. First and foremost, I like to support local businesses. Dr. Kessler and his wife run the place with wonderful staff...

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