Sports. Food. Beer. That’s it!
If you and the guys are looking to get away for a long weekend, look no further than Champaign, Illinois – home of the University of Illinois. With plenty of exciting sports games, craft beer and delicious food, there will be no shortage of fun on your Mancation.
The “Fighting Illini” men’s football and basketball teams have a handful of great home games this fall, providing guys with many opportunities to plan a trip surrounding one of the matchups. Illinois football hosts fellow Big Ten Conference opponents Iowa on Saturday, November 15 and Penn State November 22. The men’s basketball team faces off at home against Austin Peay November 16 and American December 6.
- Illinois football vs. Iowa on November 15 (get tickets)
- Illinois football vs. Penn State on November 22 (get tickets)
- Illinois basketball vs. Austin Peay on November 16 (get tickets)
- Illinois basketball vs. American on December 6 (get tickets)
Where to Eat and Drink
If the sports alone didn’t convince you, then surely craft beer and great food will. The Blind Pig Brewery is the place to go for classic pub fare and incredible craft beer. Named as one of the top 50 places to drink beer in the U.S., be sure to stop by and sample their seasonal brews on tap. Big Grove Tavern is another local option that serves classic Midwest recipes with a farm-to-table twist. And you won’t want to miss the beer-infused dishes at Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works, including beer-battered bacon, three cheese & ale soup, and the brewmaster’s pizza.
Where to Stay
Hyatt Place is the newest hotel option in Champaign and is conveniently located a few short blocks from the train station. It’s also walking distance from all the best restaurants and bars. Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott are also great hotel options.
How to Get There
Getting to Champaign is easy. Being in Central Illinois, driving is an easy option, but if you’re coming from Chicago consider taking Amtrak. This short train ride will get you there and drop you right downtown so you can spend more time bonding with the guys.
Did we cover the top things to do and see in Champaign? Comment below and tell us what your favorite Champaign activities are! For more information, check out Champaign, Illinois and EnjoyIllinois.com.
-The Illinois Office of Tourism