Champaign-Decatur CSA

What is Champaign-Decatur CSA known for?


performing arts

. The University (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is home to three theatre venues; Foellinger Auditorium, Assembly Hall (Assembly Hall (Champaign)) and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. While the Assembly Hall is primarily a campus basketball and concert arena, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is considered to be one of the nation's top venues for performance and hosts over 400 performances annually. Built in 1969, the Krannert Center's facilities cover over four acres (16,000 m²) of land, and features four theatres and an amphitheatre. The Historic Virginia Theatre (Virginia Theatre (Champaign)) in downtown Champaign is a public venue owned by the city of Champaign and administered by the Champaign Park District. It is best known for hosting Roger Ebert's Film Festival (Ebertfest: Roger Ebert's Film Festival) which occurs annually during the last week of April. It features a variety of performances from community theatre with the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, to post box-office showings of popular films, current artistic films, live musical performances (both orchestral and popular), and other types of shows. First commissioned in 1921, it originally served as a venue for both film and live performances, but became primarily a movie house in the 1950s. Occasional live events were held during the 1970s and 1980s, including a live production of "Oh, Calcutta" and performances by George Benson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Missing Persons (Missing Persons (band)), and the Indigo Girls. GKC Corporation closed the Virginia as a movie house on February 13, 1992, with the final regular film being Steve Martin's "Father of the Bride". The theatre once again began holding regular live performances when it was leased to local gospel singer David Wyper in 1992. The Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company was formed to perform major musicals and opened their first season with "The Music Man" that June. Control passed to the Virginia Theatre group in 1996 and the theatre became a non-profit public venue. The Champaign Park District assumed control of the facilities in 2000. Its original Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ Virginia Theatre Wurlitzer. Theatreorgans.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-17. has been maintained by Warren York since 1988 and is still played regularly. The Art Theater thecuart.com in downtown Champaign began as Champaign's first theatre devoted to movies, the Park, in 1912, and is a small venue showing films not normally playing at the box office. The theatre is the only single-screen movie theatre with daily operation as a movie theatre in Champaign-Urbana. The Virginia, which hosts Roger Ebert's Annual Overlooked Film Festival, is also single-screen, but only opens for special showings and events. Rapp and Rapp's 1914 Orpheum Theatre Category:Metropolitan areas of Illinois Category:Geography of Champaign County, Illinois Category:Geography of Ford County, Illinois Category:Geography of Piatt County, Illinois Category:Geography of Macon County, Illinois Category:Regions of Illinois


light blue

, Illinois Macon , Ford (Ford County, Illinois), and Piatt (Piatt County, Illinois) counties shown in red. Illinois portion of Lake Michigan shown in light blue. image_dot_map dot_mapsize dot_map_caption dot_x dot_y pushpin_map pushpin_label_position !-- the position of the pushpin label: left, right, top, bottom


red hot

-winning author attended U of I and began his writing career there *Blake Schilb, an American professional basketball player *The Red Hot Valentines, a power-pop band Notes External links Category:Metropolitan areas of Illinois Category:Geography of Champaign County, Illinois Category:Geography of Ford County, Illinois Category:Geography of Piatt County, Illinois Category:Geography of Macon County, Illinois Category:Regions of Illinois


performances

. The University (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is home to three theatre venues; Foellinger Auditorium, Assembly Hall (Assembly Hall (Champaign)) and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. While the Assembly Hall is primarily a campus basketball and concert arena, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is considered to be one of the nation's top venues for performance and hosts over 400 performances annually. Built in 1969, the Krannert Center's facilities cover

over four acres (16,000 m²) of land, and features four theatres and an amphitheatre. The Historic Virginia Theatre (Virginia Theatre (Champaign)) in downtown Champaign is a public venue owned by the city of Champaign and administered by the Champaign Park District. It is best known for hosting Roger Ebert's Film Festival (Ebertfest: Roger Ebert's Film Festival) which occurs annually during the last week of April. It features a variety of performances from community theatre

with the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, to post box-office showings of popular films, current artistic films, live musical performances (both orchestral and popular), and other types of shows. First commissioned in 1921, it originally served as a venue for both film and live performances, but became primarily a movie house in the 1950s. Occasional live events were held during the 1970s and 1980s, including a live production of "Oh, Calcutta" and performances by George Benson


radio free

Category:Metropolitan areas of Illinois Category:Geography of Champaign County, Illinois Category:Geography of Ford County, Illinois Category:Geography of Piatt County, Illinois Category:Geography of Macon County, Illinois Category:Regions of Illinois


power community

on shows hosted by an all-volunteer staff of air shifters. It also airs programming from national sources including Pacific. *WRFU-LP is a low power (LPFM) community radio station owned and operated by Radio Free Urbana. radiofreeurbana.org The station was built by hundreds of volunteers from the region and around the country in November 2005 at the ninth Prometheus Radio Project barnraising. WRFU broadcasts music, news, public


fighting

) Memorial Stadium and the State Farm Center (Assembly Hall (Champaign)), formerly the Assembly Hall) are located in the south-east portion of Champaign. Memorial Stadium is a football (American football) arena where the Fighting Illini (Illinois Fighting Illini) football team plays, and the State Farm Center is the home of the highly successful Fighting Illini (Illinois Fighting Illini) basketball team. The NFL's Chicago Bears played in Memorial Stadium for the 2002 season


310

(Champaign) Memorial Stadium has gone under major renovation and construction of new stands, clubs and luxury suites. In Campustown, a new 24-story highrise apartment building has been completed and is tall. The highrise, called 309 Green, is three stories higher than the older 21-story Tower at Third. The Burnham 310 Project, at 18 stories, which is also taller (in overall height), was finished in the fall of 2008 and includes student luxury apartments

and a County Market grocery store. Burnham 310 connects downtown Champaign to Campustown (Campustown (Champaign, Illinois)). In the past year (2013-14) four other mixed use buildings (apartments over commercial)have built in Campustown, with heights of 26, 13, 8, and 5 stories. In downtown, the new 9 story M2 on Neil project is completed. M2 has offices, retail, and condos. A Hyatt Place boutique hotel has recently opened in downtown Champaign. These, among other developments, are giving


classical art

. *Krannert Art Museum. Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Art.uiuc.edu. Retrieved on 2013-08-17. Art Museum featuring both modern and classical art. Many changing exhibits. *Orpheum Children's Science Museum. orpheumkids.com A hands on science museum for children. *Spurlock Museum. spurlock.uiuc.edu


award winning

Paley , cartoonist, illustrator, and blogger *Katherine Reutter, Olympic (Olympic Games) speed skater *Hamilton O. Smith, won Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1978 *REO Speedwagon, rock group *Starcastle, progressive rock group *David Ogden Stiers attended high school in Urbana (with Roger Ebert) *Thelma Strabel, novelist *James Tobin, won Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1981. *George Will, political columnist *Timothy Zahn, Hugo-award

-winning author attended U of I and began his writing career there *Blake Schilb, an American professional basketball player *The Red Hot Valentines, a power-pop band Notes External links

Champaign-Decatur CSA

The '''Champaign-Decatur CSA''', also known as '''East Central Illinois CSA''', is a combined statistical area (United States combined statistical area) in Illinois. It is the 104th largest combined statistical area in the U.S. It is composed of three counties, Champaign (Champaign County, Illinois), Ford (Ford County, Illinois), Piatt (Piatt County, Illinois) and Macon (Macon County, Illinois).

The area has a population of 231,891 as determined by the 2010 U.S. Census. The area is anchored by the principal cities of Champaign (Champaign, Illinois) and Decatur (Decatur, Illinois) and is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. (University students, even those from outside the area, are included in Census figures if they were counted by the federal Census).

Journalists frequently treat the metropolitan area as just one city. For example, in 1998, ''Newsweek'' included the Champaign–Urbana Metropolitan Area in its list of the top ten tech cities (outside of the Silicon Valley). Newsweek: The Hot New Tech Cities

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