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You'll find a wide array of universities and colleges throughout Illinois. From one of the top private schools like DePaul University in Chicago, to public institutions like Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, plan your next visit to Illinois and enjoy all there is to see on and around campus. 

Northern Illinois University was founded in 1895 and is a public research institution. Head to DeKalb, where NIU is located, and check out top campus highlights like the Swen Parson Hall, or the Altgeld Hall – two of the oldest buildings on the NIU campus.

Drive in from nearby Saint Charles and experience some time at the NIU Anthropology Museum in Cole Hall. Olive Goyle is a wonderful sculpture found near McMurry Hall – a must-see on the NIU campus. 

You can find Illinois State University in the city of Normal, a charming suburb of Bloomington. Make the scenic drive from nearby cities like Pontiac on your visit to central Illinois, and spend a bit of time exploring the ISU campus. Established in 1857, ISU features top highlights like the John W. Cook Hall, and the Milner Library.

The ISU Redbirds play their sports within the Missouri Valley Conference – they compete in baseball, men's and women's basketball, and football. Head for the Redbird Arena for basketball games, and Hancock Stadium for Redbirds football.

Set in north-central Illinois in Peoria, Bradley University is a private institute and home to approximately 5,700 students. An option for nearby residents of East Peoria and Morton, Bradley features five colleges of focus as well as Bradley Braves athletics.

Near Savoy, in Urbana-Champaign, discover the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, more commonly referred to as U of I or UIUC. As the flagship of the University of Illinois System, U of I is one of the largest schools in the state, and the second oldest public school in IL.

Check out the Hallene Gateway on you U of I tour, or head for the Foellinger Auditorium, where you might just be able to catch a live performance. 

U of I sports area a major source of local entertainment, as the Fighting Illini compete in football, men's and women's basketball, and even baseball.

Drive in from nearby Monticello during the fall and make your way to Memorial Stadium, home of the Fighting Illini football team. If hoops is more your style, visit the State Farm Center during the winter and early spring for Fighting Illini basketball games. 

Another top private school in Chicago, the University of Chicago was established in 1890 and is commonly referred to as U of C or UChicago. Offering a wide variety of undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs, U of C is found on Chicago's South Side, just inland of Lake Michigan and a short drive from Burbank. When you visit U of C, be sure to find your way to the top of Rockefeller Tower, which yields stunning 360 degree views of the entire campus. 

In southern Illinois, check out Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, just north of both Robinson and Effingham. A public university, EIU was established in 1895 as the Eastern Illinois State Normal School. Don't miss the EIU Alumni Courtyard, or the Doudna Fine Arts Center – two of the top attractions on campus. The Doudna Fine Arts Center features a terrific Ruth Duckworth sculpture, one of the certain must-sees for any lover of the arts. 

EIU sports teams are known as the Panthers and they compete within the Ohio Valley Conference. During your spring visit to EUI, make a plan to see Coaches Stadium at Monier Field, home of the EIU Panthers baseball team. If your visit has you in Charleston during the fall, check out a EIU Panthers football game at O'Brien Stadium

In the deep southern region of Illinois, find your way to Carbondale and tour the sights and attractions at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. SIUC is comprised of eight colleges and three different schools, yielding a total of 222 academic programs available for study. Be sure to see the Pulliam Hall Clock Tower on the campus. And in college sports, the SIU Salukis compete within the Missouri Valley Conference in sports like basketball and football. 

Wether your plans have you visiting the northern reaches of IL, the Chicago metro area, or into the south part of the state, find a pleasant and informative campus tour – an ideal day time activity for families looking to colleges for their soon to be graduated high school senior. 


Best Western Hotels near Illinois Universities:


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