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Midwest is best.

Ever hear the saying,‘"If you don’t like the weather in the Midwest, stick around. It’ll change." ?

At the Institute of Aviation, we consider that a major plus. Learning to fly in Illinois exposes you to all types of weather you may not experience elsewhere. Blowing snow. High humidity. Strong crosswinds. Hands-on training in these conditions will help prepare you for high-stress situations.

Along with Champaign-Urbana’s Willard Airport, you have easy access to nearby regional airports in Peoria, Springfield, and Bloomington. Better still, we’re just 2.5 hours from downtown Chicago and Indianapolis, and 3 hours from St. Louis. And because we’re located near the intersection of interstate highways 57, 72, and 74, all of these cities are easily accessible by car, bus, train, and, of course, plane.

Champaign-Urbana: A culturally rich, micro-urban community on the rise.

It’s easy to live here. You’ll find that Champaign-Urbana boasts the advantages of a cool city neighborhood without the big-city hassle. Like critically acclaimed international film and music festivals. Big Ten sports. Nationally ranked restaurants. A vibrant arts scene. A research hub in high-tech innovation and supercomputing. In fact, we’re consistently named one of the fastest-growing—and top—college towns in the US.

And it’s affordable. Champaign-Urbana enjoys a lower cost of living, an award-winning transit system, and a strong sense of community. You can experience all we offer without breaking the bank.

Discover more about Champaign here.

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