Walk Through CU

Our "Walk Through CU" series continues to be our most popular set of CU experiences. These comprehensive Champaign Urbana walking tours are loved by area newbies, history buffs, architects, visitors, and longtime community members alike. We will highlight the best of CU's three distinct-yet-connected communities: Champaign, Campus, and Urbana. And we'll always have a surprise or two along the way!

Walk Through Champaign

Part of our popular "Walk Through CU" series. Learn about the history and evolution of Champaign as a city. We will share about the arrival of the railroad, the galloping ghost, the hidden C-U swamp, and more.

Walk Through Urbana

Part of our popular "Walk Through CU" series. Learn about the formation of Big Grove, the incorporation of Urbana, an all-time great Illinois architect, the 10-ton traveling gateway, and more.


Walk Through Campus

Part of our popular "Walk Through CU" series. Learn about the history and progress of the University of Illinois, the mythical legend of the steam tunnels, its significance within the twin cities, and more.

Champaign Theater History

This tour gives special focus to Downtown Champaign theaters, past and present. Who built the Virginia? Was the Art always an art theater? Where did all the opera houses go? We'll answer these questions and more.

Private Tours

Do you prefer more personal attention for your group? Do you have unique time constraints? We can schedule any of the above tours or experiences as a private event. Drop us a line, and we'll do our best to accommodate your schedule!

Custom Experience Packages

Want to package one (or more!) of our offerings into a more comprehensive CU experience? We can easily combine any number of our tours to fill anywhere from 2 to 10 hours of your day. Or we can create a new experience from scratch, just for you!

Team Development

Treat your corporate team, students, small business, or startup to an entertaining-yet-intentional experience. We can use any of our tours as a springboard into a day-long journey toward a better understanding of your community, your teammates, and your shared vision.


Champaign-Urbana has an endless supply of compelling stories to tell. Discover CU seeks to package these stories into engaging experiences. Through these experiences, we hope to better connect you to this community—both its places and its people. Our flagship experiences are our walking tours of Champaign, Urbana, and Campus.


Discover CU was founded to:
Build connections to Champaign-Urbana's past, present, and future through compelling stories.