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8 Picture-Perfect Spots Around Chambana


From taking an insta-worthy profile pic to linking up with your boo for springtime selfies, the Chambana area does not disappoint when it comes to photogenic scenery spots this time of year. With flowering fields, prairie hillsides, and bright blue lakes practically at your doorstep, we’re highlighting the best places around town to take beautiful pictures.

What Are the Best Parks in Champaign-Urbana for Taking Pictures?

For an epic spring photoshoot, stand in front of the fountain at West Side Park, sit under the oak trees at Crystal Lake Park, pose on the raised boardwalk at Busey Woods (a 59-acre forest at the north end of Crystal Lake Park), or mimic the funky sculptures at Meadowbrook Park. Up for a drive? Just under 13 miles from HERE Champaign is a cute little covered bridge at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve – it’s a must-see!

Where to go Indoors in Chambana for Taking Pictures?

The modern, glass-walled hallways of the University of Illinois's Siebel Center offers great views of the surrounding neighborhood and streets below. Rain or shine in springtime, HERE Champaign’s insanely cool rooftop lounge is where it’s at when it comes to killer photo ops. Towering 24 stories above Campustown, who wouldn’t want skyline views and luxe interior design elements as their photo’s composition?

Best spots in Champaign-Urbana for Springtime Photos?

The Main and South Quad at our very own University of Illinois is one of the best places in town to catch springtime blooms, like landscaped tulips, bright shrubbery, and rows of cherry blossom trees. Back at Meadowbrook Park, you’ll find acres upon acres of grass prairies, perfect for your springtime photo session. 

Happy Spring 2021!

Whether you’re out exploring the picturesque Chambana area or chilling at our photogenic amenity spaces, HERE Champaign is where you want to be!


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