Illinois Wesleyan is located in the twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, Illinois. Bloomington-Normal has a population of about 167,699 and is located only a few hours from Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Indianapolis, Indiana.
The ‘twin cities’ host 3 universities and 1 community college! B-N is a friendly mid-western community with many resources for college students, and easy access to the bigger cities, Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis! Check out these links for more information about the community!
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The Constitution Trail is a 24-mile path perfect for walking, jogging, biking or rollerblading in nice weather. There are four sections to the trail, reaching across Bloomington-Normal.
Miller Park Zoo
The Miller Park Zoo is a great place to take a stroll and see the animals! A few of the animals you'll see here include bears, reindeer, tigers, red pandas, otters, lemurs, bald eagles and monkeys.
David Davis Mansion
The David Davis Mansion is a mid-victorian style historic home that once belonged to Judge David Davis, a Supreme Court Justice and friend of President Abraham Lincoln. The mansion now serves as a museum. It is furnished to look as it did in the 1800s and is open for tours.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, or BCPA, is a performing arts venue located just a short walk from the Illinois Wesleyan campus. Here you can see community or touring performances, as well as performances by the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra.
Spend your downtime at Downtown Bloomington!
It is located just a short walk from the Illinois Wesleyan campus! There are plenty of stores and restaurants, and a Farmer's Market, which sells fresh meats and produce in the warmer months. You can enjoy various events and festivals throughout the year in downtown Bloomington such as Tour de Chocolat’, Hot August Nights, Farmers’ Market, Tour de Metro, Pub Crawl, and Once Upon a Holiday. They offer you a chance to experience the district.
You can explore great restaurants, unique shops, and much more including the Normal Theatre where you can catch a movie that you won't find at the local megaplex—documentaries, foreign films, and independent movies.Uptown Normal also includes the Amtrak train station, where you can take a train to Chicago. It also has festivals and events throughout the year.
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Normal is ranked #3 of the Top 50 Best Small College Towns in America
- College Values Online, 2015
Bloomington is ranked #25 of the Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers in the US
- Forbes , 2015
Normal is ranked one of the 10 Best Places for Millennial Job Seekers in the Midwest
- NerdWallet, 2015
Bloomington-Normal is ranked one of the 50 Best College Towns in America
- Best College Reviews , 2014
McLean County one of the best property tax values in IL.
- SmartAsset , 2014
Normal one of the Fastest Growing cities in Illinois
- NerdWallet , 2014
Bloomington is named one of the Most Exciting places in Illinois
- Movoto Blog , 2014
Bloomington is ranked #4 of the Top 10 Cities on the Rise
— NerdWallet.com , 2013
Normal is the best place to live in all of downstate Illinois, with Bloomington No. 2
— Movoto.com , 2013
One of the 100 Smartest Cities in America
— V enturebeat.com , 2013
Bloomington is ranked #1 of Best Cities for Singles
- Kiplinger, 2013
Bloomington is ranked #11 of America's Fastest-Growing Cities
— NerdWallet.com , 2013