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!

Check out the exciting things that are in store for you here!

Constitution Trail

ct Go for an adventurous walk or run through the constitution trail!

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

z Hang out with the spunky monkeys...or other animals

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

dd Pay a day-visit to the David Davis

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

bloomington website Tap into your artsy soul and get yourself entertained!

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.

Downtown Bloomington

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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.


Uptown Normal

n It’s the heart of the town!

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.


Still not sure what you think?  Check this out!

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
— , 2013

Normal is the best place to live in all of downstate Illinois, with Bloomington No. 2
— , 2013

One of the 100 Smartest Cities in America
—  V , 2013

Bloomington is ranked #1 of Best Cities for Singles 
-  Kiplinger,  2013 

Bloomington is ranked #11 of America's Fastest-Growing Cities
— , 2013