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. There are many fun and interesting things to do and see in the Bloomington-Normal area!

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.

Find out more about the Constitution Trail here.

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.

Find out more about the Miller Park Zoo here.

David Davis Mansion

The David Davis Mansion is a 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.

Find out more about the David Davis Mansion here.


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.

Find out more about the BCPA here.



Downtown Bloomington

Downtown Bloomington 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.  Various events and festivals also take place in downtown Bloomington throughout the year.

Uptown Normal

Uptown Normal also includes many stores and restaurants, as well as the Amtrak train station, where you can take a train to Chicago. Uptown Normal also has festivals and events throughout the year.

Bloomington and Normal are considered ‘twin cities’ and 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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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