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!
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 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 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
— 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